15 Aug 2000 jmason   » (Master)

I've been quiet recently. Here's why -- my new project, WebMake. The blurb:

WebMake is a simple web site management system, allowing an entire site to be created from a set of text and markup files and one WebMake file.

It requires no dynamic scripting capabilities on the server; WebMake sites can be deployed to a plain old FTP site without any problems.

It allows the separation of responsibilities between the content editors, the HTML page designers, and the site architect; only the site architect needs to edit the WebMake file itself, or know perl or WebMake code.

A multi-level website can be generated entirely from 1 or more WebMake files containing content, links to content files, perl code (if needed), and output instructions. Since the file-to-page mapping no longer applies, and since elements of pages can be loaded from different files, this means that standard file access permissions can be used to restrict editing by role.

Text can be edited as standard HTML, converted from plain text (using the included Text::EtText module), or converted from any other format by adding a conversion method to the WebMake::FormatConvert module.

Since URLs can be referred to symbolically, pages can be moved around and URLs changed by changing just one line. All references to that URL will then change automatically.

Content items and output URLs can be generated, altered, or read in dynamically using perl code. Perl code can even be used to generate other perl code to generate content/output URLs/etc., recursively.

I'm just polishing it up, registering it on sourceforge, then I'll release an alpha and see what the reaction is. I've been using it for my own sites and it certainly revolutionises the crufty bag of SSIs and hack scripts I was using ;)

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