Friday, June 13, 2008

Micro-blogging the eZ Conference

For those who haven't heard of "Micro-blogging" wikipedia defines it as:
Micro-blogging is a form of blogging that allows users to write brief text updates (usually less than 200 characters) and publish them, either to be viewed by anyone or by a restricted group which can be chosen by the user. These messages can be submitted by a variety of means, including text messaging, instant messaging, email, MP3 or the web.
Twitter is currently the most popular micro-blogging service but can have reliability issues (these have been addressed recently). I've been using it for a couple of months now. It can be a bit of a time suck especially if you follow frequent tweaters. I've found it a good way to keep track of what friends, the web industry & eZ people are up to, pose questions and actually get answers.

One of the things that has always frustrated my about not attending the eZ conference in the past is that it takes about a week for news and coverage to filter out. I suspect people are too busy doing "conference stuff" to write blog posts during the event.

This year I'm finally attending the eZ Conference (eZ Community Developer Day & PHP Vikinger) and am planing to utilise twitter to micro-blog the event in an attempt to provide some "real time" coverage. I've had conservations with Tony Wood of Vision WT fame who is also interested. The frequency of content will depend on what kind of internet aceess is availiable, and I'll utilise SMS tweats as a backup if required.

Of course anyone can do this and the more the merrier! If you are going to use twitter, add "#ezconf" within the tweet. This is called a hashtag and allows for tweets about a particular topic to be grouped by services like Summize.

The following URL will display a list of tweets with the #ezconf hashtag. The tweats are also available as an RSS feed so you can follow along in your favourite Feed Reader.

Derick (PHP Vikinger unorganiser) has suggested using #phpvikinger & #ezconference hashtags (Lots of letters there! He must be much less lazy than me :) or simply follow all three.

If you do sign up with twitter, feel free to follow me and write a tweat with a #ezconf hashtag to let fellow twitters you are following along.

Help and an Etiquette Guide are available.

eZ Publish release clarifications

In case you haven't seen the comments generated out of my last couple of posts, this is intended to be a summary. Thanks to all the fine eZ crew that jumped on and clarified things.

It appears that jagels missed the middle '0' in 4.0.1 in his initial comment, making it seem (to me at least) like eZ were recommending that 4.0 should not be used and to hold off until 4.1. The advice was actually to wait for 4.0.1.

Version 4.1 will come with the new TinyMCE based OE instead of (as well as?) the existing OE. The new TinyMCE OE can can also be used in eZ 4.0.x sites (Will the old OE work in 4.1 ?)

eZ 4.1 will also include the following enhancements:
The microkernel changes will not be in 4.1. This is not surprising as I'd expect that this is not a trivial task. ( Though I am excited about the opportunities that this change will allow. Can't wait to hear details at the eZ Conference )

The release candidates 4.0.1rc1 & 3.10rc1 have been announced. The announcement contains important information about the troublesome "url alias" issue.

I'm assuming that we'll see 3.9.5 & 4.1.0 soon as well.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

New versions of eZ Publish (4.0.1, 3.10.1 & 3.9.5) imminent

After my comment about following subversion commit comments to get an idea of what is happening with eZ Publish in my previous post, I realised it wasn't such a bad idea and added the RSS feed to my reader.

This morning I'm happy to report that the release trees for 4.0.1 & 3.10.1 & 3.9.5 have been created.

Nothing in the svn commits comments regarding 4.1. However this comment on my previous post has disturbed me:
I have been to a couple of seminars where we were recommended to wait for 4.1 before we upgrade to eZ4 (by eZ employees).
Anyone have details of why this is the case? With the launch of a 4.0 eZ site in the coming weeks I find this quite worrying.

Friday, June 06, 2008

eZ Publish News: "No he's not dead, he's restin'!"

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:

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:
  • 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
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.
No official word on release dates but forum posts seem to indicate that release candidates are possible for next week.

On Communications

I 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 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!