The New and Improved Drupal Commons

On February 26, 2013 Acquia announced the release of Drupal Commons 3.0 to the public for Drupal 7.  This third generation release by Acquia included several new features to help enhance and accelerate the creation of communities and social applications within Drupal. This distribution is bundled with other modules that are pre-configured to work with Drupal Core.  While Drupal core was designed to be flexible, without much attention to the look and feel, Commons was designed as more of a complete package out of the box.  And Commons is also free to all users.

The first release of...

WebCenter Sites 11g R1 ( First Look: The WebCenter Content Connector

.8 is Here!

With the latest release of WebCenter Sites 11gR1 ( or "dot 8"), Oracle has introduced a bevy of new features strengthening the product's appeal to developers and marketers alike. The Function1 WEM Team is hard at work dissecting these new features and will be sharing with you our findings in a series of blog posts dedicated to covering these latest product enhancements.

Introducing WebCenter Content Connector

The first in line for a "First Look" is the new integration point with Oracle WebCenter Content (WCC), the WebCenter Content Connector....

Publishing WCS content to multiple environments

Many organizations want to keep content published to a live site and Disaster Recovery (DR) site on a real-time basis to ensure that latest content will be available in case of a disaster.  Prior to the WebCenter Sites 11gR1BP1 Release, we needed to develop a workflow step action and approve the content to both destinations.  This approach has its own problems, and required users to run publish two separate times – one for each environment.

But with 11gR1BP1, Oracle has provided the necessary publishing hookups, which enable developers to transport the content to multiple...

Realizing IT Compliance and High Perfomance Site Delivery with WebCenter Sites' Site Capture

What is Site Capture?

Site Capture is a web-based application that integrates with WebCenter Sites to allow for the generation of a "snap-shot" of your dynamically published website. The application consists of the Site Capture Interface accessible by the "Camera icon" from the WEM admin screen. The Site Capture interface allows you to create and configure web crawlers used to "capture" the state of your website at various times.  It does this by dynamically crawling and downloading site resources (html, js, images, css, etc.) from your site and writing them to the...

Customizing Toolbar Buttons in Oracle WebCenter Sites

It has never been easier to customize the WebCenter Sites toolbar, menus, search and dashboard with the latest changes in 11g BP1. To demonstrate one aspect, I’ll quickly explore adding a bookmark toolbar button.  To be more specific the button will only be active in the Web mode for an avisports article asset. This is similar to the example found in the 11gr1 bp1 UI Customizations Guide but bypasses a couple troublesome typos.



Scripting old-style imports using CatalogMover's command line

For over a decade, WebCenter Sites (FutureTense Content Server, OpenMarket Content Server, FatWire Content Server, etc.) used a text-based import format exclusively for bulk content import and export. The format was HTML-based and essentially exported a database table into a HTML table.  Files were written to disk in folders alongside the HTML file.

A mini Swing Java app was created that allowed you to connect to the UI, and you then had a few tools you could use to list catalog data, select database rows to export, and import one or more files. Lightweight and very basic, it did...

How to Add Your Own DAO to the GSF Actions

GSF's ActionController and Action classes (in GSF version 11.x) can make building a website in WebCenter SItes much easier. If you're not familiar with the GSF and why you should consider using it, then check out Tony's blog post. If you're building a website in WebCenter Sites, then there's a good chance you're not making a small "Hello World" website. Big, complex websites require lots of assets, which in turn can require lots of code to load and manage all these assets. And plus there's usually...

Setting up a Simple Workflow in Oracle WebCenter Sites

Welcome fellow enthusiasts of Oracle WebCenter Sites, to an introductory blog about how to set up a simple workflow!  As we all know, workflow is an integral aspect of any web content management system, and thus creating an efficient workflow is paramount to the overall success of the system and it’s business owners.

The particular workflow we will design is modest yet effective.

There are 2 main Roles of users:

  • ContentAuthor – creates/edits content
  • ContentApprover – approves content for publishing

Go ahead and create these 2 Roles, and...

Create a Simple 'Contact Us' Form with GSF

If you're familiar with the GSF, then you already know how helpful it is for developing basic JSP Templates and how it lets you do the same work as before, except with a lot fewer lines of code. But what about another type of page that most sites need? I am, of course, talking about the Contact Us form page. The GSF 11.x makes it easy to add your own custom form processing logic without having to write your own Java controller from scratch. In a few easy steps, your Contact Us form page...

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