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11 years of Scripting News

Tuesday, April 01, 2008 by Dave Winer.

To mark the 11th anniversary of Scripting News, here's a pointer to docs on the software I used to edit the site.  Permalink to this paragraph

http://www.scripting.com/frontier/netscripting/newsPage.html  Permalink to this paragraph

I thought of what eventually became the weblog as a News Page, a roughly reverse chronologic list of links to news stories. Then as now I edited using the outliner in Frontier.  Permalink to this paragraph

We made the NewsPage suite and all the other code that ran in the Frontier environment (the "Aretha" release) available in source to anyone who wanted to use it, and amazingly, a fair number of sites poppped up that more or less followed the pattern of Scripting News. Permalink to this paragraph

I don't remember them all, but the most notable one (to me) was Robot Wisdom, which was managed for the first few years with this software. Permalink to this paragraph

There will be people who give me a hard time for writing this, but that's their problem not mine. One of the benefits of creating something that really took off is that you get to gloat about it. ;-> Permalink to this paragraph


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A picture named dave.jpgDave Winer, 53, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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