Forum OpenACS CMS: Deciding on framework technologies
Since I am an engineer - not a programmer - I won't be developing the site, but retain services to build it.
My intent is to begin with a relatively simple site incorporating:
(*) Simple marketplace,
(*) Resource archive and a blog.
Once these functions are running well the plan calls for building a second site, fueled by investors, to develop powerful business-to-business functions.
My immediate network is pressing hard to use PHP or Python along with development tools like Adobe flex. My initial take is that OpenACS coupled with consultants may be a much better solution. But I need more experienced players to support my hypothesis.
Your comments are appreciated. Ultimately I would like to talk to a volunteer or consultant in more detail.
Then ask yourself if much of the functionality your business requires is substantially similar to the existing features and packages.
If it is, then you will almost definately get a better, cheaper and faster solution by going with OpenACS/.LRN because most of your work is done for you. Any extra functionality can be developed for you by OpenACS consultants.
In 2001 I was introduced to OpenACS, its history and abilities and that is why I am exploring it seriously.
As yet, I have yet to find anyone in Bend/Central Oregon familiar with it. The decision therefore is whether to:
(1) Retain an openacs programmer that I haven't met and probably won't in the near term, or
(2) Retain a local programmer that is skilled in another medium.
More hope is that through this forum I will be able to locate someone that not only knows the code, but who also meets a certain standard for working in long distance mode.
There are a few OpenACS programmers in the Portland, Oregon area that meet that criteria, including myself. I'm sure there are also other interested parties at: http://openacs.org/community/companies/
Also, your 2 stage plan (1 site now, 1 in development) on first glance seems to parallel what others are doing with ecommerce-g2: http://openacs.org/xowiki/en/ecommerce-g2
My email to you bounced back, if you can, please direct me to your phone number.