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From "Carsten Ziegeler" <>
Subject RE: [Announcement] Cocoon Portal - moving forward
Date Wed, 07 May 2003 07:07:57 GMT
Hi Cocooners,

I just checked-in the new version or to be more precise the starting
code of the new version.
So enjoy the sample :)

But be warned: the version is not complete, some things have
still to be developed. So if you have a free hand you're of course
invited to join the further development :) it's open source!


Carsten Ziegeler
Open Source Group, S&N AG

Matthew Langham wrote:
> As many of you know, the portal and authentication components in
> Cocoon were
> originally developed by S&N as part of a commercial offering, based on
> Cocoon. After being used in several projects, the components were
> donated to
> the Cocoon project at the beginning of 2002. Since then the Cocoon portal
> has gained wide interest and has been (is being) used in a variety of
> different projects around the globe.
> Since donating the components we have been evaluating the shortcomings of
> the current solution and deciding how a "next" version of the
> portal should
> look. In particular we felt that a Cocoon based portal is something that -
> if done right - would certainly gain more attention for the
> project, perhaps
> beat out some alternatives (including commercial ones) and
> basically, well,
> rock.
> One of the companies perhaps most familiar with the portal is BASF IT
> Services who have been using the components in several internal
> projects and
> who, last year, approached us about building a new and better version. So,
> in a joint effort S&N and BASF IT Services started work on a new version
> aimed at launching the portal concept in Cocoon to the next stage.
> The first stage of this development is now complete and in particular we
> focussed on providing a very dynamic rendering engine for portal-type
> layouts. Now this is the first important statement to make: The new
> rendering engine does not require you build an actual portal - so
> it can be
> used in a variety of applications. Here are some of the key improvements:
> - Flexible Layout (Tabs, Multi-Column Coplets etc.)
> - Event Handling (Inter Coplet Communication)
> - Highly Pluggable
> - Increased Performance
> The attached small screen shot shows what the new rendering engine will
> allow you to do. The new portal is not yet complete and in fact it is
> currently lacking many of the features of the old portal. But, to
> paraphrase
> Stefano, it already has a community.
> So, tomorrow (Wednesday) we will be donating the current implementation to
> Cocoon and hope our seed will quickly grow.
> Regards
> Matthew, Carsten, Björn, Volker, Jürgen
> S&N, BASF IT Services

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