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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)

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)

Federal Cybersecurity and IT News Round-Up

Here is today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news: U.S. Cyber Command recently conducted a tactical-level exercise called Cyber Guard where it collaborated with subject matter experts from the National Security Agency, the National Guard, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. More here. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency demonstrated silicone-molded robots capable of camouflaging themselves funded by their Maximum Mobility and Manipulation program. More here. Chief Software Architect for data.gov Chris Musialek announced that the platform would add machine-readable tags to the metadata readable by major search engines. More here. The Department of Commerce is preparing to move to cloud email and collaboration infrastructure starting with the  National Institute for Standards and Technology. More ... (more)

Drupal 8: A View into Performance

This is part 4 in a 5-part series on performance in the upcoming Drupal 8. Check out part 3, on performance in Twig templating, here. Views is one of the most installed Drupal modules with over two thirds of Drupal sites reporting that they have it installed. Soon, though, that number will go up: as of Drupal 8, Views is a core module! This effort started as a community effort and was announced as an official Drupal 8 initiative in a post by Dries explaining why this change is so exciting. One of the reasons that Views is so popular is that it provides an ‘all-in-one' answer without writing a single line of code. But there's a reason that many programmers hate WYSIWYG editors: you see the result, but not the steps taken to produce it, and what you don't know might come back to bite you. While a WYSIWYG editor will get you broken links or weird formatting, WYSIWYG da... (more)

JasperSoft Open Source Community Grows to Over 30,000 Registered Developers

JasperSoft announced that more than 30,000 BI developers have registered for JasperForge.org since it was launched in July of 2006, creating a vibrant ecosystem of businesses and community developers that has already produced over 130 BI projects. JasperForge.org is an online developer site that provides free access to software and tools to build, deploy, and extend open source BI software. Projects range from developer tools to integration toolkits to localization powered by an interactive online translation tool, JasperBabylon, where more than 30 different translation projects are underway. Some of the more popular JasperForge.org projects include the Drupal Bridge for JasperReports, iReport with Hibernate, Oracle Stored Procedures, Reporting and OLAP Analysis Tools for Bugzilla, and Jasper4Eclipse, an iReport plug-in project for eclipse. “The rapid growth of... (more)

Optaros Creates Dynamic Online Community for Chicago Public Radio

Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ 91.5 FM Chicago, WBEQ 90.7 FM Morris, and WBEW 89.5 FM Chesterton) is a community-supported, non-commercial public service broadcasting institution for 7.7 million people throughout Chicago and surrounding regions. Chicago Public Radio produces, acquires, and distributes engaging, thoughtful, and entertaining programs of depth, breadth, diversity, and substance. The organization prides itself on helping listeners learn about issues and ideas that affect the community, the nation, and the world. The institution has more than 120 employees across multiple offices in greater Chicago. In planning the Vocalo Web site, Chicago Public Radio was breaking new ground. The Web site would not just promote its companion radio station, but provide an avenue through which a diverse audience could be reached, intrigued, and attracted to the radio station... (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)

Looking for a Good Content Management System?

Content Management Systems (CMSs) help you collaboratively create and edit content such as news articles, manuals, guides, images, videos, and brochures and other publications. There are so many that are available on the web as downloadable apps that I’m certain you’ll find one that fits your needs. This is what they’ve got going for them: A – They’re easy to install and use; B – They give you ready-made templates and customized features; C – They’re free. I thought it would be cool to share some reviews of some of the more popular CMSs that I recently ran across. Here they are: Express Engine: This is a feature-rich and fast CMS, enabling users to have multiple sites running on a single installation. Users can run blogs, community forums, knowledge-base, wiki, contact forms, search engines and more. And Express Engine has a template engine that has custom global va... (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)

OpenPublish Version 2.0 Released Today

Phase2 Technology is pleased to announce the release of OpenPublish Version 2.0 today. OpenPublish taps the power of Drupal, a social publishing platform, and supports everything from news coverage to Web 2.0 trends, semantic metadata tagging with Open Calais, social publishing and topic hubs. Version 2.0 focuses on building a community of developers around the distribution with a new website, expanded online documentation and user guides; a theme layer overhaul and a more robust sub-theming architecture make it easier to create custom designs. In addition, improved administrative and editorial interfaces have been added. It is the 2nd major release of OpenPublish and follows 8 minor releases since March 2009 when the package was debuted by Phase2 Technology and Thomson Reuters. OpenPublish Version 2.0 and the future releases will allow editors to further rethink on... (more)

Python Performance Tips, Server Side Caching and More

1. Python Performance Tips, Part 1 Like Ruby, Python is a programming language with a reputation for performance bottlenecks. However, Youtube has shown that if you write code the right way, you can scale Python to serve 40 million video views per day. The trick is to use external code in C/C++ where super fast performance is needed. These 18 steps will show you how to make your Python app fast and efficient. 2. Monitis adds a monitoring node in Denmark Monitis has just added its 17th monitoring node in Denmark to bring 24/7 robust monitoring to companies with customers and viewership in Denmark. To monitor your site from the new node, simply sign up for a Monitis account and add an external monitor. The Denmark checkbox should appear. 3. Server side caching: a great way to speed up your site! (Joomla and WordPress optimization experience) Website visitors are impatient... (more)