No no he's not dead, he's, he's restin'! Remarkable bird, the Norwegian Blue, idn'it, ay? Beautiful plumage!from Monty Pythons "Dead Parrot" sketch.
Given that there hasn't been a release for the eZ publish 3 series since October 2007 and December 2007 for the initial eZ publish 4.0 release, coupled by the lack of any concrete information regarding new releases, one may be forgiven in thinking that eZ Publish had been consigned to the great bit bucket in the ether. Fortunately it appears that unlike the Norwegian Blue, eZ was actually restin'! (Actually I suspect they have been working very hard, just not telling us)
I'm not sure how many people are downloading and reading eZ's SHARE! magazine PDF but if you're not then you would have missed this news regarding eZ Publish 4.1 from the June issue:
No official word on release dates but forum posts seem to indicate that release candidates are possible for next week.
eZ Publish 4.1 - what’s new?The next version of our flagship product eZ Publish 4.1 will be released with an improved kernel and several extensions providing new or enhanced features. Highlights include:
In future releases, most new features will be made available through extensions as we are aiming more and more for a microkernel approach for eZ Publish.
- A new Online Editor with support for more browsers and platforms (including IE7 on Vista, Safari)
- A new extension providing multiple file upload from within the browser
- Oracle support (from version 8), including support for the current cluster configurations
- An extension providing functions for password expiry (typical use for intranets and extranets)
- Solaris 10 support
- Performance enhancements
On CommunicationsI must admit I'm at a loss as to why the SHARE! magazine PDF is the primary communication method of a company that's flagship product is a Web CMS. It doesn't show off their "product" (now, if the PDF was produced out of the CMS that would be a different matter), and seems to be a quite outdated communication methodology in a time of microblogging, RSS feeds, social networking and content aggregation.
One the the main issues is that you can't link to specific information in a PDF (thats why I've reproduced the relevant information here) and it's a pain to have to download to view. This could be solved by simply adding the content to the eZ web site...it does use a CMS right? Isn't utilising the eZ site for this information a great advertisment for the product?
Perhaps it's aimed at a difference audience than me but then I'm not sure what that leaves me with...subversion comments?
Anywhoo after that rant you might need something to put a smile on your face. If you're not familiar with Monty Pythons famous "Dead Parrot" sketch or simply need a laugh here it is. Enjoy!