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Content Management and related tools have long been about much more than just content management. You might find yourself strategising around managing not just your content, but also the
- customer experience
- visibility and flow across different channels
- multiple domains
- and much more
In this post, I’d like to spend some time...
on Aug 26, 2014
Did you ever tried to visualize dependencies between pages on your average website? If so, you probably know what kind of pain it can be. The relations tend to be messy and any kind of chart displaying them is not easy to read.
The other night I was looking for some charting library and run across MooWheel.
Using the Wheel for rendering the deps you get reasonably readable chart for smaller site...
on Oct 19, 2011
Somebody shown me the tool called Red Bot the other day. The tool will check the headers of responses sent by your server, the compression of the content during transfer, server clock as well as modification dates claimed by your content. The info it gives about each page of the site is broken in 3 sections - General, Content Negotiation and Caching.
When I saw the tool, I thought it might...
on Oct 17, 2011
Have you recently checked out your company’s web presence and thought to yourself that it was in dire need of an update? But then maybe you started imagining the pain of pushing new data there, and resigned at the mountain of work ahead. Or maybe your mind turned to even more pressing problems with the site - maybe it doesn’t render correctly on mobile, or no updates get pushed into social media...
on Jun 5, 2014
While parts of the cloud IT that are still being hyped are changing rapidly, the whole segment is not past the hype yet. The cloud report  that Gartner published 9 months ago still holds true today.
Reports of disillusioned customers of such solutions  are a clear sign that the hype might have reached its peak for most parts of cloud offerings, though. And while many articles discuss the...
on Mar 30, 2014
Somebody once said that the best ideas are the most simple ones.
Here comes one I had this morning when asked for example of page using this or that paragraph in Magnolia:
select * from nt:base where mgnl:template = 'stkTeaser'
Login to Admin Central, go to the JCR Queries, set target repository to website, limit result types to mgnl:content and type in the query above.
Of course, also...
on Mar 23, 2011
It had been a while since we started to test Magnolia with ModeShape. It took few changes in the code here and there and it would not have happened if not for a big help from the JBoss folk.
There were multiple obstacles we had to deal with. But as of Magnolia 4.4.2 and ModeShape 2.4.0 the things seem to be finally ready and you can download Magnolia configured to run with ModeShape as...
on Jan 29, 2011
Over the last few years we've been busily writing the latest and greatest version of Magnolia. After all of this focus on new and (we hope) great, it seemed like time to focuse on something old and great.
If you are old enough to remember the ZX Spectrum, the Commodore 64 or their various competitors, or if you like any kind of games, please keep on reading.
You might have heard of the qaop...
on Jun 20, 2013
Atlassian has made some seriously great products, for example the project tracker JIRA. We recently upgraded our rather archaic version of JIRA at Magnolia to the latest and greatest offering. Everyone in the team found something in this upgrade. Some of us were desperate to use GreenHopper, others were looking forward to a better LDAP integration, and my personal favourite was the new REST API...
on Feb 20, 2013
Sometimes, life drops a house on your code. Sometimes, it's flying monkeys. Most of the time though, the damn stuff just stops working and it's nothing so obvious as being crushed by a Kansas farmhouse or being carried away by winged primates.
For this last common case, there are a good number of great tools to help you out. JMeter may help you to reproduce the conditions under load, while...
on Feb 1, 2013
End of the last year and beginning of this I've spent trying to get Magnolia work with ModeShape. There were issues with both of the apps. On one end, Magnolia had issues with the Modeshape session data refresh strategy, on the other one, Modeshape was sometimes stricter then JCR spec required it to be when it came to queries. All of those were elementary issues that were relatively easy to...
on Jan 3, 2011
In my last blog post, I explained how to add versioning capability to templates. Being able to create, view and restore different versions of templates is great, but sometimes it's not so easy to see what has actually changed. And we might not be as lucky as having comments about the change from the author, or they might be cryptic to the point of being useless.
So let's try and add the diff and...
on Jan 22, 2013
Not so long ago Mark Halvorson mentioned in his presentation at the Magnolia Conference 2012 that he doesn't understand why he can't have versioning for templates in Magnolia the same way he has it for content. Then I thought why not? Should be pretty straightforward.
The first implementation was indeed easy. Similar to what Magnolia does when dealing with DMS documents - I just configured a...
on Nov 7, 2012
What I realized shortly after we put out Magnolia 4.3 is that while we tried to explain new multisite support for example in this screencast there are still plenty of grey areas and lot of confusion when people actually get to use the multisite support. And I think I wrote and talked about this topic earlier as well.
Of course as with any new functionality, there are still...
on May 3, 2010
You know how nowadays everyone loves to tweet at conferences or presentations in middle of the talk? Sometimes you as a presenter might want to return the favor and tweet something in response. If you know upfront that what you are going to present will provoke a response from audience, you can now actually put the tweets in your presenter notes and have Keynote or PowerPoint to tweet on the...
on Nov 15, 2011
For anybody interested, we are giving a talk about repositories and content management in general on Thursday 12:30 at Hilton SF, Yosemite B. Session ID is S314239.
Feel free to drop by and ask also for Magnolia related questions should you have any. We have reserved some time also after the presentation should there be the need.
on Sep 21, 2010
Two talks at JavaOne this year:
S313580 - "Swinglabs Dev Update" with Karl and Alex ... I hope guys will do most of the talking :D
S314239 - "Building Content Management solutions based on Java Content Repository" together with Greg
BTW for those wondering what is happening with the swinglabs.org, server have been recently moved around yet again. It is now in so...
on May 11, 2010
As it became almost a tradition we have rolled out next SwingX release just before the SwingLabs BOF at JavaOne last night.
You can get the release from our website, or directly from the java.net or also from the maven central repo. Please note that the artifactID has changed from swingx to swingx-core due to changes in the structure of the project.
Thanks a lot to all who contributed to...
on Sep 21, 2010
I've just committed mavenized version of swingx under the swingx-r3734-mavenized branch.
If you know nothing about maven here's the basic:
download and install (unzip) maven from http://maven.apache.org
you should not need to configure anything apart from geting maven/bin on your path so you can run maven
to build swingx you need to run "mvn install" or "mvn clean install...
on Jul 26, 2010
As Karl mentioned already in his blog, SwingX 1.6.1 was released few weeks ago. There were some issues uploading the artifacts to central repo this time, due to previous nexus migration and changes in structure of repositories, but all is solved now.
To use 1.6.1 simply update your pom to
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on Jul 24, 2010