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July 2012 Newsletter

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Table of Contents:

1.    SUG-TX July Meeting  – Using WordPress To Rebuild The SUGTX.ORG Website
2.    Future SUG-TX Meetings
3.    Join the SUG-TX LinkedIn Group
4.    SAP Sybase SQL Anywhere webcast – August 1st
5.    Database & Developer Digest Blog
6.    Join Sue Dunnell’s PowerBuilder Blog
7.    Sybase Events – SAP Techwave
8.    Sybase Training Schedule

1)  SUG-TX July  Meeting – Using WordPress To Rebuild The SUGTX.ORG Website

The Sybase Users’ Group of Texas will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, July 24, 2012.  The group is finalizing a complete rewrite of its website www.sugtx.org.  The site has been completely rebuilt using leading web technologies, including WordPress, commercial-grade WordPress templates, and WordPress widgets.  Following the overview is a discussion of the scope and nature of the SUGTX.ORG rebuilding effort.

The following six paragraphs are borrowed from Wikipedia.org, with attribution.  WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a dynamic content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. It has many features including a plug-in architecture and a template system. WordPress is used by over 14.7% of Alexa Internet’s “top 1 million” websites and as of August 2011 manages 22% of all new websites. WordPress is currently the most popular CMS in use on the Internet. It was first released on May 27, 2003, by founders Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little as a fork of b2/cafelog. As of December 2011, version 3.0 had been downloaded over 65 million times.

WordPress users install and switch between themes. Themes allow users to change the look and functionality of a WordPress website or installation without altering the informational content. Themes may be installed by using the WordPress “Dashboard” administration tool, or by uploading theme folders via FTP. The PHP and HTML code in themes can also be edited for more advanced customizations.

One very popular feature of WordPress is its rich plugin architecture which allows users and developers to extend its abilities beyond the features that are part of the base install; WordPress has a database of over 18,000 plugins with purposes ranging from SEO to adding widgets.  Widgets are small modules that offer users drag-and-drop sidebar content placement and implementation of many plugins’ extended abilities. Widgets allow WordPress developers to add functionality to their sites. These small modules can be used to add functionality such as a slideshow, Facebook-like box, small news slider, and more.

WordPress Multi-User allows multiple blogs to exist within one installation that can be administered by a centralized maintainer. WordPress MU makes it possible for those with a website to host their own blogging community, as well as control and moderate all the blogs from a single dashboard. WordPress MU adds eight new data tables for each blog.  WordPress MU merged with WordPress as part of the 3.0 release.

Native applications exist for WebOS, Android, iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) Windows Phone 7, and BlackBerry which provide access to some of the features in the WordPress Admin panel and work with WordPress.com and many WordPress.org blogs.

WordPress also features integrated link management; a search engine-friendly, clean permalink structure; the ability to assign nested, multiple categories to articles; and support for tagging of posts and articles. Automatic filters are also included, providing standardized formatting and styling of text in articles (for example, converting regular quotes to smart quotes). WordPress also supports the Trackback and Pingback standards for displaying links to other sites that have themselves linked to a post or article.

The goal of this effort is to improve the content and maintainability of the SUGTX.ORG site.  The presentation will provide an in-depth discussion and demonstration of WordPress, its installation and features, and discuss the design decisions that went into the SUGTX.ORG rebuild.

This deep dive into the world of WordPress will include the steps to download and install WordPress 3.4, (bring your computers), a review of the feature set of WordPress, and a review of the design decisions and tradeoffs that were made during the website rebuild.  Expect a spirited discussion regarding the WordPress feature set and strategic ways to utilize these features and interoperate with other languages and technologies.  We will also seek input as to areas that the current site beta can be improved using user content and social media engines.

Agenda:

4:00pm – 4:15pm    Introduction, Welcome, Q&A
4:15pm – 5:45pm    Using WordPress To Rebuild The SUGTX.ORG Website
5:45pm – 6:00pm    Wrap Up
6:30pm –           Post meeting discussions at Champps Americana (at the Uptown location)

The meetings are held at HAL-PC, 4543 Post Oak Place, Suite 200, Houston, TX 77027 (map).  Members frequently continue discussions at Champps Sports Bar after the meeting while waiting for traffic to subside.

2)  Future SUG-TX Meetings

Mark your calendar for future topics for SUG-TX Meetings:

August 28                      Monthly Meeting
September 25                Monthly Meeting

3)  Join the SUG-TX LinkedIn Group

The Sybase Users’ Group of Texas has a group in LinkedIn.  If you wish to join, submit a request.  You can find the group by searching for “Sybase Texas” in the groups directory.  Contact secretary@sugtx.org if you have any questions.

4)  SAP Sybase SQL Anywhere webcast – August 1st

Introducing SAP Sybase SQL Anywhere, on-demand edition

Join us for an overview of SAP Sybase SQL Anywhere, on-demand edition, the new cloud data management technology for ISVs. Learn how this new offering provides ISVs with data flexibility, security, and manageability to meet the needs of their customers for a software-as-a-service model.

In this webcast, we’ll discuss how the following features of SAP Sybase SQL Anywhere, on-demand edition address the challenges associated with building data-driven applications in the cloud:

- Isolated multi-tenant security
- Declarative database fencing
- Universal console for easy database management
- Flexible task model for administrative functions
- ISV-focused tooling

Date:  Wednesday, August 1st, 2012
Time: 11am EDT / 4pm BST / 5pm CET

5) Database & Developer Digest Blog

Check out the Database & Developer Digest Blog by Adrian Bridgwater at www.isug.com.  One of his latest blogs entitled – Your new data driver: mBaaS (mobile Backend-as-a-Service) shares his views on current trends underpinning the growing complexity of mobile applications and the “back office” technologies that serve them.

6)  Join Sue Dunnell’s PowerBuilder Blog

Did you know that Sue Dunnell, Product Manager for PowerBuilder, blogs about goings on in the PB community on the PowerBuilder Product Manager’s Corner?  Follow her blog at www.isug.com.

7)  Sybase Events – SAP Techwave

Sybase Seminars, Conferences, Webcasts, Tradeshows, Sports events — whichever way you want to get information from Sybase, they deliver!

Save the Date:   The 2012 SAP Techwave is Oct 15-19 at the Venetian in Las Vegas

Check out future events at:

http://www.sybase.com/about_sybase/events

If you’d like to give feedback on what types of events you think Sybase should offer please email them at events@sybase.com

8)  Sybase Training Schedule

Contact:  972-687-6400
Register: 1 800-8-SYBASE

Please verify class availability with Sybase registration or http://sed.sybase.com/Osiris/osiris_location_NAA1.htm#DL

Send news to: secretary@sugtx.org

Do you have suggestions for our group? Would you like to present your Sybase solutions to the Sybase Users’ Group of Texas? The group is always looking for compelling presentations for our monthly meetings. Let us hear them!
Please forward this newsletter to anyone interested in learning more about Sybase products. To be added to or removed from the SUG-TX mailing list, subscribe to the mailing list at the SUG-TX Community on the My.ISUG.com website. Contact secretary@sugtx.org if you have any questions.

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