Blog Archive

Blog posts for February 2012

The other 99% of entrepreneurs

Mitra Sramana has a very interesting post on ReadWriteWeb. 

What is explained in this article correspond very much to the reasons why XWiki choose to stay independent and I can only agree that the twitto-blogospheres focuses way too much on funding of startups that has not necessarly proven anything about the viability of the funded company. 

It would be great that there is more focus on successful companies that did not require any funding. These companies have a much higher change to continue to bring value to their customers than funded companies that will necessarly require an exit and will have to go through many risks once they are merged into a bigger company.

Articles like Mitra's are great to raise peoples understanding.

Enterprise 2.0 Summit: See you there!

The Enterprise 2.0 Summit, an event for which XWiki SAS is a sponsor, will take place in Paris on Tuesday and Wednesday. This is an excellent opportunity to hear prestigious experts and practitioners such as Luiz Suarez, Bertrand Duperrin, Dion Hinchcliffe and Richard Collin talk about Enterprise 2.0 and Social Business.

If you are not yet convinced about the benefits of participating in this event, I invite you to read this article.

Ludovic Dubost will participate in two sessions:

  • On February 7, from 14:40 to 15:30 he will be talking about Social Business Deployment with Frederic Charles (Lyonnaises des Eaux)
  • On February 8, from 14:00 to 15:00 he'll try to propose a roadmap for the market in a plenary session entitled Future of Social Business Technology Roadmap with other players in the field (Seemy, blogSpirit, Yoolink …).

XWiki At FOSDEM 2012

At the beginning of this month several members of the XWiki team attended the FOSDEM event in Brussels. FOSDEM is the biggest free and non-commercial event organized by and for the community. Its goal is to provide Free and Open Source developers a place to meet. 

The event had many interesting talks ranging from technical discussions, to community centered panels and legal talks. Fabio Mancinelli had a presentation on Open Cloud Interoperability with CompatibleOne in the Virtualization and Cloud Devroom, while Anca Luca volunteered to help with the organizational aspects. We had a very nice time and we can't wait for next year's event.

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Enterprise 2.0: a joyful definition

Juggler Fabian Seewald (Dundu) explains the concept of Enterprise 2.0 at the Enterprise 2.0 Summit, in Paris. Really cool! emoticon_smile

Tech companies, the buyout

When you participate in the creation of a tech company, particularly on the product side, there are plenty of reasons why your work might get lost. The company might fail, the product might not work and the company may survive with other products, a particular part of the product might be dropped. These are actually pretty good reasons why your work might go down the drain.

Now the good thing with open source is that it can never go fully and completely down the drain. Even if your company is closed down, the code is still released as Open Source and available. You can decide to reuse it.

This is not the case with non open source code and there is an even worst reason for your code to go down the drain: when it disappears after the buyout of your company. ...

Create an application within minutes with XWiki

XWiki is proud to introduce App Within Minutes, an application to allow non tech experts to create their own applications in the fewest steps possible!

As collaborative software makers, ease of use is one of our main concerns: the easier the tool is, the more chances it has to be adopted by many users. We have often observed creating applications is a difficult task for people without programing skills and it can become tedious for end users to always ask for the IT department's help when basic applications are needed. This is precisely what we had in mind when we decided to work on App Within Minutes.

This application allows end users, i.e. business users, to benefit from XWiki's powerful data management system and easily make/create collaborative web applications even if they don't have a developer background.

A wizard guides users through 3 successive steps :

  1. Name your application
  2. Define the structure of your application
  3. Customize the home page of your application

To show you how easy it is to create an application in a few clicks with App Within Minutes, we have made a short tutorial on how to create a "Bike Product Sheet" .

XWiki Enterprise 3.4 or higher

First of all, you need to download or upgrade your XWiki Enterprise version in order to get this feature.

In this tutorial, I'm using the lastest stable version of XWiki, (XWiki Enterprise 3.4).

Once your wiki is installed and started, log in and on the home page click on "AppWithinMinutes".

Name your application

This is the first step of the creation process. You have to provide the application name which will determine the application home page URL and the application space name. Each application is mapped to an XWiki space.

In the "Application Name" field, type "Bike product sheet", then click on the "Next Step" button.

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Define the structure of your application

In the second step, you need to define the application structure, i.e. the type of data your application will handle.

At the end of this step the wizard will create the template and the sheet that will be used to create new application entries, in this example a new product sheet for a bike.

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Customize the home page of your application

In the third and last step, you customize the way your application's home page will look like. You can choose which columns to display in the livetable. Then click "Finish".

In our example, we explain what the goal of our application is and we choose to display every bike's features.

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Use your application

Now you can try out your application! At the end of the creation process, the wizard takes you to the application's home page. This is the place where you will be able to:

  • Create a new "bike" product sheet (picture 1) thanks to a wiki page template.
  • Browse and filter your data using the livetable (picture 2).
  • Edit the application's structure and class (picture 2).

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Picture 1 - Bike product sheet template used to create the Mountain bike n°1

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Picture 2 - Application home page : livetable, new entry and class edition

We hope this App Within Minutes presentation has convinced you how easy it is to make applications and we highly encourage you to use it to create new applications yourselves.