In with the new, out with the old
By blueprints on Mar 26, 2008
An important event quietly happened yesterday: the Sun BluePrints Program saw the return of Vicky Hardman as program manager. The Dot Com crash had a ripple effect, painfully reducing the staff and budget dedicated to this program, significantly changing the way we did business. Vicky presided over what I would call the "golden age" of the program, and was very good at keeping things moving along and (especially) not letting them fall through the cracks. Her return heralds a revitalization of this nine year old program: just in time for our new Wiki front-end.
If you examine our current "archives", we have content stretching back to April, 1999; we are about to enter our tenth year! Looking at these older articles is like strolling down memory lane, but technology is moving on, and much of that content is so old that it is not clear what we should do with it. Does anyone care about Solaris 8 any longer? How about PC Netlink 1.0? For this reason, I point only back through 2004 on the new Wiki page. Still, the information pack rat in me can't stand the thought of throwing anything away; perhaps I'll collect it and tag it something like "antiquated." I'm open to ideas.
As for other ideas: it is my hope to soon launch a second class of blueprint that will be published directly on the Wiki, i.e., not in PDF. Such articles would still go through our review process and we would provide some minor editorial polishing, but they won't be the large, formal PDF documents. There are great advantages to this approach, particularly for content that is subject to frequent updating. It's not "either/or": both will exist. For those of you who are fans of BigAdmin, as am I, we are not intending to "compete." Indeed, BigAdmin has pointed to Sun BluePrints articles for years, and I'm going to get more active (now that Vicky is back!) to ensure that our latest articles are properly placed there. An important difference is that the content delivered by the Sun BluePrints Program always has a Sun engineer behind it and always goes through a review process. BigAdmin hosts many "best practice" documents from a wider source, providing a vital service to all.
We are entering "a new golden age," as prior principle contributor John Howard (who has moved on) used to joke. John, we will try to do you proud!