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Alfresco Community Newsletter for April 2014, featuring important community announcements, useful blog posts, informative videos, and upcoming events.

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In this issue:


  • Announcing the Community Home Page
  • Alfresco Summit 2014
  • Useful Add-ons
  • Product Notes
  • Noteworthy Blog Posts
  • Informative Videos
  • Meet-ups and Events
  • Changes to the IRC Channel
  • Community Contributor Spotlight
  • Until Next Time




Announcing the Community Home Page


We’ve launch a new Community Home Page. This is really the starting point for what will eventually become your personalized view into all of our community properties. For now it aggregates feeds from places like the forums, Jira, blogs, and the wiki.




Alfresco Summit 2014


Save-the-date for Alfresco Summit! We’re starting off in the Americas first this year. San Francisco will be the host city September 23, 24, & 25. Then we’ll be in London two weeks later on October 7, 8, & 9. As has been the case in the past, the first day is optional--we’ll have training and a hack-a-thon on that day. The main conference starts the following day and lasts two days.

== Do you have a story to share at Alfresco Summit? The call-for-papers is now open and will run through the end of April. We’re accepting proposals for 5-minute lightning talks and 40-minute sessions in either the business track or the technical track. Read my blog to find out more about the technical track and Laurence Hart’s blog to hear more about the business track.




Useful Add-ons


There are now more than 300 add-ons in the Alfresco Add-ons directory. Andreas Steffan contributed the 300th add-on which provides human readable emails in Alfresco Share. It is exciting to see many useful recently contributed Add-ons. One of these add-ons is Ephesoft Document Capture for which we prepared a detailed featured add-on article and demonstration video.




Product Notes


Alfresco released Community Edition 4.2.f, which is a security update for the problems listed in Security Advisory 6. We recommend that users of Alfresco Community Edition upgrade as soon as possible. Patched versions of Alfresco Enterprise are available through the support portal.

There was also an upgrade to Alfresco in the cloud which included many improvements to the interface including the user trashcan link, filmstrip view, table view, and the ability to opt-out of activity feeds on a per-site basis. It also includes CMIS 1.1 features such as the browser binding in the public API.




Noteworthy Blog Posts





Informative Videos





Meet-ups and Events


New York City, April 3. 6:30 - 9:00. Presentations from Saks Fifth Avenue, ADP, and Microstrategies. All are welcome but you must RSVP.

Moscow, May 15. All Day. Getting started for developers, demonstrations of partner solutions, and networking. This is a Russian language event. All are welcome but seating is limited. More Info.

By popular demand, on May 16 we will host our first-ever Global Virtual Hack-a-thon. You can sign up for reminders on the event page, but we hope you will contribute a project idea and join a team on the organization page in the wiki. If you get a group of people together for the event, let us know so we can advertise your location. So far, several hack-a-thon work rooms are planned in Sydney, San Mateo, Atlanta, Maidenhead, and Brussels.

Check out the Alfresco University training courses scheduled in your local area. No matter your role we have a learning pathway for you! We are excited to announce the release of three new instructor-led courses: Web Scripts for JavaScript Developers, Web Scripts for Java Developers and a newly
redesigned Advanced System Administration Training Course to include features of Alfresco 4.2. Register for a training course today!




Changes to the IRC Channel


Alfbot is now a fixture in the IRC channel #alfresco at freenode.net. The bot provides 180 days of chat logs and can help you leave messages for other users. There are usually a few dozen people in that channel, and we hope you will join us.




Community Contributor Spotlight


Oksana Kurysheva is a technical project manager at ITD Systems. She created the community translation process that is used to translate Alfresco into dozens of languages, including her native Russian.

Oksana says: “The Alfresco community is like a big family. There are hundreds of people you meet every day on IRC or Alfresco Forums, see their commits to Github projects. We speak different languages and sometimes are afraid of misunderstanding each other. But when you see all these faces at Alfresco DevCon or a meetup, you feel like you are at home. You can share your thoughts and they will enjoy your wins and feel your failures together with you.”

The rest of our interview with Oksana is in the wiki.


Until Next Time


I hope this information was interesting and helpful for you. If you have any feedback on this newsletter or anything else in the Alfresco community, please tell us by email to community@alfresco.com . Feel free to let us know of anything you think should be included in the next newsletter. Thank you for participating in the Alfresco community, and I’ll see you around.

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