Daemonite blog: home of the motley daemon crew.
The daemonites have recently rebuilt the entire Eureka Science Prizes website for The Australian Museum. The web application was rebuilt from the ground up, leveraging the existing design, and tussling with the migration of existing data. We're seeing a fair bit of traffic now that the People's Choice Awards have opened up, and the site is getting regular exposure on the ABC.
Trond and crew at idl in Norway have released a great little form building plugin for the FarCry Framework, complete with user documentation. It leverages the nested tree model, allowing you to drop custom built forms directly into the site tree. Form posts are collected in the database and can be reviewed at any time. Nice little tutorial as well explaining how it was all put together.
Moving to a version controlled build process requires the universal acceptance of key requirements that the development team must adhere to. If any member of the team ignores these requirements, the regime of versioning and its multitude of benefits will begin to break down.
Decentralised development means giving each developer their own workspace: the ability to code in isolation of the rest of the team, to experiment and when their happy, easily share their changes with others in the team. But the fundamental reason for moving to a distributed environment where each developer has their own private workspace is to implement version control. Without version control effective code management is impossible.
It never ceases to amaze me how many development teams work as a group from a single development server. That is, multiple developers sharing a workspace for a single application, staged on a single development server. Although this type of environment is very simple to set up, and caters wonderfully for ad hoc and sporadic development by multiple parties, it nevertheless spells disaster for more serious code management.
State of the Nation for FarCry Framework: FarCry rocks. Development since the release of 4.0 has been fast and furious. The more production sites released the more minor fixes, mods and enhancements have made it into the core.
James Ward gives a great little summary of the whole Flex, Flash, Apollo ecosystem at the Google Plex. Love to see technically proficient evangelists, pushing tangible benefits of the Flash Platform.
Had an ugly piece of spyware sent to me the other day. It's a PDF that every time you turn a page reports back to a central tracking system, recording your every move, time spent, physical location, details of your mail client and so on. What's worse is that it doesn't even warn you that it's doing it.
Yxplorer is a Flashlet and accompanying component that allow you to drill down and explore your session, application and server scopes. Very nifty tool if you've been wondering what's in there. Yxplorer is part of the FarCry framework, but something that can be used on its own just about anywhere.
Justin Carter over at Madfellas has put together a cute little gadget to count down to webDU 2007. I love it when people get all excited about webDU :)