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Kicking the Tires on Your Next CMS

May 26, 2009, 20:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ernest Lilley)

"Last month I went to CMS Expo in Evanston, IL where they were running programming tracks on Wordpress, Joomla!, and Drupal as well as a smattering of presentations on others including Plone (a Python based CMS) and Alfresco (a semi-open sourced CMS). In addition to the chance to see folks kicking the tires on different systems, I was looking forward to getting together with George DeMet of Palantir a Chicago Drupal shop, to go over the results from the South By Southwest (SXSW) CMS Showdown he'd created for the March SXSW new media festival. George recapped the showdown at a session that kicked off the Expo and introduced folks from teams for Joomla! (Steve Fisher) and Drupal (Colleen Carroll, Jeff Eaton)

"The SXSW CMS Showdown took the Iron Chef concept and pitched three teams against each other using three different CMSs to create a website based on a common design given to them. The teams had 100 hours to work on the project (team hours, not man hours) and had to give the fruits of their labors back to the open source community. Palantir, which George is an owner of, being a Drupal house, went in with high expectations."

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