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Interview with Philippe Archambault

September 11th, 2007

[Frog]

Frog is a very young but promising project, aiming to port Radiant CMS, a Ruby on Rails application, to the PHP world. Its project leader is Philippe Archambault, who has kindly agreed to a virtual interview with BlogsWeek.com.

BW: Philippe, thank you very much for your time. First, can you tell us a little about yourself?

PA: Hi Andrea! I’m a 25 years old freelancer from Canada. Before starting freelance, I worked at a Linux consulting company in Montreal for about 2 years. It is there that I gained expertise as a project manager and PHP/MySQL developer.

BW: When and why did you start the Frog project?

PA: I started this project for one reason, to port Radiant CMS to the PHP language. The first line of code was written in December 2006, and the first public beta was released in January 2007.

Now that I receive more and more emails about issues or feature requests for Frog, I realize that Frog is more used than I was thinking and this is why I am taking this project more seriously; but I’m still doing it for my own pleasure, when I have time and if I’m feeling for it.

BW: What advantages and features will Frog offer over the other systems currently available?

PA: First it’s the simplicity and the flexibility of the administration backend. The concept is really simple, with hierachical pages, flexible parts (body, sidebar, summary, …), flexible layout and a professional administration layout. To this, I have added a really simple file management that is also very easy to use.

Secondly it’s the easy customization and adaptation to user needs. The important thing is that you don’t need to learn a new template language. Frog lets you write PHP code anywhere in a page, and in general this is what almost any webmaster can do.

BW: What improvements can we expect in the next Frog release? Do you have an estimated 1.0 release date?

PA: Frog will have new core features like a caching system, more flexible user roles and permissions and maybe a skin mutation to make Frog more unique.

The 1.0 release will be ready next year, and I hope to celebrate the first Frog birthday, in January 2008, with all those core features in it.

BW: Is there anything else you wish to add for BlogsWeek readers?

PA: Thanks to all open source CMS (Typo3, WordPress, Joomla!, …) to let me know the importance of sharing knowledge. And thanks to all of you who use Frog and report issues on it, or just send me an email saying thanks. It’s all those little things that make me happy when I work on the Frog project, for myself and for the whole user community.

BW: Philippe, thank you for the interview and all the best for your projects!

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