mtearle: For all the buzz around Reefknot,
I don't really get it. People know what we're doing, and
we're getting more interested developers by the week, but I
don't feel like we're really doing anything
earth-shattering. We're just putting one foot in front of
the other. Maybe, given the sheer mass of the calendaring RFCs
and proposed standards, that's a significant enough
For those of you in or around Boston, Skud
and I are giving a talk
about Reefknot at the Boston.pm meeting on May 1
(Tuesday). See the link above for time, directions, and RSVP
info, and mail me if you think you're interested in coming.
Reefknot got mentioned on the
ietf-calendar list today for the introductory
developer documentation that Skud
wrote. We're also getting some more formal process developed
for approving major changes; at Rich's
suggestion, we're trying out the Apache patch approval
system, which relies on the votes of people with CVS
Today, I wrote up a patch to fix the current CVS brokenness,
just to test out the new system. We'll see.
I'm pondering writing up a document/proposal for an open
source content management system that Doesn't Suck, because
my management seems to be entranced with products like
Vignette StoryServer. I think we can do just as well as a
community, if not better. After all, the companies that buy
Vignette or its ilk all customize it beyond recognition,
paying integrators $thousands on top of their license fees.
Why not eliminate license fees from the equation and make
something that everyone can become familiar with easily?
Schuyler Derle (of O'Reilly) and I keep talking about the
fact that this thing needs to exist. Maybe I'll sketch out
some designs or something. Not that I have time to implement
it or anything.
I've looked at Zope, but it doesn't provide things like
workflow out of the box, and I'm reluctant to introduce a
Python gadget with Zope's learning curve into our Perl
environment. On the other hand, it has some nifty features.
I'm just not sure how well it'd handle the data flow that my
company has (we republish an entire big city newspaper
online, every day).