[San-Diego-pm] SanDiego.PM.org

Chris Grau chris at chrisgrau.com
Tue Jan 9 15:34:47 PST 2007

Attention fellow San Diego Perl Mongers, as the new god-emperor of the
web site, I'm making a few changes...

Nah, just kidding.  I most of all want this to be a group endeavor.  It
is our group and our web site after all.  Knowing this group, I expect
there will be a certain amount of, "okay, that sounds nice, whatever."
Nevertheless, I'd rather bounce ideas off the list than just run off and
do my own thing.

First off, thank you Joel for all the work you've put into the web site.
I'm not sure who to thank for hosting, Joel or some nameless entity at
LAMPhost, but it's been great.  I don't know what our arrangement with
LAMPhost is, but Dan Risse has offered a free hosted account with
TierraNet for the web site.  I'll let Dan elaborate on what that offers,
but I think there are some benefits (and bragging rights) to having one
of our own members host the site.

So anyway, on to the first of my ideas.

An events calendar.  I'm leaning towards setting up a Google calendar,
since it gives us so much for free.  My understanding of the system is
that I can simply create a public calendar, name it whatever I want,
give certain people write access, and we're done.  Alternatively, we
could hack up a Perl script or use Sunbird to create a calendar file
that we could then host on our own web site.  Thoughts?

I passed around a hard copy of the Lisbon Perl Mongers web site[0] last
night.  I wouldn't want to copy what they've done directly, but I think
it's a neat idea.  I think it would be fun if the home page was not only
informative, but runnable:

    $ perl `lynx -dump http://sandiego.pm.org/`
    Just Another San Diego Perl Hacker

Speaking of fun, what about a blog on the web site?  Something akin to
the O'Reilly Radar[1], in which all (or some subset) of members could
post Perl-related thoughts.

The Kernel Panic web site[2] is powered by Plone (a Python application -
boo, hiss), which gives it user sign-up and user-based page creation.
I'm not about to recommend Plone, but I like the concept.  The simplest
solution, I think, would be to use Kwiki, but I'm open to suggestions.
This idea of mine is still just a random idea.  Just another fun thing I
thought we could do.

I have to note that all of this is just me brainstorming.  I'm not
making any changes to the web site now or probably for a little while.
Like I said, I want this to be a group effort (or at least have group
interest, I'm volunteering to do all the effort).  Emile had a good idea
at the meeting last night: spend at least a few minutes during every
meeting discussing the direction of the web site.

That's more than enough for now.


[0] http://lisbon.pm.org/
[1] http://radar.oreilly.com/
[2] http://www.kernel-panic.org/
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