If you didn’t catch Alfresco Tech Talk Live today you missed one heck of a session. We had a motley crew of panelists showing off their creations from November’s Alfresco Summit Hack-a-Thon. Here’s the recording:
Three of the hack-a-thon teams gave demos. We heard from:
- Axel Faust (Prodyna) and Martin Cosgrave. They showed us a solution they created for a hash-based content store. Content is given a hash as it is added to the repository, then if subsequent content is added, it simply points to that file on disk rather than duplicating it. They also used a hash to create a cache for Alfresco Share. Axel and Martin’s project is hosted on GitHub.
- Will Abson (Alfresco) showed us a couple of cool things. One was an integration between on-premise Alfresco Share and Alfresco in the cloud. It included, a dashlet like My Sites that lists your sites on Alfresco in the Cloud as well as a search modification that allows you to do a single search against on-premise and Alfresco in the cloud. The project is on GitHub. He also showed an admin console add-on called the Alfresco Cloud API Explorer that lets you run HTTP GETs against the public Alfresco API.
- Derek Hulley (Alfresco) showed a proof-of-concept he’s been working on. His POC is aimed at replacing the relational back-end that Alfresco uses to store metadata with MongoDB. It isn’t complete yet, but he was able to show that you could add aspects to a node and those aspects and property values were persisted in MongoDB.Derek’s project is on GitHub.
Nathan McMinn (Alfresco), Richard McKnight (Alfresco), Ben Kahn (Red Hat), and Alexey Ermakov (VIDEL) were also on our panel and participated in the discussion but we ran out of time for their demos. We’ll circle back with them another time.
We also have three brief announcements:
Thanks to all panelists and viewers who participated!
Don’t forget, folks. If you are planning on arriving in time for Day 0 of Alfresco Summit in either Barcelona (Nov 4) or Boston (Nov 12) so that you can participate in the hack-a-thon, you need to let us know so we can plan for food. Space is limited, so people who sign-up ahead of time using of these forms will be given priority (Barcelona, Boston).
Sometimes it just takes an excuse to get away from your day job to find time to focus on that coding project you’ve been meaning to get to but haven’t been able to start. This year, why not let Alfresco Summit be that excuse?
Last year the hack-a-thon was hugely productive, thanks in large part to our facilitator, Nathan McMinn. We had a room full of Alfresco hackers working on a variety of open source projects. You can see the list of projects that the crew worked on here. Nathan is going to lead us to greatness again this year in Barcelona and Boston.
So here’s the plan: Sign-up for the Hack-a-Thon (Barcelona, Boston). Bring your entire team to Alfresco Summit a day early. Send the ones who are new to Alfresco to one of three training courses being conducted on-site. The rest of you can spend the day hacking the next cool Alfresco Add-on alongside other experienced Alfresco partners, engineers, and other community members. We’ll keep everyone hopped up on coffee and snacks. At the end of the day, everyone gets back together at the Welcome Reception to swap stories.
You get your coding fix and the Alfresco community gets some cool new open source projects. Seriously, what’s not to like about this plan?
Just a quick note about recent DevCon goings-on in case you’ve missed this via other channels…
Early-Bird Registration Ends 10 September!
Just a friendly reminder: You can save some money if you sign up before 10 September, so do not wait to sign-up.
DevCon 2012 Promo Video
Includes a few quotes from the Alfresco community’s colorful cast of characters.
DevCon 2012 Hack-a-Thon
We’re going to be doing a Hack-a-Thon the day before the main conference starts in both Berlin and San Jose. This will run concurrently with the optional Fundamentals and Advanced Training classes. So if you are an Alfresco old-timer who doesn’t need Fundamentals or Advanced training, show up a day early and join us in the hack-a-thon. We’re still deciding which projects we’re going to work on that day. More info will be posted on the DevCon Hack-a-Thon page as it develops.
Activiti Day Berlin
If you are attending DevCon Berlin and you have any interest in Activiti, you should plan on staying an extra day and joining us for an Activiti Community reception the night of 7 November and then an all day Activiti Community event on 8 November. See the DevCon blog for more details.
DevCon Lightning Talks Debut
We’re planning on having two lightning talk sessions, one on each day of the main conference, at both DevCon events this year. We are planning on using the Ignite format, but if that is holding a significant number of people back, we may decide to relax that requirement. If you want to give a 5-minute talk at DevCon, sign up now.