Staging Servers, Source Control & Deploy Workflows, And Other Stuff Nobody Teaches You

Patrick McKenzie – Staging Servers, Source Control & Deploy Workflows, And Other Stuff Nobody Teaches You:

"Setting up a staging server should be easy.  If it is not easy, you already have a problem in your infrastructure, you just don’t know it yet: you’ve cobbled together your production server over time, usually by manually SSHing into it and tweaking things without keeping a log of what you have done.  (Been there, done that, got the “I Created A Monster” T-shirt.)  There isn’t a written procedure or automated script for creating it from the bare metal.  If you had that procedure written, you should be able to execute it and create a staging server that works inside of an hour."

(Via Nat Torkington at O'Reilly Radar.)

Thu, 23 Dec 2010 12:12:14 +0000

The Content Hub

Stijn Debrouwere – Looking for a co-conspirator:

"Drupal and WordPress are perfectly fine for publishing to the web. What we want to build is a content hub for managing the gloriously messy editorial process. A content hub that loves structured data and semantic annotations. A launch pad for pushing content to any platform you can think of."

Thu, 16 Dec 2010 09:19:59 +0000

An unhealthy obsession with organization

Anonymous guest post at Gia Lyons – An unhealthy obsession with organization:

"I want everyone to think about the way they use documents today, your SharePoint sites, your shared drives with team project folder structures, your Atlassian Wikis. You’ve invested a lot of energy into finely crafting an organizational structure that will last a thousand years. Does anyone really use it? Do people still put things where ever the hell they want to?

[…] You don’t need to meander through some haystack of organization – you can simply, search. You expect that of the world-wide-web; why do you not expect that of your workplace?"

(Via @digitalassetman and Jack Vinson.)

Wed, 15 Dec 2010 11:45:08 +0000

The Analog-ists Revenge: How analog thinking can impact DAM

Leala Abbott – The Analog-ists Revenge: How analog thinking can impact DAM:

"Digital Asset Managers understand that every digital asset we choose comes with a cost (resources it will take to manage, upkeep, file formats, migrations etc), therefore we are extremely judicious with both what we keep (the assets) and how we keep it (the metadata). We have to say “no” when something is just outside the scope of the collection or would involve to much manual metadata entry. Whenever possibly we side with automation as opposed to human processing or cataloging."

Mon, 13 Dec 2010 10:43:40 +0000