Today, my team has released Oxite. Oxite is an open source, standards compliant, and highly extensible content management platform that can run anything from blogs to big web sites. We are releasing this as our second edition of the Mix Online web magazine that focusses on web standards.
Oxite began as a side project of Adam Kinney and Duncan Mackenzie and is a subset of the Channel 9 source code. When it was time to do a reboot of the Mix Online web site Duncan and his team created an experience where could release the source code (a popular customer request of Channel 9) that used ASP.NET MVC to have 100% control of the resultant HTML. Yes Virgina, you too can support web standards with the Microsoft Web Platform.
We are hopeful that this lightweight sample allows folks to get rolling with ASP.NET MVC and understand the importance of web standards. To supplement the code we’ve also released two articles Molly Holzschlag talking through the ROI of Web Standards along with Nishant Kothary on Web Design from the Gut and finally Adam interviews Erik Porter and Nathan Heskew (our Dev Ninjas) about the code on Channel 9. If you are attending Web Design World this week, Nishant wil be giving a talk about the project in a talk tomorrow called A Website Named Desire.
So let us know what you think about Oxite. Play with the source code and help contribute to the project. We’re very interested to hear your feedback and see how this evolves.