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Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 requires two oboes. Instrumenting Symfony only required one liboboe! Here at AppNeta we’re still recovering from an immensely productive DrupalCon Portland 2013. Our partnership with Acquia and our continuing support for the contrib TraceView Drupal module made sponsoring the event a natural decision. We’re glad we made the long flight out West, as there was a lot of interest in TraceView. In fact, on the plane ride back to Boston I brought back not only three Voodoo Dozens but a stack of business cards two inches high. (I’ll leave it to you to guess which one ran out first!) But for as much fun as I had exploring Portland’s unique culture, my favorite part of the con took place well before it. I spent a lot of time coding up improvements for TraceView’s Drupal support based on customer feedback. My personal goal was to submit enough patche... (more)

Drupal Content Management Platform Has Been Chosen By Ulitzer

Ulitzer.com, which will be launched in February 2009, with 6,000 authors and more than 850,000 original articles, is looking for enterprise software architect(s), programmer(s), and Web app developer(s). The site will offer original content in more than 2,000 topics ranging from AJAX to Zebra. Ulitzer claims that by 2010, three out of 10 books on any subject will be published at Ulitzer.com, and Time Magazine, The New York Times, Scientific American, and the rest of today's magazines and journals will be replaced by Ulitzer in the next five years. Ulitzer is looking for talent who will work on the conversion of its proprietary CMS to a new, open source, LAMP-based system. Ulitzer Website advertises that if you have one of the following qualification points in your resume, to apply for one of the open job positions. All applications will remain confidential. Ulitzer... (more)

Microsoft Starts Distributing Drupal

Today, Matt Asay, general manager of the Americas and vice president of business development at Alfresco, in his CNET blog, writes: “The single biggest distributor of Drupal just might be Microsoft. As I discovered from Dries Buytaert's blog yesterday, Microsoft's Web Application Installer comes with out-of-the-box support for Drupal, OScommerce, and other popular open-source web applications.” This Google alert for Drupal passed by my screen just as I was about to announce that the SYS-CON Media website, recently relaunched, was completely rewritten and deployed “under the hood” on Drupal. Also coming up before the end of this year is Ulitzer, the largest Drupal deployment anywhere. Ulitzer is being built on Drupal with more than two million nodes, including more than 6,000 author home pages leading to over a million original articles. Page views of Ulitzer followin... (more)

Immutable Service Containers on Amazon EC2

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer Back in June, we released the very first security hardened virtual machine images for the Amazon Web Services Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) environment. These original images were based upon the OpenSolaris 2008.11 release and were configured in accordance with the guidelines published by Sun the Center for Internet Security. Since its initial release, we have provided an update to offer this image in the European Region. In August, we took another step forward with the release of a security-enhanced image based upon the OpenSolaris 2009.06 release. This image went beyond just the simple hardening of its predecessor to add functionality such as encrypted swap, non-executable stacks and auditing that was enabled by default. With such a strong foundation, it should have been no surprise that it was likely to be used as a foundation for layere... (more)

Plone and Drupal: Different Approaches, Different Results

Drupal Developer's Journal on Ulitzer Plone and Drupal are two leading open source Content Management Systems (CMS). Both were recognized in the 2009 Open Source CMS awards, run by Packt Publishing.  Both also have large installed bases and large developer communities.  This is made evident by some quick searching on Google: A search for LinkedIn profiles that mention Plone (search for 'plone site:linkedin.com/pub/') turns up 1350 pages-a large increase from 500 results in 2006. The same kind of search for Drupal developers turns up 9700 pages (search for 'drupal site:linkedin.com/pub/').  This tells me that, in LinkedIn anyway, there might be approximately seven to eight times as many Drupal developers as there are Plone developers. Below I will outline the strength and weaknesses of both systems. As a site administrator who has worked with Plone since September 20... (more)

GoGrid Exchange: BitNami Open Source Web Applications Images Available

GoGrid Session at Cloud Expo A few months ago, we introduced MyGSIs (personal server images) which allow users to create custom personal GSI (GoGrid Server Images) with all of their code, applications and data. These personal server images are then compressed and stored in GoGrid’s Cloud Storage for use later instantiating copies of those MyGSIs within a user’s GoGrid cloud. Building upon that framework, backend structure and concept, we have released Partner GSIs and the GoGrid Exchange. A Partner GSI appears in the same list of servers or sandboxes available for deployment. GoGrid has a growing number of partners, each of which specialize in a variety of capabilities including internet security, backup, monitoring, web applications, compliance and application scaling. New partners are being added regularly so be sure to check the GoGrid Partner page for additions... (more)

Eighteen Open Source Content Management Systems (Part 3)

This is the third blog post in a series of blog posts about open source Content Management Systems (CMS). You can find the first two parts here (Part 1) and here (Part 2) . In the last article in this series we covered Xoops, Seotoaster, e107, Concrete5, and Typo3, five leading Content Management Systems. In this article we talk about the next five: MediaWiki, Moveable Type, dotCMS, Dotclear, and Zope/Plone.   11. Media Wiki MediaWiki is a PHP designed open source software wiki package, initially built for use on Wikipedia. Now it is used by several other projects of the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation and by many other wikis, including this website, the home of MediaWiki. The free software is available under the license of the GPL. It runs on a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) architecture. It’s designed to run on large server farms for websites that get mill... (more)

Bye Bye Traditional Webmastering, Hello "Web Manager 2.0"

CMS Watch, an independent analyst firm that evaluates content management technologies, released research today finding that a new breed of web manager is emerging to link content management more closely to website visitor satisfaction.  This analysis stems from CMS Watch's 2008 "Web CMS Report," released today, which evaluates 30 major Web Content Management (WCM) offerings. As part of its ongoing research, CMS Watch interviews hundreds of web managers around the world. Web teams have traditionally emphasized webmaster roles with layout and production skills, sometimes using first-generation WCM tools to automate the HTML conversion process. Automated or not, "shovel and forget" editorial processes frequently led to bloated sites. Says CMS Watch Founder Tony Byrne, "The new web manager looks at information from the consumers' perspective and more often than not, as... (more)

Selecting an Open Source Content Management Solution

When it comes to Content Management Solutions (CMS), “one size” does not fit all. When considering open source CMS for a real-world client experience, it’s necessary to focus on the project needs, evaluate various CMS solutions in the context of these project needs, and to explore experiences with the strengths and weaknesses of the solutions. One example we found was at the Sports Club/LA, a company that operates upscale fitness facilities in numerous cities including Boston, Manhattan, Miami, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. They have over 40,000 active gym members and offer a variety of fitness programs, including yoga, pilates, and personal trainer services. Despite a customer base that is increasingly Web-savvy, the company had never invested in a significant Web presence. Its new management decided that this situation had to change, and commissi... (more)

Drupal CMS to Move to a Whole New Level

"It is very important to me that Acquia has a marketing leader who understands the importance of growing and sustaining a community and who is passionate about the principles of open source software," said Acquia co-founder and CTO Dries Buytaert as Jeff Whatcott joined the company as vice president of marketing, responsible for all marketing activity. Whatcott recently arrived from Adobe, where he led marketing for LiveCycle and Flex. A longtime advocate of community, open standards, and open source development, Whatcott has nearly a decade of experience in successfully leading technical evangelism, standards relations, developer marketing, and product management organizations at Adobe, Macromedia, and Allaire Corporation. “I’m delighted to be part of a company and a community at the intersection of so many pivotal trends for the web and for software in general,” ... (more)

Ulitzer to Give Drupal 6.0 Its Biggest Scalability Challenge Yet

Ulitzer.com, which initially made the headlines with its "job descriptions from the future," announced today that it will launch its Ulitzer "beta" site with more than 16,000 authors and more than 1 million original articles, published in more than 5,000 topic-specific online journals. Each journal offers up to 14 content-specific sections, written by the world's most-respected authors in their fields. All Ulitzer authors will earn 100% of their Google AdSense revenue. See author index here. All approved Ulizter authors can post a variety of story types: 01) Article 02) Blog 03) Book Excerpt 04) Book Review 05) Case Study 06) Feedback 07) Interview 08) News 09) Opinion 10) Podcast 11) Product Review 12) Tutorial 13) Video 14 Whitepaper  Within one year after its beta launch date, Ulitzer is projecting to serve more than 100,000 authors with over 10 million original article... (more)