Textbook

Thursday, 18 March 2010

by Silumesii Maboshe

Before Pencil Case Studios, I began work on a personal project—a Content Management System (CMS) that I lovingly called “Textbook”. The project got me on to blogging, website design and development and was the germ that started this Studio.

Inspired by Dan Cohen, Textbook was written from scratch in PHP with posts generated from text files rather than a database. I wanted it to be lightweight, portable and have as little configuration as possible. It was a great project to learn Source Code Management (SCM). The tool of choice was Subversion. If I had to do it again, I’d probably have used CodeIgniter (at the time I did not know Ruby).

Here are some mockup screens that were going to make up my first Textbook-powered blog. I guess I have a thing for brown and yellow!

After Textbook, I stumbled upon WordPress, Drupal, Ruby on Rails, Camping, Jekyll (which I currently use) and was introduced to Git. Had it not been for Textbook, I might never have chosen to become a freelancer.

Perhaps some ideas are meant to die to give life to better, stronger ones. Can I get a witness?