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From "Marcelo F. Ochoa" <moc...@ieee.org>
Subject DB Prism / Cocoon - Content Management System (also Thoughts on a data-driven web site)
Date Thu, 22 Jun 2000 15:39:56 GMT
Hi all:
   Robert Hall (rhall@us.oracle.com) of Oracle Corporation said:
"To help Oracle cut $1 billion in costs, developers at oracle.com, Oracle's main customer-facing
web site, are consolidating content from more than 40 regional Web sites. As a result, oracle.com
tripled in size to more than 24,000 Web pages (60,000 files) between November 1999 and February
2000. "
 This motivated me to make a CMS system based on DB Prism / Cocoon.
Compared to a file system, a database-backed CMS offers Web site developers and users several
benefits, including: 
* Concurrency management and version control. In a simple flat-file system, two or more people
can edit the same asset at the same time, but only one person's changes will survive. In contrast,
the CMS stores assets in tables structured to support multiple versions, and the database
manages concurrent access.
* A consistent yet customizable look and feel throughout the site. The CMS builds template-based
Web pages by pulling standardized design elements and navigation items from the database.
Site-wide changes can be made quickly and easily by editing these assets and re-applying templates:
by changing one asset (an icon, for example) in the CMS, a person can effectively update every
page in the site. With multiple templates in the database, it's also easy to localize the
site or to format content for various devices (such as handheld computers or cellular phones)
simply by applying the appropriate template.
* Access control. As described above, changes to certain assets can affect the entire site.
Imagine a frustrated copywriter editing the Legal department's Privacy notice, or a well-intentioned
art lover reworking the corporate logo. To keep people from doing things they shouldn't, the
CMS grants access privileges at various levels based on user roles.
* Fast, effective searches. Oracle8i includes interMedia, which can index text in the database
to provide superior search performance. 
 After 15 days of work (including code, design and content data) the 

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