Hannon Hill Adds Facebook Connector, Developer Tools in v6.10

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Hannon Hill (news, site) has updated its Cascade Server CMS to version 6.10, which adds a Facebook connector, as well as adding a bundle of tools for developers.

Facebook Connector

Outside of the developer community, the real interest here is going to be the Facebook connector that enables users to share information about newly published content to a Facebook page.

What this means is that it will create new posts on a specified Facebook page so that when pages associated with the Connector through the Content Type are published, everyone gets to know about it.

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Hannon Hill v6.10 Facebook Connector

In practical terms, this means that with the content type “announcement," for example, it will be published to a destination page when the page itself is published for the first time.

Posts generated by the Connector will also contain a link to the published version of the page, the title of the page and an optional prefix specified for the Connector.

The concept behind it is similar to the Twitter access that it introduced in v6.4 and, which appears to have been a success.

Other Upgrades

The other major improvements are really for developers. The Velocity Templating Engine has been upgraded and a number of tools have been added to the Velocity context for use when writing Script Formats within Cascade.

Learning Opportunities

Velocity Engine

The Velocity Engine is a free open-source templating engine that permits developers to use a template language to reference objects defined in Java code. The five tools include:

  • Escape Tool
  • Display
  • Math Tool
  • Loop Tool
  • Number Tool

Cross configuration linking

This version also sees the addition of a field within Destinations that makes it possible to link to a particular page configuration that lives at a different URL. Called the Web URL, it is applicable when page configurations of a particular content type are set to publish to specific destinations.

The most common use case for this is linking to a mobile version of a page that resides at a different domain than the full HTML version of that page.


Finally, to improve usability for administrators, new filtering and sorting functionality have been added that enables the filtering of users, groups and roles that appear in the table by name, email or full name.

For business users, there’s probably not a lot here that will ring a bell with the exception of the Facebook Connector. However, developers -- the people who build functionality for business users --there’s some interesting additions.