Talk e Alfresco Meetup @ Codemotion Roma … OMG e’ domani!

Il mio primo post in Italiano? Ebbene si’, l’occasione era cosi’ importante che ho deciso di aggiungere, almeno per lo spazio di un post, una terza lingua a questo blog 🙂

Da domani, all’Universita’ di Roma Tre, comincia una conferenza che sta rapidamente diventando una delle piu’ importanti in Europa, per quanto riguarda il mondo open source e dell’innovazione tecnologica: sto parlando di Codemotion, la conferenza (internazionale ma da una idea totalmente italiana) dedicata a tutti i linguaggi e piattaforme del mondo open source, che quest’anno comincia la sua stagione a Roma, ma che si spostera’ a Maggio a Berlino e ad Ottobre a Madrid.

Oltre a i tanti sponsor e track interessanti, da Arduino a Domain Driven Design, da metologie agili a buzzword piu’ recenti come mobile e big data, quest’anno sono felice ed orgoglioso di annunciare che Alfresco sara’ sponsor della conferenza e sara’ presente in maniera massiccia per legare con la comunita’ italiana e per condividere il messaggio innovativo della piattaforma leader nello spazio dell’ECM ibrido.

Vi segnalo i diversi modi in cui potete mettervi in contatto con noi durante la conferenza:

  • Passate a visitarci al nostro stand se volete sapere quanto sia cool la nostra tecnologia, ma anche rockstars della nostra community come Jeff Potts (Chief Community Office) o il nostro consulente tecnico Maurizio Pillitu … ah si, e ci saro’ anch’io 🙂
  • Venite ad uno dei due talk che presenteremo nei track della conferenza:
  • Domani pomeriggio, accorrete numerosi all’Alfresco Rome Meetup che si terra’ sempre a Roma 3 e nel quale uniremo topics strettamente tecnici (come CMIS e Maven SDK) a presentazioni dei nostri partner e clienti. La maniera perfetta per capire come Alfresco possa migliorare i vostri processi e flussi di informazioni. Il programma dettagliato e’ pubblicato sul blog di Jeff.

E come se non fosse abbastanza eccitante, il tutto si svolge nell’Universita’ che mi ha cresciuto e fatto diventare l’ingegnere (un po’ strano per carita’) che sono adesso. E’ sempre una sensazione strana, ma bellissima, trovarsi dall’altro lato della cattedra …

Un tuffo nel passato per dare uno sguardo al futuro…vi aspetto numerosi!

EDIT:

Le slide del talk sono pubblicate sul mio slideshare. Spero che il talk vi sia piaciuto!

Maven Alfresco SDK 1.0 is finally out and ready for you to enjoy!

It’s been a long journey, but we made it 😉

It started almost 5 years ago, and through the years, little by little, we made giant steps towards an open development platform.

If you have followed this blog earlier, you probably have shared some of the pain for an unnecessary difficult integration process of Alfresco artifacts, therefore today we should all re-joy as development on Alfresco got just so much better 😉

Thanks to the great work of the whole Maven Alfresco Community and the strong momentum and Support from Alfresco Engineering and Release Management, it’s with extreme pleasure and pride that I announce you that a fully fledged Maven Alfresco SDK™ 1,0 is now available for your enjoyment and to drastically improve your development productivity on Alfresco projects.

While I recommend to you have a look at the full docs and to the release notes to understand the full extent of features of this brand new piece of software, let me just give you here an overview of the  most exciting features:

  • Zero configuration approach: create an AMP or All-in-One archetype and with one command you are ready to run and customize Alfresco. In the very same place 🙂
  • Zero download approach: the SDK will take care of downloading the appropriate Alfresco artifacts from the Alfresco Artifacts Repository. Also no DB or application server is required, as the SDK will runAlfresco emdedded on Jetty + H2.
    Note:
    this configuration is not part of the supported stacks, so should be used only for development purposes
  • Zero BS development approach: with new SDK the focus is your creativity, no more boring configuration or hacks to make a particular work.  Just get the setup right with an archetype and start to kicking it on Alfresco 🙂
  • Zero defect is the main objective of the SDK: with support for AMP unit and integration testing, as well as integration with the strong enterprise development process feature of Maven (e.g. CI, release mgmt, etc.), you can get you Alfresco development to another level. This was made thanks to the availability of POM files for Alfresco Artifacts (as of Alfresco 4.2.b).

NOTE: For those of you wondering about naming and version: yes, the Maven Alfresco SDK 1.0 superseded the old version of the Maven Alfresco Archetypes / Lifecycle 3.9.1.  As of Alfresco Community 4.2.b the Maven Alresco SDK 1.o is the recommended solution.

But without further ado, I can’t wait to join the other Alfresco Rockstarts at the DevCon hackaton, I’m sure we can boost some productivity down then with this SDK. Once again, check out the project website for full docs.

I want to thank you everyone involved in making this happen (especially Mao and Samuel) as we believe it will be a major improvement for the developers, architects and administrators of Alfresco project, finally providing a solid foundation to doGreatWork() and this great product.

Enjoy and let us know your feedback!

Hurricane Sandy and the statue of Liberty, aka my first social viral fake ;)

When I saw this picture today on Facebook, I was quite amazed. As a handful of friends did, I started being seriously worried, even being on the other side of the pond, about what was going to happen to the many friends I have overseas.

I started sharing it, “socializing” on it, and starting obvious dissertations on how powerful yet scary nature can be and wishing luck to all of my friends.

But then I did what, unluckily enough I suspect,  the vast majority of social media members don’t usually do – and sometimes even journalists tend to forget: just get one level deeper 🙂

Quoting from the original posted Facebook page:

Jason Otts: Ok… apparently this pic has gone viral from my wall with 99,989 shares. In the last 15 minutes I have had like 200 people add me as a friend because of this pic. So I called the person who texted it to me and she then called her friend who is in New York and he told her that it was fake. So now I have 200 friends who like a photo that is fake on my wall. Funny, but awkward….

So turns out it was a fake, as other sources seem to confirm. It’s the first time that I get caught in a viral so quickly (especially as I’m not in the cool Valley 🙂 ), but that made me think thoroughly enough about the evil power of the Internet.

While I’m the first considering “the Net” my only God, Wikipedia my only Bible, the righteous and truthful source for any information, the only remaining free channel of communication and yadi yadi yada, this time I am facing the awful truth of how sketchy, easily manipulated and imprecise certain pieces of information can be.

I will spare you anymore social interpretation of this, but just take an old but still very modern advice: before jumping your guns on some internet opinion, check your source! 😉

Maven and Scalability @ DevCon

Sounds like it’s happening. More, much more that I could expect. Much better than before.

At Alfresco in fact we are finally about to close on two fundamental areas like ECM Scalability and on the availability of a fully fledged Maven based SDK.

As you might know (if you are reading this blog you probably will), these on the two areas I’ve always been passionate and involved for in the last few years. Just to let you understand how passionate (or romantic, almost Italian) about these topics, enough for you to know that:

    • I ranted about Maven for a few years now and, in this last year, I experienced a momentum never seen before both from a corporate and from a community standpoint. Literally, about to cry here 🙂
    • I worked for many years as Alfresco Partner and Solution Engineer, without having a quantitative sizing and performance reference for my implementations. In the last year I participated to the Alfresco Benchmarks project, which has shown very interesting results and improved the scalability of our system exponentially. I am so excited about these improvements, both at process and product level, that I can’t wait to share those with you 🙂

So it’s just a great pleasure and excitement for me to confirm we have a couple of so much awaited HUGE surprises on those areas 😉

But without further ado then, it’s my pride to officially announce that …


…no wait, I have a better idea.

If you are really interested and you want to know what’s going on around Performance and SDK, it’s quite simple: you should just come by for one of the two great DevCons (Berlin and San Jose) that are approaching in November 🙂

I will give two speeches at both EMEA and Americas DevCon, surprisingly enough about:

And if you are not convinced, hear is a little teaser 😉

Introducing the Alfresco Artifacts Repository – yes, with Alfresco Enterprise :)

Native American Artifacts
Native American Artifacts

It’s my honor – and a a huge personal satisfaction after a few years working on this – to announce the full availability and support of the Alfresco Artifacts Repository, a fully fledged Maven repository hosting the major Alfresco releases and of its flourishing projects ecosystem, both for the Alfresco Community and Enterprise Networks.

For those of you already following this blog this might be no big news, as somehow the information was already around in the Alfresco-sphere and an Alfresco Maven repository has been already unofficially (AKA maintained by me) around for a while. But the great news is that now the repository is officially maintained and artifacts are kept up to date 🙂

Based on the Nexus OSS mature Artifact Repository technology, and following a few weeks Partner only beta, the repository is now publicly available at:

http://artifacts.alfresco.com (formerly http://maven.alfresco.com)
The Alfresco Artifact Repository
The Alfresco Artifact Repository

What can you find in there (AKA the screenshot is not enough)? Very well, at the moment the Artifact Repository hosts:

  1. Alfresco Community full releases (JARs/WARs) identified with the groupId org.alfresco
  2. NEW: Alfresco Enterprise full releases identified with the groupId org.alfresco.enterprise
  3. NEW: Alfresco Hotfix full releases identified with the groupId org.alfresco.enterprise
  4. Activiti (BPMN 2.0 implementation) Releases and Snapshots
  5. All the versions of the open source Maven Alfresco Lifecycle, a long term but quickly growing Maven SDK approach to Alfresco development
  6. All Spring repository proxies, to ease Spring Surf development by only referring to this repository developing Surf

NOTE: At the moment no POM files / dependency declarations are available, but if you are interested please feel free to vote on this issue 🙂

Still not sure about the potential? Well, let me just give you an idea:

Read more Introducing the Alfresco Artifacts Repository – yes, with Alfresco Enterprise 🙂

What’s going on with Maven and Alfresco ? (WIP)

Just in case you were wondering, this is the time things are actually happening.

If you are working or willing to work on Alfresco ECM platform with Maven, you better stay tuned and keep your patience for a few weeks more.

Why?

Well for a few interesting reasons:

*  The Maven Alfresco Community is growing and every day there is more activity in the lists and on the code contributions side. If you need information around Maven and Alfresco, the Maven Alfresco discussion group is the place to be.

* Alfresco is integrating Maven artifacts deployment in its build process (see issue): we are literally days away from having 3.4 and 4.0 Community and Enterprise versions available on the Alfresco Artifacts Repository. BTW, bear with us in these days as some changes might be undergoing in the repositories. This is great news for all of you who are hosting corporate repositories (especially for Alfresco Enterprise) as this way you will just have to point to maven.alfresco.com to retrieve Alfresco artifacts

* We are working actively (kudos to Mau) on a clean, neat, supportable version of the Maven Alfresco Lifecycle project: if you check out the experimental branch you’ll find a nicely merged, lean, fully functional set of parent POMs and archetypes to allow you, for example, to run a full Alfresco Repository, Share, AMP, etc. as a single project embedded in Jetty and H2. Nice, ain’t it? Stay tuned there because we are aligning that to the automated deployment at point #2, so we’re just really weeks away from a nice, fully featured, extensible but above all standard open Maven Alfresco SDK.

As we do lots of progress on this area, your feedback is more than welcome and, once again, bear with us while we actively work to make your Maven Alfresco developer life easier.

Maven Alfresco Lifecycle 3.9.1 Released

Hey guys,

I’m proud to announce that thanks to a vigorous Community help (special mentions and kudos to Mao and Stijnr for the great help in the last period), we have been able to pull out the 3.9.1 release of the Maven Alfresco LIfecycle.

Multiple bug-fixes, a zero defect targeted release and a couple of juicy new features like:

make of this one probably the most stable and tested release of the Maven Alfresco Lifecycle. The release is tested against Alfresco 4.0b Community, and it’s the perfect foundation to the great work we are going to do in the next weeks to clean it up completely and support Alfresco Enterprise.

The releases is available in the Maven Alfresco Repository (in case you are wondering, I still need to update the archetype-catalog.xml, but that will happen just after Easter, as I have no permissions right now 🙁 ). Full release notes are also published on the Google Code project and per component documentation is available in the brand new published Maven Site (using the HUGELY COOL Maven Fluido Skin).

Feedback is always welcome in the Maven Alfresco List and we also have a Skype chat so feel free to contact me on Skype if you want to contribute / participate in any way 🙂

Have fun and let us know what you think!

Consultant Life is Hard ep. I – Get that damn SSH X11 forwarding tunnel to work

This is probably more of a note to myself than anything else, since every time I have to do some sneaky X11 forwarding (e.g. to profile or perfomance tune a production server) it somehow never works the first time…having to waste at least 15, fundamentally boring, minutes to figure it out again.

Of course prerequisite is that you need to have some kind of X11 server running on your client, whose display will be forwarded to the server. Linux has it by default, Mac users can install it from the OS disks, for Windows users I suggest XMing to avoid the whole CygWin download).

So this is Gab self reminding recipe for that (tested from MacOS 10.6.8 to RHEL5):

  1. Make sure that
    "X11Forwarding Yes"

    is in your

    /etc/ssh/sshd_config

    on the SERVER SIDE

  2. Make sure that
    "ForwardX11 yes"

    is your

    /etc/ssh_config

    (or

    /etc/ssh/ssh_config

    for Linux distros) on the CLIENT SIDE

  3. Login to the machine with
    ssh -X user@host
  4. If “echo $DISPLAY” does not display any meaningful value (e.g. host:display) then you typically miss libraries on the server side. From root or sudo your should issue at least (this worked for me on all RedHat based distros):
  • yum install xorg-x11-xauth
  • yum install libXtst
  • yum install libXi

At that point you might have to logout/login but the you should be able to run whatever X based application (e.g. JConsole, JProfiler, can you tell I use Java? :)) directly from the server and see the UI pop up on your client.

Never forget anymore Gab…and thanks for reminding to write this down my friend 🙂

Alfresco DevCon Presentations

A bit late, but for those of you following this blog who did not join either the San Diego or the London Alfresco DevCon, here are my 3 presos I gave in both conferences available in Share:

Turnout was great and the event was wonderfully mastered by our beloved Chief Community Officer: regarding my presos, I found a very good general interested public on my Maven + Alfresco Application Lifecycle preso, as the Slideshare searchbox top suggestions seem to confirm 🙂

Alfresco DevCon and Maven top search in Slideshare :) A couple of other presentations were using Maven and I even heard our mighty VP of Engineering mentioning the magic 7-six lettered word a couple of times in the Engineering QA panel.

New challenges in scalability and complex application management are to be expected with the so long awaited Alfresco 4.x version (BTW, don’t forget to join the 4.o EE launch parties 🙂

So I think we can expect more VERY juicy news VERY soon in scalability and Maven…once again, stay posted 🙂

That comedy called Italy

Italy is such a wonderful place, full of culture, landscapes, smart and lively people and a great social life. For long centuries it was the cultural center of Europe, giving birth and growing heroes of the world’s inheritance.

Still it’s the best representation of contradiction I can think of. Maybe it’s because I’m Italian and, although living in the Netherlands for 5+ years, I still have a pretty tight connection with my mother land. And there are some things which I feel I need to post, at least because those are the main reasons why I don’t want to go back home now.

This is mostly a technical blog, so I will start with something somehow technical, which was the original reason for this post: as you might have heard already, seems that neutrinos have been recently discovered to be able to travel faster than the speed of light. This would have disruptive consequence’s on Einstein relativity theory and on other pillars of contemporary physics. But that’s another story and worth reading some expert’s blog post as well at the original paper

The point is another one: the original article is in from a international team involving many Italians, since the measurement of neutrinos speed was done from Geneve’s CERN to Italian Gran Sasso laboratories. And that’s when Italy is somehow involved in something big, that some character of the great persistent comedy troupe which is Italy comes into stage.

This time it was our “smart” Minister of Education, Mariastella Gelmini, came out with this press release (English Translation) on the official Minister website to actually congratulate with the scientists for their discovery, but especially to take credit for

The construction of the tunnel between CERN and Gran Sasso Laboratories, through which the experiment took place, Italy has contributed a sum now estimated at around 45 million euros.

Comunicato Mariastella Gelmini Ministero dell’Istruzione Tunnel NeutriniNow, I’m not asking Ministries to be nuclear physicists (although I’d secretly dream of it), but at least to have a decent level of culture or realism not to imagine that that a 730km tunnel (yeah, that is the air distance between CERN and Gran Sasso) could have been build below Alps and Apennine Mountains.

I’m fed up of having to take account for the stupidity (yeah that’s the only good definition of it) of our Government and in general of the whole ruling class in Italy, since, when I finish working, it’s always about those childish, banana republic style, ignorant declarations that some random member of our Government does.  No wonder why all my foreign friends sort of laugh at us for that.

I’ve never wanted to play the part of the “bitchy expat” that over-criticizes his country, but it seems at least we (expats) have a lower threshold of BS we are able to digest.  So think it’s time to do something more substantial to actually try and wake up our country, that seems now asleep, almost indifferent to any type of attack to normal rules and democracy, completely powerless drugged by media.

Other Italian expat fellows seem to have been stroke by this, last, unbearable deprivation of the Italian culture.

And don’t get me wrong, I still like to remember all great things Italian culture did in history. People like Leonardo, Michelangelo, Cristoforo Colombo, Guglielmo Marconi, Enrico Fermi or periods like Renaissance or the same Roman Empire marked our cultures permanently.

That’s why I think we should get organized and do something, something very well designed and planned, using the weapons of internet and social networks to propose a wake up call for Italy and destabilize the current status quo. I am sure we can out smart them, they are basically organized old farts. Italy is a cash cow right now.

Just brainstorming here, but I am all in for any initiative any reader will suggest!

I’m all ears …