September 24, 2006
Print content resides as PDF, Quark or Microsoft Word files. Frequently, the content needs to be taken onto the web.
The best place to tap into this is the print CMS system where the content has some meta-data. Where you have the header and the body of the story together and you can associate them. Read the rest of this entry »
September 22, 2006
Those old enough will recogonize the two mehods ( PrintError and PrintDebug) which we would have in each application we would write, which in turn will have something like
In production, we would only have error logs as the synchronous
Then we discovered loggers – Read the rest of this entry »
September 21, 2006
One of the biggest architecture decision which stares us on our face is whether to use OR mapping or not. The arguments in favour are very convincing, but does it apply in all scenario?
September 21, 2006
It looks very logical that WCMS should drive print, or atleast that it should be easy to use web content for print. After all, the content entry part of a WCMS is no less than a print workflow system allowing you to contribute content, provide meta-data etc. You could also possibly do basic formatting like highlighting some-portions of content bold or italic. You can possibly also have different versions of the story to fit different outputs (Like a Web Edition version and a Print Edition Version) – Well, yes, not all WCMS allow that but there are a few which do. You can associate pictures with stories. You can maintain categorization and association with other content. You have a workflow, everything seems to work – so what is the issue?
September 15, 2006
Software architects are a confused lot. Communicating with each other is a challenge. There is always a discussion about what goes in what layer ( or tier) and logical vs Physical separation. Even the definition of Data Tier specially is open to interpretation.
Arnon is the first person I saw calling (potential) physical separation as Tier and (Definitely) logical separation as layer – and I believe its a good separation to have in our vocabulary. Read the rest of this entry »
September 14, 2006
Every few days, in one forum or the other, I see the question “How to choose between a component and a service” or “shall I make this module a component or a service” or some variation of it. Is there a simple answer? Read the rest of this entry »
September 11, 2006
In this post, I will explore how to handle Navigation, ads etc for co-branded sites. Next post will be a concluding post in this series on how content management (WCMS) delivery systems fare in this respect (After all, their job is content re-positioning). Read the rest of this entry »
September 10, 2006
In the previous post on this topic, I talked about simple ways of branding application or content pages. Sometimes, however a much higher level of customization is required.
This is usually handled in one of the two popular ways of doing this- Having custom templates, and having a separate UI layer hosted either by customer or service provider. Read the rest of this entry »
September 10, 2006
In this port third in the series of Co-Branding, White Labelling, I will talk about common strategies we use to brand application and content pages.
The branding requirement typically consists of :
- presenting the customer’s Logo / banner, typically on the top
- using custom Stylesheets
- custom content at pre-defined locations ( like if it were a shared airline portal, it will say enter your Executive Club card number, or enter your Flying Dutchman number).
- Suffix/prefix Title
- Page width Read the rest of this entry »