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Personas and Test Data

I was reviewing the excellent work Unicon’s Gary Thompson has done in developing personas related to uPortal (really they seem applicable across Higher-Education), which jogged my to write about some thinking: leveraging well-developed UE personas to build a suite of synthetic test-data. User Experience is often not fully integrated within other aspects of the software ...

uP3 Day 4: PersonDirectory & Portlet Publishing

Faizan got PersonDirectory working — after several updates and IRC exchanges with Eric. So uP3 now hits Rutgers LDAP to retrieve a mapping of our person attributes. Hard to test since the Portlet spec makes you explicitly declare the user attributes a portlet recieves. Probably privacy friendly, though writing a “show me all the attibutes” ...

JA-SIG Projects in Action

John Lewis from Unicon talked about open-source in Universities. Higher Ed has an extremely complex, dynamic, organizational structures. uPortal has grouping and other mechanisms which are more sophisticated than other projects, battle tested for large and sophisticated higher-ed deployments. CAS was one of the first systems, has features like Proxy Auth that no one else ...

At JA-SIG

Arrived in Atlanta for the JA-SIG Conference. Atlanta airport has a looooooong concourse… definitely was not walking through the first 3 terminals… Cell phone is busted though, so if anyone needs to reach me AIM (jayshao) is probably the best way. Now just have to finish those presentations that got interrupted by Rutgers WVU going ...

Events

I’m interested in topics like Open Source Communities, Development Methodology, Enterprise Portals, User Experience/Interface Design, Instructional Technology, and Identity Management and try to make it to relevant conferences and meetings when possible. Upcoming Limited events coming, though I’ve become pretty involved in the local Meetup Community in NYC. Past Portlets 2009 @ Canada EDUCAUSE 2009 ...