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Friday, April 15, 2005

Orlando Blogger Friends Are The Food Duo

FoodDuo - Couple Orlando guys who like to eatOne of my buddies works at a web development firm in Orlando and a couple of his coworkers put together an interesting little blog, FoodDuo. Their aim is to slowly but surely review all restaurants in Orlando, well maybe not all of them, but they're going to do as many as possible. I kind of felt compelled to represent bloggers right here in my good ol hometown of Central Florida. It doesn't matter who you are or where you're located, if you have something interesting to say then the visitors will come.

I asked them why they chose to roll their own blogging software instead of using one of the more established brands. Here's what they had to say.

The FoodDuo chose to not use one of many available hosted blogs (moveable type, blogger, etc.) mainly because we are software developers for our day job. As such, we are inclined to tweak the system to add new features as quickly as possible. If we think of something new that we think our visitors would enjoy we are able to test the changes locally and then move them to the live website fairly easily.

A blog like FoodDuo would be very difficult to replicate on some of the hosted blogs because we have two primary posters that are blogging on the same topic. We took an open source ColdFusion blog created by Ray Camden and were able to quickly bolt in the ability for two posters to blog on one topic as well as allowing the posters and the commenters to rate the restaurant featured in the blog post. Without access to the source code in an easy to use rapid development language like ColdFusion, we would have been relegated to using only the typical blog format.

Good stuff, I'll be checking their blog before I have any meetings in Orlando. Hmmm, maybe I should ask them to be a guest contributor. I know where all the McDonalds are ;)

Update February 22, 2007: Well it appears the food duo have met their dastardly doom and the site is no longer around. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.

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