From Issue #22

For an upcoming talk in Stockholm, I’ve been doing some CMS archaeology. I actually installed CityDesk the other day, which was a very early desktop-based CMS by Fog Creek (now Glitch). The guy behind it was Joel Spolsky, who went on to create Stack Overflow, then build and sell Trello.

I found this article from 2001 on Spolsky’s blog: What Does CityDesk Do?

It’s a fun read. He talks about ground-breaking things like:

CityDesk still holds up, all these years later. It’s decoupled, has a simple templating engine, FTP support, and custom fields. Everything is bundled in a single .cty file (which I suspect is actually a Microsoft JET database).

(True story: I’ve long-considered a limited podcast series on “CMS Back in the Day.” Whenever I’m reminded of things like CityDesk, I get one step closer. Feel free to talk me into this.)

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