Chatting with Julien in this evening’s class made me think a bit: I was explaining some of the issues I’ve encountered trying to bend Joomla to my will, and as a side note asked what he was working on. His response about working on Django led to a broader discussion on the balance between a CMS vs a framework – greater efficiency with the former, but a lot more flexibility with the latter.
My System Plan aimed to lead to an expansion of my existing site with a variety of applications, keeping WordPress but adding RSS feeds, Flickr plug-ins and automated navigation. Whilst this is great in the “plug-and-play” sense, it’s really about bolting a lot of square pegs into square holes: they all fit nicely, but this doesn’t necessarily mean you can change the pegs.
Not sure if this is making sense past midnight, but the conclusion I seem to be heading to in my report is that my needs are best served by a framework, which is the main lesson I have learnt from DMT this semester.