Content Strategy for Mobile: An Interview with Karen McGrane

In this month’s Content Technology Podcast, I speak with Karen McGrane (@karenmcgrane) about her recent book, “Content Strategy for Mobile” published by A Book a Part.

Karen is currently Managing Partner at Bond Art + Science; prior to starting Bond, Karen built the user-centered design practice at Razorfish in her role as VP and National Lead for User Experience.

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Mobile First Thinking: An Interview with Luke Wroblewski

The mobile transformation is happening now. We’re rapidly approaching a time when there will be far more people connecting to the web using mobile devices than a desktop browsers. Although most organizations are still designing for desktop browsers first, some have embraced the idea of Mobile First.

Luke Wroblewski, an author of three popular Web design books (Mobile First, Web Form Design & Site-Seeing: A Visual Approach to Web Usability) is an active speaker on the topic. In this episode, you’ll hear from Luke on what it means to design for mobile first and how doing so ultimately this leads to a better experience across devices.

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Responsive Web Design: An Interview with Ethan Marcotte

ethan marcotte photo In this month’s Content Technology Podcast, I speak with Ethan Marcotte (@beep), creator of responsive design and author of the influential book Responsive Web Design. No surprise, Ethan is a super smart guy and full of great advice on designing for the mobile web.

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The Truth about Content Migrations: An Interview with Deane Barker

Deane Barker photo The January 2012 episode of the Content Technology Podcast features an interview with Deane Barker, a well known technology blogger in the wcm world. We’ll be talking about a presentation he recently gave at Gilbane Boston titled Truth about Content Migrations. Given his work at Blend Interactive, it’s a topic Deane has a lot of experience with.

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search and nosql

Interesting question on StackOverflow asking why search servers like Lucene are not considered in NoSQL conversations.

three years ago a co-worker and I were using Lucene.NET as what seem to fit the description of no-SQL. We did not use it just for user-inputted search queries … What I don’t understand is, why [are solutions like Lucene] not counted in the typical lists of no-SQL solution options?

See the thread on stackoverflow for a few thoughts.

Also, read Justin Cormack’s fantastic blog post on Search, SQL, NoSQL, Persistence. Great read.

New Podcast Series: ektron Developer Conversations

Today on the ektron bloghub I announced a new podcast series launched today called “Ektron Developer Conversations.” The goal of the series is to capture interesting conversations with members of the ektron engineering team and the developer community.

In the first episode available today, I talk with Ted Henry and Keith Pepin, two highly skilled and passionate front-end developers, and the conversation spanned HTML5 vs Silverlight, challenges facing front-end developers in general, and the future of front-end development tools.

Chicago Developer Meetup

The first ever Chicago area Developer Meetup was this evening and it was a good night. We had three presentations– Sue from Rock Island County talked about her experiences building navigation, Marty Samples from the Server Side demo’d a custom ajax driven taxonomy component, and I gave presentation on the new Framework API. An enterprise cms architect (Justin Ryan) was also there, so we had an open “Ask the Architect” session where people shot questions out for him to answer. Thanks to everyone from the Chicago area who showed up! We’ll meet-up again in a couple months. In the meantime, make sure to join the Chicago Ektron Developer Group on to be notified of upcoming developer events.

Ektron Partners with Seesmic for Enterprise Social Desktop

Over on the Ektron Blog hub today I announced the availability of the Ektron Plug-in for Seesmic Desktop.

This release was significant to me in two ways.

First, from a personal workflow perspective, my enterprise activitystreams now play in the same space as my personal social networks. Ektron’s Intranet is a First Class Social Network in my mind, because it runs parallel to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn– and not siloed on a webpage on the Intranet. Enterprise activities flow from the Intranet and onto the desktop, giving insight into activities and information that might have otherwise been unnoticed, in real-time, along with activities from personal social networks through LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. Fantastic.

Second, ektron’s integration is built on a platform I’ve wanted for a long time now– In 2009, I pleaded with the Lazy Web for an extensible social management client (see Dear Lazy Web: Extensible Twitter Client). Over a year later, Seesmic Desktop 2 launched with an extensibility architecture. It’s the first of its kind and allows developers to build plug-ins for it that extend social services like LinkedIn, YouTube, FaceBook. This is great stuff.

If you’re using Ektron’s eIntranet (v8.02 or later), check out the plug-in to learn how you can use Ektron’s Enterprise Social Desktop integration.