Frontier 6.0 with a custom-designed editing
suite, delivers an intelligent website and a comprehensive workflow system.
Developer: Bitmovers Communications Inc, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jurgen Schaub <email@example.com> describes the project:
PMC-Sierra provides advanced semiconductor solutions for high-speed transmission
and networking systems that provide the underlying networking pipelines for the
global information infrastructure. They approached Bitmovers asking for a
state-of-the-art database-driven website that could be edited by a large group
of people within the company. Using Frontier 6.0 with a custom-designed editing
suite, we were able to deliver an intelligent website and a comprehensive
Frontier's glossary function is used extensively to provide links around the
site. Product numbers are included in the glossary, enabling authors to provide
links to product information simply by placing the product number in quotes.
Much of the site is generated completely automatically, by pulling data
maintained in a separate area of the Frontier database. This frees authors from
the tedium of remembering which pages to update when a new resource enters the
system. Pages are rendered to an IIS machine, and served statically.
The Editing System
Frontier includes a basic content management system, but it doesn't allow for
advanced functions, such as version control, approval, and external resource
management. After looking at Frontier's system, it was decided to build our own
web-based system, from the ground up. On top of Frontier's template, glossary
and macro functions, we layered an entire workflow system - allowing authors to
write pages, view them, edit them, and finally submit them to an editor for
approval - all within their browser. Only pages that have been approved by an
editor make it to the public website. This editing environment, bitEdit, is
served through the mainResponder and is therefore completely dynamic and very
flexible. In most cases, users need only follow a few simple steps in a
"wizard"-like environment to create or edit a resource on the site.
Behind the Scenes
A single copy of Frontier 6.0 is running on a 300MHz NT4 machine, which handles
all the bitEdit functions, as well as rendering the website every night. The
files are then copied nightly through the firewall to the external web server.
The website and bitEdit are kept in separate databases, to allow for simpler
updates to either one, and to maintain bitEdit as a separate, re-usable product.