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Using Content Type Effectively with Plone Intranet

by Víctor Fernández de Alba | August 2010 | Content Management Open Source Web Development

Building a successful intranet is not an easy job. When we are asked to build an intranet there is always an implicit requirement that doesn't show in any requirement list. This requirement is easy in concept, but hard to achieve: the intranet must be a success in terms of usability and use. The last thing we will want is that it ends up being one of those web services that people barely use. In this article, by Víctor Fernández de Alba, author of Plone 3 Intranets, we will cover the key factors for the success of an intranet and the effective use of the content types.

We will cover the following topics:

  • Navigation and taxonomy
  • Collections
  • Table of contents
  • Next/previous folder
  • Presentation mode
  • Best practices for third-party content types

We can make building an intranet an easy task if we want to do so. As we already know, a content type is not only an information container; it also defines the way the information is shown to the consumer via the content view. We will learn to use the right content type and its right view for the right job. Another crucial factor is to extend wisely our default content type set via third-party add-on products. We will learn how to choose and use them correctly.

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Using Spring JMX within Java Applications

by Eric Spiegelberg | August 2010 | Java Open Source

Java Management Extensions (JMX) is an incredibly powerful Java technology. Introduced in 2003 as part of Java 5 and the result of multiple Java Community Process specifications (JSR-3 and JSR-160), JMX defines an architecture, API, and services for the management and monitoring of Java applications. Simply put, JMX is a standard part of Java used to interact with a running application. Once started, you probably tend to think of an application as if it were on its own island and that it's difficult to communicate with. Or perhaps you've never needed to interact with a running application or didn't realize such functionality was a possibility. JMX makes these interactions possible and can be used to receive event notifications or to invoke the functionality (such as business logic) contained within your running application. These interactions occur between a JMX client running locally and any Java Virtual Machine (JVM) running on a local or remote machine.

The topic of the article by Eric Spiegelberg, is a design for using JMX and Spring to interact with applications at runtime; the writing is one part a very light introduction to JMX, one part an introduction to the benefits of Spring JMX, and one part that presents a design for how to quickly and conveniently maximize the use of Spring JMX within your Java applications.

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Interacting with Data on the SharePoint Server

by Gastón C. Hillar | August 2010 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

In this article by Gastón C. Hillar, author of the book Microsoft Silverlight 4 and SharePoint 2010 Integration, we will cover many topics that help us create simple and complex Line-Of-Business Silverlight RIAs that run as Silverlight Web Parts to interact with data in the SharePoint Server.

In this article, we will:

  • Use a Silverlight RIA to insert items into a SharePoint list
  • Prepare code to handle errors when remote operations fail
  • Work with messages to allow multiple Silverlight RIAs to communicate with each other
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Activating the BuddyPress Default Theme and Setting up and Configuring BuddyPress

by Heather R. Wallace | July 2010 | Open Source WordPress

You have a few options when it comes to themes. You can activate the default BuddyPress theme, install a different compatible theme, or upgrade your existing theme so that it can be used with BuddyPress. It's easiest to keep things simple, so begin with the default BuddyPress theme. Later on, you can change to a new theme after you've finished installing and configuring everything. In this article by Heather R. Wallace, author of the book WordPress 3 Site Blueprints, we'll discuss the BuddyPress Default Theme.

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Building a Job Board Website using JobPress

by Heather R. Wallace | July 2010 | Open Source WordPress

No matter how good or bad the economy might be at any given time there will always be job seekers. Every day people search online to find employment in a variety of industries. Searching the bigger job boards can be overwhelming and time-consuming because job seekers must sort though the myriad of job listings in an attempt to locate positions that match their unique skill sets. What would greatly benefit these job seekers is a fine-tuned job board that concentrates on a smaller segment of the overall job market. That's where JobPress comes in.

In this article by Heather R. Wallace, author of the book WordPress 3 Site Blueprints, we will see how with the JobPress theme, you can easily create a niche job board to serve a particular segment of job seekers.

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