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What's New in Clearspace 2.0?

Posted by dawn Apr 29, 2008

Learn about the architectural and other technical changes that we made in Clearspace 2.0 from Jive engineering manager Nick Hill along with an overview of the new features from Clay Moore, Jive product manager.


This 20 minute video covers Spring, Acegi, Struts and more on the technical side. New features including personalized home pages, projects, organizational relationships, and document sharing are also reviewed in the video.





You can download the Quicktime Movie version (Caution: 250 MB file) or watch a larger Flash version.


The slides from this presentation are attached below.

New Plugin: Feed your Blog

Posted by dawn Apr 28, 2008

Have you ever wanted to display your external (public) corporate blog inside the internal Clearspace instance used by your employees? Would you like to display content from your personal blog within your Clearspace instance?


The Feed Your Blog plugin gives you the ability to do both of the above and more. This plugin allows your Clearspace instance to periodically poll an RSS or Atom feed and have it post any new entries that it finds to a blog that you specify.


You can get this plugin and other plugins by visiting our plugin page. You can also view the source code of our plugins by browsing our svn repository.

You can now view or download the Clearspace 2.0 plugins from the Plugin area on Jivespace. A big thank you to Jon Garrison, who spent several weeks porting most of the Jive plugins over from Clearspace 1.x to Clearspace 2.0.


Clearspace 2.0 Plugins include:

  • Calendar Widget: show and edit your calendars

  • Clearfox : View Clearspace content in a Firefox Sidebar

  • Example Plugin: Several simple examples designed to show how plugins and macros work

  • Macro: Embed videos in blogs, docs, or discussions

  • EmbedContent Macro: Embed into one document the content of another

  • SlideShare Macro: Display presentations in docs, blog posts, and discussions.

  • Vimeo Macro: Display Vimeo movies in documents, blog posts, and threads

  • User Stats Plugin: This widget displays the names of recently registered users.

  • Yahoo Maps Plugin: Use yahoo maps in documents created in Clearspace to display a map of an address.


If you just want to look at the code, you can access it from our svn repository.



DWR in Clearspace 2.0

Posted by dawn Apr 18, 2008

Aaron Johnson, Jive Engineer, presented to our engineering team about how DWR is used in Clearspace 2.0. He started by walking us through an overview of DWR. After the overview, he showed us exactly how he used DWR in his FeedBlog plugin.


This 7 minute video has the highlights from his presentation.




You can watch a larger Flash version or download the Quicktime Movie version (Caution: 1761MB file)

Here are some resources for anyone wanting to migrate to Clearspace 2.0 or just learn more about the development environment for Clearspace 2.0.


A week ago, we did a series of presentations about Clearspace 2.0 development. We also videotaped all of the presentations, but the editing will take some time for the video, so I wanted to go ahead and share PDFs of the presentations now with the Jivespace community. The videos should be coming out at a rate of 1-2 per week over the next few weeks.


I have attached 5 presentations, and I suggest reading them in this order:

  • Clearspace 2.0 Overview

  • Theming

  • Plugins

  • Widgets

  • Web Services



Clearspace 2.0.1 Released

Posted by dawn Apr 18, 2008

Clearspace 2.0.1 was released last night. It has a number of bug fixes over the 2.0.0 release.


It also has significant improvements to the source build. Several people posted issues  with our source build here on Jivespace, and we think that this version should resolve those issues.


Existing customers can download the new source build or the new application files from your "My Account" page. If you want an evaluation version of Clearspace or Clearspace Community 2.0.1, you can find it on the Jivespace downloads page.

We've had requests for Calendar functionality in Clearspace, but so far, we haven't had an easy way to add a Calendar. Now, with Jive's recent acquisition, we have a way for people to add calendars to Clearspace customized space pages with the Calendar Plugin!


This simple Calendar Widget is a plugin that contains a widget that lets you show and edit any or all of your calendars on your Clearspace community, homepage, or project pages.


Or if you just want to see how Adam Wulf created this widget, you can find the source code in our svn repository. You can also find the Calendar widget and more plugins for Clearspace in Plugin Downloads

As you may have noticed, we have moved the Clearspace projects within JIRA in-house.  The reason for this is to integrate our issue tracking into many of our other internal applications that help with development.  While having JIRA publicly available has been a perk we have been able to offer, the primary purpose of JIRA has, and continues to be, a location for the developers to track the work they are doing, and what is going on.


Support will still be providing you with JIRA ID's.  If you ever want to know the status of an issue, just contact support, and we will gladly provide you a status update.


As some of you might have already noticed, Marty Kagan, our VP of Engineering, recently blogged about what is going on with Clearspace.


We really listened to our customers' feedback, and created what we believe is the best of both worlds, getting customers the latest features, while ensuring customers are on a supported version, with availability for patches.  This last bit is critical as it means that one-off patches for bugs will no longer be going out to a single customer.  Instead, fixes will be rolled into patch releases on a regular basis so that all customers can benefit from known reported bugs.


Let us know what you think!


I wanted to point out (in case you haven't noticed the difference) that Jivespace and some of our other Jive communities are now running on Clearspace Community 2.0!


You can learn more about our launch of Clearspace 2.0 and our new website by visiting Jive Talks.


With any major upgrade, we can probably expect a few minor issues (despite intensive internal testing). If you notice anything strange or buggy, please post comments here.

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