FreeDashboard Web Update

Dear Readers,

With release version 3 of Vanilla, we have delivered a major update of  FreeDashBoard Designer, our java package to design interactive secured Dashboard. Then come the time for an update of our Web Dashboard Designer, that leverage the concept of Dashboard dictionary available in Vanilla … thanks tthe a crazy good work of Marc, FreeDashboardWeb is now available

Using FreeDashBoardWeb, you can create new Dashboard using objects available in dictionaries, or open existing Dashboard to apply some modification

The look & feel of the interface is similar to the java package, with a simple limitation : you can’t add new objects in existing dictionaries, you can only use the available set of objects, so it’s perfect to allow end User to create & manage their own Dashboard, using a central secured dictionary !

FreeDashboardWeb, Design Mode


FreeDashboardWeb, Preview Mode

Have Fun,

Patrick

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Molex’s Childs

Dear Readers,

What a shame yesterday on the news ! For those who live in France, you have all heard about the Molex company, that closed its door last year in south of France, with hundred of unemployed people. It was an economic diseaster for the region, and people were schocked by the rude behaviour of the american management from Molex US. Finally, they come to a solution where Molex  should take in charge most of the cost to help people finding new job or beeing trained to another job.

Yesterday, in the same news, we learnt that Molex had stopped paying for to help the unemployed people, breaking its engagement, and that the US company is now generating millions of benefices.Provocation …

Well … I agree with our government that asked french car manufacturers
to stop working with Molex, but this is not a single situation with Us firms … just think of that when you are going to buy expensive software licenses from Us (commercial or saif Open Source) companies … where goes your money ? World is changing … some people still try to get money as fast as possible, and runaway, because they know it’s their last chance

Have Fun !
Patrick

27 july is Xmas day !

Dear Readers,

Last week, I was going to Paris for a business meeting, when I suddenly remember about the forecast of an India guy last june. I was in Singapore in june, not really feeling well for obvious reasons, waiting for my friend Patrick to share a coffee around the Merlion place. Then came a man, Indian, who seat close to me and start talking with me about my future. After some minutes, he predicted me that my best day this year will be 27 of july.

When this year we had this crazy good news, july 27th … I didn’t match the 2 events. Which news ? … well, too early to post about it, just understand this will change the Vanilla project & move it to the top for the next coming years. It took me about 3 months to remember the prediction & match the 2 events … one man in Singapore predicted me an event in Paris on the exact day, 55 days in advance … well, it doesn’t sound reasonable, especially for cartesian peoples  … but it happened …

Have Fun !

Patrick

Forks activity in 2010

Dear Readers,

Fork is a strange word in Open Source : dev team don’t like it, are sometimes scared by it, but this is the advantage they use to comment an Open Source project perenity.

LibreOffice (OpenOffice), Mageai (Mandriva), MariaDb (MySql) … who is the next, this year or next ? (I put aside the Compiere/ADempier/OpenBraco and other recurrent forks of Compiere … too much).

Each fork has the same justification : strategy and orientation of the leading commercial company (Oracle, Mandriva).  The latest big “non fork” was JBoss … no fork when RedHat bought the project/company … may be because Tomcat is enough, and Jetty is a reliable alternative ? Any ideas ?

What is the current success of the forked projects ? I mean : who has migrated – or even tested – to MariaDb (for example) ? I will say Mageai is a different fork, but Ubuntu is already in the place (Linux workstation )

Beeing abble to fork a project is also a nice recognition of the project itself : if it can be recovered by a new team, it means the project was well written and well documented. Some other projects – Mondrian for instance – are not in this position, for obvious reasons, so there are new innovative offers – IcCube for example – that started from the ground with an immediate success (I mean, nobody cares about the engine … what is more important is to have a reliable designer interface along with a transparent engine to delivere the information)

In some areas, we can see a lot of communities projects that try to replace the old Open Source “community” edition, but in some case, they simply compete with the commercial Edition (not really Open Source Platform, I agree). How stand those community contribution : potential forks of the core product if the editor fails to delivere on time ? What is the limits between a stand alone contribution and a fork, especially when the leading company is changing its license policy ?

Your comment are welcome on this subject …

Have Fun !
Patrick

Vanilla : When customers help partners !

Dear Readers,

French Vanilla Customers make us some valuable gifts those past months : not only talking about the French Vanilla User Group, but also because I’ve heard that customers are now helping us to promote Vanilla abroad. So, a special THANKS to Benoit for his support to Udi … I hope both of U enjoyed the meeting …

In addition, I take this opportunity to send my best regards to Wong, for his nice comments about Vanilla’s interface & features, his help to close some small Linux issues, and his global feedback on our support services …  we have more and more “early Open Source Bi adopters” turning to Vanilla after bad experience with some demo versions of other products, I’m happy to read that 100% of the comments of those early adopters are the same, such as : “Vanilla interface is coherent, easy to use”,  “platform has a lot of usefull modules”, and Vanilla “dev team provides great support” … your comment and feedback are part of our oil to keep & promoting developing the Vanilla plaftrom

Have Fun !

Patrick

Vanilla – some new documentations

Dear Readers,

Just a quick post to promote some new and recently updated documentations, because updating a software, like we did with the release 3 of Vanilla, requires also to update the documentation, and keeping this documentation available for free (as opposed to what we can see elsewhere !)

Vanilla 3 presentation : document that contains brief description of each modules availables in Vanilla.

Vanilla 3 Installation Guide : less than 10 pages to have a successfull installation. Beware with MySql and the “ansi quotes” … because FreeMetadata supports alias, and “ansi quotes” is requiered for this feature

Vanilla 3 Developer Getting started : some words about how to start developing an application with Vanilla

Well, those documents are stored in Google Docs Cloud … it’s nice to use Google Docs to make documents available worldwide within a second. Don’t forget that Vanilla provides oda drivers for GoogleSpreadsheet and GoogleTables, because it’s also usefull to be abble to easilly retrieve information from any cloud

Have Fun !

Patrick

Open Flash Chart 2.0 Support

Dear Readers,

Maintenance and evolution of the Vanilla platform represents an important part of our time (development & documentation update)

With every new release, we target to update most of the embeded components, like we did for version3 & Birt 2.6 update.  For some identified components, for obvious reasons (licence, commercial evolution), we keep a stable version (for example, we are still running a Mondrian 2.4 engine and a Bonita 3.x engine, without major issues).

For the new development line (version 3.1), we have updated the Open Flash Chart engine to embed OFC v2 within our FreeDashboard Designer.

Just have a look at some print screen, using a Performance Dashboard on sampledata

Performance Dashboard & OFC2 Pie Chart

Performance Dashboard & OFC2 Line Graph

Performance Dashboard Web User Result

Have Fun,
Patrick