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Feb 13 2014

Open Source Iasi

open-source-iasi-logo.pngAfter our participation at FOSDEM, a part of the team in Iasi got involved in organizing the first edition of "Open Source Iași" along with Andreea Popescu (Mozilla Rep and XWiki employee) and Professor Sabin Buraga from the Faculty of Computer Science Iași.

The event will take place on Saturday, March 15, starting with 9.00 a.m. at Chopin Hall, located inside the Iași Palas Mall.

The aim of this event is to inform participants about Open Source and Free software in general. More particularly we will present how we interact with Open Source at XWiki. During the event, three presentations will be held by us (out of a total of 12 presentations):

  • "Developing the XWiki software" (Marius Dumitru Florea)
  • "How to get involved in Mozilla and XWiki" (Andreea Popescu)
  • "The Bookmarklet Application" (Flavius Olaru)

You may read the full list of presenters on the dedicated blog.

The entrance and the participation to this event are free, so, if you are in Iași we hope you will join us at the Open Source event.

Feb 05 2014

FOSDEM 2014

XWiki at the FOSDEM 2014!


XWiki's 2014 Events Season started with the participation in FOSDEM, the biggest free Open Source event in Europe, where communities can meet, share ideas and collaborate.

The XWiki SAS team, from both the Paris and Iasi offices, was present for 2 days in Brussels on February 1st and 2nd. We participated in a Wikis Developer Room where the discussions were centered around new features, compatibility and integration with other tools and services, lessons learned from deployments, surveys, research and development, and cross-project collaboration.

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The presentations in the Wikis Developer Room started with a comparison between the MediaWiki, TWiki and XWiki communities.
Vincent Massol then had an intervention on the following topic: "XWiki Rendering: a content rendering engine".

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Marius Florea had a presentation about “Developing the XWiki software” and also talked about the XWiki special days, with an emphasis on the weekly Bug fixing day (every Thursday), the day during which the XWiki Community is invited to close as many bugs as possible.

Ludovic Dubost demonstrated “5 unexpected usages of wikis”

1. Use structured data
2. Create PDF Books
3. Manage a Menu Wiki Style
4. Develop Wiki Style
5. Create a presentation

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Vincent Massol talked about “A web development runtime platform based in the wiki paradigm” , after which Anca Luca explained how XWiki can adapt to different needs (“Addressing the long tail of applications”).

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Given this was an open event with free access, the number of participants is unknown, but we do know there were 8333 unique MAC addresses (over 2 days) and more than 445 speakers! So we can estimate that there were between 5.500 et 10.000 participants.

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FOSDEM offered a great opportunity to meet other actors in the Open Source community and provided the perfect platform for information exchange.

Jan 20 2014

Fosdem 2014: XWiki arrives in force!

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XWiki SAS is pleased to announce that a part of the team will be participating in a one-day wikis DevRoom on Saturday February 1st, 2014 at FOSDEM 2014, in Brussels (Belgium). This DevRoom is organized in cooperation with Tiki and MediaWiki.

We will be giving several talks:

Entrance and participation in the event are entirely free, so if you are around Brussels, stop by and come meet us!

Dec 18 2013

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.

Dec 10 2013

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

Oct 09 2013

JIO and WebViewers: interoperability for Javascript and Web Applications

Here are the slides of a talk given by Ludovic Dubost and Viktor Horvath (from Alixen) at the Open World Forum. This talk had the objective of presenting JIO and WebViewers, two open specifications which help integrate Javascript document viewers with Web Applications including CMS, Wikis, Collaborative Applications.

About JIO and WebViewer

  • JIO is a specification that allows compatible Javascript applications to open documents on any JIO compatible server in a standard way. The talk demonstrated the connection between OfficeJS, Mioga2 and XWiki servers.
  • WebViewer is a specification that allows to write Javascript document viewers (PDF, Spreadsheets, SVG) that can be automatically used by compatible Web Applications to view and edit the content of the supported file formats. The talk demonstrated PDF and Spreadsheets viewers embedded in multiple applications including XWiki and Mioga2.

Sep 26 2013

XWiki at SmartWeb 2013

Article originally published on xwiki.org

On the 24th of September I had the pleasure to participate to SmartWeb, the "first world class web conference in Eastern Europe", held in Bucharest.

The presentations covered topics such as Responsive Web Design, writing CSS the right way, performance, working with a distributed team, usability testing, etc. (Take a look at the program)

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Some of my favorite talks:

  • Jonathan Snook - he is most known for his SMACSS (Scalable and Modular Architecture for CSS) book and my main reason to go to this conference. He had a nice presentation and he is an amazing person. We had a lovely talk about organizing the CSS modules of our project and the downfalls of using a CSS framework (mostly asked about integration with Twitter Bootstrap). The conclusion is that no matter how much a framework will externalize our base styling, we will always need to have custom spreadsheets, so we'd better make sure we create a scalable and reusable system. 
  • Vitaly Friedman and Vasilis Dimos - although they had separate presentations, their session was all about Responsive Design. The 'responsive movement' is not just a hype word anymore, but the industry already developed Responsive Design Patterns and techniques when dealing with responsive projects. You should really check out Vitaly's presentation.
  • Peter Gasston - held an interesting presentation about Web Components (Shadow DOM, Templates, Custom Elements, Decorators). The idea is to write custom, reusable HTML tags, that help developers encapsulate their HTML, CSS and JavaScript so it doesn't interfere with the rest of the page. It is an interesting concept and could be helpful for us to use it for our widgets/pickers/macros (like the datepicker, colorpicker, suggests and even our WYSIWYG could be written as a Web Component). The only thing I didn't like was the Decorators, because I don't think that applying markup with CSS is a good idea since it breaks the purpose of why CSS was build, and that is 'the separation of content and style'.
  • Dan Rubin - had a nice case study about usability testing in action. His presentation holds one my favorites quotes from this conference, and that is:

    Discover what users love, so you can protect it. - @danrubin

    We are constantly driven by change and I always try to find improvements to bring to XWiki, but sometimes maybe we just need to stop a bit and see what are the core concepts that bring users to want our platform. I have some ideas in mind (like extensibility, powerful development features, customizable, etc.) and right now I'm looking for ways to find our most wanted core features (and make sure we don't ever break them).
  • Carl Smith - really nice presentation about 'The Jellyfish Work Model', which "describes a temporary, distributed, decentralized team that creates its own roles and accomplishes tasks together." Everything he presented about his team I could find it in how our community is organized: having the committers ('core team') and the contributors ('friendgineers'), so I'm sure we are on the right path in organizing our team and sharing our common vision.
  • Bruce Lawson - great presentation about standards and what *not* to do on the Web. So glad that we cover many of the things presented by him and that we try to preserve accessibility and quality of the Web, and not destroy it (actually I guess he is really disappointed of us emoticon_smile ). 

It was a really nice conference and the international speakers were amazing. I wish for the future to see more romanian speakers and to continue to have this kind of events in Romania. 

Aug 01 2013

The XWiki Seminar 2013 at Daneș, Sighișoara

Enthusiasm, nature closeness, horse-riding, ostriches, statuses and planning, Summer Joy are just a few words that describe the XWiki Seminar 2013! The Seminar brought together once again the teams from Romania and France, welcoming at Daneș, Sighișoara also two other special guests: Caleb James Delisle, who constantly offers his help in the XWiki Research team and Denis Gervalle, who is actively involved in the XWiki Open Source community. Having Caleb and Denis made the Seminar even more special!

As in the previous years, during 10 days we organised and attended to team status presentations, workshops, brainstormings, trainings and several discussions about the XWiki company and product. We all took advantage of this event to learn more about what the other teams are doing and what difficulties are encountered, to discuss future directions and brainstorm for next period actions. The cross-team interactions could not have been missed, the XWiki Hackathon being organised this year as well and adding the XWiki BarCamp as a new surprise session.

The XWiki team worked hard, but also had a lot of fun! 

During the previous Seminar the team got involved into the XWiki Olympics, while this year the XWiki Treasure Hunt was the main teambuilding activity. Divided into teams, the XWikiers had to fulfill successfully several activities in order to gain golden coins and at the end to get the clues that led to the hidden treasures. 

The fun part was completed through some very nice activities organized for the XWiki team, such as horse riding, visiting the two Romanian medieval cities Sighișoara and Sibiu or dancing until morning and sharing the joy at the XWiki Summer Party. All the activities brought the smile on our faces and helped us get to know each other better.

We ended the Seminar with enthusiasm and positive attitude, eager to do our best for the next period!

Check out some of the XWiki Seminar 2013 photos!

May 14 2013

Social Now 2013

Social Now - Tools for The Workforce

In April, we took part in the second edition of Social Now. This year, the event took place in Lisbon, Portugal. Located near the 1998 Universal Exhibition's place, the event was organized in the most modern district of the portuguese capital. What a great place to talk about technology. emoticon_smile

We particularly enjoyed participating in this event because it meant we could present how XWiki would address Cablinc's (a fictitious company) collaboration and knowledge management needs. This was a pretty original way to present our product, its features and the XWiki solutions.

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It also was a great opportunity to discover how other tools address the same problematics, to exchange information with Enterprise 2.0 and collaboration experts.

The event went well and we are looking forward to the third edition of Social Now!

More photos here and there.

Apr 29 2013

XWiki Team in April 2013, Iasi

On April the XWiki Iasi team welcomed Vincent Massol at the office. Glad to have him for the second time in Iasi and for the first time at the new XWiki office, the team tried to take the most out of the time spent together. Networking, work and fun are just a few words that outline what happened during his stay in Iasi.

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Since sharing knowledge is a key aspect, the XWiki team members were happy to participate to several internal trainings and have technical discussions with Vincent on specific topics of interest. Moreover, Vincent joined local IT enthusiasts, having his first presentations in Romania at Codecampwhere he talked about how to improve the quality of a Java project  and at the JUG meeting, discussing about XWiki as a web development platform and how to develop the XWiki open source project.

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A nice XWiki dinner, inhouse trainings, code chats, ping-pong sessions and drinks also added value to this month. The local XWiki team is looking forward for the next similar opportunities!