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Deploying Drupal Just Got Easier

Deploying Drupal Just Got EasierThose Drupal (news, link) administrators who need to stage or otherwise copy Drupal configurations from one server to another should run out and give the Drupal Deploy module a try.

Drupal and Joomla to Lose Market Share to concrete5 Web CMS?

concrete5_logo_2009.jpg   If you were to believe all the hype surrounding concrete5, an open source Web content management system, then a remarkable new system has just gone on General Availability (GA).

While its usually a good idea to give every company a hearing and every piece of software a trial run, generally PR emanating from a company about their own product should be taken with even the tiniest pinch of salt.

Especially when they are claiming to be better than Drupal and Joomla, two of the most well known open source web content management systems.

Semantic Web Language Continues to Evolve with OWL 2

OWL 2 Semantic Web Language EvolvesThe World Wide Web Consortium's OWL (Web Ontology Language) Working Group has published the First Public Working Draft of the "OWL 2 Web Ontology Language Document Overview." Go ahead. Grab a dictionary. We'll wait.

This document is the first in an exciting thirteen volume escapade through the syntaxes, sub-languages, along with other details behind OWL 2 and its differences from OWL 1.

Microsoft's Quest for Interoperability and Open Standards

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When an open source advocate, open standards advocate, or, well, pretty much anyone that competes with Microsoft (news, site) sees an extended hand from the software giant toward better interoperability, they tend to look and see if the other hand's holding a spiked club.

Even so, the Redmond, WA company continues to push the message that it has seen the light regarding open standards and interoperability.

Harnessing the Power of Annotations -- An Interview with Dan Brown

As designers, we rely on communicating detail to our teammates and collaborators. Sometimes a picture is a thousand words, but often, we need more words and explanation to make those diagrams effective.

We had a chance to sit down with Dan Brown, the co-Founder and co-Principal of EightShapes, to talk about his experience with creating successful annotations. Here's what he shared.

Taking a Closer Look at Microsoft's Ms-PL Open Source License

A Look at Microsoft's Ms-PL Open Source License

The rumors are true. Microsoft (news, site) has an official open source license that was approved by the Open Source Initiative (OSI) -- the Ms-PL, or Microsoft Public License.

Since they have licensed their latest offering ASP.NET MVC 1.0 under the Ms-PL, we thought we would take a look at the license terms. Is there an evil catch somewhere in the terms and conditions?

Adobe CS4 Gets a New Publishing Option with MadeToPrint

axaio is MadeToPrintJust when the rest of the world is shutting down its presses, axaio is updating MadeToPrint.

MadeToPrint is axaio's plug-in for InDesign and Xpress. It allows users to print to more than one source simultaneously. Now, it has been been updated for InDesign CS4, Adobe's most recent and major update. CS4 offers more complex solutions, as well as options for designers. With MadeToPrint's update, users can create high-volume PDFs, EPS and PS with more flexibility.

New Add-Ons for MOSS Include Broadcasting and a People Finder

clearlogo.jpgLondon-based company ClearPeople is offering 45-day trials of its new PeoplePoint and CorpCast add-ons for Microsofts SharePoint Server 2007. PeoplePoint makes it easier to find colleagues and their contact information, while CorpCast helps inform users of vital updates in realtime, without resorting to bulk e-mails.

Microsoft Open Sources .NET MVC Framework

Further evidence of Microsoft's growing commitment towards interoperability and open source -- the ASP.NET MVC source code has been released under the Microsoft Public License (MS-PL).

ASP.NET MVC 1.0 was officially released at MIX09 a couple of weeks ago. It provided developers with an alternative to developing ASP.NET applications using Web Forms. The Model-View-Controller approach is designed for tighter control over the application and provides the ability for Test Driven Development (TDD).

Haven't heard of the MS-PL? It is an OSI-approved open source license. According to Scott Guthrie's blog, the MS-PL license means "no platform restrictions and provides broad rights to modify and redistribute the source code".

This announcement follows the news that Microsoft's new Web Platform Installer will include PHP and the ability to download and install a number of open source web content management solutions.

Microsoft has also made SharePoint Designer 2007 free to download. It's not open source, but it's another step to demonstrating their desire to have developers work on their systems and to open doors to the greater open source community.

Can't wait to see what they do next.

IBM vs. Microsoft: Dukes Are Up Over Cloud Computing

In today’s high-tech world, companies rarely have it in them to wage full-on war against their competition, but any seasoned Web geek knows that’s simply because they’re too busy trying to outdo each other.

Of course, this isn’t always so. In fact, two of the biggest names in technology duke it out all the time. In their most recent tiff, IBM plays the schoolyard bully while Microsoft attempts to save face with a cool yet scathing blog response. The fire starter? Oh, just what's being called the most destructive force in technology.

SharePoint Designer 2007 Free to Download

There's been a little buzz in recent weeks about the possibility that SharePoint Designer 2007 -- Microsoft's reincarnation of FrontPage -- would become a free product. Well that buzz has been officially confirmed.

As of April 1, 2009, SharePoint Designer 2007 can be downloaded for free. According to Microsoft, offering the Designer free is their way of promoting continued custom development on the SharePoint platform.

Many customers saw the Designer as a natural extension of SharePoint and they wanted to use it to create dynamic websites on SharePoint.

SharePoint Designer is a product that puts a lot of power into the hands of power users, along with developers. So you may want to think carefully before you unleash it to your organization. If you do want to understand ways to lock down where and how the Designer can be used, read this blog post from the MSDN SharePoint Designer Team Blog.

All future releases of SharePoint Designer will also be free, including the new version expected to come with the next version of SharePoint.

For those customers who have SharePoint Designer as part of their Software Assurance Package, as compensation for it now being free, they will be granted rights to Expression Web.

You can download your free copy here and learn everything you need to know about SharePoint Designer 2007 on its website. Also, watch this interview with Tom Rizzo,Sr. Director of Product Management for SharePoint, on why they have made this move and what it means to you.

A Development Platform for Collaborative Enterprise Applications

A Collaboration Platform Developers Can Sink Their Teeth Into MindTouch (news,site) is all about the enterprise. This open source collaboration platform is all over connecting enterprise applications, web services and Web 2.0 applications for teams to work together fulfilling business objectives.

But MindTouch has decided it wants to go just a little bit farther. They have announced MindTouch 2009 -- a new developer platform for social collaboration and communities. And to go along with that, a bi-directional message bus that extends their collaborative capabilities even further.

A New Marketplace and Visions of 4.1 for Web CMS Vendor

logo-kentico.jpgKentico (news site), a Czech vendor of web content management solutions built on ASP.NET, has just announced details of its 4.1 version, scheduled for release next August.

Founder and CEO Petr Palas, on Kentico’s blog, said this latest version carries a full text search engine based on Lucene.NET as well as improvements on the current engine based on SQL queries.

An Online Community Framework from a Cool Vendor

igloo_logo_2009.jpg It's going to be an interesting Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco next week. Among the announcements, you can expect to hear from IGLOO Software. At the conference they will be unveiling their new framework for building community solutions.

The new Online Community Platform has four primary components to it including:

  • Theme Manager: Control the brand of your community through layouts and design.
  • Global Configuration Panel: Turn applications on and off
  • Widget Manager: Drag and drop capability as well as create and configure custom built widgets
  • Open API's: Integration with other applications and solutions including CRM, ERP and cloud-based solutions such as Salesforce.com and Google Gadgets.

IGLOO is banking on their Open API's and widget based architecture to push their Online Community Platform to the forefront as it will enable organizations to get a community up and running quickly. Integration with key third party content and applications will also contribute to its ability to deliver. After all, it's clear that a community that operates in a silo does not add advantage to an organization.

"The new platform is all about flexibility and modular applications that enable interconnected networks of teams and individuals within an organization to work together more efficiently and effectively," says David Shak, VP of Platform Development for IGLOO Inc.

Want to see how easy their framework is to use? Watch this video or read the presentation.

A New Platform for Standards-Based Search Applications

Endeca scales McKinley with new search platformInformation access software company Endeca Technologies has just announced the availability of its McKinley release Information Access Platform. The platform provides a new architecture for building standards-based search applications.

After two years of research the new platform will allow for the rapid development and maintenance of search applications that offer Endeca’s Guided Navigation user experience across structured and unstructured enterprise data.

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