I’m working on an Expression Engine project at the moment that involves a lot of document management. EE’s file manager is OK for a small number of files, but when you have a lot of large files, entry and member permission requirements and general ease of management to think about then it just doesn’t cut it. I also didn’t want to store the documents on the webserver.
We’re developing a new front-end for Tracks at the moment and have been researching various front end JS solutions. I’ve played around with both Backbone.js and Angular.js. Both are awesome (despite my JS noobness), but wasn’t convinced I needed this type of framework as of yet. Plus the learning curve (particularly Angular) is pretty step.
Working on Tracks has been an amazing experience. I’ve learnt a lot. Especially from the businesses that have signed up and shared their feedback. I wake up in the morning thinking about it and go to bed thinking about it. It is hard to switch off at times.
Yesterday I set-up and installed the development environments for the new Tracks website on Expression Engine. I’ve struggled in the past getting version control working with EE, so thought I’d document some of the steps I went through. Although this is only a rough guide, it will give some beginners a point in the right direction.
I attended Salesforce’s Social Enterprise Conference the other day with Kenton Ward of KentonFrank. I say conference; nightclub might have been a more accurate description - although they have to be applauded for crowd-sourcing the music (even though I was waiting on the thumping techno to kick in).
I’ve written about social media consultants and agencies before. Very few get it right. So when a colleague passed Ron Shevlin‘s book that has a pop at social media to me with a few postit notes on pages I should read it made me smile.
I like hearing the stories behind how businesses where started and what drove the people to start them in the first place. If you dig deep enough you’ll normally find that what the founders ended up selling was something different than first planned.
I’ve shared some designs and messages before on the blog that I have stumbled upon along the way. I’ve not had much time to update the blog recently, but I’m always taking screenshots, so thought it was about time for me to share some of the recent designs and messages I’ve come across in the past couple of months. There’s also a howler from Google. Enjoy.
His photos tell the story as it was: horrific. There is also a video exhibition where he tells his own story. Both Roo and I were blown away, but I also loved one of his quotes from when he was starting off:
I found this article today on pipeline management whilst looking around at sales applications. I thought some of the “truths” were quite valid, particularly to professional service companies going into 2012. Ruppert (the author) lists “Thirteen Truths of Pipeline Management”; here’s the list of 13, but the full article is worth reading too.
I watched a Derron Brown documentary the other day on lucky charms. For those that don’t know Derron Brown, he’s like a modern day Houdini. I’m pretty sure that he’d have been burned to death centuries ago on the basis that he was a witch.