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March, 2008 | Jason E. Shao

Portals and LMSs (and Collaboration, SIS, Library, and other Suites)

Clay from Georgia Tech shot me an email recently which spurred me to try and put to words how my thinking has evolved about the relationship of an enterprise portal and Sakai, and where these technologies and communities are heading. In general I think the focus of “enterprise portals” has always been one of integration ...

“Blackboard may lose its patent…”

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a preliminary decision Tuesday that would invalidate Blackboard Inc.’s patent on its e-learning management systems. (Via

Dominos Gets Actionable Intelligence

Dominos Gets Actionable Intelligence
So I was ordering a pizza today from Dominos (been a while, but being car-less around lunch tends to limit options) and noticed that they have just about the coolest web feedback system for an order I’ve seen: So, not only can I see an estimated delivery time, but if I leave the browser open ...

JSR-286 is Official – Does it matter?

JSR-286 (the next generation Portlet specification) was approved last week. The major new features of version 2.0 include: * Events – enabling a portlet to send and receive events and perform state changes or send further events as a result of processing an event * Public render parameters – allowing portlets to share parameters with ...

Made an Offer on a House

We made (and the seller accepted) an offer on a house today. 4 Bedrooms, a basement for the kiddies — promoting sanity for the parents, and a 15 person hot tub are the highlights. Of course, now the real work of actually getting the details, legal, financing, and other bits worked out *starts* but it’s ...