Report on Liferay User Group January event


Liferay UK User Group at LGA

Presentation

Mike MacAuley from the Local Governement Association presented to the group the latest updates on the Knowledge Hub (based on Liferay 5.2 EE).

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> UStream Webcast 

Liferay News

The user group pages on Liferay.com have new functionalities.

  • Visualising membership: Available maps to visualize memberships. 
    Members adding their profile a location will appear on the map. Useful to start or seed a community.
    > Examples: Spain, Italy
  • Liferay.com upgrade
    Now runs Liferay 6.1 EE
    Planning migration of UG to Social office
  • Liferay source code history
    Animation of source code history based on commits in Liferay's master branch
    Animation created by Gource
    Edited using OpenShot
 

NEXT EVENT

Liferay Tech talk  - 26th February at Liferay UK HQ

Liferay User Group January meetup

Join us for an evening of tech presentations and talks about Liferay!

We will meet at the LGA office at 5pm then go the nearby Pub at 6.30pm.

When: 30th January 2013 5pm

Where: LGA office Smith Square, SW1P 3HZ, London

Please RSVP on our event page now!

> Programme

- Liferay News

- Presentations to be announced soon

- Support session

Presentations will be screen-casted so you can enjoy them later online.

Read the report on the last meeting

If you'd like to share a brief presentation on any aspect of Liferay to the group please contact the organiser

Report on Liferay User Group event

Our 4th event took place on Tuesday 6th November at the Centre for Creative Collaboration.

Event summary: 

  • Liferay Social Office tool:
    After reporting on our experience with the Social Office, we called for a larger participation of the user group in using this tool, for exploring its full potential and more importantly to report and fix the issues.
  • Liferay News (Webinar, Mobile dev, Liferay Sync)
  • Presentation on the Open Player Social Gadget
  • Debate on the future of the user group
  • Next event to be announced soon

Liferay News

Find below the recent news about events, tutorials and reviews around Liferay.

Upcoming Web events

This Webinar will take place today 7th November at 6pm and might interest a lot of LR users:

Everyone is talking about the cloud, but does running Liferay in the cloud make sense for your business?

Around this subject: Cloud portals, Amazon and more: A quick overview about Open Source clouds, Liferay architecture on cloud and some "devops" tools

Other webinars are scheduled as well: Events list available here

 

Liferay Mobile dev

Inspiring blog posts on building mobile friendly Liferay sites. Software developer Ronal Sarayudej is reporting on his experience working on the Spain Symposium website:

Blog posts: Steps To Baking Websites For Mobile Consumption and We've Responded: Mobile Symposium

Take your phone to this link if you want to see for yourself:  http://www.liferay.com/spain2012

Liferay Sync#

Some of you might already be familiar with this Liferay feature as it's been released for Iphone earlier this year. It is now available on Android:

We didn't have time to demonstrate at the event this app but you'll find here all the links and info:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.liferay.sync http://www.liferay.com/products/liferay-sync/features
http://www.liferay.com/downloads/liferay-sync

"Liferay Sync is a document-sharing and synchronization tool that gives today’s business users a seamless experience editing and accessing documents across mobile, desktop and web environments. Sync complements Liferay’s broader strategy to unify access to enterprise assets under a single user experience. With growing complexity in the enterprise content management landscape and a move by enterprise users toward mobile technologies, the Liferay family of products makes it simple to get the right content to the right people, wherever they are.

“With Liferay Sync, we are helping Liferay users stay connected to their enterprise assets without worrying about which systems they come from,” said Liferay CEO Bryan Cheung. “We’re happy to welcome many of those professionals here at the Liferay Europe Symposium to collaborate, share and learn more about how to leverage the market-leading open source portal platform for their industry.”

Test and demo of this app will take place at the next event

Presentations
 

Open player social gadget

Hamish demonstrated a rss feed media player that was build in collaboration with the Spring of Code project.

OpenPlayer is an opensource video player that contains a RSS-feed that creates list of videos next to the video that is being watched based on a pre-defined tag. The player is based on JWPlayer, using the opensocial wrapper to enable embedding videos in other websites.
 
     
It is easily customisable via the portlet configuration option. 
 
 
The player can display a playlist of videos from various sources
 
 
You can see an example of the player running at the bottom of this page.
 

Social office tool 

 

Since the last meeting in September we've started using as a group the Liferay Social Office tool. Here is a quick overview of our experience so far. We will report more in details at our next event.

Feedback
 

Only a few members of the group really used the tool so we have to do better if we want to build a efficient communication platform for the user group.

Overall the functionalities of SO offer what you would expect from a collaborative platform.

From a user: 
"On the whole it seems fairly straight forward though and I guess it does what we need it to do, which is enable members of the group to share information and learning with each other"

Registration
 

Some members reported having problems with the registration process, in particular getting the validation email or the reset email when requesting a password reset. For some it might be a simple problem of emails stored in the spam folder but it doesn't explain all the reported issues.

Navigation / Permissions
 

Even when logged in some members can't always have access to all the pages functionalities: 

"some pages don't recognise me as being signed in when I am"
"only have access to comment on some forum discussions and not others"

Profile


By default the profile page of each member displays: picture, your activity feed, projects, contacts, tags, sites, links and is of course customisable. 

Problem reported with the profile picture which can appear oversized:

"I don't find the profile area very logical. I also think it's very restrictive about profile photo size and dimensions. It needs to have an inbuilt image resizer and be able to optimise photos that are larger than 300KB".

Complexity
 

There is no doubt about the potential of this tool but we still need to be convinced it can be used easily by "non-techie" users! 

More feedback to be added on the Social Office at our next event.

For exploring his full potential and more importantly to report and possibly fix the bugs. Join us now on the user group social office:

On the site: Click on "Sign up" on the top right, after signing up, don't forget to click on "join the site" on the frontpage to be part of the community! Check your spam folder if you don't receive an email confirmation. 

Don't forget to introduce yourself to the community.

Future of the user group

At each event we try to have a discussion on what's next for the group as we really think a user group should be run by it's users! Since we are still a recent and small group it is key that more members get involve in running it. 

Discussion

How to get more developers involved the group?

 

Possible incentives: perspective of job offers or information about the job market, promoting the event on other tech groups, getting "famous" Liferay developers to come share their experience to the group, contact some developers who created themes/portlet and get them to present to the group.
 
As for getting more Java developer to work on Liferay: it is key to explain to them that they would then become not only a Java developer but also a "portal developer".
 
How to attract more people to the Liferay portal?
 
If everybody agrees about the quality of the product, there is still the problem of the learning curve and the lack of documentation. The Liferay.com forums can be a big help but some members feel the answers are often very technical. Again a sign of a need for an active user group so we can help and support each others (hence our support session).
 
Running events

 

Some members suggested it could be useful to have some of our events organised in a pub where we could have more informal meetings. It was also mentioned having events in C4CC (near Kings Cross) wasn't central enough. These are valuable feedback and we'll try to find easier venues for the next events. Remember that you can yourself organise an event! (Drop me an email and I will help as much as I can)

 

We had interesting and active contributions from developers about their views on Liferay's strategy in the UK on EE and customer support and what it means for CE. They also talked about how difficult it is in the UK to convince people or companies to use Open Source solutions and portals.
 

Event promotion
 

As usual we published the event on social networks and various sites (meetup, twitter, linkedin, Liferay.com forums and user group page). Additionally, as suggested by Ben we created an event page on Lanyrd: http://lanyrd.com/2012/lets-talk-about-liferay/.
Where else do you think we should promote the event? 
 

Next event

Our next event will be hosted by our friends from the LGA in December or January. More details coming soon.

 

New UK user group event announced!

Our 5th event is announced!

Join us for an evening of news, tech presentations and talks about Liferay!

When: 6th November 6.30pm

Where: C4CC (near Kings Cross)

Please RSVP on our event page now!


> Programme

- Liferay News
- Social Office: test, feedback and support session on the new Liferay tool
- Presentations to be announced soon!
- if you want to share a project or experience get in touch!

Presentations will be screen--casted so you can enjoy them later online.

> Take the stage:
If you'd like to share a brief presentation on any aspect of Liferay to the group please contact the organiser!

> LR technical issues or questions?
Add a comment on the forum so we can bring the issue on the day and try to come up with solutions

 

User Group event 3 (+ surprise guest)

On Monday 17th September, 30 Liferay enthusiasts attended the 3rd Liferay User Group meeting, hosted by our friends from the Local Government Association in Westminster. 

Event summary: 

  • 30 participants and 3 speakers (including surprise guest Bryan Cheung, CEO of Liferay). Presentations available below
  • We agreed to use this Liferay Social Office tool to build this community and report on the experience at the next event.
    Join now!
    Click on "Sign up" on the top right, after signing up, don't forget to click on "join the site" on the frontpage to be part of the community!
  • Please introduce yourself to the community
  • Follow the user group twitter account
  1. Presentations

  2. Liferay News

  3. Future of the user group

  4. Help zone

Presentations

Many thanks to our speakers for sharing with us their experience on Liferay. 

Mike MacAuley presents how the Local Government Association is using Liferay to develop the Knowledge Hub project.:

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Francois Mounier, development manager at the London Borough of Camden, talks about his experience with Liferay to develop the council website.

We were lucky to have with us Bryan Cheung, co-founder and CEO of Liferay, who talked shortly about how the Liferay Social Office could help our user group grow:

Liferay News

Find here the latest info and news about Liferay communities:

  • Liferay releases and plugins

    • Hard to miss the highly anticipated Liferay Portal 6.1 CE GA2 Release. You can see all version details here.

    • This release supports the new Marketplace. What is your experience with this new tool? Have you changed your themes, layout, templates, plugins through this new feature?

Future of the user group

  • It was decided to test the Liferay Social Office tool for a month and see if we can work and communicate as a group with it. Let's all sign up and report on our experience at the next meeting. 
  • Every member need a sense of ownership of the group in order to build an active community. How to better organise this group? 
  • Brainstorming on structure of meetings: we could have both monthly social event + tech meetups where a small group work on a specific project.
  • Missing something here? Add it in the comment section!

Liferay Help Zone discussion

We're introducing a new section in our events where every member can ask the group for their assistance on a Liferay issue.
  • This time we had Hamish (using CE 6.1) talking about problems with signing in during a migration to a bigger server (see post on Liferay forums). He got feedback from other users and will keep us posted when he finds a solution.
 
Other raised issues: 
  • where to hear about organisations having similar experiences with Liferay? And more generally how to find users using the same specs (LR version, skins, plugins...).
  • Documentation problem: difficulty to introduce new people to Liferay. We need simple documentation and media for non techie people starting with Liferay. Suggestions: check out the list of blogs and links posted here on the wiki.
  • how to best get some help from the "experts" on the Liferay forum? 
  • problem of Liferay learning curve to high (that's why we have to develop a community here to help each other!)

Closing 

Next meeting to be announced soon (end of October).
Please do not forget to join this site so you can be part of the experiment and the community.
 
And follow the user group twitter account!

Add your voice to the conversation now!
  • comments
  • fill out your profile
  • forum and wiki post

 

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