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Aug 09 2013

Hackathon 2013

Article published on xwiki.org, and written by Vincent Massol.

Organization

Every year, XWiki SAS is organizing a seminar for all its employees during the summer. And every year, we take that opportunity to do a Hackathon during this seminar. This year was no exception! We started the seminar with the first hackathon session, during which the teams formed, everyone choosing what they wanted to work on and with whom. Then every day during 10 days, we worked a bit on our hackathon after the work sessions (presentations & brainstorming) and fun activities organized by XWiki SAS (this year it was a treasure hunt). Then during the last day, each team presented what they had worked on and their results.

We also engaged the community by sending a hackathon email on the xwiki.org devs lists and this year we were lucky to have Edo Beutler and Fabian Pichler participate!

We used the following Hackathon 2013 page to see what everyone was working on and the status.

Selected Hackathon Topics

As usual we got some great contributions:

TopicMembersAvailable at
Next level syntax highlighting and auto completionVincent, Eduard MoraruAutoCompletion App, Syntax Highlighting App
Gather and search all XWiki logs using logstash, redis, elastic search and kibanaVincent, Guillaume FenollarAvailable for xwiki.org (protected)
Multipage Export based on Wiki CollectionsRaluca, MariusCollection Application
Admin Tools refactoringGuillaume FenollarVersion 4.0 of Admin Tools Application
XEclipse syntax coloring, collapse, indentation for velocity,groovy,xwiki2.0 syntaxLudovic, FabioWork in progress
Clojure macro and Clojure REPL Fabio, CalebREPL Console Application
Manage all languages of a translation in one pageFlorian, NicolasNot published yet
JSON renderer (get a full model of the document wiki content as JSON to make easier to manipulate it in Javascript)Thomas Mortagnehttp://jira.xwiki.org/browse/XRENDERING-304
Exploration of the Atmosphere Realtime Client/Server FrameworkDenisNot published yet
design.xwiki.org (Created wiki, Created Feature and Iteration classes)GuillaumeD, Ecaterina Moraru (Valica)http://design.xwiki.org
Publish/Unpublish by dateEdo Beutler, Fabian PichlerPublish/Unpublish Extension
Upgrade xwiki-platform-chat to work with latest XWiki versionDenishttps://github.com/xwiki-contrib/xwiki-platform-chat
Timeline, using jQueryBenjamin, Flavius, Nicolas, MaxjQuery Timeline

Random Screenshots

Some random screenshots of the work achieved:

Conclusion

As previous years it was very fun and we got very nice results which have already found their way in the XWiki product or will find their way in the future. It's a great way to innovate.

FTR here are some previous year results:

Now let's eagerly wait for the next Hackathon!

Make sure to Join us next year!

Thanks

Jul 11 2013

Our XWiki Mobile Application is out!

We are happy to announce that our mobile application is now available for iPhone and Android (this is an alpha version) device users.

It requires XWiki 4.5 and higher.

The application allows you to : 

  • Access your wiki(s)
  • Search content
  • View and browse different areas, pages, images and attachments
  • Access your XWiki applications
  • Receive notifications (in development)

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The mobile application is fully configurable and customizable to meet your specific needs. Contact us for more information regarding this service.

Download the application from the Apple AppStore.

When the wiki becomes a CMS

During CMSday, a very well organized Smile event, we tried to show how XWiki differs from traditional CMS and what its advantages are in different contexts. It was a rather unique presentation, combining both slides and an interview. 

Jun 28 2013

Solr is coming!

The XWiki development team has been actively developing a new search engine (based on Apache Solr) since XWiki 4.3. It's been experimental so far but we've now reached a level of quality that we think good enough to make it available to everyone. Thus we'll be making it the default search engine in XWiki 5.1.

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We've decided to rewrite XWiki's search in order to offer a better search experience, especially:

  • More relevant results and extracts in search results,
  • Faceted search,
  • Better advanced searching,
  • Support for clustering,
  • Google-like searching (i.e. no need to use wildcards),
  • Better translation support,
  • Improved performances,
  • And generally speaking all the niceties provided by Apache Solr.

See http://extensions.xwiki.org/xwiki/bin/view/Extension/Solr+Search+Application for more details.

Apr 02 2013

XWiki Year In Review 2012

It's been a long time since I last wrote about XWiki SAS' and the XWiki project's achievement, back in 2009, although I have written more recently about the XWiki SAS company and its motivations.

It has been quite a ride. During this time, XWiki has become a grown-up and independent small business and we are very proud of it. 

Since 2009, XWiki has been profitable every year, while growing steadily with no external investment and improving our product and services. We're still maintaining all our software Open-Source and keeping an Open Development process. 

Product and extensions

On the product side, since 2009 we have been able to continue improving our product, allowing the "best" Open Source wiki engine to extend its use cases beyond the simple wiki principle. Since XWiki 2.0, we have released 18 major versions of XWiki Enterprise and XWiki Enterprise Manager, which have all brought their load of innovations:

  • XWiki 2.x cycle
    • Many user interface improvements with the Color Theme Editor, new Profile UI, new Search UI
    • The new Annotations feature
    • The Activity Stream
    • Invitations
    • New Template based creation
    • Clustering
    • Preview of Office documents
  • XWiki 3.x cycle
    • Application With Minutes allowing easy application development
    • Extension Manager to install and update applications available on our extension repository
    • Workgroup spaces with XWiki Workspaces in XWiki Enteprise Manager
    • Gallery Macro and Office Presentation Viewer
    • Personalized User Dashboards
    • Many user interface improvements with the new Administration UI, Live Searches, New modern color themes
    • XWiki's move to GitHub to make it easier to contribute
  • XWiki 4.x cycle
    • More improvements in AppWithinMinutes
    • More improvements in Extension Manager with the Distribution Wizard allowing to install/upgrade an XWiki installation
    • User Profile customization and User Directory
    • LDAP Administration UI
    • Many user interface improvements like hiding technical information for non-technical users and the Application Panel and new Users and Date pickers
    • Support for templates in XWiki Enterprise Manager Workspaces allowing to create customized workspaces
    • User Interface Extensions allowing to extend the XWiki UI without modifying the XWiki Skin
    • Improvements to the XWiki REST API allowing to create better mobile or desktop clients following XWiki activity
    • Experimental new Search engine based on SOLR

Since 2009, many extensions have been published on our extensions wiki, including applications such as the Forum, FAQ, Meeting app, File Manager, Calendar, etc.

It's a huge number of improvements for XWiki, making it the "best" Open Source wiki even more and allowing XWiki to address more and more enterprise needs. 

XWiki is one of the rare fully Open Source Enterprise Web Applications with an Open development process. The company provides services to Enterprises, supports this Open Source development process and invests heavily in it. At XWiki SAS we believe it's important that we don't have different code in the software that anybody can download, from what we install and support at clients or run on our XWiki SAS Cloud. Since I created the XWiki software, and then at XWiki SAS, we have kept this, guaranteeing our users and clients freedom of choice.

Research and innovation

As part of our research and development effort, XWiki SAS also participates in Collaborative Research Projects funded by French and European public entities. These projects allow to boost the development of the XWiki Software, as well as prepare for the future by allowing us to experiment with new technologies. Since 2009, when we had already worked on a few research projects, we have had the opportunity to participate in multiple very interesting new projects:

  • Wiki 3.0: which allowed us to bring in new features already released in XWiki, like the Dashboard, Annotations, Activity Stream, as well as prepare for the future with the XWiki Real-time editing, which we are continuing to work on.
  • CompatibleOne where we participated to the OpenCloud effort to build more Open-Source and Open-Standards technologies for Cloud Computing, as well as build the XWiki for Cassandra prototype that allows to run XWiki on top of a Cassandra Database. Not all XWiki features are supported and we won't make it our default database soon, but this is probably the most advanced Wiki running on NoSQL.
  • Resilience, which will allow the building of Web Viewers and Editors that can be integrated easily in an open-standard way in Content Management Systems, including of course XWiki, and bring new features to some of the editors, including Real-time editing.
  • Streams and RiscOSS to which we contribute as partners.
  • EESC which will help integrate the XCLAMS platform underlying the Curriki and Sankoré projects with LILI, the leading open-source software for Education Numerical Environments (ENT in French) used by the major French regions.

All these projects allow us to continue to innovate on new technologies.

XWiki's adoption

On the adoption front:

  • XWiki is more and more popular. From a search query that did not yield more than 20 results, the "xwiki" query now has more than a million results on Google.
  • XWiki is a top download on OW2 with 30K downloads per month and has recently reached more than 1 million downloads.
  • Since the launch of the Extension Manager we have been able to see more and more contacts on xwiki.org performing extensions searches on our Extensions Repository, showing more and more active installations.
  • More and more prospects are contacting us with advanced use cases that XWiki can achieve for them, expanding what XWiki's being used for.
  • Multiple companies have been building solutions or providing services on top of the XWiki Platform in France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Sweden.

The company: what's new?

Business

We have made great progress on the business front:

  • Since 2009 we have doubled our revenue and for 2013 we are getting close to surpassing the 2 M euros line. 
  • Since the beginning of XWiki we have implemented more than 400 projects for XWiki SAS clients in France, Europe and in the USA.
  • We estimate the business around XWiki from XWiki SAS, all companies building on top of the XWiki platform or companies providing services based on XWiki at over 10 M euros, more than doubled since 2009.
  • In 2012, we have been able to convince more companies that our solution is the right choice, even when compared to the number one proprietary software vendor and when the scope of work was large. Our expertise in information sharing, as well as the collaboration and the power of the XWiki Platform helped convince them.

XWiki SAS team

On the team side:

  • In 2011 we have moved our employees in Iasi, Romania to a new office, "The XWiki House", tripling our office space. In 2012 we moved our Paris office to a great building next to the Beaubourg Pompidou Center, more than doubling our office space.
  • Since 2009 we have expanded our annual seminar to 10 days. After organizing the 2009 seminar in Paris and the 2010 one in our Iasi office, we did the 2011 sessions in a great hotel in Bran, next to Dracula's Castle and the 2012 seminar in the Danube Delta. Our annual seminar has become a very important gathering of our teams from Paris and Iasi, as well as our remote workers, allowing us to set the course for the next year.
  • Since 2009 we have expanded our teams and provided more benefits to our employees, as we grew from a promising "startup" to a stable company.

XWiki's uses

XWiki's main use case is Enterprise software, allowing users to better organize and collaborate on information. There are many many companies, and a large portion of which we don't know, that use XWiki and we have implemented many projects and provided support for a large number of companies for this use case. XWiki is also used outside of Enterprises and particularly for Education.

We have been very proud to be able to work for both Curriki and Sankore, helping building Curriki and Planète Sankoré, two US and French projects which aim to facilitate the sharing, organization and collaboration on Educational Resources. In Sankoré in particular it is now possible to share the content of a class created with the Open Sankore Digital Whiteboard software with just a few clicks. 

We have also been proud to be able to help organizations such as CDLSWorld, the Community Legal Clinic, Transparency International, all international projects that help improve our society. ONGs and Open Source have many common values and goals when it comes to sharing code, knowledge or contribute to our society. These projects are of course not high revenue projects, but it is exciting for a company like ours located in Paris, France and Romania to be able to work with organizations anywhere in the world and help them achieve their goals.

In 2013

We start 2013 with a very busy first quarter, after just having sold our best quarter ever and with a very heavy workload planned for the next 4 months. This will also be a very busy sales quarter as we renew many support and hosting contracts at the beginning of the year. We are working hard on very exciting projects and continuing to improve the XWiki Products with the start of the 5.x cycle, which will bring exciting new things and many improvements that will make XWiki even easier to use. 

As the creator of the XWiki Software, I've been spending less time on the XWiki code since 2009, which I have left to Vincent Massol, our CTO, and to our committers. I'm very proud of their work since 2009 and I'm very grateful to both the XWiki SAS employees and our contributors for the energy they have put into improving XWiki. I've been spending more of my time making sure XWiki SAS sustains itself, as well as promoting XWiki and XWiki SAS' services, as I believe this is very important for XWiki's adoption and the ability to fund its development. I'm very proud of the progress we have made and of the work of our Sales, Marketing, Platform, Support and Client teams who are working hard to promote XWiki, sell our services and deliver these services to our clients.

What makes me even happier, is that we have been able to build all this with the help of our customers, partners and community, while staying faithful to our open model and to our Manifesto.

I look forward to continuing these great efforts in 2013 with the help of our community, our clients and our partners.

Ludovic Dubost
Creator of XWiki and Founder and CEO of XWiki SAS

Feb 05 2013

[PR] One million downloads for XWiki, the open source collaborative platform

XWiki SAS is pleased to announce that the XWiki open source collaborative platform passed one million downloads at the end of last year. This number marks an important milestone in the development of the software, which has been available for download on OW2 Forge since 2005, a few months after its creation by Ludovic Dubost.

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XWiki is a collaborative platform that allows users to better share and organize information. XWiki responds to various uses, such as public or private knowledge bases, project spaces for information sharing and collaborative applications.

It is part of the Top 5 most downloaded on OW2 Forge, which currently includes around 150 software solutions. Its success shows how the distribution has increased since the beginning. The software is currently deployed in all kinds of sectors (administration, insurance...) and organizations (public / private, small companies and large groups). This dynamic has been possible thanks to the commitment of the XWiki community members who have contributed to making the software better known.

"We are pleased to see that XWiki has surpassed one million downloads", said Ludovic Dubost, President and founder of XWiki SAS. "This number confirms the positioning of XWiki as an Open Source platform leader in the capitalization of information."

This event has also closed a successful year for XWiki SAS, which has seen the arrival of several prestigious customers and the release of new features. Here are some highlights:

  • Collaborations with major French Web players, such as Meetic and voyage-privé, vente-privée.
  • The company has experienced a strong growth in 2012 with a turnover that exceeded one million euros.
  • The launch of the "App Within Minutes" feature, which allows everyone (developers or not) to quickly implement applications that correspond to their specific needs.
  • The real-time collaboration launch (in a Beta version) that allows multiple users to simultaneously edit the same wiki page.

Nov 20 2012

Collaborate in realtime within XWiki Enterprise

XWiki SAS is pleased to announce a new feature, awaited by its enterprise wiki users: collaboration in real time. It is now possible for several users to edit the same page simultaneously.

XWiki Enterprise allows employees in the same company or all actors that constitute its ecosystem to easily and effectively collaborate on projects. It allows them to create knowledge, to organize and capitalize it, to make it readily accessible and shareable.

Until now, collaboration within XWiki Enterprise had been asynchronous. Each user who had to edit a document, had to wait until other users finished their modifications. Now, using the new Realtime extension things are completely different. Multiple users can view and edit a document at the same time. They can observe all changes in real time, without reloading the page. The Realtime extension is actually an additional editing mode, on top of those that are already included in the product: Wysiwyg and wiki syntax.

Here is a demo:

Jun 04 2012

XWiki Cloud: A Technical Overview

Jean-Vincent Drean participated in the last edition of OW2Con (November, 23-24, 2011) and here is the video of his presentation about XWiki Cloud, our XWiki's on demand offer.

Mar 27 2012

Google Summer of Code 2012: apply as a student for a project with XWiki!

This summer, Google is organizing the 8th edition of the Google Summer of Code program:

"Google Summer of Code is a global program that offers post-secondary student developers ages 18 and older stipends to write code for various open source software projects. We have worked with open source, free software, and technology-related groups to identify and fund projects over a three month period."

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Having participated to GSoC since its first edition in 2005, XWiki has been accepted again as a mentoring organization for Google Summer of Code 2012.

This year we're proposing a lot of interesting projects, from Advanced Email Integration to a SOLR search component.

The student application period has just started and will last until April 6th, 19:00 UTC. 

Students interested in applying for a project with XWiki are invited to read the XWiki specific guidelines and apply on GSoC's official site.