Alfresco Share eats documents

I just recognized thats Alfresco Share has some really bad behaviour handling documents with the same name:

  1. Upload a a new document to Share doclib, e.g. called test.doc
  2. Upload another test.doc document with other content to the same space/folder via Share
  3. What happened? The 2nd upload overwrites the first one, the content property has been replaced, the first test.doc content has gone…

Upps! Please don’t try this with your boss’s 200 page concept 😉

I followed this in Enterprise 3.0.1 & Ent. 3.1…

I’ll raise an issue when I recover my  JIRA credentials.

Role based configurations in Alfesco Share?

I’m currently writing a concept of a knowledge management portal based on Alfresco Share. The Alfresco guys are adding some missing features to Share in the next release(s), e.g. support of custom meta-data, Rules & Actions. But I’m missing a few other things, one of them I’d like to discuss in this post.

What about Role based configuration? I think it is quite often that you’d like to configurate, that for example a consumer doesn’t see some adminitrative components or Dashlets you’ve added to Share to support your use case.

I know that you can achieve this by custom coding (Or am I missing sth.?), but from my point of view this should be an configuration task.

Does Alfresco Share need an iPhone interface?

Alfresco ist currently designing an iPhone client for their collaboration platform Share. Thus I get an iPod touch from Alfresco as price for winning the Alfresco Developer Challenge a year ago I’m very interested in this stuff.

Here are the wireframes of the user stories at slideshare.

But I’m not sure if this is a real must for Share…I’m not sure if the user NEED this client. Of course Alfresco will gain a lot of marketing momentum offering an “iPhone-Enterprise-Collaboration” app. Does Sharepoint have sth. like that 😉

BUT, from my point of view there are other 1st prio features enterprise customers really need:

  • supporting custom Types, Aspects and Metadata  (docLib & search)
  • group based site membership (& more permission stuff like, SiteCreatorGroup etc.)
  • combination of Share & MS Sharepoint protocol usage within MS Office
  • Support of Rules inside of Share

Most of these features are part of the Alfresco roadmap. Specially the support of custom types & aspects within Share is a real MUST.

I’m doing ECM-Projects since a while and I cannot remember a project where we used only basis types and metadata.

To sum up:
It’s cool that Alfresco is always developing new stuff, that’s why I love it. But from my point Share is lacking some features which should be done before going onwards with other new apps.

Alfrescian CMIS browser based on Ext GWT (GXT)

While developing opsoro last year I fall in love with ExtJS. Since then a few new things where developed around ExtJS, for example Ext GWT (GXT).
I took a look into GXT several weeks or months ago and decided to try this framework in my next little project…

Beside GXT I wanted also to dive into the “CMIS world” and the best way to do this is always “hands on”!

Thus I’m just getting a new job (more Alfresco 😉  I need to refresh my knowledge…). So I started 2 nights ago with my new project: Alfrescian CMIS browser!
It’s currently a little bit scrubby, but here is a first screenshot:

alfresciancmisbrowser2

Some technical details:

  • I’m using the CMIS AtomPub-Binding
  • Folder tree & document grid using async GWT-RPC Services which are using Abdera libs to call the repo

Do you know opsoro?

opsoro is an alternative web client for Alfresco. Its goal was to provide an easier user interface with a richer user experience by leveraging the latest web technologies. Like Alfresco, opsoro is open source software released under the GPL.

opsoro started out as a Prototype and is still in an early state.  Nevertheless I encourage anyone who is familiar with alfresco to test opsoro client. Even if it is not production ready yet, it demonstrates the possibilities which lie in rich web applications and the Alfresco Web Script API

But, opsoro is more than a year ago. It is time for a new project! So stay tuned  😉