In our previous article in the series on the development of nexus, we discussed navigation and information architecture. We identified the challenge of filtering articles by category and by level of experience (beginner / expert), while also viewing the articles along a characteristic (most-viewed, highest-rated, etc). Between both url-creation and visible site-navigation, the challenge we explored was how to present one facet or dimension as primary and others as secondary.
One of our readers presented a third alternative – faceted navigation.
Continue reading APR: Information Architecture – Faceted Navigation
We have an interesting information architecture challenge as part of our agile project. We have talked about browsing and searching articles organized both by category (product management, business analysis, etc) and by level of expertise (beginner, expert). We’re also rating and reviewing the articles, which introduces the ideas of “latest”, “most reviewed”, “highest rated”, etc.
This presents us with a three-dimensional way to approach structuring the information and navigation of the site.
Continue reading APR: Information Architecture Challenge
We’ve come up with a name for the site we’re creating as part of our agile project. Read on to see our rationale.
Continue reading APR: Naming Our Product
Earlier this week we iterated on our agile project to assure that we have sufficient application security to meet our user’s implicit requrements.
Read on for updates on our implementation of the security constraints, and progress on the next feature to be implemented.
Continue reading APR: Security Update
Last night I got some great feedback from the Austin on Rails guys who helped with the deployment technology for our project. I also got a bit of an education about website security. Based on that conversation, I’m adding a new constraint to our project – that it be secure.
Continue reading APR: Security – Added Constraint
In a slight segue from our agile project articles, here are five tips that may help other first time Ruby on Rails / Capistrano deployments. Even with the great resources available on the internet, there were some unexpected and obscure hurdles for a new-to-rails developer to get a site up and running. While Ruby favors convention over configuration, not all hosts are set up with the same conventions – so there isn’t much help available for the really weird problems.
Continue reading First Five Capistrano “Oh Crap! Oh No!” Tips
Thanks very much to the rock stars who helped us out tonight. Some of these rockstars are former coworkers of mine, and I believe are all active in austinonrails.org. – next meeting is Tuesday (see the website for more details).
In alphabetical order – everyone chimed in to fix, coach and teach at one point or another.Thanks very much to…
I hope the links send some visitors your way, and thanks again!
Download the screenshots of the first iteration (build 0060) of the ratings site in this article.
Continue reading APR: Screenshots – Build 0060
Sorry about not going live over the weekend. I’ve been fighting with some deployment issues in getting things running on our host server. In some sense, this is to be expected, as we’ve never done it before, and there is a whole lot of new technology for us. So, we’ve found some folks with Ruby on Rails experience, and they are going to help us debug whatever we were doing wrong.
Continue reading APR: Fighting With Deployment Issues