Blog from February, 2009

As many people have already noted, Collab, the Sakai instance supporting community collaboration, has been experiencing email problems this week. Unfortunately we can't send an email out to let everyone know, as our announcements list is located on Collab, so I thought a blog post would help let everyone know that they don't need to email me personally to report the problem (smile)

Our colleagues at the University of the Highlands and Islands in Scotland, which hosts Collab for the Sakai community, are working to address the problems, however, they are part of wider, campus-wide problems they are currently dealing with. Hopefully service can be restored soon.

List emails are still being received by Collab sites and are being archived just fine. The problem is with outbound emails. A good portion of the outbound email is getting hung up somewhere between Collab and the intended recipients.

In the meantime, you can use the Email Archive tool in each site to stay up-to-date on the email list for that site. Also, after normal service is restored, I would encourage folks to re-send important emails.

oXygen XML Editor

Recently Chris Maurer investigated the licensing on the <oXygen/> XML Editor, and we've been able to obtain free licenses for core Sakai developers. What is it? To quote from their web page:

<oXygen/> XML Editor provides the best coverage of today's XML technologies; it complies with the established standards released by W3C and other organizations and enhances developer productivity through an intuitive and innovative XML IDE. <oXygen/> XML Editor provides the tools for XML authoring, XML conversion, XML Schema, DTD, Relax NG and Schematron development, XPath, XSLT, XQuery debugging, SOAP and WSDL testing. Integration with the XML document repositories is made through WebDAV, Subversion and S/FTP protocols. <oXygen/> also has support to browse, manage and query native XML and relational databases.

If you are interested in obtaining a license, please let me know. In order to qualify, you must have appropriate contributor licensing agreements on-file and be developing code intended for a Sakai release.

For those looking to get started with Sakai 3/Kernel 2 development, Ian Boston has just put together a nice, brief how-to on writing webapps with kernel 2.

Sakai 3.0.0 Milestone 1 (Demo Release)

Sakai 3.0.0 Milestone 1 has been released for demonstration and evaluation purposes only. This release has not been subjected to any formal Quality Assurance (QA) testing, and should not be used in production. It offers an opportunity to experience some of the initial and exciting User Experience (UX) work targeted at Sakai 3. It does not yet fully illustrate the reorganization of content and tool functionality that realizes the "everything is content" vision for Sakai 3. Those capabilities will be furthered with the switch to using Sakai Kernel 2 in the coming weeks. (This milestone release is still based on Sakai Kernel 1, which is the same as used in the current Sakai 2 series of releases.)

What you see in this milestone release will continue to evolve significantly as work progresses and feedback is provided. In its final form Sakai 3 will end up significantly different from Sakai 2.

The main goals of this milestone release are to:

  • catalyze community discussion and interest in helping further the design and development of Sakai 3 capabilities, and
  • support user-testing of some of the initial Sakai 3 designs and conceptual approaches

For more information on Sakai 3 in general, a good starting place is the 3akai page. (If you don't wish to build and run this milestone release yourself, then you can give it a try on the 3akai demo server, though this server is rebuilt from time-to-time so your content may not persist.)