Welcome to the November 2011 installment of our what's coming from the open source projects in the next month. If you feel that your project was left out, we invite you to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to have a project representative added to the list of people we contact for updates.
In November, the folks at Composite C1 (news, site) launched an open source cloud service with Windows Azure. This solution includes the ability to host sites on multiple servers around the world, without extra hosting fees and automatic, nearly instant update synchronization. Included is an intelligent traffic manager, which redirects international visitors to their closest server, and a free migration module for moving an existing site to the cloud.
"We debuted our cloud solution together with a campaign site that used 12 servers to handle 80.000 unique visitors in one night," said Composite CEO Oskar Lauritzen. "The total cost of 11 extra servers for 24 hours was $40. This is by far the cheapest solution considering most developers won’t get out of bed for less than $50."
There were also improvements to Composite C1 itself. New written tutorials have been added to their website for getting a website up and running, along with a video tutorial:
In addition, the Composite C1 team has created new starter sites, letting developers build layout templates using only ASP.NET Razor or another supported language, and they've made their debut on the Q&A site Stack Overflow.
Coming in December is Composite C1 3.0. Expected in a few weeks, it will include new features such as:
- More starter sites.
- "Even better" cloud support.
- Interface updates for editors' user experience.
The community also continues working on translations for German and Chinese, along with expanding the English, Dutch, and Ukranian options. Each user can choose their administration UI language independent of one another.
- Rendering with HTML5 and CSS.
- Control of the mobile experience through the page manager.
- Site redirection to automatically deliver the right content and site/menu structure to the right device.
- A mobile site template for those just starting to build their mobile experience.
- Mobile content preview to see how your site will look on a variety of devices.
- Simplified administration screens allowing administrators to set permissions for the same users across different sites.
- Client-side performance improvements.
The company also held an at-capacity DotNetNuke World 2011 in Orlando, with more than 400 attendees, 20 sponsors, 34 sessions and 1,600 people watching the simulcast keynote online.
In November, Drupal (news, site) founder Dries Buytaert along with Jacob Singh and Ron Pruett from Drupal company Acquia (news, site) went to India in order to increase awareness of Drupal there. In the process, they:
- Organized DrupalCamps to jumpstart local communities.
- Talked to the large system integrators.
- Did traditional PR with the media and press.
In answer to the fact that over 3,000 open Drupal positions are available on Indeed.com, and that demand just keeps growing, Acquia announced Acquia U, a "training and employment opportunity for college grads as well as career changers that want to jump into the hot Drupal development market."
- A new API concept to make extending eZ Publish easier.
- A REST API for faster integration and mobile development.
- A persistence API for better performance.
- Simpler staging for complex multi-site environments.
- Better image handling.
- A mobile app toolkit.
Integrations for odoscope web analytics and heat mapping, the YooChoose recommendation engine, and Solr 3.x enterprise search are also included. Those interested in in synchronizing an eZ Community Project github fork with the original repository can find a tutorial here.
- A new content Channel Manager to deliver content automatically, optimized for "any mobile device or social interface."
- A new Personalization Solution to let organizations create a "personal" messaging experience.
- Enterprise reporting with dashboard views into workflow, users, assets, usage, web traffic and more.
- Reporting integration with web analytics and social media.
- An improved user interface, offering fewer buttons and guidance for casual contributors, but exposing customizable features for power users as well.
- Enhanced multilingual functionality with translation management for languages as diverse as English, French, Spanish, Russian and Chinese.
In November, the HWIOS (news, site) project lost its sponsor, forcing a restructuring of HWIOS to make it more flexible. During December, the HWIOS core (HWIOS Remote Messaging or HRM) websocket protocol and its Twisted server infrastructure are moving to their own Django application, which will offer a smaller footprint. Django-HRM isn't exclusively for HWIOS, it's available for anyone who'd like to use it.
Once the Django-HRM refactoring is complete, the next focuses are the drawing pad application and a forum module.
- Support for creating and editing CMS pages using Windows Live Writer.
- Support for Windows Azure AppFabric Cache, and guidance for installing and running mojoPortal in Windows Azure.
- A new feature letting you close the site so only administrators and content administrators can browse.
- A new provider model for OrderCompleteEventHandlers so a plugin custom code can be executed after payment clears on an order.
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