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Openfire Administration Book Review

Openfire AdministrationOpenfire Administration, written by Mayank Sharma, is a very easy-to-read and approachable book about the installation and administration of Openfire. While the developers of Openfire have done an excellent job of making the various features of the Openfire interface as easy-to-use as possible, the book assists in explaining what all the various features mean and how they can best be implemented. The book also benefits from the meticulous work put into the Openfire interface by including a large number of screen shots to help show, in detail, many of the features that are discussed.

Openfire Administration is broken out into eleven chapters, with sample topics spanning: what instant messaging is and how an organization can benefit from it; the actual installation and configuration Openfire; how to administer Openfire; managing and organizing users; connecting Openfire to a directory service, such as Active Directory and OpenLDAP; connecting to external instant messaging networks, such as Yahoo!, MSN and AOL; arching conversations; scaling Openfire; and using various plugins, including how to setup an online help desk.

In addition to the aforementioned topics, Openfire Administration also contains three appendixes: 1) for Spark, "the official Openfire client"; 2) for using Openfire's multi-user chat options; and 3) for preparing for the actual deployment of an instant messaging server in an organization.

While Openfire Administration falls into the technical category of books, and is very much geared towards System Administrators, there are sections that non-technical, end users would find very useful, as well. Chapter 2 and Appendix B both examine the basics (and beyond) of how to use Spark client; while Chapter 1 and Appendix C ask a lot of questions, such as, "Who should be allowed to use the organizations instant messaging system?", "What sort of security and oversight is needed?" and "What should be addressed before the actual deployment or use of any instant messaging system?"

Openfire Administration is a very informative book that provides not only the technical aspects of installing and managing Openfire but also some of the larger issues that come with deploying an instant messaging solution within an organization. Organizations looking to deploy Openfire would be well served by having a copy of Openfire Administration on their technical bookshelf.


Whiteboard Sparkplug Version 0.0.5 Released

This is a bug-fix release:
  • Fix the multiple invitation problem.
  • Fix the stack trace problem when exiting Spark.
Thank you to those of you who provided feedback and code snippets in our V2 Whiteboard Group.

The Version 2 Team


Openfire Administration Book Sample Chapter

About a week ago I received my copy of Openfire Administration from Packt Publishing. I'll have a full review of the book soon but in the mean time I wanted to post a sample chapter for people to look at and read for themselves. Enjoy! 


Whiteboard Sparkplug Version 0.0.4 Released

Several significant features are included in this release. Please refer to the change log for the features and issue numbers.

Here are the highlights:
  • Provide users with an opportunity to save a whiteboard prior to closing a whiteboard or creating a new one.
  • Added an invitation layer when starting a new one-on-one (i.e., non-group) whiteboard session.
  • Added a notification layer to alert whiteboard session participants when a new whiteboard is created or an existing one is closed.
  • Reworked the property dialog so that a shape's color and opacity can be set in one place and are updated on-the-fly.
  • Give ability to resize a shape by dragging a shape's selection handles.
  • Support for more graphic types for creating image shapes.
  • Track world and screen coordinates in the status bar as the mouse is moved.
  • Add the ability to export a drawing as an image.
We hope you enjoy the changes. As always, we look forward to hearing from you. We especially want to say thank you to those of you who provided feedback and code snippets in our V2 Whiteboard Group.

The Version 2 Team


Google Web Toolkit

I've been using GWT for a few months now and it dawned on me that the purpose of web frameworks is to provide MVC capabilities on the server to compensate for their absence on the client. With GWT, however, you get MVC on the client and the need for a web framework disappears in the arena of web applications. MVC was invented in Smalltalk for client code. Using a Javascript rich client (e.g., GWT), MVC once again lives on the client so the web framework is unnecessary. Caveat: these remarks pertain to web applications. For a multipage web site as opposed to a web application, I think web frameworks still have a place.


Whiteboard Sparkplug 0.0.3 Released

We are pleased to announce the release of Version 0.0.3 of the V2 Whiteboard. You can review the new features listed in the change log. Among the features are :
  • Send to Back/Bring to Front
  • Automatic check on startup for new versions
  • Improved the way "selected" elements are displayed
  • Implemented ability to pan
If you wish to discuss this release or planned features for new releases, join us at the V2 Whiteboard Group.

We hope you enjoy it!
The Version 2 Team


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