The first /dev/fort

This article was published by James Aylett on Monday, December 01, 2008 at 20:00.

Our plane uploaded by Cindy Li

Planned earlier that summer, in late November 2008 a dozen of us piled into a bus with wings for the flight to Alderney. Fort Clonque is a 19th century fort now owned and maintained by The Landmark Trust, and served as the perfect base of operations for our week.

The site

During our time there we built Wildlife Near You, coming up with and refining the idea, designing all aspects of the site, and coding the whole thing. As we could perhaps have predicted, it then took a further three months to finish off the remaining few tasks (such as putting an alpha sign-up page in front of it, integrating with Flickr and so forth) that were impractical or forgotten while in Alderney.

The site went into invitation alpha at the start of March 2009, and finally launched in January 2010.