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From Benjamin Grant <bgr...@salon.com>
Subject Live Site
Date Fri, 15 Mar 2002 03:39:18 GMT

Well, an -almost- live site:

	http://dir.salon.com/

We began working with cocoon, internally last year and experimented with it 
quite a bit.

Recently, we chose to re-engineer our Directory, which is a compilation of 
links to all of the articles we have published over the last six years.  This 
encompasses about 16,000 articles.   We realized we'd also benefit by 
re-publishing all of our old content in XML, as well.

There are many reasons we opted to deploy Cocoon, and I hope to find the time 
to write them all up sometime soon, along with a basic overview of how we 
deployed it, what kinds of code we had to/didn't have to write to do it, 
etc., in the hopes that it will assist others.

We are still tuning and evolving the new Directory, and have only directed a 
small amount of our public traffic to it.  Over the coming weeks, we expect 
to make it fully live.   Our biggest challenge has not been in deploying 
Cocoon, but in re-publishing our old content, which is stored as completely 
non-validated (read: sloppy) HTML fragments in an Oracle database.   Most 
likely we will have to re-publish a few more times to get things fully 
cleaned up. 

At some point in the future, we may contemplate switching our 
entire site over to Cocoon if the directory service proves stable and 
efficient under it.  In addition, we'll begin to make more use of Cocoon's 
features shortly; we've really only scratched the surface at this point.

In the meantime, a big thanks goes out to all of the Cocoon users and 
developers who have made all of this possible.

Regards,

Benjamin Grant
VP, Technology
Salon


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