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William McKee

User: kristi
Date: 11/3/2008 8:42 am
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Name: William McKee
Username: knowmad
Age: 38
Profession/Employer: President / Knowmad Technologies
Place of Residence: Charlotte, NC

WebGUI Related Questions

In what way(s) do you contribute to WebGUI or the WebGUI Community?

By participating in the forums and IRC, updating the wiki, bug reporting (some even have patches), attending and presenting at the WUC, and introducing WebGUI solutions to my clients.

When did you first hear of WebGUI?


How and when did you get involved in WebGUI?

In 2005, I wanted to find a CMS to use to grow my business so that I could focus on providing solutions rather than fixing a custom code-base. WebGUI rose to the top for many reasons including Open Source code, an active user and developer community, and because it is backed by a company with support options.

Are you paid to work on WebGUI?

Yes. I'm paid to use WebGUI to provide solutions for my clients.

How much time do you spend on WebGUI?

2-4 hours a day if I'm not performing other duties involved with running a growing company.

What do you think is still missing from WebGUI or the WebGUI Community?

Usability. WebGUI offers great functionality and a secure, extensible software framework, but the interface has been built by engineers, not usability experts.

What keeps you motivated to keep working on WebGUI?

It keeps getting better! And I love the community that is growing around it. I have friends around the world thanks to the WUC and IRC.

What's WebGUI's killer feature and why?

The framework. A CMS is only as good as the system on which it's built. With the WebGUI framework, a skilled programmer who is familiar with the API can do amazing things.

What's WebGUI's greatest weakness and why?

Marketing. WebGUI is a tool for serious web sites. It's hard to rise above the din created by the masses using the consumer content management systems.

What makes you work on WebGUI over the competition?

It's Perl and it's Open Source.

What's your most brilliant WebGUI hack?

Figuring out how to pass search parameters to multiple assets.

Have you attended the WebGUI Users Conference?

Yes, for the last three years. I have presented at the last two.

Where do you keep your Gooey doll?

There are several lying around the office and at least one at my home office.

Personal Questions

How would you describe yourself?

I'm a learner and a problem solver.

Are you married, dating, or otherwise involved?

Married for 7 years.

Do you have any kids?


Do you have any pets?

2 dogs and 3 chickens

If someone visits your area, what's something they must see or do?

Visit the uptown at night which features parks, water fountains, great restaurants and bars. Go for a walk around the shops and homes in my neighborhood, then take a yoga class at the nearby 8th Street Studio. Go to the US National Whitewater Center just outside of town, then keep heading west up to the Appalachian Mountains.

What do you hate?

Hate itself.

What do you love?

My wife and family, good beer.

What's the last book you read?

The Driving Force, Extra Ordinary Results with Ordinary People by Peter Schutz

What's the last CD/MP3 you bought?

You have to buy them? I listen to music on Pandora, Podcasts and

What's the last movie you watched?

Dark Knight

You're stuck on a train/plane for 6 hours and bored out of your mind, what do you do to amuse yourself?

Read a book.

Any last words?

WebGUI offers savvy users and businesses an incredible platform for building effective, high performance solutions. No solution is perfect, but if there is anything you don't like about WebGUI, there's plenty of opportunity and support to make it better. Spread the word!


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