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sigzero (5768)

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I am the proverbial "accidental" programmer. I have found that I really like Perl and programming so I am pursuing that route now. I am the Debian systems administrator and junior Perl programmer for a company called Inspire.

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Wednesday September 10, 2008
10:28 PM

New O'Reilly site layout

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I don't know if I was just so comfortable with the old O'Reilly site layout or it's a nebulous something "else" but I am finding it really hard to like the new layout.

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  • There are advantages and disadvantages, but the backend has improved greatly, which allows us to refine the public facing portions more effectively. I'm always happy to receive and discuss feedback though.

    • It is probably just a personal thing with me. Visually the old site allowed "me" to segregate all the sections (new articles, blogs, etc.) fairly rapidly. With the new site, and it could be it is because it is "new", I have to stare at it to figure out what section I am looking at. The blog sections (where I used to read your posts religiously) was something I visited a lot. I cannot even tell where that is on the front page now.

      So I hope you didn't take it as "God the new site sucks". I did mean to convey

      • Visually the old site allowed "me" to segregate all the sections (new articles, blogs, etc.) fairly rapidly.

        One goal of the new site was to desegregate all of those sections, and then use tags to separate feeds into topics (Perl, XML, LAMP, .Net, etc). The tagging component isn't quite complete.

      • I wasn't fond of the new interface at first, but once I figured out I needed to click on "Community", I started to figure out where things were located. I was fond of the blog section where blogs were grouped by topic.
    • I was reading your O'Reilly blog yesterday [] and saw in the comments a reference to a follow up post you were planning. But the entry was from 2006 or so, and I couldn't find a link to your blog's archives. If such a link exists, it isn't evident. I was able to click on your profile, then click on "blog," but that gave me only recent entries (admittedly, a lot of entries, but still not going back near as far), with no apparent link at all to get to older posts. Alternatively, I was able to click on a cal

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers