Washington Post Licenses Publishing Technology to Tronc

AWS has allowed developers of all sizes to access cloud computing services, and the Post wants to do the same for publishers with its Arc division. The entire Arc platform is hosted by AWS, and publishers pay based on the amount of traffic flowing to their properties once they’re up and running.

Source: Washington Post Licenses Publishing Technology to Tronc – WSJ

According to Mr. Prakash, most digital publishing systems are built by technology companies with little experience in how newsrooms and media businesses operate, which gives Arc an advantage.

Top Open-Source Static Site Generators

The typical CMS driven website works by building each page on-demand, fetching content from a database and running it through a template engine. This means each page is assembled from templates and content on each request to the server.

For most sites this is completely unnecessary overhead and only ads complexity, performance problems and security issues. After all, by far the most websites only change when the content authors or their design team makes changes.

A Static Site Generator takes a different approach and generate all the pages of the website once when there’s actually changes to the site. This means there’s no moving parts in the deployed website. Caching gets much easier, performance goes up and static sites are far more secure.

via Top Open-Source Static Site Generators – StaticGen.

Re-architecting for world domination

Buytaert, who is also the founder of Drupal services firm Acquia, has ambitious goals for Drupal, as it continues to shift away from purely a content management system towards a unified Web platform that organisations can standardise on to build Web-based services, for both internal and customer-focussed sites.

via Drupal 8: Re-architecting for world domination – open source, cms, content management, drupal – Computerworld.

Now E-Textbooks Can Report Back on Students’ Reading Habits

Those details are what will make the new CourseSmart service tick. Say a student uses an introductory psychology e-textbook. The book will be integrated into the college’s course-management system. It will track students’ behavior: how much time they spend reading, how many pages they view, and how many notes and highlights they make. That data will get crunched into an engagement score for each student.

The idea is that faculty members can reach out to students showing low engagement, says Sean Devine, chief executive of CourseSmart. And colleges can evaluate the return they are getting on investments in digital materials.

via Now E-Textbooks Can Report Back on Students’ Reading Habits – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education.


Moodle is a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is a Free web application that educators can use to create effective online learning sites. It is used by over 54,000 institutions (that we know about) and millions of teachers in 212 countries.

via SourceForge Community Blog | Project of the Month, July 2011.

What is the difference between Course Management and Content Management?  I suspect very little.


SPINE is a webbased Content Management System, implemented in Perl and released under the GPL (GNU Public License). It requires a Unix flavoured webserver, a database (postgresql or mysql), a default Apache installation and mod_perl. It features mixed static/dynamic content, separated template and content administration, granular privileges, userfriendly URLs, plugins, … Check the features page.

via S P I N E – About – The backbone for your website.