|| ||Henri Bergius <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|| ||MidCOM - Midgard Components Framework 1.0 released|
|| ||11 Mar 2003 14:16:12 +0200|
MidCOM - Midgard Components Framework 1.0 released
MUENCHEN, Mar 11th 2003 -- Linksystem Muenchen has released version 1.0
of the Midgard Components Framework (MidCOM). MidCOM provides a
framework for creating reusable and configurable components for web
applications using the Midgard Content Management Framework.
MidCOM development was started by Linksystem Muenchen in March 2002, and
it has evolved into a production-stable release. MidCOM is available
under GNU LGPL.
Key features of the Midgard Components Framework include:
* Complete working Component Architecture that lets you build
Websites with highly modularized components.
* The MidCOM Specification provide complete guidelines about
namespacing which solves the problem of combining multiple components in
a single site. The specs also define the exact interface between a
component and MidCOM.
* Each component can by loaded dynamically as you need it during
page output. Ideal for creating portals for example. You can even switch
the style a component uses when it is loaded dynamically.
* An integrated caching engine is able to cache the output of MidCOM
generated pages. It vastly accelerates average page deliviery times.
Note, that this engine does fail on highly interactive websites.
* MidCOM is completly based on using the topic tree. You need only a
single active page which activates MidCOM. It then works with the topic
tree, which holds all neccessary information.
* Comonents are stored in a defined way within the snippet tree
following SUN's Java Packaging naming convention. That should avoid any
clashes in component naming of different companies.
* Reworked Style engine providing a far more flexible mechanism of
putting Midgard Web Pages together. You can now dynamically switch to
another style during output, this includes an automatism that lets you
assign a style to a component in use that will be activated
automagically during output.
* Automated Administration Interfaces that uses the component's
interface to dynamically put together the Administrative website. It is
fully customizable using CSS and a simple Midgard Layout.
* Data Management Class: Combines a tool to store arbitary data on a
Midgard Object with a MVC-like form generator. You can now easily extend
an Article Record by just adding a few lines to the Schema Definition in
use. It can even handle multiple data schemas to let your users decide
what type of record they want to create.
MidCOM 1.0 is available for download at:
MidCOM requires working PHP 4.1.0+ and Midgard 1.4.4 installations.
Torben Nehmer, MidCOM lead developer
Midgard - Content Management Framework
Midgard is a freely available framework for Content Management Systems
and other information management solutions. Midgard provides developers
with an easy-to-use framework built on the common Apache, PHP and MySQL
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And one note from Torben Nehmer: Many thanks to Henri Bergius from
Nemein (www.nemein.com), he provided me with feedback, many good ideas
and this release announcement.
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