That’s right, we launched a new website yesterday – CNBC European Business, completely written in Django using MySQL.

We did some cool things with this site, particularly:

  1. OpenCalais Integration (yes, again) – powers our recommendation system
  2. Some very nice MooTools effects
  3. A polling function using Google Charts API
  4. The Django Comments system
  5. Adobe InDesign XML-to-site import (batch)

What I think is important about this site was that its development flowed almost entirely from the design  – I know many sites roll through this method, but in our case we didn’t even start building the back office until we had a solid design – the designs dictated the functionality and the development flowed from there, it was a great way to do things as design elements suddenly became functional from mere mockups.

This was only possible because we already had a flexible codebase to build from and the site was relatively simple feature-wise (not to mention porops to the django templating system).

Here’s the kicker: total development time for this project was two weeks

The other really cool feature is the XML import from Adobe InDesign – this change has allowed us to ensure quality and consistency by taking site copy directly out of the source documents (in batch, no less) so a full site update takes about 1 second given the XML files.

We’ve got some bigger stuff comming up, will keep you posted :-)

M