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"What's an Internet, Again?" - In which I say good-bye to my dying father and the birth of a new industry

My office at 110 30th Ave North is surrounded by windows, offering a nice panoramic view of the west side of town. I probably have the best view of the Vanderbilt football team's victory flag waving over the stadium, a rarity since it has not had such a lengthy presence during the offseason. Perhaps of more interest to readers of this blog is the 5" pipe protruding from the wall directly behind me. It is partially hidden behind a bookcase and is hardly noticeable since it is only about 8 inches from the floor. In the springtime, baby birds usually chirp incessantly from a well-fortified nest on the other side of the stuffed paper towels that have been crammed in the hole to serve as insulation. There is little to suggest now that this was once the gateway to Telalink Corporation's oh-so-primitive "data center" in the early years and that this pipe would allow for Nashvillians to take their first ride on the 'Net.

Attention: Bill Butler, Tim Moses and Tommy Williams, Please Check My Facts

I experienced a lot of nostalgia last night while attending SouthernAlpha's inaugural Spark Nashville at 3rd and Lindsley. Listening to the panel discussion with Marcus Whitney and Nicholas Holland, I was fascinated with the stories of these "pioneers of the industry" when I happened to notice the familiar profile of Bill Butler in the balcony. If I were in a movie, the scene could not have been better scripted. For there, hovering with saintly presence above these "old" gents in their reminiscing about the old days (early to mid 2000's) was a true visionary for technology in Nashville before there was any awareness of any kind by most anyone. How could this be, you might ask? Pull up a chair. Pour yourself a beverage. Raise your hands, clasp your hands with fingers intertwined and, with your best Wayne's World flashback impersonation, come back with me...."doodl-oodl-oo, doodl-oodl-oo, doodl-oodl-oo, doodl-oodl-oo........"

Sitemason 6 Enters Private Beta

Yesterday we invited a select few Sitemason users to an early beta program to test Sitemason 6. It's an understatement to suggest we're excited about this phase. We've poured a lot of ourselves into this reinvention in the past 15 months and we hope it shows.

If you are interested in joining the beta program, please email beta@sitemason.com. Look for a general beta release announcement for all existing Sitemason users in the coming weeks. 

Developer Tips: Custom Navigation

No matter how helpful Sitemason Library methods are, sometimes you gotta go custom. One common requirement is to break out from basic navigation menus to customize the display of a site's navigation. A simple example below:

One Level Navigation

<ul>
<?php
    foreach ($content_xml->nav as $nav) { 
        echo '<li';
        if ($nav->currently_displayed || $nav->current_site) {
            echo ' class="active"';
        }
        echo '><a href="' . $nav->link . '">' . $nav->title . '</a></li>'; 
    }
?>
</ul>

Read on for more examples of customizing navigation with PHP

Developer Tips: Custom Queries for Live Testing

Today we're launching a new series for developers to regularly offer tips and tricks for developing in the Sitemason environment. Our first tip is to use custom queries for testing code on a live site. 

One thing that is very different for developers working on the Sitemason platform for the first time is developing in a live production environment. Read more to learn about a great way to easily switch between test and production code. 

Updated: Building Sitemason 6 at BarCamp Nashville Oct 20th

BarCamp 2012 logoUpdate: My BarCamp session slides and notes are available at www.sitemason.com/barcamp

For the sixth consecutive year, Nashville is hosting BarCamp, the defining "un-conference" for our technology community. This year, I have the distinct pleasure of presenting "Adventures In Building Our Dream Interface". Go get signed up for the free day of fun and learning and checkout my session. Details and more about BarCamp after the break!

Sitemason 6 Watch: Actions in Action

Continuing our interface teaser, today we wanted to show off how Actions will work in the new interface. Sitemason defines Actions as any change that modifies the list. Here's a brief video showing off Adding a Page, Reordering the list, editing a Page, Duplicating a Page, and finally deleting that duplicate. Enjoy!

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