Posted by paranoiabla
on August 23, 2007 at 10:08 AM PDT
It has been a really long time since my last post. The reason for this is partly because I didn't have much time to write, and partly because I had nothing
important to write about. I have been really busy these days, and the main reason is that I was building the Bulgarian Java User Group . But let me start
right at the beginning.
It was probably in the middle of January, when I found the page on java.net, about Java User Groups (), and figured out there was no JUG in Bulgaria. So I started building one. Looking for a pure java CMS, I found that the choice was not that rich as I thought. Of course I could have used some of the java wikis, like XWiki(which, by the way is awesome - bravo Vincent), but I thought that adopting a wiki for jug site was not what I was looking for. I needed a java CMS, with a news module (where people can post different java-news), with articles module (for posting articles), a poll module, and, of course, a login module.
Later, I found AtLeap CMS, which is developed here, in java.net site, and it suited perfect for my initial needs. It fit perfect, not only it had most of the things I was looking for, but also because it was written with the Struts framework which I am really good at. So I installed it, translated the "resources" files, wrote the poll plugin, the article plugin and the functionality for posting comments under every article or news item.
The next step was to find a decent java forum, where people could discuss, and chat. It tuned out that mvnforum  was perfect for what I needed. I installed it and I started the testing and bug-fixing phase. The whole system was made by the mid of June, but of course then I had to study for my exams at the university and work over the Cactus project at the ASF, so the whole idea was suspended till the end of July, where I started to work again.
To summon up, I have to say that I am really proud with what was made. I hope that the community we are going to form() will be strong and health.
P.S. I want to help also the other guys that took part in developing the system: Svetozar Ivanov - for helping me integrate the Single-Sign-On between the CMS and the forum, and Miss Mariyana Kombakova for testing the site, and finding me bugs to fix.