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  • CMS Made Simple 1.1

    I know this was announced a couple weeks old, but I still wanted to mention it here for the sake of those that like the simple things in life.  CMS Made Simple 1.1 was released in mid-July. The features/improvements in this released included: Efficiency TinyMCE is now the Default Editor for new installs Security Numerous changes to attempt to reduce the chance of xss attacks and SQL injections Upgrades New versions of Smarty and adodb_lite Enhancements …

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted July 31, 2007
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  • Multilingual support continues to improve in open source CMS

    Not long ago, Development Seed posted a fantastic comparison of multilingual handling between Drupal 5 and Drupal 6.Many people who’ve heard the buzz about multilingual features making it into Drupal core have asked me if they should go ahead with their multilingual projects on Drupal 5 or push them back to wait for Drupal 6 to be released. Of course there are many factors to consider, but with multilingual websites there’s no doubt that two big factors are workflow and contributed modules.…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted July 15, 2007
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  • PHP.net announces end of life for PHP 4

    If the project leaders and users of your favorite content management system are still debating when they should drop PHP 4 support, it looks like the PHP development team has helped make that decision for them.  PHP.net just announced the End of Life for PHP 4.  Starting in 2008, only security updates on a case-by-case basis will be provided...and PHP 4 is dead in August 2008.Today it is exactly three years ago since PHP 5 has been released. In those three years it has seen many improvements…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted July 13, 2007
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  • Packt gearing up for Open Source CMS Awards 2007

    Starting Monday July 16, Packt Publishing will be accepting nominations for their 2007 Open Source Content Management System Award.  Last year, I had fun watching closely as the top five open source CMS were nominated and I even made some predictions for which projects would be declared the winners.  This year, I'm also honored to announce that I have been selected as a judge for the Overall Winner category! That's right, while I have my favorites when it comes to CMS, it looks as if I've…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted July 12, 2007
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  • Challenges of Blogging

    John Newton, Alfresco co-founder, is a man I have never met.  Regardless of this important fact, I feel like I have gotten to know a small part of him through his blog.  While Newton's blog may focus on Alfresco, his posts offers a wide range of insights on subjects such as commercial open source, content management,  enterprise software,  business processes, and information technology.  So if you have any idea of who I am through my own writings  it should be no surprise to you that I enjoy…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted July 09, 2007
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  • Surprise! An osCommerce Online Merchant Release Candidate

    Good news for osCommerce fans, osCommerce Online Merchant v2.2 Release Candidate 1 was released early this month.  If you're not an osCommerce user you're probably wondering what all the fuss is about a release candidate for the open source shopping cart.  Consider this, osCommerce 2.2 first went public with Milestone 1 in early 2003 which means that the version 2.2 will be around for almost five years before it is considered "completed".  In other words, an update of any kind to osCommerce is…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted July 06, 2007
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  • OSC: Firefox and Thunderbird in the Enterprise

    Michael Kaply is starting a new series on the use of Mozilla's Firefox as enterprise software.  In Part 1 he discusses the obstacles for Firefox to to be adopted in the enterprise. As Firefox gains marketshare, there comes a point where increasing that marketshare depends on the adoption of Firefox in large enterprises. This article investigates what type of issues arise when supporting Firefox in a large enterprise, and what can be done to solve those issues. The primary areas I will…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted July 04, 2007
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  • The XOOPS Project Council

    To be honest, I've had problems getting excited in the past about XOOPS as a CMS or as an open source community.  There just didn't seem to be a whole lot of buzz about this CMS and I was seriously thinking about dropping it from my personal "top 30 list" found to the left under "CMS Focus".  However, in recent weeks XOOPS as a community has been undergoing a rebirth of sorts.  There has not only been recognition by the project leaders that changes were needed for XOOPS but that they needed to…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted July 03, 2007
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  • Getting more work done through less innovation

    The biggest reward I get from working on IT projects is the opportunity to take new ideas and new strategies and piece them together into something that has never been done before.  Even when I'm not the one originating the new idea, I like helping other innovative people bring their ideas to the table.  I have ideas, dreams, and aspirations to help take my workplace to the next level of where it should be via innovative use of what I know best, information technology.  How could innovation and…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted July 03, 2007
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  • GLORIAD: CMS in Review

    I came across a well written summary of content management applications (especially open source CMS) via a Security Blog over at GLORIAD. The CMS article is a near perfect overview on the state of CMS in 2007. This article is a "must read" in my opinion and it's really too bad I didn't write it first. Can you tell I'm envious? At the end of the article the author concludes: The bottom line, there are alot of very intelligent people working on the various CMS projects. On top of that, other…

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted June 29, 2007
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