|By Selene Bainum||
|January 31, 2003 12:00 AM EST||
Every day it seems as if another content management system (CMS) is popping up on the horizon, many of them built using ColdFusion.
Typically, these CMSs contain the same type of functionality. They:
Covering the Basics
NQcontent performs all this functionality with aplomb. The Articles Management content is displayed in a hierarchical tree format, with unlimited nodes and levels. Available options are displayed with DHTML - which only works properly in Internet Explorer - making selections quick and easy. The navigation within multi-page forms could be a little clearer, especially when required fields are on another page.
At review time, the only form validation within the administrator uses ColdFusion's built-in server-side validation, but that will change soon. As with most CMSs, content can be edited using the popular Ektron editor that allows a text area field in Internet Explorer to act as an HTML authoring tool.
The security permissions are pretty granular, assigning individual users to one or more groups, and permissions are assigned on a group basis. Groups can be assigned permissions to one of dozens of available actions, allowing for fine-tuned security settings.
The Systems section of the administrator allows for management of application variables, content types, search indexes, and system settings.
Above and Beyond
While NQcontent is similar to other CMSs, it is the additional features that really set it apart. Like ColdFusion, NQcontent runs not only on Windows NT, but also on Unix and Linux. It supports Oracle as well as Microsoft SQL Server, making NQcontent a viable solution for enterprises that have not jumped on the Microsoft bandwagon.
Both the Professional and Enterprise editions of NQcontent will run on the Professional editions of both ColdFusion 5 and ColdFusion MX. If you are using Oracle, however, you will need ColdFusion Enterprise.
NQcontent also comes with several modules that allow developers and administrators alike the ability to manage files, data, and forms via the administrator interface.
Manage Files Remotely
Often, the only access you have to a Web site you are developing is via ColdFusion's Remote Development Services (RDS). Anyone who has ever tried to perform file operations over RDS or tried to copy multiple or large files knows how limiting it can be. NQcontent's built-in File Manager resembles a Web-based version of Windows Explorer. From it you can create, rename, and delete directories and create, rename, edit, delete, and upload files. Since the back end of the manager uses CFDIRECTORY and CFFILE tags, certain operations are not available, such as deleting a directory before deleting the files within it.
This is a simple, yet useful tool that will allow you to more easily manage your Web site. The only directories and files that are accessible by this tool are within the default Web root, however, so virtual directories and file stores outside of your Web root will not be accessible.
Manage Your Data
The backbone of any ColdFusion Web site is certainly its database. Typically, database management is completely separate from your development environment, using tools such as those that come with Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle. If you want to have a graphical interface to the database you don't have many other options. NQcontent's database administration module contains graphical interfaces to database tables and records that are similar to those provided by Quest software in their Oracle database tool TOAD, one of the best on the market.
The database and table data is stored by NQcontent as metadata. You add a table to NQcontent by specifying the data source and table name. NQcontent will then import the column names, and you can modify attributes as well as view, edit, update, and delete rows from tables. You can also specify advanced information such as permissions, triggers, and SQL scripts that should be run at specified times.
The import functionality does not determine table keys and identities, so they must be set separately. One drawback with the tool is that it does not allow the metadata to store more than one primary key column for any table, making workarounds necessary for tables that use combination keys - one or more columns that, combined, create a unique row identifier.
When tables are added to NQcontent, their columns are available to use when creating content such as articles and forms. User-friendly aliases can be assigned to table and column names and these aliases will be displayed throughout the NQcontent administrator. This allows administrators unfamiliar with the database-naming convention to be able to tell what data they are working with.
Advanced developers, or those with good database skills, might find the interface a bit cumbersome. It is certainly quicker and easier to use a database management application as opposed to using one built within a Web page. If you do not include your Web site's tables in the administrator, those tables and fields will not be available to use in the content administrator. However, if you want nontechnical administrators to access database data, using this tool will certainly save you a lot of time and effort. Most CMS systems do not even offer this flexibility.
Build Forms Effortlessly
Many companies that offer solutions based around CMSs will often charge the client extra to build basic forms, such as Contact Us or Comments. NQcontent comes with a forms administrator module that allows junior ColdFusion developers and even power users to create forms whose submission results can be e-mailed and/or inserted into a database, all without touching any code.
Form fields can be created from scratch or imported from an existing database table defined in the database module. When you add a field to a form, you can specify attributes such as the field type (text box, text area, checkbox, etc.), specify values for multiple options, and set default values. You can even set design options such as where the field labels display and the width of the fields. This functionality will save the time of advanced developers and save money on labor costs.
Intermediate and advanced ColdFusion developers can enhance the server-side form validation with their own code using some of the included NQcontent custom tags. This allows more in-depth forms to be created and validated and also allows forms built using the interface to update database records as well as create them.
But Wait, There's More
The Professional edition comes with all of the functionality listed above, as well as some additional administration and management features. The Enterprise edition also contains workflow, content versioning, and a more granular security model that assigns roles as well as groups to specific users. NQcontent also offers add-on products such as Forums, E-commerce extensions, Visitors Guest Book, Forms, and Banner and Polls Managers.
Overall, this is a good CMS that will be used by all levels of users, from nontechnical administrators who are only editing content, to advanced developers managing databases and customized forms. If you are thinking about working with a CMS system, NQcontent is definitely one to take a closer look at.
HP Pavillon zt1180, 1.2GHz P-III, ColdFusion MX, 512MB RAM, Windows XP Professional, MS SQL Server 2000
Pricing: NQcontent pricing is based on the number of Content Contributors, and starts from $25,000 or $40,000 for the Enterprise Version; both include unlimited database connectors.
Target audience: Medium to large organizations looking to create corporate Web sites, portals, content syndication, or e-commerce sites.
System operators must use IE 5.x + on PC
Server OS: Windows 2000, Red Hat Linux 7.2, Sun Solaris 8
ColdFusion: Versions 5.0 or MX
Database support: MS SQL Server, Oracle
|Dave Harrison 02/20/03 12:33:00 PM EST|
I've just downloaded NQcontent from www.nqcontent.com, I like it! Great for managing data as well as content, its going to save me hours of coding. Nice use of dynamic menus and easy to configure. I created a new site section with three mouse clicks! Seems all to be very robust, can't get it to fall over!!! I'll keep trying....
Dave Harrison, Senior CF Developer
|Julian George 02/14/03 03:28:00 AM EST|
I've reviewed NQcontent recently and it rocks! I've developed with Spectra and know what it takes to develop enterprise solns. If you know Spectra, check out NQ, its a good CMS.
|Developer 02/06/03 11:04:00 AM EST|
This is mereley a sales pitch - total fluff. I have reviewed this system and it is good if not a little limited to simple CMS operations. Articles like this do not belong in a developers journal - save them for ZDnet or something 'salesy'
DevOps Summit 2015 New York, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that it is now accepting Keynote Proposals. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long development cycles that produce software that is obsolete at launch. DevOps may be disruptive, but it is essential.
Dec. 18, 2014 03:45 PM EST Reads: 698
“In the past year we've seen a lot of stabilization of WebRTC. You can now use it in production with a far greater degree of certainty. A lot of the real developments in the past year have been in things like the data channel, which will enable a whole new type of application," explained Peter Dunkley, Technical Director at Acision, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 18, 2014 11:30 AM EST Reads: 797
SYS-CON Events announced today that Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network and cloud communications, has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9–11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN), a FORTUNE 500 and S&P 500 company, is a leading provider of advanced network communications, including cloud computing and managed services, to businesses nationwide. The company also offers broadband, phone and digital TV services to consumers primarily in rural areas.
Dec. 18, 2014 11:00 AM EST Reads: 2,084
The major cloud platforms defy a simple, side-by-side analysis. Each of the major IaaS public-cloud platforms offers their own unique strengths and functionality. Options for on-site private cloud are diverse as well, and must be designed and deployed while taking existing legacy architecture and infrastructure into account. Then the reality is that most enterprises are embarking on a hybrid cloud strategy and programs. In this Power Panel at 15th Cloud Expo (http://www.CloudComputingExpo.com), moderated by Ashar Baig, Research Director, Cloud, at Gigaom Research, Nate Gordon, Director of T...
Dec. 18, 2014 10:30 AM EST Reads: 2,220
The Internet of Things is not new. Historically, smart businesses have used its basic concept of leveraging data to drive better decision making and have capitalized on those insights to realize additional revenue opportunities. So, what has changed to make the Internet of Things one of the hottest topics in tech? In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Gray, Director, Embedded and Internet of Things, discussed the underlying factors that are driving the economics of intelligent systems. Discover how hardware commoditization, the ubiquitous nature of connectivity, and the emergence of Big Data a...
Dec. 18, 2014 10:15 AM EST Reads: 2,047
ARMONK, N.Y., Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it is bringing a greater level of control, security and flexibility to cloud-based application development and delivery with a single-tenant version of Bluemix, IBM's platform-as-a-service. The new platform enables developers to build ap...
Dec. 18, 2014 10:00 AM EST Reads: 1,863
"BSQUARE is in the business of selling software solutions for smart connected devices. It's obvious that IoT has moved from being a technology to being a fundamental part of business, and in the last 18 months people have said let's figure out how to do it and let's put some focus on it, " explained Dave Wagstaff, VP & Chief Architect, at BSQUARE Corporation, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 18, 2014 10:00 AM EST Reads: 1,741
SYS-CON Events announced today that IDenticard will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. IDenticard™ is the security division of Brady Corp (NYSE: BRC), a $1.5 billion manufacturer of identification products. We have small-company values with the strength and stability of a major corporation. IDenticard offers local sales, support and service to our customers across the United States and Canada. Our partner network encompasses some 300 of the world's leading systems integrators and security s...
Dec. 18, 2014 09:30 AM EST Reads: 1,850
"People are a lot more knowledgeable about APIs now. There are two types of people who work with APIs - IT people who want to use APIs for something internal and the product managers who want to do something outside APIs for people to connect to them," explained Roberto Medrano, Executive Vice President at SOA Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 18, 2014 09:00 AM EST Reads: 1,173
Nigeria has the largest economy in Africa, at more than US$500 billion, and ranks 23rd in the world. A recent re-evaluation of Nigeria's true economic size doubled the previous estimate, and brought it well ahead of South Africa, which is a member (unlike Nigeria) of the G20 club for political as well as economic reasons. Nigeria's economy can be said to be quite diverse from one point of view, but heavily dependent on oil and gas at the same time. Oil and natural gas account for about 15% of Nigera's overall economy, but traditionally represent more than 90% of the country's exports and as...
Dec. 18, 2014 06:00 AM EST Reads: 670
The Internet of Things is a misnomer. That implies that everything is on the Internet, and that simply should not be - especially for things that are blurring the line between medical devices that stimulate like a pacemaker and quantified self-sensors like a pedometer or pulse tracker. The mesh of things that we manage must be segmented into zones of trust for sensing data, transmitting data, receiving command and control administrative changes, and peer-to-peer mesh messaging. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ryan Bagnulo, Solution Architect / Software Engineer at SOA Software, focused on desi...
Dec. 17, 2014 11:15 PM EST Reads: 1,246
"At our booth we are showing how to provide trust in the Internet of Things. Trust is where everything starts to become secure and trustworthy. Now with the scaling of the Internet of Things it becomes an interesting question – I've heard numbers from 200 billion devices next year up to a trillion in the next 10 to 15 years," explained Johannes Lintzen, Vice President of Sales at Utimaco, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 17, 2014 11:00 PM EST Reads: 1,322
"For over 25 years we have been working with a lot of enterprise customers and we have seen how companies create applications. And now that we have moved to cloud computing, mobile, social and the Internet of Things, we see that the market needs a new way of creating applications," stated Jesse Shiah, CEO, President and Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 15th Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Dec. 17, 2014 08:00 PM EST Reads: 1,283
SYS-CON Events announced today that Gridstore™, the leader in hyper-converged infrastructure purpose-built to optimize Microsoft workloads, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Gridstore™ is the leader in hyper-converged infrastructure purpose-built for Microsoft workloads and designed to accelerate applications in virtualized environments. Gridstore’s hyper-converged infrastructure is the industry’s first all flash version of HyperConverged Appliances that include both compute and storag...
Dec. 17, 2014 06:30 PM EST Reads: 1,189
Today’s enterprise is being driven by disruptive competitive and human capital requirements to provide enterprise application access through not only desktops, but also mobile devices. To retrofit existing programs across all these devices using traditional programming methods is very costly and time consuming – often prohibitively so. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jesse Shiah, CEO, President, and Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., discussed how you can create applications that run on all mobile devices as well as laptops and desktops using a visual drag-and-drop application – and eForms-buildi...
Dec. 17, 2014 11:45 AM EST Reads: 1,428
We certainly live in interesting technological times. And no more interesting than the current competing IoT standards for connectivity. Various standards bodies, approaches, and ecosystems are vying for mindshare and positioning for a competitive edge. It is clear that when the dust settles, we will have new protocols, evolved protocols, that will change the way we interact with devices and infrastructure. We will also have evolved web protocols, like HTTP/2, that will be changing the very core of our infrastructures. At the same time, we have old approaches made new again like micro-services...
Dec. 16, 2014 11:45 PM EST Reads: 1,267
Code Halos - aka "digital fingerprints" - are the key organizing principle to understand a) how dumb things become smart and b) how to monetize this dynamic. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Robert Brown, AVP, Center for the Future of Work at Cognizant Technology Solutions, outlined research, analysis and recommendations from his recently published book on this phenomena on the way leading edge organizations like GE and Disney are unlocking the Internet of Things opportunity and what steps your organization should be taking to position itself for the next platform of digital competition.
Dec. 15, 2014 11:45 PM EST Reads: 1,634
The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that its Call for Papers is now open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
Dec. 15, 2014 10:30 AM EST Reads: 6,857
As the Internet of Things unfolds, mobile and wearable devices are blurring the line between physical and digital, integrating ever more closely with our interests, our routines, our daily lives. Contextual computing and smart, sensor-equipped spaces bring the potential to walk through a world that recognizes us and responds accordingly. We become continuous transmitters and receivers of data. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Andrew Bolwell, Director of Innovation for HP's Printing and Personal Systems Group, discussed how key attributes of mobile technology – touch input, sensors, social, and ...
Dec. 15, 2014 10:00 AM EST Reads: 1,940
In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect at GE, and Ibrahim Gokcen, who leads GE's advanced IoT analytics, focused on the Internet of Things / Industrial Internet and how to make it operational for business end-users. Learn about the challenges posed by machine and sensor data and how to marry it with enterprise data. They also discussed the tips and tricks to provide the Industrial Internet as an end-user consumable service using Big Data Analytics and Industrial Cloud.
Dec. 15, 2014 10:00 AM EST Reads: 1,612