University Marketing & Communications

Presenting at HighEdWeb 2011!

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I’m excited to announce I’ll be presenting at HighEdWeb this year in Austin, TX. I’ll have more information as the event nears but for now I’ll post the link to the talk. If you haven’t heard of this conference before, look it up. The content is diverse, the people are friendly and the presentations always helpful.


Buildout Recipes and Genshi

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We had a problem where we needed two different varnish configuration files between our staging and production plone environments. Generating two files that do similar things is just too much work and unnecessary. However, there is a solution.


Server Migration

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Finally, the CMS is migrated to the latest version of Plone and on to new hardware. The actual transition happened two weeks ago Friday but it’s been several days of testing. Anyone visiting the site should notice a huge speed improvement and a generally large increase in reliability.


Python String Match Snippet

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This was originally posted on Chris Heiland’s staff blog while he was a member of the Web Team. Chris migrated this post to the Web Team blog before he left because we thought the content still had value to the UW community. I can’t imagine why this would ever be useful but I wanted to


List Items in an ATFolder

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I was updating a test due to a recent migration for a content type. The previous was based on an ATBTreeFolder while the new inherits from an ATFolder. I was getting a test failure and couldn’t narrow it down to what was going on. I’m still unsure if this is a bug and where to even report it. Also, since Plone 4 has completely changed the folder implementation it’s probably not something to worry about.


Adding a Marker Interface

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This will be a short post but hopefully useful for someone running Plone. First a bit of background. We have a custom content type we use for what we call a ‘Portal’. Basically it’s inherits from an ATFolder and has a few extra fields. It also has a custom viewlet that is registered specifically for it’s interface.


From the rooftop to the UW home page!

In collaboration with the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, we are now providing local weather data on the UW home page.  Two standout features: The temperature is taken directly from the Atmospheric Sciences building rooftop, and an in-depth Seattle/UW forecast is available by clicking the weather tab (top right, just above the search box).


Solving the UW Events Calendar Date Problem

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Here is a quick and dirty way to enable rolling dates on the UW Events Calendar. By default there are several date range options to choose from, however the best option to grab the next few weeks of events is the end of month option. The downside, of course, is on the last week or last day of the month, there are no or a limited amount of future events.


Header/Footer Wizard 1.1 (updated)

If you are using the code, we’re pleased to announce our first set of updates: updates that are mostly content-oriented, but a few XHTML and CSS validation fixes as well.


RSS Portlet Failure

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I’m in the depth of dealing with the rss portlet that ships in the plone.app.portlets package. Which, for those of you paying attention, is the one that ships with Plone by default. So I was noticing several feeds that were causing the portlet to either fail outright, or just not display anything useful.


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