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Book: Web 2.0 Architectures from O'Reilly

Web 2.0 Architectures: Understanding the Core Patterns of Web 2.0 O'Reilly Media has released a new book on Web 2.0. Called Web 2.0 Architectures, this book should help you understand better the inner workings of Web 2.0 from a technology perspective and how some online services today have been successful with this model.

The book was written by James Governor (founder of RedMonk), Dion Hinchcliffe (Hinchcliffe and Company) and Duane Nickull (tech evangelist for Adobe Systems), all three strongly versed in the workings of enterprise architecture.

If you want to understand how Web 2.0 applications are built and how you can take advantage of this type of architecture, then this book should provide you with a lot of information to build on:

  • A Web 2.0 model: The evolution of the Web 2.0 model.
  • Web 2.0 reference architecture: Understand the breakdown, or components, of basic Web 2.0 patterns.
  • Specific Web 2.0 patterns: Understand how your business can take advantage of Web 2.0 patterns such as SOA, mashups, RIAs, SaaS, Semantic Web, Folksonomies and more.

The book includes reviews of some of the most successful Web 2.0 ventures today including Flickr, Akamai and Napster. It also looks at more generic technologies like blogs and wikis, content management systems and directories and tagging.

If you are looking to understand Web 2.0 from a marketing perspective, this may not be the book for you. But if you are a web architect, business analyst or someone who wants to build your own Web 2.0 website or solution, there is bound to be some information in this book to get you started.

The hard cover version of Web 2.0 Architectures costs US$ 34.99, but you can also get a e-version for a little less and maybe save a tree. Get more information here.

TypeRoom - A Simple Web CMS for the Non Technical

Simple Web CMS for Visual, Non-Technical EditorsInternet Simplicity (site), a Silicon Valley-based company who launched a visual web editor last year has just moved into the world of web content management systems with the launch of a suite offering, you guessed it, simplicity of use and ways to solve common content management problems.

The company describes the entire solution -- web editor and CMS -- as a user-friendly platform requiring no technical skills and comes in two versions: TypeRoom Lite and TypeRoom Professional.

Develop Mobile Applications for SharePoint with Mobile Entree

Develop Mobile Applications for SharePoint with Mobile EntreeSeeing as how SharePoint (news, site) is so widely used within the enterprise today, it's not a stretch to think that employees would want to access their SharePoint sites and content from their mobile devices. But out of the box, mobile functionality isn't all the great.

To the rescue comes Mobile Entrée, a server side plug-in for SharePoint that will let you access your SharePoint data from your iPhone, Blackberry or Windows Mobile.

IIS Gets an SEO Toolkit, Free on the Microsoft Web Platform

Search Engine Optimization is a key element of any website design these days. Now you can hire an agency to help you improve your website's SEO or, you can do it yourself with a new toolkit for IIS: The IIS SEO Toolkit.

Poll: Internet Users Place More Weight on Web Design

The demand for good web design is increasing, revealed a recent Webcopyplus online poll. Almost 25% of web users indicated “poor visual presentation” as the number one element that drives them away from websites.

Only 6.6% of web users who participated in a similar 2007 online poll indicated ‘poor visual presentation” as the main reason to abandon a website. That equates to a 267% increase during the two-year period.

Integrating SharePoint Social Networking with IBM Rational Team Concert

Mainsoft Integrates SharePoint Social Networking with Rational Team ConcertIBM and Microsoft will be forever entwined if Mainsoft (news, site) has anything to do with it. The provider of Java EE-Microsoft SharePoint integration software is constantly coming out with new ways to integrate SharePoint functionality with IBM solutions.

This time, they integrate SharePoint's social networking capabilities with IBM's Rational Team Concert.

Integrate SharePoint and Salesforce with a Data Zoom Web Part

Integrate SharePoint and Salesforce with a Data Zoom Web PartThe crew over at SharePoint Solutions (news, site) isn't one to sit around and do nothing apparently. It's been a little over a month since they released their Data Zoom Web Part for SharePoint, enabling developers to create dynamically driven content.

Now, they've gone and extended that Web Part one step further offering integration between SharePoint and

A Complete Project Management Solution Built on SharePoint

Bamboo Solutions Provides Enhanced Project Management for SharePointBamboo Solutions (news, site) knows SharePoint. They dedicate their days and probably nights and weekends (on occasion) to designing and developing web parts, Solution Accelerators and other solutions that either enhance SharePoint or help you work better with it.

Think back to MashPoint, a data integration platform, custom, personalized navigation and the hack to run SharePoint on Vista. Add to that the number of Project Management components they offer and you know these guys have dug deep into the SharePoint platform and found gold.

Now they offer the first complete solution to ever come out of Bamboo and it's based on a topic they seem to know and love well, Project Management.

An Open Source Story - Evolution of the Umbraco CMS

Umbraco_logo_2009.jpg Not all products are built with loads of venture capital in the coffers. Many are grown slowly and painstakingly over a number of years. A labor of love? Maybe. Some unseen driving force pushing them? Most likely.

During the work for our recent Umbraco CMS Review we stumbled upon the story of how this product came to be. It struck us as notable and inspirational, so we thought we'd share it more broadly.

In this article we bring you the history of the Umbraco Web CMS, from a .NET toolkit used as part of founder Niels Hartvig's consulting business to being one of the most popular .NET open source web content management systems in the market.

Microsoft's AJAX Control Toolkit Updated, Includes WYSIWYG Editor

aspnet_ajax_logo_2009.jpgASP.Net AJAX is Microsoft's free framework for developing rich internet applications (RIA) that work across all browsers. It includes four components: Server-Side ASP.NET AJAX, Client-Side ASP.NET AJAX, the AJAX Control Toolkit and the jQuery library.

The AJAX Control Toolkit that has just been updated with some new functionality. Let's have a look.

A .NET Library and Toolbox for CMIS

We are all interested to see how SharePoint will implement CMIS - Content Management Interoperability Specification (news, site). We got a bit of feel for how it could speak to a CMIS compliant repository earlier this year.

But it's not just SharePoint that we want to know about when it comes to Microsoft and CMIS. We also want to know how any .NET based content management system can implement CMIS. And we'd like to see it in a similar fashion as the work that's happening now with Chemistry, the proposed Apache Incubator Project whose goal is to create a generic, open source Java-language implementation of CMIS.

We may have the start of the happening now with a new CodePlex project in the works. Called the NCMIS: .NET Content Management Interoperability Services, this project has been created to develop a DotNet library that implements the core requirements of the CMIS spec and a toolbox to help you build your own implementation.

It's still in the planning stages, but the CodePlex site outlines a number of items that could be put into the toolbox including things like Business Classes and related enums for all CMIS entities, Protocol handlers, Sample Producer, .NET CMIS Explorer and more.

This project is just getting off the ground and they are looking for volunteers to contribute to the project. If you are dying to get your hands dirty with CMIS and .Net, head over the CodePlex project site and let them know you want to help.


Plone Foundation Approves Relicensing Policy

Plone Foundation Approves Relicensing Policy

As we've mentioned previously, the Plone (news, site) community has been in discussions over a slight change to licensing policy. No, Plone is not changing licenses. It's sticking with the GPL.

However, Plone is now also offering the option for those building Plone Framework Components to apply for permission to use a modified BSD license for their components instead of the GPL.

This move is primarily meant to make it easier for componentized Plone code to interact with Zope and Python projects without causing GPL violations. Requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis for components that:

  • Are in the plone.* namespace, not the* namespace.
  • Don't have imports from GPL-licensed code.

The primary developer/maintainer must be willing to ensure the component won't acquire dependencies on GPL-licensed code.

For the official description of the new policy and associated FAQs, see the Plone Framework Components Relicensing Policy document.

An Accessible CMS for Government Websites

webcredible_logo_2009.jpgWebcredible has noticed that governmental types aren't all that bright when it comes to technology (Barack Obama and Al Gore excepted) and has developed a highly accessible content management system for those in power at all levels.

Quick Take Review: Umbraco Web Content Management System

logo-umbraco-2009-05.jpg Umbraco is one of only a few open source web content management systems built on Microsoft's .NET technology stack. This CMS is no "out the box" solution. To the contrary, it's a content management system for .NET web developers. And while it's relatively straightforward to use, one must first deal with a steep learning curve.

We took a close look at the latest version of Umbraco (v4.01) and here's what we found.

Yooba: A Web CMS for Flash Content

Yooba: Flash-based Content ManagementYou see a lot of Flash content on websites today. Sometimes the entire website is done in Flash, sometimes it's just a portion of it, or maybe just a microsite. Most people in the Flash game have either an experienced Flash developer or a design agency developing that content for you.

But if Yooba's claims are true, one can now do much of this Flash content development oneself -- without knowing the ins and outs of Flash development. You just need Yooba, a SaaS-based Flash Web Content Management System.

Intrigued but skeptical, we spoke with Sven Miller, Sales Manager for Yooba, to get the scoop on this new solution.

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