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Content Management for Rubyists: The Shrinking Distance Between Websites and Web Applications

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April 2, 2011 9:55 AM

Reston, VA

Reston, VA

The interest and market for open source content management systems (CMS) has grown immensely in the past few years. As these solutions (primarily PHP based) gather more developers/builders/designers, they become an increasingly safe choice for clients to use for building their sites. Solutions like Wordpress and Drupal support a growing ecosystem of modules that allow non-programmers to build dynamic sites without the need for much custom programming. As websites gain more functionality, the divide between risky bespoke/custom web applications and CMS powered websites is shrinking.

In this talk, we will discuss the state of the CMS market, what advantages Ruby has for building content driven websites (especially Rails 3), and why reinventing the CMS wheel can be a costly mistake for your clients. We will also cover some of the architecture/design decisions that went into creating Radiant and BrowserCMS, client perceptions of project risk, and speculate on how Ruby can compete with PHP based CMS solutions for market share.

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