Metro International, the Swedish media company based in Luxembourg that publishes the Metro newspapers hired PRO IT Service's Movable Type Consultancy services via a web development agency from London on early February this year.
It was quite an extraordinary experience working with this publishing giant both from London during a 3 days meeting, as well as from our office for a couple of weeks.
The contract involved developing a network of blogs based on Movable Type Enterprise edition, initially for the French market and then also for the Spanish one.
What made this project really a challenge were the extra features required by the client which involved creating a good number of movable type plugins.
PRO IT Service was responsible for coding new movable type plugins, fixing or extending the capability of some other plugins already coded by third parties and coding the web site templates.
We've also achieved excellent results implementing a movable type publishing times optimization technique that we've prototyped for a few years now.
Being a major publishing agency, Metro International required a way to easily port the movable type development made for the French market to other markets, like for instance the Spanish one.
To make this process as simple as possible, we've coded a plugin which to contain all the market specific keywords and keyphrases. The movable type templates are now common for all markets and the language differentiation is made exclusively by the custom language plugin.
This project involved programming using the following languages: XHTML, XML, PHP, Perl, Movable Type.
Contracting from Metro International SA, Luxembourg
February - June 2008