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New publishing platform for and

Sunday, July 4, 2010

For the past 18 months or so I’ve been nose-to-the-grindstone on a project to rebuild the publishing platform for, which is also used to run and a bunch of other NBC News sites.  Just over a week ago… we shipped!

The visible part of the change is an entirely new look for stories.  You can take a tour.  There are some great new features, including the ability to easily embed video, like so:

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Alas, I had nothing to do with all those great features…  My contribution was in the invisible parts – the underlying platform on top of which some smart, creative folks have built the new pages.  There’s quite a bit more to it than meets the eye. 

I’ll be posting on a bunch of topics related to what we did, how we did it, and why we did it that way.  The highlight reel will include: SOA, EDA, messaging, service bus, WCF, MSMQ, ASP.NET MVC, unit testing, TFS, performance testing and profiling, Avicode, automated deployments, and a lot more.  To the extent I’m allowed to, I’ll share some code, too.  Stay tuned…