Open Source CMS: eZ Publish

I spent some time today learning about and installing a test version of eZ Publish. I’m still investigating, but so far it seems to have decent workflow and user permissions system. However, it might be overly complex for a blog or small site, but for a site with many contributors and content forms it should be well worth the initial hurdle. I’ll post more as I dig deeper.

Improve Your Career with Tomcat and Aspire

“Information technology companies today have a hidden resource that they have
barely started to exploit. IT companies have, over the years, spent a
considerable amount of money equipping themselves with strong relational
database expertise. But these relational teams are traditionally isolated and
kept behind the glass doors, primarily supporting the development teams that
churn out end-user applications. This practice largely continues even today as
the programming face of IT moves to the Web.”
(via ONJava.com)

Seeing Both Sides

Jeremy Zawodny writes, “It’s a rare engineer who can see both sides of the coin: the technology and its application toward achieving a company’s business goals.”

“However, there’s a stranger breed … the engineer who … has little trouble explaining how his work supports the company’s broader goals…”

I think as we put the .com era behind us and as engineers from that time mature, you will see more and more of this “odd creature” — at least I hope so (sans the part about the “difficultly communicating with the more common engineers” :)

Business Model for Music in the Internet Age

Interesting quotes from: I, Cringely | The Pulpit: ” .. classical or jazz, those two genres are already living in the future where musicians survive by performance rather than because they have a recording contract.  If they had to rely solely on record sales, Branford Marsalis and Yo-Yo Ma would starve.”

“An enlightened music company would see itself as being in the venture capital business. “

Google introduces Froogle

Froogle is a new service from Google that makes it easy to find information
about products for sale online. By focusing entirely on product search, Froogle
applies the power of Google’s search technology to a very specific task:
locating stores that sell the item you want to find and pointing you directly to
the place where you can make a purchase.”

I wonder if this is available via Google’s web services API … it would be interesting to expand on Calin Uioreanu’s Amazon PHP API powered Simplest-Shop idea with Froogle.