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The Order of the Phoenix

Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 09:03 by Wayne Beaton

Our website reborn
Phoenix becomes the main site
Hope you like purple

I’m guessing that nobody was impressed with my Eclipse Haiku yesterday. That’s okay, it was my first attempt at an Eclipse-based Haiku (I wrote a few great ones about Alanis Morrisette last year, but I digress). It just gets better from here. No… really…

Anyway, today the Phoenix project first release is live and we present our new look to the adoring public. I hope you like it. We’ve gotten a few concerned comments about the purple-ness of the site, but it’ll grow on you. Trust me.

One of the bigger changes you’ll notice is that there is a lot more dynamic content. You’ll notice, for example, that the Articles landing page can be filtered now; by clicking on one of the options on the right-hand side of the screen, you can narrow down the set of articles displayed. Today, you can (for example) reduce the list of articles to only those that are of concern to folks building rich client applications using Eclipse. There are many other similar filters; I invite you to take a look.

It’s probably worth noting at this point that I haven’t actually finished moving all the articles over to the new site. Well… that’s not totally true: I’ve moved the articles themselves, but not everything actually appears in the lists on the landing page yet. I’m still working on that. As part of making the page more dynamic, I have to capture the metadata about the articles and that capture process isn’t done yet. I hope to have it complete by the end of the week.

In the meantime, if you think that there might be some other attributes that we should consider filtering on, let me know. It’s pretty easy to add a filter.

You’ll probably also notice that the articles themselves haven’t changed in appearance. I’m not exactly sure what I want to do with them appearance-wise. I’ll probably wrap some purple around them, but will try and keep as much of the basic-html format to make it easier for readers to manipulate (i.e. adopt a ten word line, print it, or whatever).

Let me know what you think. You can post your comments here, but it would be better to use bugzilla.