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Database Weekly

At least this project is moving forward. We deployed a new design to the site this week, and turned it live this morning. Instead of altering the Dot Net Nuke framework that it was on, we built a new site, mostly because it's a fairly simple type of site and really is based on the newsletter only, not people visiting the site.

There are a few minor issues, but they're mostly on the administrative side, not the public side. The front page shows the news from the previous week and you can click links to follow them. On the admin side...a few issues, none really major, although without developers this weekend I suspect that the newsletter will be a day late.

I have to say that Database Weekly, evolved from Database Daily, has changed somewhat in it's mission. I was against the idea of the site 4 years ago, but Andy convinced me to give it a try. He said that there was value in having an editor pick through news and put the newsletter together and he was right, I was wrong, and it's a valuable web property that added value to the bottom line. Our plan was to eventually try and go daily ot twice a week with the newsletter, but we never go the process down to that level.

When Red Gate purchased the site, they decide that Database Daily was too confusing (I agree), bought Database Weekly, and now we have a new site. Eventually I'm hoping we find a way to automate most of the functions of DBW, or I get to hand it off to someone else. It helps for editorial ideas, but it's also a PIA each week and now that I'm stuck with it for the foreseeable future, it's a chore every week to walk through hundreds of links.

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