Fixer-upper or new build?

September 20th, 2010

Phil Gyford is trying to talk himself into building his own weblogging tool:

Writing my own weblog CMS from scratch is, of course, lunacy. Consequently, I have been coming up with an elaborate justification for why the project is, at least, lunacy with a more respected real-world precedent. If you're allergic to Internet metaphors look away… now. […]

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2 Responses to “Fixer-upper or new build?”

  1. Kris Says:

    I'm not sure why he thinks it would be such "lunacy"? I've been running my own custom blog software for nearly 10 years. It's not hard. At its simplest level, a blog is just saving entries in a database and spitting them back out again.

  2. John Says:

    The "lunacy", I think, lies not so much in the notion of writing your own CMS as it does in diving into a project like that when there are plenty of quite serviceable blogging platforms around and he has no shortage of paying software projects on the go. I perhaps should have made it clearer that the reason I liked his post was for the extended run of metaphors about how different blogging platforms map onto different types of home, rather than because I thought writing your own CMS a particularly brave thing to do.

    (At least, assuming you have the requisite skills. I know my limits.)

    Going by his previous entry, I think Phil Gyford is seeing the project as an exercise in playing round with an unfamiliar framework on his own time, seeing how practical it is to replicate what he already has, whilst leaving himself sufficient flexibility to expand his site in as-yet-unspecified ways should the mood take him.