I started working with O’Reilly Network in the Summer of 2000. We had just sold Web Review to Miller Freeman, and for a few moments there, I was out of a job. Fortunately, O’Reilly offered me the managing editor position for the fledgling O’Reilly Network, and I’ve been here ever since.
A lot has changed at O’Reilly Media over those years. Remember when it was O’Reilly & Associates? (Who were those associates anyway?) My first OSCON was in Monterey. It’s still my favorite location for our flagship conference.
One of the things that hasn’t changed much during this time is the O’Reilly Network home page. We’ve been thinking about how to refresh www.oreillynet.com for more than a year. I won’t go into all the hemmin’ and hawin’, but the upshot is that we now have a beta page to show you:
Update: March 20, 2008: The beta link is no longer available, so we’ve included a link to the resulting release page.
Our first goal was to give you a compelling overview of the best stuff happening throughout the Network on any given day. That’s what you’ll find in the center column labeled “Today’s Features.” There you can scan current O’Reilly Radar posts, MAKE hacks, book excerpts, weblog entries, articles, and tutorials. You can even subscribe to this content via an RSS feed.
Down the right column we list the “In case you missed it…” articles and posts. Here are some of the gems from recent history that are just too good to let slip away. So we’re going to keep a handful on display. Also, to double our odds that you never miss any of these jewels, you can subscribe to them via RSS. We’ve even added an archive link in the upper right corner. We’re going to make it hard for you to miss the good stuff.
The folks behind this effort — Daniel Steinberg and Sarah Kim — are the same tandem who created the successful java.net site. They’re interested in reading what you have to say about the beta page for the Network. So, give it a spin and post your comments in the Talk Backs below. Daniel will be managing the beta page, so he’ll take all of the feedback into consideration as he works with Sarah on the refinements. And, of course, we’ll keep you posted along the way.
Oh, and one other thing… thanks so much for supporting O’Reilly!
Post your comments about the beta home page for O’Reilly Network here.