Getting to know you

I wanted to get a sense of the people who are interested in the Building a Web Application series. Why is it that you are following along? Do you want to build your own application? Or are you interested in content management systems? I'd love to hear what you have to say.

Published January 13, 2005 · Updated September 17, 2005
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Jeroen Mulder said on January 13, 2005


Software such as a CMS can be build in a 1000 different ways. I am generally interested in people's reasoning and motivating to go a particular way while building such a system -- hoping to find some new insights and perhaps implement them in future applications myself.

Gabriel Mihalache said on January 13, 2005

I've subscribed to your RSS feed before you embarked on this project. In my RSS reader you're under web design.

Regarding your CMS project, I'm interested in the design aspects, since I'm a J2EE developer and can't really use the PHP aspect.

Also, I enjoy your entries as good and concise writing.

scott said on January 13, 2005

I'm interested in both. I'm also interested in having a look into your method of developing software in general. There are so many different ways to do it, and I like to see as many as I can, so I can start developing my own preferences. Up to now, most of my programming experience is with building very limited scope applications or updating existing code. I mostly have looked at this series as a window into the methods behind building something on a larger scale.

Michael Allan said on January 13, 2005

I've been meaning to build my own CMS for a while, for fun if not for profit, so I was hoping your series would provide me with some inspiration and ideas.

While I've certainly enjoyed seeing how you formalized the preparatory stages, I confess I was really looking forward to learning how you structured your code, what styles/patterns you used, etc. I'm not sure how much of this you plan to share with us, but I hope you'll expose at least some of it ... since I'm already an expert at getting everything set up then falling over at the implementation level :-p

Hopefully the web app gets back on track soon and you can put it to work for you!

Valentin Agachi said on January 13, 2005

I would have to say both.
I have been developing web applications for a couple of years now (one of which is a CMS), but I am always curios about how other applications are designed, and not only on the programming level. I also find new ideas which lead to improving the usability of my applications.

Henry B. said on January 13, 2005

Both. Like Scott, I'm generally intrested in software development. I hope to get some of my own ideas up and running soon. Also, most of my projects have been CMS related in some way.

Patrick Teng said on January 13, 2005

I'm a compsci major, and I've noticed that there aren't any classes really that focus on difference stages of software development. And i'm also trying to find out more about web application/distributed software developments as well. Your CMS project has really given me some insight and ideas. Thank you! :-)

S. Visser said on January 13, 2005

Basically, to learn.

I like to code and develop, but lack the experience to know where the pitfalls are. And the ability to actually start on one, but I'll get around to that someday. I hope.

I also like to read the entries, because they are written well.

Jared Christensen said on January 13, 2005

I want to build my own. I am sick of devlopers that can not understand what I want.

djaC said on January 14, 2005

I'm in the proces of completing a post Md degree in Educational Instructional Design, and thereby very interested in "buildibg a site "- compliant, Series and i doing so in a compliant Manner. I am in the process of designing a hopefully meaningful pilot utilizing that of which ye speak, to turn some of the old traditionalists on their ears.

James said on January 16, 2005


I'm interested to see how you go about doing it, why you make the decisions you do, and how you tackle any problems that you face.

My interest stems from the fact that I'm currently in the final year of my Computer Science and E-business degree at Loughborough University (UK) and for my final year project I'm building my own CMS stylee app.

I've never done one before, and was hoping that your experiences may help me. So far, you've been more help than you could possibly imagine, thank you.

Mark said on January 16, 2005

Following along to gain insights into the design process of a web application, and it's marketing etc. Great article!

My interest mainly stems from currently being involved in designing my own web application which is in it's live beta test stage at the moment.

Wouldn't have been able to get it to where it's at today without what I've gained from your series. Cheers!

Tim Wouters said on January 17, 2005

My interest to your project mostly comes from my frustration with existing Content Managemenent Systems.

Really, if you manage to knock off a CMS that doesn't have a mind of its own (like inserting random tag soup, or retaining Microsoft formatting while copy-pasting from Word), that is actually usable to business users and that allows administrators to save content as XML and specify an XSL stylesheet and a DTD, there's a world of prospects waiting for you out there :-)

Chris said on January 17, 2005

I'm a self-taught web developer. I can write a one-page PHP script that can do just about anything. However, being self-taught, I'm trying to get my head wrapped around the organization of a full-blown application: what to stick in function libraries, when to use OOP, how much to abstract, how to make different modules that can be fit together, etc.

Bryan said on January 20, 2005

I am busy implementing a CMS at the moment and have been creating websites for 8 years (as a hobby). Stumbled across your site and followed along out of interest.

My day job is a systems developer but (even if I had the time) I wouldn't develop a CMS. I have seen some pretty good products out of the box.

Levi Nunnink said on January 25, 2005

I'm working on a web app of my own that's similar to content management (more website management/publishing) and I'm interested in how to market it.

Dan Bowling said on January 28, 2005

I am planning on building a course management system (content management for teachers) in the near future, but I have never tackled such a large project. I read in hopes that I can take home some of your lessons.

Jules said on January 31, 2005

I have been thinking about a recipe application whereby cooking recipes may be recorded and viewed. Some aspects of this application I can visualize but other components are giving me trouble. I don't want the user to be forced to enter HTML or possibly any type of code such as [ingredients]. I will continue to think about it and will watch to see what you have to say on this topic.

diong said on February 01, 2005

I am interested in the development aspect of the series as well as how a commercial grade software is built. I am a Java developer and developed my own publishing webapp for my site.

Rupeni said on April 26, 2005

I am learning, so i would love to know all the nooks and crooks of the trade.!

Dan Bowling said on May 18, 2005

I am interested in both. I have been looking for a good CMS for a while, and have been drastically dissapointed and am thinking about home rolling one, though my experience is in design with a minor background in programming. I am trying to learn from your process.

SteveC said on June 12, 2005

The mandatory "Both"

I'm building my own Backpack like application, and want to see how I should go about planning it.

Also, the date on live preview on my comp is way off latest Firefox , shows may 14 instead of june 12 :/

Natalie said on October 03, 2005

Hey there,
My Name is natalie, how you doing, I've spent the last hour or so reading over your notes, and learning from your series. "Building a web application". I thought I'd let you know I think you're doing a really great job and that the reason why I am interested is that because I am the founder of a volunteer youth based organisation; The MiGiTMiNoRiTy, that is primarily supporting teenage youth, providing information, advice and support , in a safe online environment, And I'm hoping to build a community based website with a CMS that actually meets the needs of my group.

I have been using pre-made Content managment systems since 2004 and have experienced difficulties in that I have been unableto meet the needs of my group, through these web application.

Although I haven't had to much experience in the field; development of web applications. I have spent the past two years completing my HSC (final year od school) Studying software design and development, and information processes and technology, and have found that, I will be able to use this knowledge to assist me, and hopefully apply it whilst on the adventure of trial and error.

Your series has given me a and outline, i guess a starting point to what i need to do, I've found it very helpful and I appreciate you talking the time to create it.

Thanks for your help :)
Please feel free to contact me, in regards to anytihng I have said, maybe you'll be able to give me a little more direction where to head next.

Take care and have a great day!
From Nat :)

Lou J Klevinas said on November 06, 2005

I would luv to learn how to buld a web site & maintain it? If you could contact me that would be great! With most applications I've looked at there is a very high & long learning curve!

I'm also looking for an eRegistartion System for all my clients' delegates! This would be a web based model and we could use this for interactive sessions!

Please let me know how to get started?

Thanx Lou
Mississauga, ON
oh Canada

Evann said on July 10, 2006

Hey all you dreamers, and visionairies out there who see the future of CMS.

CMS is becomming standard, and information management has become the real constant task. File format Conversions and adjsting to upgrades.also need to be taken care of, can we agree that developers make more money maintainig(in the long run) than actually building. Websites. The idea is to imagine a CMS, that once deployed, has a simple, easy to use, framework for managing all data In an organized and structured way such as to favor any form of desired manipulation.

When progress slows and peaks the tide will turn, and visual appeal will be not be important enough to compremise comptatibility and accessability. Hopefully the future will bring us more compatibility of softwares between each other. Each software will be able to interpret any file, even unknowns by reckognizing the file format and decrypting them, and writting equavelent code to process the desired actions.


Thank you all for your insight

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