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A super informal talk about the history of Read the Docs.

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  • Thought Stuff. In the cloud! Eric Holscher http://ericholscher.com PDX Python Feb. 8 2011
  • What this talk is» Talk about the history of Read the Docs» Technology Involved» Interesting outcomes of openness
  • Why I’m here» Feedback» Ideas» Hopefully you’ll learn something too!» Shameless self-promotion
  • The story
  • 2010 Django Dash
  • Charles LeiferBobby Grace (Design) Me
  • Doc Hosting Sucks» packages.python.org» Github Pages» Your own janky shit with cronjobs
  • Had a workable site in 48 hours
  • Fully Open Source
  • Fully Open Source» github.com/rtfd/readthedocs.org» github.com/ericholscher/chef- django-example» ericholscher.com/tag/chef-series/
  • What makes it tick
  • Features
  • Git, Hg, Bzr, Svn
  • Post commit hooks
  • Custom Themes
  • Full-text search
  • Tags & Branches
  • PDF Generation
  • Tech
  • Subdomains
  • CNAME Support
  • Haystack/Solr
  • Varnish
  • Chef
  • Multiple Servers
  • Nagios & Munin
  • Nginx/Gunicorn
  • Upstart
  • Lessons
  • Think about your URLs. Really hard.
  • Lay your project out sanely
  • Write tests!
  • Promote
  • Find a designer!
  • Open Source Outcomes
  • Patches
  • Arbitrary Code Execution
  • Known architecture information
  • Trust
  • People Writing Docs
  • DEMO
  • Questions?» readthedocs.org / rtfd.org» eric@ericholscher.com» twitter.com/ericholscher