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web 2.0 and status

Today, I spent some time at the Tokyo Web 2.0 expo. I had the opportunity to shake hands with Hakon Wium Lie, the CTO of Opera and Tim O’Reilly.

The Opera guys had two OLPCs on their stand, they looked beautiful. I couldn’t get the O’Reilly booth guy to sell me his “Resftful Web Services” t-shirt unfortunately.

The best spot for free wifi was the Microsoft lounge (thanks for the coffee !), I jockeyed my macbook… My Debian laptop would have earned me some karma points.

I was quite surprised not to come across any booth yielding the Rails or Ruby standards. Some salarymen were mumbling those names, but no visible presence, except among the O’Reilly books.

This week-end is dedicated to sports, so I won’t progress much on OpenWFEru, my open source Ruby workflow and bpm engine. Next week, I will release version 0.9.16. This new version contains lots of improvements, as the changelog attests.

I’m quite happy with the BlogParticipant, a specialization of the new AtomPubParticipant, I can use phrase like “you can have business processes that blog”, “read the activity trace of your business processes as a blog” or “publication workflow for blog entries / content repositories” when pitching OpenWFEru to the salesguys around me.

OK, time for me to forget about computers and buzzwords.

Written by John Mettraux

November 16, 2007 at 2:49 pm

Posted in atompub, bpm, cms, openwferu

insert name here…

Well, there :

I’m convinced that one of the reasons Google has been so successful is because it was not founded by a bunch of ex-Microsofties or [Insert name of successful company].

Documentum !

Written by John Mettraux

September 2, 2007 at 1:34 pm

Posted in blahblah, cms


Some people will laugh.

I’m moving away from Confluence to vanilla Apache as a Content Management System. My Confluence install died, no time to investigate, I had to move away from the box hosting it anyway (as I migrated from Lausanne CH to Yokohama JP).

I should use to Magnolia, as I’m a contributor to it, but I don’t have the time for now. I’ll rebuild OpenWFE’s website with Maven (that’s where Agylen laughs). The Jackrabbit site is Maven built and it looks just fine, I shall follow that example.

Written by John Mettraux

September 26, 2006 at 3:33 pm

Posted in cms, openwfe


Floyd Marinescu ‘unlaunched’ his new Uber-Community site : InfoQ.

Alexandru Popescu (aka “The Mindstorm“) is one of his fellow ‘unlaunchers’.

Alexandru being a Magnolia contributor/committer, no surprise, the site’s running on Magnolia CMS.
Scroll down their about page to learn more about Alexandru.

I’m looking forward seeing this site grow and publish quality content… Hey, there’s even a welcome goodie : a book named “Java Transaction Design Strategies” (available as a free PDF download), 188 pages on java transactions.

Congratulations to the InfoQ team !

Written by John Mettraux

May 18, 2006 at 3:40 pm

Posted in cms, dev, magnolia, oss

maven2 upload

As OpenWFE got integrated within Magnolia, availability through Maven became a must.

I found this little neat site mashing up the maven repository so that you can browse it (of course they add some google ads on top of that). The page about OpenWFE uploads will show you the 1.7.0pre4 and 1.7.0pre9 I uploaded.

I have to say I haven’t converted OpenWFE to be Maven buildable. I’m happy with Ant, I just need a make-like tool. Of course I know that you can do pretty neat things with Maven, but I currently want my build tool to stay a tool and I don’t want to invest time in forcing my codebase into a set of constraints.
But of course, I’m closely watching people around me using Maven and pondering how they benefit from it.

Written by John Mettraux

May 4, 2006 at 10:47 am

Posted in cms, dev, openwfe, oss

Magnolia ’99

Boris reported a great business week for Magnolia.

Congratulations !!

Written by John Mettraux

March 19, 2006 at 7:54 pm

Posted in cms, magnolia, oss

OpenWFE within Magnolia

Magnolia & OpenWFE

Philipp Bracher, one of the core Magnolia developers wrote some great documentation on OpenWFE‘s integration within Magnolia.

It’s worth a look.

Written by John Mettraux

March 7, 2006 at 9:18 am

Posted in bpm, cms, dev, jcr, magnolia, openwfe, oss, workflow

Basel II

Having a meeting in Basel with Boris. Snow is falling heavily on Northern Switzerland.

We discussed about Magnolia and OpenWFE, about our different situations (oss wise), our projects are LGPL and BSD respectively, different attitudes, but in the end, there’s got to be some food on the table.

We talked about the “Open Source Strike” : one week of silence for all the true open source ‘providers’ (I use this term as lots of people and companies are just ‘consuming’ open source, without contributing back). Boris said : “an open source strike would turn people away from open source”.

And finally, we had some “primitivo”.

But wouldn’t an ‘open source strike’ simply show the huge extent of open source software ? It’s ubiquitous. Well… It could terminate lives (kill -9 people), it’s not a good idea.

Written by John Mettraux

March 4, 2006 at 7:41 pm

Posted in blahblah, cms, magnolia, openwfe, oss

Magnolia at LinuxTag

Boris just announced that his presentation of Magnolia has been accepted for LinuxTag 2006.
Looks like he will be participating to a fine event.

Congrats Boris !

(meanwhile, the Magnolia Team is in the final steps of its initial integration of OpenWFE in Magnolia 3.x)

update : the Magnolia Team is looking for a web developer

Written by John Mettraux

March 2, 2006 at 9:00 am

Posted in cms, oss