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Editor and Publisher: Strikers did news site on a shoestring in Seattle with Linux

Jan 23, 2001, 19:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Karim Mostafa)

[ Thanks to Dan for this link. ]

"The planning for unionrecord.com began six days before the strike, with a meeting of the local guild president; Chuck Taylor; Mike Blain, a freelance technology consultant who works on union sites in Seattle; and several photographers. The union insisted that there be a print edition, but the primary focus was the Web."

"'We wanted a lean, functional site that was quick to index, archive, and search,' said Blain, also a co-founder of WashTech, a local union for programmers. The site needed to be easy to use for volunteer strikers who weren't HTML-proficient. So Blain grabbed the domain name, got an IP address, and started building a custom-made database driven publishing system.

"Blain ended up creating a simple form where strikers could input information into categories such as headline, byline, and text. 'Yeah, I built it from scratch,' said Blain. 'I used PHP (PHP Hypertext Preprocessor), a server side scripting language, and mySQL (a version of miniSQL), an open-source database program on Linux. We didn't have to buy any software at all to build the site.'"

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