Blog Archive

Blog posts for February 2011

The history of collaboration

Here is a cool infographic on the history of collaboration, from two points of view (global and in enterprises): "It explores collaboration starting with a quote from Charles Darwin about communications. It goes from there to explore the growth of collaboration; the types of workers in the U.S. workforce and the definition of a good worker." (ReadWriteWeb).

Click there to zoom.
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The importance of a killer feature: XWiki's WYSIWYG rich text editor

This article caught my eye:

*One killer feature*

When working with startups, Ferriss sees one problem popping up over and over. “The biggest weakness I see is companies getting focused on implementing new features,” he says. “That’s the biggest waste of time that I see. They have a viable product that people are paying for and instead of identifying their cheapest avenue for acquiring profitable customers or focusing on polishing the product they already have, they focus on adding ten new features.

From: "Tim Ferriss on tolerable mediocrity, false idols, diversifying your identity, and the advice he gives startups" on the 37signals blog

As XWiki SAS' sales guy, I see this daily from customers who always ask us to make the WYSIWYG better and have it work seamlessly with existing tools, specifically with Word. All the bevy of advanced features XWiki Enterprise has to offer interests them only in the context of having a great text editor to begin with.

That's the reason why we've been working on and polishing our rich text editor for more than 2 years in order to make it ever smoother to use and better integrated with the Office suite.

Deciding to switch from TinyMCE to our own custom-built WYSIWYG editor was a tough choice back then. It took months of customer feedback and lengthy executive discussions in order to make the choice to invest time in it. Yet in retrospect, this decision was probably one of the best we ever made product-wise. Our editor is a key feature of the wiki and we have total control over it to improve it as we see fit.

Now I'll make sure to tell our tech team to make it even better :-) Keep up the good work Marius (@mflorea)!!

Note: this article initially appeared on my personal blog

XWiki at FOSDEM 2011

As every year since 2008 (at least – that's when I started going), part of the XWiki team was at FOSDEM, in Bruxelles, on 5th and 6th of February, to meet with the Open Source community and socialize in the open spirit.

This year the gang was made of me (Anca), Oana, Ludovic and Jerome. We mostly hanged out in the Mozilla devroom, getting fresh news from our favourite browser, except for Jerome who stayed closer to the bits, following the Embedded track. We also got teased by some very interesting projects in the Lightning Talks room, a great place to hang out while at FOSDEM, since it offers a very good and rich overview of what's moving in the Open Source world.

We had our own Lightning Talk on Sunday afternoon, about the annotations system in XWiki, seasoned with a demo of all the cool things that annotations (and XWiki in general) can do. You can find the presentation on SlideShare but the video below shows it all (the video is also available for download on the FOSDEM website).

We also attended the keynotes, in the huge Janson room, packed with geeks. Here's a picture (from Oana), for a glimpse of how that feels:

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All these, along with a great dinner on Saturday night with @OlivierSeres and @jacopogio made it a very nice FOSDEM, this year as well. Special thanks to the FOSDEM team (and all volunteers) for organizing the event and for encoding it all in bits for eternity.

Since it's very unlikely that the tradition stops here, we'll see you next year at FOSDEM to geek together!

And don't forget, write an XWiki extension, publish it on extensions.xwiki.org, mail us and get a T-Shirt!

The Ada Initiative Launch

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Two weeks ago the Ada Initiative was launched, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing participation of women in open technology and culture. 

The aim of the organization is to get more women to actively participate in open source software projects, Wikipedia and other open data, and open social media. Co-founders Mary Gardiner and Valerie Aurora each have ten years of experience in open source software, open social media, and women in computing activism. According to the Ada Initiative launch press release "the Ada Initiative will concentrate on focused, direct action programs, including recruitment and training for women, education for community members, and working with companies and projects to improve their outreach to women."

You can read more about this initiative and find out how you may offer your support on the Ada Initiative website.