Tridion 2013

 I attend Tridion User Group Day at Redwood Shores, CA. Apparentlly Tridion 2013 is going to be announced in Q1 of 2013. 

A list of interesting features with this new release:

  • Bundle: You can now put component or page into a bundle. All the items in the bundle will exit the workflow either success or fail as a whole. This concept is simliar to the database transactions. It is beneficial when you have dependency among your pages/component, and you dont' want some of them to succeed and others to fail. 
  • Notification Center: They took the concept from iOS where the notification center has actionable items. You can directly invoke action from notification. 
  • Undo: It has the ablity to Undo the publication (once level).
  • External Content Libraries (ECL): It is possible to write a connector to use other repositories. A Flicker connector is demoed that it can mount your Flicker account to Tridion. Theoritically, it is possible to write a connect for anything if it has the concept of "folers" and "files". 

Here is the agenda for those who are curious:

Tridion Practice

 Tridon Pracitce: A collection of Tridion resources.

 

Tridion Tutorials

A nice arctile on Tridion, will report my findings after some investigation.

 

dotCMS

dotCMS  just released a new version 2.2. 

The starter website is now based on Bootstrap which is good for mobile users. 

I checked their documentation and it seems like a good CMS, although the installation steps can be easier. 

 

A few things I like about this CMS:

  1. Good plugin framework
  2. Responsive html design (Bootstrap)
  3. RESTful XML/ATOM read/write
  4. Related content, filtering of related content
  5. WYSIWYG editor (TinyMCE)

Another CMS on AppEngine

On my research on CMS running on AppEngine, I found a new one called gae-django-cms 

Try to the name, I am able to deploy the code to Google AppEngine in under half an hour.

Check this out: http://charles-cms.appspot.com/

 

gae-diango-cms

DD4T

 DD4T is whe way to go!

CMS on app engine

I found one nice review http://thoughts.inphina.com/2011/08/12/cms-for-your-web-application-on-google-app-engine/ . Will verify it.

Python CMS

I have been searching for a open source CMS based on Python for a while, and I think I found it: http://code.google.com/p/instant-press/

The feature set looks impressive, especially working with AppEngine. I will report back late on my findings.

  • Free and Open Source
  • Manage articles, posts, and pages
  • Manage users, categories, links, comments, uploads, styles
  • Change logo, and front page without editing source code.
  • Comments can be disable, or use disqus as comment system.
  • Many widgets: addthis, last posts, links, tags, categories, archives.
  • WYSIWYG editing, using CKeditor
  • Multiple register method: Recaptcha, Confirm by mail, etc.
  • Avatars.
  • Using html5boilerplate.com best practices baked in: cross-browser normalization, performance optimizations as a base template.
  • Customize, come with 2 layout ready. Make your own customization. See customization.
  • Developed in pure python using web2py as a framework.
  • Ajax, use jquery and jquery-ui.
  • Visual notifications.
  • Feed articles and comments.