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CMIS, JCR and OSGi for Idiots

The empty-handed painter from your streets
Is drawing crazy patterns on your sheets.
- IT’S ALL OVER NOW, BABY BLUE

Every now and again, certain tumultuous events coincide that makes us feel insignificant. A bit like a total solar eclipse, which is a rare and humbling thing. This week three seemingly unconnected occurances came to pass which made me stop and think. Firstly, CMIS was mentioned in the New York Times. Yes, the New York Times. Secondly, Jeff Potts released his “Getting Started with CMIS” tutorial. And, finally, I had the chance to drink beer and talk shit with the great David Nüscheler.

So, to honour all of this, I drew a picture.

Why, you may ask. Well, after chatting to David, I felt inspired to think (and blog) more about the JCR, CMIS and OSGi. But while doing my cursory research (that’s a strong word for what I do, but anyway), I discovered that there were quite a few things I knew nothing about, and a few products that I’d never heard of. I also coined the word Dignorance in honour of my newly found knowledge gaps.

Dignorance

So here is a small version of the picture. Click for a large one, or download it as PDF. Do whatever you want to with it. If you think it is useful, or think it needs fixing, leave comments here or get in touch. I’m sure it’s completely wrong all over the place. If you want the original Visio drawing to play with, let me know.

JCRCMISOverview_v1.4

Next time I come to your office, I except to see this printed as A3 and stuck on your wall.

UPDATE 18 Dec 2009: I’ve written an article on CMS Wire which explains some of this. Have a look:

http://www.cmswire.com/cms/web-cms/wcm-field-notes-the-skinny-on-jcr-cmis-and-osgi-006279.php

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