At the Forge - Bricolage

The content management behind Salon and other popular sites is friendly to use for your Web site's writers and editors.

This month, we took our first look at Bricolage, an open-source content management system based on mod_perl and PostgreSQL. We learned how to install and begin using it and then dove a bit into the data model that Bricolage uses to keep track of the various story elements.

Next month, we'll look at how to define elements, categories, media types and burners, which will let us not only poke around with the system but actually publish documents to our own private Web site. Following that, we will dive a bit more deeply into the system, examining the Mason templates that allow us to move away from the default Bricolage look and feel, toward something closer in spirit to the design we want for our own personal Web sites.

Reuven M. Lerner ( is a consultant specializing in open-source Web/database technologies. He and his wife, Shira, recently celebrated the birth of their second daughter, Shikma Bruria. Reuven's book Core Perl was published by Prentice Hall in early 2002, and a second book about open-source Web technologies will be published by Apress in 2003.



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Finally! Great article, Reuven

Steve Enzer's picture

I've been looking for some hints as to making my bricolage installation easier/possible. So far, the best I've found. Thanks, Reuven!

I think this is a

Anonymous's picture

I think this is a well-written article, much much better than many reviews of CMS. It has touched the very heart of the reviewed product: the data structure and it's relation to other two layers.