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Wednesday, 18 June 2003 8:29 PM MDT
Having read the interesting account of Ars Digita's rise and fall, Diary of a Start-Up (Update: The previous link to the article now redirects to Eve Andersson's personal web site. If anyone knows the address where the original article is still available, please let me know. --Aaron) sometime last year, a story which kept me riveted for some reason, when I stumbled across an alternate account at http://michael.yoon.org/arsdigita, I couldn't pass it up either. I enjoyed both reads, but suspect Mr. Yoon's account is probably nearer the truth. There are some useful lessons to be learned from the experiences, from both viewpoints.
After reading Mr. Yoon's version, I do wonder where OpenACS is today, feature-wise. I could use a good easy-to-use content management system that lets me roll my own applications. So far everything on my site is hand-coded HTML and PHP, and since I don't have free time enough to do it justice, I really dislike my sites. Sure, I like certain parts okay, and some things are quite nice, but I can't help but believe that a good content management system with some custom programming could match existing features and offer a boatload of new ones. I'll have to explore it.