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JavaScript: The Good Parts Review

JavaScript: The Good PartsThe Bottom Line

I just finished reading JavaScript: The Good Parts from O'Reilly Media/Yahoo Press. Getting straight to the point, I would give it 5/5 stars. The main reasons for the rating are that it is well written and organized and full of valuable information and examples. Even though the book is a little dated now, multiple people have recommended that I read it over the past few years. I believe it has held up very well since 2008 when it was published. I think it is a must read for anyone programming with JavaScript, which is basically anyone who has ever had to do any front end programming these days. It is aimed at those who have some experience with JavaScript.

Alfresco 4 Enterprise Content Management Implementation Review

Alfresco 4 Enterprise Content Management ImplementationThe Bottom Line

I just finished reading Alfresco 4 Enterprise Content Management Implementation from Packt Publishing. Getting straight to the point, I would give it 3/5 stars. The main reasons for the rating are that nearly every page of the book has a grammatical error, almost the entire book focuses on Alfresco Explorer rather than Alfresco Share, and I don't believe that the authors went into the appropriate depth for the intended audience. Even though the book has some flaws, it is filled with useful information and would provide an excellent foundation for a content management project or evaluating Alfresco.

Fully Managed CMS Service from Tribloom


Root Managed Hosting

Tribloom is very excited to announce the availability of our enterprise application hosting service for content management, Root managed hosting.

While content management is critical business tool, it needs to be seamless, easy to use, and easy to manage. Ideally you could select a CMS and start using it immediately with no hardware, no configuration, and no hassle.

Now a turnkey solution is available. Tribloom brings together a proven set of feature rich and extensible content management systems, enterprise application hosting, managed services, and AWS™ infrastructure to bring you Root managed hosting. You can concentrate on your business instead of worrying about the details.

With Root managed hosting you get:

• Experienced, trained, and certified experts on the applications we host and AWS™

• Around the clock support

• Automated backup and recovery, high availability, and disaster recovery through reproducible, versionable DevOps

• Infrastructure and application monitoring

• Personalized technical account manager-like support from engineers that know you, know your business, and know your applications and infrastructure 

Content Management Systems Available:

• Alfresco – Enterprise content management and records management

• Crafter Software – Web content management and web experience management

• Cloud CMS – Content Management Platform for cloud-connected Mobile and Web applications

For more information on Root managed hosting visit http://tribloom.com/root.

If you are attending Alfresco Summit in Boston or AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas  this week, you can find a Tribloom team member for details. We will be at booth #204 at AWS re:Invent.

Tribloom Partners with Crafter Software


Tribloom is pleased to announce our newest partnership with Crafter Software. We are thrilled to finally have an enterprise web content management solution from open source roots to offer to our clients. Crafter Software allows organizations to deliver strategic content tailored to end users easily, quickly and with the ability to scale across platforms. "Partnering with Crafter Software will allow Tribloom to offer a complete content management solution to our clients. Using Alfresco and Crafter Software together will provide a powerful web experience management tool for businesses to manage and disseminate their content to end users" said Michael McCarthy, President of Tribloom.

Congratulations to the Crafter team! We look forward to being part of the Crafter Software partner network and assisting clients on Crafter projects. If you are interested in learning more about how Crafter Software and Tribloom can help your organization please contact us. Read the press release here.

Win an iPad 3 with Tribloom and Alfresco at the National Space Symposium


Tribloom and Alfresco will be exhibiting at the 28th annual National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, CO. The symposium will be held Monday April 16th through Thursday, April 19th. Visitor passes are available to the exhibit hall by contacting us (info[at]tribloom[dot]com). More information is available at the National Space Symposium web site. We will be giving a way a new Apple iPad 3 to one lucky guest who visits us at booth number 1906.

Alfresco Share Genealogy

In February, Tribloom hosted a Lunch & Learn in Salt Lake City, UT. In a bit of free time I had a chance to visit the Family Search Center in downtown SLC. I have always been interested in learning more about my family history and this was the perfect opportunity to do a little research. I quickly found more information than I could easily manage on a piece of paper. Being an engineer, I decided that I needed a better system with which to manage my family history information. I looked around the internet and did not find any obvious free software that I could use so I decided to use Alfresco (I have since been informed of a free software called GRAMPS that does manage personal family history). It took me about a day to customize to the point where it was usable and a couple more to do some really interesting things which I will outline here.

Demo Projects Version 2

I recently revised both the Alfresco Share Demo and Alfresco Repository Demo Eclipse projects. I added the ability to compile and package Java code to the Share project while only minor revisions were made to the Repository project.

Introducing the File System Transfer Receiver (FSTR)

Last week I had a chance to experiment with the new File System Transfer Receiver (FSTR) also known as the File Transfer Receiver (FTR) in Alfresco 4.0.0 Enterprise. This is also available in the community version. Since directions are a little spotty, I thought I would give a rundown of the process of setting it up.


Alfresco's Transfer Service (wiki, docs) was introduced in version 3.3 as a means to transfer from one Alfresco repository to another Alfresco repository. Alone this isn't particularly useful to an Alfresco user as it primarily allows programmatic access to the Transfer Service, but when combined with the Replication Service (wiki, docs) it becomes very powerful. The Replication Service allows an Alfresco user to create a one time or recurring transfer of content from one repository to another. You can select which content to transfer as well as where to transfer it to. A piece that was missing previously was a transfer from an Alfresco repository to the file system.

Hiring Alfresco Consultant!


About us: Tribloom is a boutique Alfresco consulting firm headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO with a presence in both Los Angeles and San Francisco (SF in mid 2012). We have deep experience with Alfresco WQS, Share customizations, forms, troubleshooting and upgrades. We have a wide variety of vertical experience (healthcare, education, and publishing, to name a few) which allows us to bring a large amount of experience to our projects. We are known for our high quality Alfresco implementations and dedication to our clients. Wanted: Experienced Alfresco consultant. Must have 1+ years of experience with at least 3-4 Alfresco implementations. Work location negotiable, depending on candidate. If you are one of the 20% that does 80% of the work, we want to talk to you. If you love to code, we want to talk to you. If you are not satisfied with "good enough", we want to talk to you. If you play well with others, we want to talk to you. If you want to work with smart, fun people, we want to talk to you. Send email to "careers(at)tribloom(dot)com" with a bit about yourself.

A Tale of Two WQS Implementations

At Alfesco DevCon 2011 I gave a talk about two Web Quick Start (also known as WCM Quick Start) implementations for our client FN Manufacturing. We modified WQS for an external facing website and an internal intranet site. The slides are available for download below.

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