Loving the site guys - proper thanks later but just wanted to let you know how chuffed we all are with the site so far - thanks for your great work on it.
For their fantastic development work and pulling out all the stops when we really needed them to!
Watching Aerian Studios at work and seeing the results of their dedication, oftentimes under tricky time constraints, has been truly inspiring and humbling.
They set the bar high and through every step of the the production process, from the ground up, they are attentive, considered, utterly resourceful and fair. They are willing to go the extra mile and their passion for their projects and for producing high quality content is evident.
The BBC Things To Do launch has been announced and we've received a fantastic response - so much of this is down to Aerian that I'd like to say thanks again for building the BBC an amazing product. You took on a massive challenge with humour and dedication and it's been really great to work with you guys and have first hand experience of the renowned Aerian can-do, quality approach.
Great minds, attitude and energy (fuelled by excessive amounts of nicotine and caffeine!) have got us to the finish line. Thanks, Ziad and the team.
BBC Things to do web developmentClient: BBC
Launch date: 14/04/2011
BBC Things To Do is an activity finder enabling users to discover local activities offered by the BBC and its partners. The site contains many hundreds of activities and events which are expected to grow as more partners come on board .
The frontend of BBC Things to do follows the new BBC GEL style guidelines and is constructed using a 61 x 16px vertical column grid. The content itself is powered by PHP which integrates with a Java services layer. This layer accesses a MySQL Database which stores the data which drives the site.
In addition to the user frontend the project consists of two back end admin interfaces, one for BBC Editorial staff and another for BBC Partners who supply activities.
One of the most complicated task involved implementing a full Revisioning system to aid in the alteration and moderation of activities. This was implemented using Envers which tracks every transaction made on the service layer and creates a series of reversions. This allows live content to be edited by partners and moderated by the BBC without taking content offline.
BBC Things to do required Aerian to effectively manage our time and resources so that all aspects of the project could be accurately assessed and prioritised. To achieve this an agile management approach was utilised, this involved having a daily “scrum” meeting to update all parties involved of individual developers progress and any elements that may be blocking tasks from being completed. Agile project management ensured that all deadlines were met with the upmost efficiency, a factor that all of the team at Aerian are very proud of!
We are extremely proud to have been involved in the development of the BBC Things to do website and are thrilled with the results. It was a mammoth team effort from Aerian and the team at BBC, so if you are stuck for “things to do” why not have a look at the BBC Things To Do website!