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Is The Role Of Android Apps Developers Too Complicated?View Post on Quora
Ektron, a provider of enterprise content management systems, has unveiled some major updates to the Ektron Web Content and Digital Experience Management Platform that adds a deluge of features to help businesses deliver their customers a relevant experience across all of their digital channels. It also launched two brand new supplementary products, the Ektron Digital Experience Hub and Ektron Cloud Manager.
The upgrade, Ektron, adds to the company’s flagship content and management platform and aims to improve the content creation and management experience for authors, developers, and designers. Even if you are neither of these then also you can read this post to know about one of the most talked about content management systems of today.
Among the biggest enhancements to the platform are simplified content authored with support for an advanced HTML5-based editor, more support for mobile devices that includes an adaptive image resizing feature, intelligent content synchronization, greater support for URL redirects, and increased flexibility and performance with search thanks to integration with Microsoft’s Search Server and fast products.
But, as previously noted, that is not the only news out of the Ektron camp this week. The company also announced the immediate availability of the Digital Experience Hub (DXH), which provides comprehensive, personalized experiences for users across websites, mobile devices, and social networks by integrating customer relationship management (CRM), marketing automation, and analytics solutions with the traditional Ektron platform.
This product will help users increase business efficiencies with pre-built integrations into enterprise systems, automate form publishing, and unify customer experience management with marketing campaign optimization. It also offers support with Microsoft Share Point to integrate existing content, work flow, and management capabilities.
Last, but not least, is the new Ektron Cloud Manager, which lets Ektron’s customers launch websites and marketing campaigns in the cloud. This product includes Wizard-based cloud provisioning that enables the authoring of site content with an on-premises environment for deployment into the cloud, hybrid deployment, the ability to deliver sites at an unlimited scale.
All of these new offerings are meant to help companies provide a relevant content experience and meet the needs of potential customers regardless of where they come from. And when used in conjunction with one another, as they’re built to do, they become all the more beneficial. Now, if you think about managing mobile web content then you have to think of new concept ~ mobilizing Ektron. I am sure, web developers as well as mobile application developers are well aware of the fact that without mobile or responsive websites you cannot reach clients, globally. So, people are focussing more on developing unique yet simple mobile websites using Ektron.
Ektron content management system simplifies the creation, management and delivery of multi-channel customer experiences for global organizations that are looking to engage with customers online. Ektron speeds time-to-web, drives business outcomes, and builds customer loyalty through software that powers corporate websites, intranet portals, and social communities. It also helps its customers deliver compelling experiences to their audiences through all digital channels – including websites, mobile devices and social networks – by using content to engage consumers, drive business outcomes and further revenue growth.
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Know How Drupal Developers Create Powerful WebsitesView Post on Quora
If you think a good man is hard to find, you should try looking for a good Drupal developer! The competition is fierce for experienced Drupal developers, and as development manager, the task of tracking them down usually falls on my plate. Athough there are many ways to attract talented individuals, it is still a challenging process. Here are a few things that I look for in Drupal developers, and the resources that I recommend to our clients when they are looking to add some Drupal muscle. Hopefully, this advice will also be helpful to individuals who are looking for a job and want to stand out from the crowd.
Separating the Wheat from the Chaff
I often have the enviable position of having a large and talented pool of applicants. This is definitely the best problem to have in the hiring game. But what if you only had time to look at four factors about each candidate? My four would be…
I always look at the applicant’s education. A computer science degree from a reputable college or university is hard to replace. Even though most Drupal developers will never spend a lot of their time thinking about design patterns, writing machine code, or doing calculations in binary, they will have to consider things like orthogonality, decoupling, OO principles, etc., if they are going to ascend to the level of an architect. Experience can fill in a lot of these gaps for the liberal arts graduates among us, but it is a huge plus if your candidate has a computer science degree. If they have a dual-degree in Fine Arts and Computer Science, stop reading this article and hire them immediately. For project managers, look for PMP certification or Scrum certification, plus a ton of experience to back it up.
There is no substitute for Drupal experience. Trust me: you would not want to have hired me as a Drupal developer immediately after I passed the Zend certification! PHP experience, even years of PHP experience is great, but it does not substitute for Drupal experience, and the best Drupal experience comes when developers participate in the community and contribute code back to various projects.
Some of the obvious things to look for are participation in Drupal.org’s issue queues and discussion forums. If they maintain their own modules or other projects on Drupal.org, you can easily see the quality of their code and how they work with other developers in the community when issues arise. High levels of engagement with the community also mean your applicant is likely to know and follow best practices and will be more plugged in to the architectural mores of the rest of the Drupal developers that come after them.
Does their cover letter indicate that this person is a good writer? When evaluating Project Managers, there is no substitute for a writing sample related somehow to requirements, whether a Software Requirements Specification, Vision Document, or a collection of user stories. Good writing derives from clear thinking, and it also indicates an attention to detail. This is a good thing in a programmer, and an essential quality in a Project Manager. Seeing lots of grammatical errors and misspellings in a cover letter should be an instant disqualification. I know only one person who is somehow an exception to this rule, and, he may represent one of the best hiring decisions I have ever made.
Ask for an optional introductory video from the candidate, describing why they want to work for you. I find this is a great way to get a first impression of what your candidate might be like, and it only takes 2-3 minutes. Tons of intangibles are conveyed here, and it is a great way to see if your candidate has a sense of humor, and a creative approach to problem solving, in this case, the problem of making a video for their potential employer. Candidates that do not want to take the time to submit a video, may not be as committed or interested in the position.
Obviously, there is more to hiring someone than writing up a decent job description and clicking a few links as a background check. Hopefully, the tips and tricks mentioned here can augment your normal selection processes and help you snag great drupal developers.
Since web apps are being used on so many different devices with different screens and resolutions, the ability to create a responsive User Interface (UI) is becoming a critical skill for every modern web developer.
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Ektron Based Breadcrumb SystemView Post on Quora
If you follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Quora and other social and blog sites, you have seen my posting about an Ektron content management system (CMS). Well, here we go! Let us discuss today about how your favorite CMS helps in breadcrumb system.
I needed a couple of things for my project. First, an alias system to manage the baseline page URLs. Second, a logical but not too deep folder structure to manage pages and content. Third, a breadcrumb system to track the path taken.
First Thought: Folders!
So the first thing I thought of using was the folder structure. You can assign automatic aliasing to the folder structure, and the folder properties have a breadcrumb system built into them, along with a Folder Breadcrumb server control. I started setting that up and testing it, and ran into a couple of issues.
First off, in order to get the automatic aliases working right with folders, you need the folder structure to exactly mimic the URL structure you want to use. Then the content has to be in the correct spot for it to work. This can lead to some odd groupings, though. Let us say you have a Pages folder, and under that you have an About folder. When you set up the aliasing, you will obscure the “Pages” reference, so you get foo.com/About instead of foo.com/Pages/About. The problem is to get that URL, the landing page for “About” has to sit in the Pages folder, not the About folder; otherwise, it is foo.com/About/About. So you don’t have the best content grouping, unless you use a manual alias to override, but now you have an extra alias to manage.
Second, setting up the folder breadcrumbs is a bit of a chore. You have to set up “Home” on the Pages folder with the appropriate content block and URL. Then on the About folder, you go into folder properties for breadcrumbs, and it is set to inherit the parent folder by default. Of course you need to break this, and while you have the “Home” level already there, now you have to set up the “About” level. Imagine if you are going several levels deep now. Then imagine if you restructure your folders.
Finally, the Folder Breadcrumb control is a fine control that does the management you want easy enough. But you have to handle a couple of things. First, you will likely have the breadcrumb on your master page, which means the Dynamic Parameter could be “id” or “pageid” depending on if this is a content template page or a Page Builder page. Second, if you turn on the option to show the content title of the page you’re on, you could get a repeat item, like “Home > About > About” - the first “About” would be hyper linked, but go to the same page you are already on, creating a logic loop for the user. You could keep that off, of course, but most breadcrumbs I see have it on.
Some of the property names are taken right from the Folder Breadcrumb control to provide a common reference. The properties are:
Taxonomy AliasId: This is the alias ID which I mentioned saving earlier. We use this as a way to pull up the character map in the taxonomy alias for setting up the URLs automatically.
Add Content Title To Breadcrumb: Whether to show the content title as part of the breadcrumb.
Separator: The character to put between each node in the breadcrumb.
Css Class: The CSS class to wra
p around the breadcrumb. The default class will bring up styling from Bootstrap.
Since the content ID is coming from the query string, it does not have to be specified as a parameter. Also, the display of the breadcrumb is wrapped in a Panel control to hide the entire thing if there is no breadcrumb result. So, you see how your Ektron can help you in optimizing breadcrumb system.
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Mobile Local Based Services help Boost Sales by Tracking Customers near StoresView Post on Quora
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