[theforum] weo 2b: Suits you sir?

Sabrina Dent, Apperception sabrina.dent at appercept.co.uk
Sun Nov 7 17:58:08 CST 2004


> -----Original Message-----
> From: theforum-bounces at lists.evolt.org 
> On Behalf Of Martin Burns
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> The third big challenge we have is the perennial one: Do we
> a) Customise a packaged CMS, saving a lot of effort (do we 
> *really* need to code Yet Another Roles Based Authentication 
> System?) gaining lots of useful new stuff that we've always 
> wanted (eg i18n) and gaining a lot of other people's ongoing 
> effort but perhaps replicating only 90% of the current 
> functionality (say losing content ratings)
> b) Bespoke a system again, and live with the reverse set of 
> benefits/disbenefits

If option A is customised, why are we losing ratings (or any other example
one might come up with?)

I think we've all ported various client sites to OSSs of one kind or another
and then hacked in some replacement functionaility (or added/built a plugin)
to deliver the full client spec. Why would this be any different?

I would suggest, however, that the code be carefully commented and anyone
writing a hack be required to document it for future generations of evolt.


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