PowWeb’s old Web Master Nate flew into town for a conference recently where he and I had an opportunity to catch up and talk tech for few days. It was a really good time and as is usual when I hang out with Nate, I walked away with new and *fascinating* knowledge. One of the new things I’ll share now. The other I’ll share later since the coding is going to take a bit of prep-work.
Nate now works for a company called Liferay which makes a phenomenal open source portal for managing enterprise-level Web sites. I’ve got to tell you, it’s a pretty impressive product. After playing with the demo, I can see why governments, museums, and colleges worldwide are jumping on the bandwagon.
The company itself is based out of California and takes a strong stance on staying true to the spirit of Open Source. In addition, Liferay donates a percentage of it’s profits each month to a “worthy cause” chosen by it’s employees. Businesses involved in the Open Source community know how incredibly difficult it is to develop and sell an Open Source product without keeping some aspects of their product proprietary. Liferay seems to defeat this obstacle by building their business on a bedrock of Open Source and philanthropic philosophy.
Downside to LifeRay? It’s written in Java and it’s meant for Enterprise-level companies which means it won’t work at PowWeb. But! If you’re looking for an example of how to layout a complex interface for your next big web app., Liferay has it. Good UI is something all PowWeb-hosted designers should care about.