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Categories Defined

The world I live in is full of information. I spend my days thinking, reading and talking. There is so much information — it’s ALL information — that handling it and making sense of it become the real challenges.

The projects I take at work, and the questions I choose to think about are generally extremely interconnected. When I’m thinking about XHTML markup, am I not thinking about the internet? How does the realization of something differ from the design of something? Does it? In the world of news web sites, how exactly is the Sports section different from the News section? News related to sports is still news, right?

Anyways, I write all this because I’m starting out with this new blog (thanks for visiting!), and deciding how to categorize it is both an important and a difficult question. Here are the categories I’m going to use initially. I suspect they’ll evolve over time, but this is my best first effort:

  • Accessibility
  • Back-end + PHP + MySQL
  • Blogging
  • Browsers
  • CSS techniques
  • DOM + Scripting
  • Design thinking
  • Events
  • Humor
  • Information design
  • Knowledge + Content Management
  • Life and such
  • Mark-up techniques
  • Other user agents
  • Photos
  • Politics + News
  • References
  • Rules-based design
  • Sandbox
  • Safe keeping
  • Search engines
  • Stuff + Things
  • The Internet
  • Tools + Software
  • Travel
  • Web standards
  • Yahoo!

I must give broad credit to those that came before me. I borrowed categories from D. Keith Robinson at Asterisk, Richard Rutter at clagnut and others. (Lots of the categories come from my blogging experience behind my company’s firewall.

For more information and thinking on categories and taxonomies, check out this article by Lars Marius Garshol: Metadata? Thesauri? Taxonomies? Topic Maps! Making sense of it all. I’ll probably point to this article again in the future, but it’s relevant to this post, so enjoy!

cheers, nate

Feature Complete – A Definition; or An Exploration of Varied Knowledge Management Systems at Yahoo!

This content has been censored during migration from my behind-the-firewall blog to this public one.
Feature Complete

All features planned for the release have been completely coded, unit tested by the developer, and checked into source control, ready for the build. We often differentiate between Feature Complete Checkin date, and Feature Complete Build date.”

Prior to Feature Complete (or FC) the focus of the project is on the development team, who is busy implementing the feature set based on the PRDs and (if we have them) Functional Specs and perhaps other specs. After Feature Complete, the focus of the project is on the testing, the fixing and verifying of bugs. The focus during this time is on the bug queue in Bugzilla, and the Bug Council meets daily to prioritize, assign, and defer new bugs as they’re reported.

This content has been censored during migration from my behind-the-firewall blog to this public one.

PS: All this makes me think we need a unified understanding of our knowledge management tools.

momo: collection of well designed blogs

This is a nice collection of weblog designs.

http://larsholst.info/blog/2004/02/11/well-designed-weblogs-volume-2/

this is additionally interesting since most weblogs are all LSM/CSS and are good testing grounds for what’s visually possible with LSM/CSS.

Add to My Yahoo

I guess the syntax is:

http://add.my.yahoo.com/rss?url=http://www.foo.com/feed.xml

Excellent.

RSS Primer

This is another overview of RSS. Might be good howto for some:

http://www.eevl.ac.uk/rss_primer/

How Many Feeds?

How Many Feeds?

This is an iteresting post of methods of consuming content… of interest, “E-mail is the last thing I check during the day.”

..and: “I never go to any web site on my own anymore (if I’m not doing research, of course). All the information I want to read comes into my aggregator. And, if I happen to miss something, I can probably deal with it. I think that my feeds run the gamut of the type of information I want to read. And if I miss anything in the field of librarianship, someone else is bound to pick it up and post it to their weblog. I’ll then read it in my aggregator. The power of linking, my friends.



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