Last week, Google announced a partnership where they would be able to print any book on demand that is in the Google Books library. They can do this by using the Espresso Book Machine, which can print out any book in about 4 minutes! Printed, cut, bound, and even with a full color cover.
This sounds pretty cool to me... and I curious how it will affect book stores, as well as new authors...
Open world opened officially today... but I got there early for the "soft opening," including the briefing for my fellow Oracle ACE Directors. We had a surprise Q&A visit from Thomas Kurian himself. If I had known, I would have surely had a much bigger list of questions for him! Nevertheless, I learned quite a bit about Oracle's future product strategy. I can't share what I learned until after the conference, tho... they are planning a few announcements.
I'm off to Open World! I came early this year, because Oracle is doing the ACE Director briefing on Friday. That's always a bit tense for me: sneak previews on cool technology that I'm not allowed to blog about! Alas, I'll survive... It will be nice to see all the other Oracle ACEs again, like Sten, Lonneke and Chris. I already bumped into Jason Jones at the airport.
In case you missed my talk last month... IOUG has posted the full video of my Site Studio Performance Tuning Webcast. This was an hour long talk containing tips and tricks for making your web sites faster. Only half of it is specific to Site Studio or Oracle UCM: I also share tips on making general HTML pages faster, which should apply no matter what kind of system you use.
Oracle UCM SiteStudio 10gR4 has recently been released and reusability of site assets and content has improved a lot. You can find the release notes here
We can use the new functionality to read a fully rendered content from Oracle Content Server and easily display it in a Flex application. We can also invoke a separate browser window for editing this content. All we need are the two new service calls WCM_PLACEHOLDER and WCM_BEGIN_EDIT_SESSION.
In my last blog we saw how easy it is to call a web service of the Oracle Content Server (OCS) from within a Flex application. Can we use the same concept for a nice pictureflow Flex application, that uses an OCS query to show selected images ? Of course we could, but the disadvantage of calling a web service would be, that the user would need to be logged in and authenticated – he would get an authorization popup otherwise. May be we want to show this pictureflow component also to anonymous visitors of SiteStudio websites, so we need to find an alternative solution.
I started evaluating Adobe Flex Builder because I though we´d need more trendy components on our user interfaces. Developing with Flash wasn´that easy due to the timelines, animation metaphor, etc. But the integrated development environment and designer for Flex is really cool. Now it is really easy to develop a nice Flash based user interface with MXML, an XML-based markup language, which offers a way to build and lay out graphical user interfaces.