Is this topic still open? Are we beating a dead horse to continue discussing it? I hope not, so here goes...
I just bought Bob's book. Great job, Bob! And in less than 800 pages!
I've read a lot of it, and skimmed a lot. I've installed the latest Revo, and am building an honest to goodness site with it. I really like the new syntax for tags.
I'm still looking, however, for a really great tutorial on how to manage thousands of articles, with the same coolness that using Resources gives one.
Bob; your book seemed to be solidly in the "Resources as documents" camp, although you do mention external tables.
With all due respect to Jason, who has articulated very well the need to separate out the data of those thousands of articles from the resource tree, I'm wondering if anyone has made any progress in developing an add-on to do just that.
I've just re-read a lot of the posts above, and it seems to me that what I (and perhaps others) are really looking for with this, is an interface that provides all the standard things that come with the resource model; the snippets, the TVs, you name it. And yes, I use TVs for storing data, because I have data field needs that aren't in the main list -- things as simple as "subtitle".
But frankly, after logging in to the manager, in order to be functional, an editor will need to be able to view the various fields to post into, and use the various tools that are already included so excellently in the standard resource model.
I admit; I haven't spent hundreds of hours trying to program this "non-resource" interface, and am just checking in again to see if anyone else has done so, or if there's other news on this front.