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From Stefano Mazzocchi <>
Subject Re: Live Site
Date Fri, 15 Mar 2002 13:53:49 GMT
Benjamin Grant wrote:
> Well, an -almost- live site:
> 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.

This is *way* cool.

> 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.

Please do. It would be a really wonderful way to pay us back, expecially
because it gives us clear indications on strenghts and weaknesses that
Cocoon has when you go in serious production enviornments (like yours).
> 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.  

I will love to help you guys if you need to move faster in this
direction. I think others on this list think about it the same way.

> 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.

You are very welcome.


Stefano Mazzocchi      One must still have chaos in oneself to be
                          able to give birth to a dancing star.
<>                             Friedrich Nietzsche

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