MacWEEK and Frontier
Monday, January 5, 1998 by Dave Winer.
On the opening day of MacWorld Expo in San Francisco, I'd like to make a small Mac-related announcement, certainly nothing of the magnitude that Apple will announce later today, but in our world, it's an important development.
MacWEEK, a unit of Ziff-Davis Publishing, has adopted Frontier as its content management platform for its www.macweek.com website.
First, as we went forward, we stayed customer-driven. Since many of our users are Mac people, it made sense to continue to move the Mac version forward as we moved the Windows product forward.
Second, as a derivative of the above, even though our team is mostly using Windows NT machines to develop, we can move sites like www.macweek.com forward because of the unique cross-platform power that comes from working in a database and scripting environment that's truly cross-platform. When we add a feature to our environment it immediately runs on both Mac and Windows. This is a powerful place to be, giving our community real leverage.
And the third lesson is that history is not predictable. Last year many people thought Apple was headed for oblivion. Now the market is restarted. A big publishing company, Ziff-Davis, is making an investment in Mac publishing technology. And it's a good investment, because, as I've been saying for so many years, there are lots of important publishing-oriented things you can do on Macs that you can't do anywhere else.
Finally, thanks to MacWEEK for trusting us with its web presence. This is an important milestone. We look forward to working with them for many years to come.