Version numbering seems more like art than science! Between the magic of marketing the reality of software programming there must be some method to the madness. Here are some thoughts on how Daemonites use the concept of version numbers.
Geoff Bowers is the CEO of Daemon, a Web development company in Sydney. We recently caught up with Geoff to talk about Web services, surviving the dot com crash, and the decision to open source Daemon's flagship content management system.
There's been an incredible response to the "Aura" templates developed by our own Ben Bishop. Web design blogs the world over have been discussing the Aura release. Daemonite was one of the testing grounds for the "look" which has been released under Creative Commons.
There have been several notable attempts at a decent Flash HTML editor. However, for anything but the most trivial content management, Flash really can't handle HTML very well. Composer offers renewed hope for a cross-platform rich text editor.
Managing the state of a multiple-step form process in web applications remains a tricky problem. Traditional approaches involve passing hidden form elements or complex strings of URL parameters to ensure the form knows what has been submitted in earlier steps. The PLP was an innovation of the old Spectra content management framework that allowed you to maintain very complex form state information, even restoring a forms state if a user loses their connection.
FarCry is an open source CMS for CFMX, originally developed by Daemon. It's fully functional, and runs in a variety of Enterprise environments today. Released under the Common Public License 1.0 -- it's free to all.
Sunny Hong has recently released PHPObject, an alternative to Flash Remoting for PHP developers. Sunny says, "With PHPObject, you can call a method of a PHP class/library on your web server as if the class/library was defined in Flash itself. It takes care of your client-server connections, providing a convenient way to connect rich media clients with data and business logic residing on your server."
OpenOffice.org has released the beta for its next upcoming version. Something that stands out from a host of features is the ability to export presentation files -- from Impress -- direct to Flash.
The FourQ project endeavours to build a content object application programming interface (COAPI) for use with CFMX CFCs. This custom, object persistence layer will also incorporate utilities for deploying and managing the content in the object store and provide an application framework for the development of content management systems (CMS).