Jon Udell talks to Stefano Mazzocchi about Cocoon and Simile

January 26, 2008

See here and here.

Cocoon GetTogether, Rome, October 3-5th: andiamo!

September 15, 2007

cocoon_gt_2007_125x125.jpgSo the bytes have aligned and I’ll be at the GT for the conference day (Friday October 5th), talking about…something: the final talk selection is coming soon.

Stay tuned, and register early to secure your seat and show your support for this year’s enthusiastic Italian organizers!

As the GT seems to have something to do with elephants this year (more about this in due time), I’d suggest Maceo Parker’s hilarious elephant stepped on my foot song (mp3 excerpt) as the Official GT 2007 Song.

Update: the conference day program is out.

Thanks for a great Cocoon GetTogether 2006

October 6, 2006

Congratulations Arjé and team for a flawless organization, everything worked very well and we had a great time! Let’s have a big hand for them, feel free to clap in front of your display!

Also big thanks to everyone for being here, the attendance was good with more than 100 people on Wednesday and about 60 for the two days of the Hackathon. Not bad for a single-project conference.

The conference notes are available on the Cocoon Wiki GT2006Notes page.

The british guys get my favorite-presentation-this-time award. Ross and Jerm’s talk on LDAP showed the power of Cocoon’s integration with various services and came right on time for me as I’ll probably have to use LDAP soon. Andrew’s six talks on Cocoon (though we got 50% off) were excellent, very funny while conveying serious information. Not that other talks were bad, those two are my favorite but everyone had good things to say and the 30-minute slots worked very well.

See you next year…in Rome maybe? Or was that Venice? Anyway next year we must make the jam session happen in the evening, there are too many musicians in this community to skip this. Another idea for next year is to hire students to videotape the talks and put them up on YouTube (or was that Venice?) after the GT.

Cocoon GT2006 Hackathon day one

October 2, 2006

It’s been a great day here, extra tables had to be added due to about fifty people showing up.

Not too many big talks, but lots of work and important converstations in small groups, it looks like this is going to be a very productive edition. Me, I’ve been improving the zone demos setup, in-between exchanging ideas with many people.

Pictures are available on Flickr.

The Cocoonistas PictureBook Experiment

September 27, 2006

If you look closely at the CocoonGT program it looks like we’re in for some mysterious experiment from Steven’s side. Looking forward to it!

So what is a Hackathon?

September 27, 2006

The CocoonGT team just wrote the best description of a Hackathon that I’ve seen to date. At least as seen from a Cocoonista’s point of view: other communities might do it slightly differently.

Wikipedia also has a good, but less concise, explanation of the word.

By the way, I think it’s written hackathon with an H like in marathon – that’s where the word comes from.

The CocoonGT program is out

September 22, 2006

The program of the Cocoon GetTogether 2006 (Amsterdam, October 4th, Hackathon on 2nd and 3rd) is online, and there’s some space left. With 71 signups as of today, and a packed program, we’re looking forward to it!

I’m going to show a prototype based on Solr and Subversion, combined with Cocoon to create a powerful yet simple content repository.

Hmm…let’s say I hope to talk about that – as I’m talking last, I’ll have to make sure people keep to their assigned time slots. I’ll bring a Swiss watch I guess…

Sign up for the Cocoon GetTogether 2006!

August 29, 2006

A few days are left to sign up at the (dirt cheap) price of 99 euro, for the annual Cocoon GetTogether conference.

I’ll be there, still thinking about what to present…


Paloose – Cocoon sitemaps in PHP

August 4, 2006

Synchronicity I guess…yesterday talking to a colleague we came to the conclusion that Cocoon pipelines are here to stay and today comes an announcement for Paloose, an implementation of Cocoon sitemaps, including many of our standard components apparently, in PHP5.

I haven’t had time to test it yet, if you do you’re welcome to add comments here.

The nice thing is that hosting PHP5 is much easier for small projects than hosting Java, so this might help make Cocoon pipelines a standard in wider circles.

Also, having a clean way of using the rich PHP-based templating system to process XML data (coming from Cocoon maybe) would be cool – I don’t know how good the integration can be with the current version of Paloose.

Of course this only does pipelines, it’s not a full implementation of Cocoon, but…pipelines are here to stay, so this is a Good Thing.

I shouldn’t end this without mentioning Popoon, another Cocoon pipelines system written in PHP. I’ll try to compare them in my Copious Free Time.

Nominate your favorite Open Source CMS

July 25, 2006

Nominations are open at – make sure you don’t forget the three (and a half) Cocoon-based CMSes that are out there.