I love radiant, thus, by transitive relation, its creators too
I find it is the simplest to use and most effective CMS I’ve ever used.
There are two categories of people using radiant: people who knows
ruby and rails, and people who doesn’t (either because they are not
programmers or simply they have not enough time to study them).
Radiant should be friendly with both categories. I’m certain it is
with the first one, a little bit less with the second one (the non
Essential is an extensive documentation with a lot of examples
(working and practical ones–how to, etc.) easy to spot in the radiant
web site; it seems to me this is going to improve quickly even if,
given the importance of this issue, I’d second John’s idea to have a
dedicated site for examples, plug-ins and documentation ("We need
something like Textpattern’s http://textpattern.org/.", John L.).
The core has already a lot of functionalities and radius tags are
very powerful, but an end user needs “plug-ins” or “add-ons” modules
which extends the system functionalities beyond the core ones, and
that work out-of the box (without patching or other programming
related activities). The first ones that popup in my mind are, for
example: page/tree level password protection to accesss/edit pages
(either on the site site or the administrative interface); easy to
setup form with mailing capabilities; some way to support multilingual
sites; search; sub.menus; tagging; comments; (it seems the last three
are there, based on the last posts I read on the list); various
behaviors, and an easy way to use multiple of them concurrently if
necessary (I think there is a recipe on this which was posted on this
list). I understand easy to follow recipes are already available, they
just need to be packaged.
I’ll be pleased to help with documentation (translation, proofreading
of examples, ecc.), test new code as required by the core programming
team or plug-in developers, try to answer easy to solve questions on
the mailing list, evangelism for radiant, contribute resources for the
plug-in/documentation dedicated site.
Many thanks to the core team for having conceived and put radiant in the