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Solr is an excellent search engine. We are using it for years through eZ Find (its an eZ Publish extension for searching) and its really powerful and flexible solution. Our use cases are not that complex so we never actually hit into a wall with Solr. But there is one problem when building search solutions in general which we encountered few times and for which Solr has no feature. It happens when the language of the indexed content is some language that we as integrators don't understand.
Responsive web design (RWD) redefined the way we design web sites. The disruption went deep and changed both the processes and deliverables we hold dear for so long, and today in Netgen RWD is the default route we take with every new project. But, bundled with its core unifying principle of every browser getting the same HTML, some tough problems arose. One of the most discussed is the responsive images problem of providing alternate images based on device capabilities and screen sizes.
There is a lot to learn about new eZ Publish 5 stack. The reason is simple: new architecture and new frameworks are being used. Lot of legacy knowledge is going to be deprecated, many tips & tricks you know now are no longer usable. The good thing is that the new platform is much more powerful simply because it uses Symfony framework. This blog post gives a perfect example on how to deal with problems when trying to use the new stack in your project.
One thing that was continuously bothering us with eZ Publish when developing websites, was its built-in language switcher. For the most part and for smaller sites it works fine, but it does have some limitations. Since it generates URLs with /switchlanguage/to/ module view, it is not really SEO friendly. On larger sites with many pages and languages, it pollutes the search engine indexes and makes it really hard to filter relevant content. Another issue with it is that it doesn’t work with host_uri siteaccess matching. It simply won’t generate correct redirects.
Impossible, you say :) After a long year, when we first started development of version 2.0 of eZ Tags, we finally have something to show to the community. We know it shouldn’t have lasted this long, but what can you do... Sometimes a paying job just gets in a way :)
We have just hit a new milestone. After opening the registrations back in May, today we finished all that we can do off site and tomorrow we are going to the Summer Camp location (Bol on island of Brač) to finish the preparations and welcome all attendees. Also, the registrations on the web site are closed too as we exceeded our expectations and there is too little time for some late guest to organize the trip.
In the second interview here on Netgen Blog our guest is André Rømcke. He is the Lead Engineer for eZ Publish CMS and one of the main people behind the new verison 5.
"eZ Publish 4.x is maybe the open source CMS out there with most features, so we might never have the same feature set in the core of 5.x as it represents a slight change of focus from quantity to quality" - AR
As we all know, eZ Publish is very powerful, so much that there are probably some settings you didn’t even know existed and when you do find them, you feel like a luckiest man/woman alive. But, so much power can sometimes bring lots of headaches :)
One, relatively recent, headache I was having was when setting up host_uri siteaccess matching on one fairly large multilanguage & multisite eZ Publish installation. The installation has couple of databases and domains and many languages.
One of the news that shook the eZ Community this month is the announcement of eZ Publish 5 being developed with Symfony framework.The initial blog post got a lot of attention, with the sentiment by far being positive, but with some well put concerns regarding the business side of the decision. Taking these into account, we still think the positive repercussions of this decision greatly out weight the possibly problematic ones, and here is why.
Few years back when eZ Find (on github) showed up we soon started to deploy it on almost every site we were implementing. The hearth of eZ Find is Solr - a Lucene based java search engine with REST interface. Bundled wit eZ Find comes Jetty for running the whole java stack with one command to keep the usage as simple as possible. We switched to Apache Tomcat instead. Learn why.
It was late November. My colleague Vjeran and me were driving to our second office (in Osijek). Driving for few hours on a highway is an excellent opportunity to brainstorm. It is usually hard to find time to discuss some ideas as you always have some better things to do. So we brainstormed so intensely that we missed the turn and lost 20 minutes going around :)
In this article, you will learn how to create your custom fetch functions which will help you in further development of your module. Also, this is a natural continuation of the last article because we will use the examples from the custom database table we created earlier to set up the new fetch functions.
If you need to brush up on your knowledge, I recommend reading the last Confessions of an Apprentice. If not, read on!
Usually I start with the event itself and mention the location at the end. This time the location really deserves to be mentioned first. In my humble opinion Lisbon was a bulls-eye decision due to the beautiful weather (sunny with almost 15 degrees Celsius) while most other parts of Europe were covered with snow and under freezing -15 degrees Celsius :). It was a great pleasure to enjoy the sun and discuss the future of eZ with other attendees.
Welcome to the first article in a series of articles concerning development in the eZ Publish CMS. In this, the first article of a new series concerning the intermediate developers we take a look at the creation and usability of template operators. First, we will get an overview of template operators in general, after that, I will explain the creation of a custom template operator. So, read on!
In the first interview here on Netgen Blog we have Aleksander Farstad. He is the founder of eZ Systems with their main product eZ Publish open source CMS and was the CEO from 1999 to 2009. Currently, he is the Member of the Board and VP of Business Development.
"The stronger the community, the stronger the product and the stronger the company the stronger the product...this is adding up." - AF
We have just released a new version of eZ Tags extension which brings the version number up to 1.2. This is a second version released since the initial blog post introducing eZ Tags six months ago and we thought it would be a good idea to give an overview of what is new in eZ Tags 1.1 and 1.2.
I will share with you a secret known only to eZ Publish gurus: persistent variables are not that hard to learn :). Of course, learning depends on good materials so hopefully this blog post will help clarify some things.
Just for test I spent 30 seconds on google (usually enough time) to find some good learning content about persistent variables and I found no such page on ez.no ecosystem. I did found 2 short blog posts (first and second) about the topic, not counting several forum posts. Interesting though, from both blogs you can see that authors haven’t been aware of persistent variables possibilities (second one even calls it mythical) but realized quickly how useful they are.
Since we tagged eZ Tags extension as stable on GitHub few weeks ago, we thought this would be a good time to write something about how to install eZ Tags extension and common usages.
The time has come to inform the eZ community about interesting stuff currently in development in eZ Tags extension and to give a current overview of the project.
Social networks are what web is about today. If you don’t have at least one social network account, you practically don’t exist on the Internet. Some would argue about these statements (including myself, mainly concerning Facebook), but at the end of the day, the truth is that social networks matter, to users as well as websites.
Netgen organized the first gathering of Croatian eZ Publish developers at “Zlatni Medo”, pub in Zagreb, Croatia. We were thrilled to host this event because we got the chance to get back in touch with some old friends as well as to meet some new ones. People came from Varaždin and Osijek so the event was countrywide :)
A few notes from the eZ Winter Conference we were attending last week.
Software big guns like Microsoft, Google, Apple, etc. wouldn’t be so spread across the globe if they did not think about the developers who work on their platform, so eZ Systems should do the same thing - take special care about eZ platform developing potential.
Netgen Push provides a simple and effective way to push any kind of content from eZ Publish to various social networks. For the time being, Twitter and Facebook connectors are implemented, while eZ Publish REST API and Tumblr API are in the planning stage. Netgen Push also provides a basic framework to develop your own connectors to any social network that uses OAuth authentication protocol.
Some of us at Netgen attended eZ Conference a few weeks ago in Berlin (and had a great time there :-), so we would like to present eZ developers with a small summary on few topics that we think are important.
We introduce some of the details on how we developed "Netgen Suggest" extension for eZPublish. Extension is shared with community: projects.ez.no/ngsuggest. Download and installation instructions can be found there.
Here is just a short technical explanation of the topic in the last blog post. That post described how we solved a performance issue on one eZ Publish based web site by developing an eZ Publish extension which overrides eZMutex to use memcache instead of file locking. The extension is published and shared with the community on projects.ez.no.
The post is describing how we solved a performance issue on one eZ Publish based web site. The site was using more web servers with shared disk device based on SAN. With no obvious reason web servers had high load averages and what was even worse: increasing load on one web server would quickly increase load on other web servers...