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Blog posts for December 2013

XWiki supports the Open Source Initiative

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The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is a global non-profit corporation, founded by Eric Raymond and Bruce Perens in late February 1998, with global scope formed to educate about and advocate for the benefits of open source and to build bridges among different constituencies in the open source community.

Among other things, they maintain the Open Source Definition, and a list of licenses that comply with that definition.

OSI wanted to migrate to XWiki and contacted the XWiki Open Source Project to get a hosting on myxwiki.org. 

XWiki SAS then decided to offer instead a professional hosting for free in recognition of their important action for Open Source!

More about OSI:

XWiki at Winter Web Workshop

During two days, on 7th - 8th December 2013, the XWiki team got involved in the Winter Web Workshop, event organised by Mozilla in collaboration with the Faculty of Computer Science Iasi, Romania.

The event started with the presentation sessions where specialists from academy and IT industry were speakers. From the XWiki team, Ecaterina Moraru opened the event talking about the concept and evolution of CSS, Andreea Popescu brought some insight on how someone can get involved and contribute in Mozilla and Ionut Maxim revealed aspects of the A/B testing for UX & CRO and decision taking process.

Their presentations are available here:

The presentations were followed by a Web Hackathon, starting from 18:00 to 12:00 next day, at which students participated with a lot of enthusiasm. 6 teams formed of 1 to 4 members proved their talent in developing several Web applications which are meant to be integrated in the Firefox Marketplace: cooking and recipes applications, greeting cards generator, games or decision maker applications.

The passion of the participants was quite obvious and admirable, mostly demonstrated by their involvement and time allocated to the projects. Based on well settled criteria, the jury awarded the teams, making the experience fulfilling for each participant.  The first prize (a mobile phone with Firefox OS) was won by a highschool student for the advanced cooking application that he developed: "Chef.io", the second one for the team that created the game entitled: "Bubble battle" and the third prize for the team with one of the greeting cards generator.

The XWiki team was happy to see the results of their work and we all congratulate them for their dedication!

Let's enjoy together the testimonials and photos from the event!

Each event that I organised was different and challenging. As organiser, I see WWW as a success, but it could have been better, because there are things that can be improved every time. The atmosphere was very friendly, the information explained by speakers was very good and the participants were very interested about it - Andreea Popescu

Every time I return inside the Computer Science Faculty doors there is a special feeling I have. In my opinion this kind of events are a blessing for the students and also for the presenters. There is a level of energy coming from people that care about what they are doing and from people that always want to learn and improve themselves (even in week-ends). Mr. Buraga is a great host and the person responsible for bringing together industry and academy in the eternal search for innovation, continuous learning and discovery - Ecaterina Moraru

XWiki 10 Years

Happy 10 years XWiki !

10 years ago, in 2003, after a few weeks of experimenting to create XWiki, the first commit of XWiki was done on December 15th.
This started the longest ride of my professional career which is still ongoing.

With the help of all employees in France and Romania (and in some other places around the world), of all our customers, of all our users and contributors, also of some friends and people we met during all these years, we have brought XWiki to a place I'm really proud of.

I won't go much into all the progress and all the things we achieved in these 10 years (you can find a glimpse of it from the beginning of this year on our blog and on our Timeline page.
It's been a lot of sweat and a lot of efforts with some downtimes but way more uptimes and great moments. The result is worth every one of it.

I want thank all the people that helped us during this ride. We would not be there without you.

I will also look forward to see all the great things we can achieve in the next 10 years.

During our party yesterday, we wrote a bit (with humor) on our board where XWiki would be in 10 years. See the result:

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Thanks also to our organizers of the parties in Paris and Iasi, particularly Benjamin, Diana, Miruna, Moncef and thanks to all our visitors that came share this important moment with us.


Ludovic

X-Mas Tree 2013 at XWiki Iasi Office

The whole XWiki Iasi office is very happy to welcome our star at the office: it's green, sparkly and makes people happy. No, it's not Vampire Hulk (he was not available despite our calls), it's the Iasi Christmas Tree! The whole team started the celebration by listening to some classical Christmas carols, as well as some more modern carols, setting up the mood for the actual event, which was over before you could say "The best way to organize information" thanks to our teamwork. 

Don't believe us? We have pictures to prove it:

And if the pictures aren't proof enough, here's a video to showing just how awesome it is to be at the XWiki Iasi office during the Winter Holidays (coffee might have been involved):

We're now eagerly waiting for Santa as we're sure we've been good boys and girls this year, so we hope coals won't be wrapped under our tree anytime soon!

XWiki X-Mas messenger,
Daniel

WebRTC and XWiki

During the WebRTC Conference in Paris, a few days ago, Ludovic Dubost gave a presentation on WebRTC and XWiki. The objective was to explain how the tool was built and adapted and to discuss the benefits this technology could have for enterprise collaboration.

Daniel Pocock, who attended the event wrote an article about Ludovic's intervention.

Using the Holiday Request Application

Everyday we search for the best solutions to simplify our work, in order to gain more free time. Especially with the winter holidays approaching, when taking some holidays, we don’t want to spend our valuable time completing many papers, we want to have a simple way to do that. The Holiday Request application provides a facile way, both for the user and the manager, to request holidays and to manage the process. So, the days when you were wasting your time completing many forms are already gone.

About the application

The Holiday Request application offers users the ability to quickly request holidays and managers the opportunity to manage them in a very short time. This application is built using App Within Minutes and will be automatically listed in the XWiki Applications panel as soon as you install it. When opening the application homepage you will see a list of all the existing requests.

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The Application Panel

The livetable on the Holiday Request application homepage allows you to filter the requests by:

  • Employee;
  • Start date;
  • End date;
  • Number of days;
  • Manager;
  • Office;
  • Status.

As a user

As user, you can start to add your requests by clicking the “Make a new holiday request” button. After that, you will have to fill in some fields (e.g.: start and end dates of your request) and then you can choose to click on the “Save this request and send a notification to the manager” button if you want to continue with your request or click “Cancel this request” if you don’t want to continue with the request anymore.

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Click on the "Make a new holiday request" button to add a request

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Make your request

As a manager

As manager, you can see the user’s request and you can choose to accept it or to refuse it. To accept or refuse a request you have to click on one of the following buttons: “Accept the request” or “Refuse the request”.

Overview

Before and after making the request, you can see the number of days that each employee has taken by clicking the “Overview” button (you will find it under the livetable).

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Overview of all holiday requests

Try it out

The Holiday Request application provides a simple, yet powerful way to request holidays. You can easily install it in your wiki by following these installation instructions.

New to XWiki?

Try out XWiki and the Holiday Request application by creating a free cloud wiki and manually installing the application.

You can also check out the XWiki.org extensions wiki for more cool applications.