OK – I’m going to restart my blog here from scratch. I’ve dumped all the old stuff, and will now blog about some of the things I’m learning as I build a new, modern web site. Part of this will be to share what I learn, and so I hope help others. Part will be so I can remember what I did.
I’ve been working on a new web site since late 2007, so far doing everything myself. It has gone a lot slower than I had hoped, but it’s been fun, and I’ve learned a lot. The new site is still proprietary, so I won’t talk much about that, but I will cover some things I’ve learned.
So, just to help me remember what I want to talk about, here’s some topics to come:
1. Basic model for a modern web site: dynamic, easy-to-use, lots of AJAX.
2. Development tools – MacPro + VMWare = Amazing development platform
3. Freeware – use it or not?
4. Amazon AWS – clouds are the future
5. Current state of grammar checking
The last is what is currently driving my work. If you are developing new web sites, and haven’t heard about cloud computing (which I somehow missed until very recently), this is the wave of the future, and at the moment, Amazon’s AWS is about the only game in town. AWS totally levels the playing field for startup web sites, and will really allow for near zero capital startup costs. The problem is that it has a pretty steep learning curve and is still so young that there aren’t as many tools available as you’d like. But the upside is incredible.