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Accessibility

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

Programming

I've been developing webapps pretty much since the start of the web in the second half of the 90s, and in Java ever since the first edition of Java EE. During that time, I've met many people and have seen many different approaches to both the development and the testing of the code. One of the funnier parts of web app testing was a testing method used by one of the people I worked with. Between...
on May 26, 2014
Lets start with a small quiz: Can you find 3 differences in the pictures below? Yeah, you got it. That was an easy one. :) Surprisingly, implementing preview for extra asset types has been relatively simple as well. When coming up with the architecture of DAM, the Magnolia team chose to not generate previews and thumbnails of assets directly in the module, but rather delegate this functionality...
on Dec 31, 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

Web Applications

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 [1] that Gartner published 9 months ago still holds true today. Reports of disillusioned customers of such solutions [2][3] 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
Have you got magnolia-4.3? Setup multiple sites? All right, you are all done. The only thing left is to observe the load on the server and how many requests you can serve. You might have noticed that after activating the content, load on the public is bit higher even though there is no increase in traffic. Why? Simply because after activating the piece of content, cache on the public...
on Mar 26, 2010
Last bunch of the entries have been all about the code. Today let's try something different. Partly because at the time of writing I'm just 34 thousand feet above Atlantic and really don't feel like coding anything, but partly also because i have been thinking about the problem I'm going to describe for while already. I'm sure most of you have seen similar issue in the past as well or are...
on Mar 20, 2010
I wrote about Magnolia cache few times already since it have been re-implemented for Magnolia 3.6. And it seems like with Sprint 4 of Magnolia 4.3 it came back to bite me. There was a bunch of tickets related to various aspects of the cache. Most of it was related to the fact that the default cache key (only URI) was not enough for many installations which were...
on Mar 11, 2010
Last time we looked at writing command and shortening the URLs using simple TinyURL API. This time, lets try to take this one step furter and generate URLs that are mobile-users friendly, i.e. URLs that can be easily recognized and processed by various mobile devices. Such are urls in QCode or DataMatrix scan codes. I'm sure almost everybody have seen those somewhere already, be it on printouts...
on Mar 7, 2010

Community

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

J2EE

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

Web Development Tools

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

JavaOne

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