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E-Commerce Camp Jena 2017 – Recap in Bildern

Die Recap-Runde des 5. E-Commerce Camps in Jena ist fast komplett.

Gleich vorab: es gibt bereits eine Vielzahl ausgezeichneter und zum Teil sehr umfassender Berichte von: Handelskraft, Ansgar Böttcher, Roman Zenner, Proudcommerce, Neoshops, und vom Veranstalter selbst. Wir können das eigentlich nur noch um ein paar Eindrücke aus unserer Perspektive ergänzen.

Also: ein Recap in Bildern!

ORGANISATION E-Commerce Camp Jena

Freitagmorgen. Da war das Session-Board noch leer und alles möglich. Joscha eröffnet das Camp.

Da gefühlt zwei Drittel des Raums zum Session-Pitch anstanden, dauert die Planung ihre Zeit. Ergebnis für Tag 1: kann sich sehen lassen!

Trotz langer Schlange blieb alles im Zeitrahmen. Vor allem die Themenvielfalt war beachtlich, sodass sich in (fast) allen Vorträgen auch und in erster Linie Project-People angesprochen fühlen.
Und zwar so weit und so sehr, dass sich Business-Heinis (not my words!) als deren Spokesperson ich mir erlaube Roman Zenner zu ernennen, sogar dazu hinreißen ließen, dezent zu beklagen, was sie sich noch alles gewünscht hätten.
Das ist ein RIESEN Kompliment an das Camp, das ja mal Entwickler-Camp war und immer noch ist!

Man könnte nun Überlegungen anstellen, was dies für die Eventszene generell bedeutet. Für die großen, immer schwammigeren Events, mit denen alle irgendwie nicht ganz zufrieden sind, aber doch hingehen und sich dann wundern, wo die Energie zur Fokussierung bleibt.
Oder für die jährlichen Unmengen an Hausmessen, die man inzwischen gar nicht mehr alle besuchen kann….

Und auch Tag 2 musste sich nicht verstecken. Aus psychlogischen Gründen wurden ein paar Lieblingsthemen sogar extra „aufgespart“.

IDENTITÄT E-Commerce Camp Jena

Man kann sich aber auch einfach damit begnügen zu unterstreichen, was das #eccj17 richtig macht. Sie sind im allerbesten Sinne „inklusiv“! Das Camp ist klein, da ist es leichter – das ist wahr. Hier besteht dann aber die Gefahr, nicht über den Tellerrand zu schauen. Und diese Gefahr haben die Organisatoren sehr erfolgreich umschifft.

Und pünktlich um 11 war der „Socialising Raum“ dann auch wie leergefegt. Die typischen Sales-&-Sign-Grüppchen parallel zum Programm bleiben hier aus. Zugegeben: es waren auch keine klassischen Vertriebler da…

Oder ehrlicher: nur einer. Er gab das aber auch sofort zu 😉 und wurde liebevoll aufgenommen.

KNOW-HOW, Open Source oder doch nur Marketing?

Das Camp hatte einige Mediasponsoren an Land gezogen und verloste diese stattliche Bücherauswahl am zweiten Tag.

Passenderweise gab es auch eine Session „Autor werden“. Da steht einem noch größeren Bücher-Buffet nächstes Jahr ja nichts mehr im Wege.

Wir waren mit „community feel“ angetreten. Insgesamt war das Thema Open Source aber eher unterrepräsentiert. Das kann man jetzt auf einem Barcamp schlecht oder verständlich finden. Ich drücke es mal neutral aus: es ist auf jeden Fall erwähnenswert.

Das betrifft nicht dich, Stephan! Du hast die Fahne hoch gehalten! 🙂

Die Flyerverbreitung war insgesamt enorm. Wir haben uns zurückgehalten. Hint: Vorne im Bild – die User Group Termine der nächsten Wochen!

Dies ist übrigens ein klares „Vorher“-Bild. Denn die schwarzen Traubenzuckerl waren ruckzuck bis Mittag weg. Ein kleine Optimierung hätte ich daher fürs nächste Jahr in Richtung Catering: Kekse zum Kaffee!

Die Flyerdichte hat übrigens Herbert Hohn sehr schön auf den Punkt gebracht. So muss es gewesen sein. Muss! Das gefürchtete Marketing-Team ist im Zweifelsfall immer schuld.

(Die Liste der User Group Termine gibt’s es übrigens hier auch digital: http://oxidforge.org/de/oxid-usergroups )

PROGRAMM und Sessions

Als Goldsponsor waren wir Namenspate für einen der Konferenzräume. Ehre, wem Ehre gebührt.

Diese Alternativbenennung auch wirklich nötig; denn verteilt über 4 Etagen bot die generische Raumnummerierung nicht viel Orientierung beim Sessionswitch. Es sei denn, man hatte sich alle Ziffern und Anordnung der Etagen genau gemerkt. Sonst blieb nur noch: Herdentrieb!

„Lidl Insights“. Wie zu Studi-Zeiten: hinten Cola, vorne Wasser – und ziemlich voll.

Tim Döppner mit der Geschichte von Lidl E-Commerce war einer dieser Vorträge, den man sich auch auf vielen anderen Bühnen hätte vorstellen können. Und der trotzdem das ganze breite Publikum erreichte, das sich bestens mit Projektherausforderungen identifizieren konnte.

THEMEN E-Commerce Camp Jena

Überhaupt waren sehr viele Themen markt- und projektgetrieben.

Aber es gab sie auch, die echten Tech-Themen.

Gelungene Mischung, ist das einhellige Fazit eigentlich aller Camp-Recaps.

Der Lieblingshoster wieder mit großer Mission: alle(!) einkleiden.

Aus Nostalgie-Gründen ist dieses Bild dabei. Schön, dass unsere langjährigen Partner SysEleven und marmalade beide mit Varianten auf unseren damaligen Slogan anspielen: good old „plan, build, run“. Hach, da wird mir gleich warm ums Herz.

„Stabile Software in volatilen Umgebungen“ war Kores Thema mit Sproxware, aka das neue hipster E-Commerce System.

Überhaupt wurde im einzigen Hörsaal des Events mehrfach intensiv diskutiert und auch die Fluktuation war geringer als in anderen Räumen.

(Allerdings war das mit der Bestuhlung und Eingangssituation auch schwer dezent möglich. Das galt übrigens auch für die Seminarräume. Da hätte etwas mehr „Barcamp“ vielleicht doch gut getan.)

Als Berliner fühlt man sich mit zunehmender Anzahl Hipster-Bärte und Hosenträger im Raum gleich viel wohler.

Mit Buzzwords hat sich der Kollege Meloni auseinandergesetzt.

Und auch auf die Hipster-Präferenz Rücksicht genommen. Danke, Gigi!

Sein Zeichentalent steht außer Frage…

Einen ehrlichen Blick auf ein anderes Shopsystem gab Miss Magenta, Carmen Bremen.

LOKALKOLORIT des E-Commerce Camps

Auch bei Carmen Bremens Talk ergab sich eine sehr angenehme, offene Diskussionsrunde. Überhaupt zog sich das konstruktive Miteinander durch die gesamte Veranstaltung. Das hat sie in ihrem eigenen Recap atmosphärisch geschildert, und auch auf örtliche Besonderheiten Bezug genommen…

… denn sogar an der Tee-Bar gab es Lokalkolorit.

Und schon das Frühstücksbuffet wartete mit dem sogenannten „Mettfrosch“ auf, von dem ich hier kein Bild posten möchte.
Aber wer Kermett unbedingt sehen will, trifft ihn hier. (Liebe Vegetarier und Veganer: klickt nicht, bitte klickt nicht!) Aber: keine Kritik! Wir können ja auch nicht ohne unser Tannenzäpfle.

FEIERN mit der Community

„A little party never killed nobody.“ versprach der Flyer, lud dann aber doch ins ‚Paradies‘. Witzig.

Alle Bilder und Video von der Party (und dem gesamten Camp) gibt es auf der facebook-Seite des Camps und über twitter unter #eccj17.

FAZIT E-Commerce Camp Jena

Dank und Lob an die Organisatoren marmalade und den Lokalmatador Tritum: gut organisiert, spannende Sessions, treue wachsende Fanbase und nach fünf Jahren richtig fest etabliert!

Autor

Caroline Helbing, OXID eSalesCaroline Helbing ist Senior Analyst und Content Writer bei der OXID eSales AG. Die Kommunikationsexpertin graduierte in Paris und München und ist seit 16 Jahren im E-Commerce aktiv. Seit 2007 ist sie beim Freiburger Open Source eCommerce Hersteller OXID eSales. Caroline analysiert und bewertet Trends und Märkte hinsichtlich Wachstumsimpulsen und branchenverändernder Technologien. Aktuelle Schwerpunkte sind „Omnichannel“, „E-Commerce im Zeitalter von Industrie 4.0“, „B2B Geschäftsmodelle“ und „Content Commerce“.

Announcing Events: OXID User Group Meetings, Trade Fairs, Barcamps and OXID Commons

Today we’d like to inform you about some upcoming events you should know about.

First off, the site for the OXID user groups was completely revamped and now offers great possibilities to list and search/filter for all upcoming and past user group events as well as to RSVP for these activities.

For this year, the user group NRW has something special in mind: they prepared seven topics for a best practice series when working with OXID. So at the first event this year in Essen the topic will be about virtualization and how to configure development environments for distributed teams and about how to struggle through the deployment process with this technology.

Here’s a list of the user group meetings you might want to join:

Please register for the events so the organizers can plan for the correct number of participants.

From February 14th till 16th the OpenUp-Camp, an unconference under the umbrella of the Open Source Business Foundation (OSBF) will take place in Nuremberg. Like the name of this event implies, this barcamp’s main topic is all around open source in the widest manner, what is the impact of open source and where does it lead us. OXID eSales is a sponsoring partner of this event and will be present on site.

euroshopAlso in February, you can meet us together with our partners Heidelpay, Nionex, MaPS System and Softengine on our booths at the trade fairs EuroShop (6 / 6F05) from 16th to 20th in Düsseldorf as well as at the Internet World (B1 / D176) on 25th and 26th in Munich. Come along and feel free to contact us for a meeting.

Another event that might appeal to you, if you’re in development or at least close to it, is the annual eCommerceCamp in Jena on March 7th and 8th. This event took place last year for the first time and is open to all e-commerce developers no matter which shopping cart system they use. The topics, by their nature, are heavily technical but also deep into e-commerce. Naturally, OXID eSales is one of the main sponsors of this event again.

Last but not least: The date for OXID Commons in this year is fixed as May 22nd and 23rd – save it! It is already possible to submit presentation proposals, and there are still sponsorship slots available. As usual, on May 23rd, the OXID Commons Unconference will take place for developers around the OXID eShop e-commerce platform.

 

 

OXID eShop Mobile Theme Published

OXID eShop mobile themeThe stats of the development of mobile commerce tell us the story: due to the constant spread of mobile devices, more and more prospective clients spend time on the road doing Internet research or even place orders. Your OXID eShop is ready for this trend, with our free from costs OXID eShop mobile theme.

This mobile theme can be easily and quickly installed. The provided theme switch recognizes and delivers the mobile theme in the case of a mobile device (can be configured) or the usual browser agent bringing up the regular theme of the shop. The mobile theme’s usability has explicitly been optimized for usage with smart phones, starting from the basic layout through the navigation elements, and up to the displayed texts. PayPal is preinstalled as a payment method and will work out-of-the-box if you already use the Portlet PayPal-Module. Thanks to the usage of Twitter Bootstrap, this theme is ready to become a responsive design. We also used “LESS“ for an easy adaptability of the theme’s design to your own requirements.

In this package you’ll find a documentation that might help you to understand how to enhance this theme. Both extensions, theme switch as well as mobile theme, are distributed under the free and open source license GPLv3 and can be used for OXID eShops of all editions.

Download your free copy of OXID eShop mobile theme today and make your OXID eShop ready for the future. If you find any bugs, we appreciate if you felt free to either contribute fixes on GitHub or use the bug tracker for OXID eShop mobile theme.

Only 2 Days Left Until the First eCommerceCamp

logo ecommerce campAlready nearly upon us, the first German eCommerceCamp will take place in Jena on the forthcoming weekend, from March 15th to 17th, bringing together developers and integration providers of open source shopping cart systems. The intention of the organizers is to provide a platform for the informal exchange of know-how and experience. The event will be held in a barcamp style: the topics will be decided by attendees themselves at the very beginning.

There are still some tickets available that you can purchase from the organizer’s website. But you have to hurry up: the ticket sales will close really soon, in fact already tomorrow, Thursday, March 14th.

By the way: OXID eSales proudly sponsors this first German platform overlapping event as a “coffein sponsor”. Enjoy your hot beverage 🙂

OXID Commons 2012 Coming Soon!

OXID Commons 2012

The fourth-annual community day and ecommerce conference will be held at the Trade Fair in Freiburg (Breisgau), Germany on May 24th and 25th offering a great opportunity to meet online merchants, agencies, developers, service providers and of course, the OXID staff 🙂

Thank you all for the many presentation submissions. Many of them were accepted and promise an entertaining schedule, packed with specialist talks on all the colorful topics we have surrounding e-commerce. The schedule for OXID Commons 2012 is presently about to be put together and will be published on our website as soon as possible.

Our thanks also goes to more than 40 exhibitors and sponsors for empowering this day. You can personally contact most of them and other service providers at their stands in the trade fair area – the entry for visitors is free.

For the first time we promise the OXID Best Solution Award in five distinguished categories. Shop owners as well as partner agencies could take part and we received many submissions for it. Not an easy choice for the poor guys in the jury 😉

There will be a Get Together in the evening where you can recap the day and do some networking.

Already over 500 people registered for OXID Commons, not too many tickets left. Hurry up and still be able to get your ticket today!

Please also don’t miss out by not participating in OXID Unconference for developers on May 25th. OXID Unconference is entirely free but requires pre-registration by adding yourself to the list of attendees.

See you at OXID Commons 2012!

OXID eShop: Update Cycles and Maintenance Releases

In a couple of weeks we will release OXID eShop version 4.6.0. Thanks to our proven Open Source development and beta testing process this release will be in time and built to highest quality standards.

However, starting with the release of version 4.6.0 we will introduce some slight changes in the update cycles. This will make the update process easier and clearer for everybody. We will also expand our maintenance activities for previous versions of OXID eShop.

Terminology

There will be three different kinds of releases:

  • Major releases: Upgrades OXID eShop to a new version number, e.g. 4.0 or 5.0
  • Minor releases: Updates the current major release, e.g. 4.6 or 5.1
  • Patch: Indicates the stage of development for current minor release, e.g. 4.6.1 or 4.5.8

Maintenance

As with previous version of OXID eShop you will continue to get a monthly patch that fixes known bugs for the current minor release. Extending our maintenance activities, from now on we will also supply patches for the previous version (X.X-1). But patches for previous versions will be released only when needed and not a regular basis. They will not contain any new or additional features.

As usual, you will have two possibilities to update: You can either download the full release or you can generate a cumulative package. Just pick your current version and you will get one package that will automatically do a complete update to the newest version of OXID eShop for you.

Keep your system up to date

Every release will be compatible with PHP 5.2 and PHP 5.3.

For optimal functionality of OXID eShop and its extensions we recommend regular updates and always using the latest versions. We also recommend working with a test and staging system at all times.

Update cycles

The next major release will be 5.0, coming this summer. About a quarter of a year later we will supply you with the first minor release 5.1.

For the upcoming major releases we aim to get them out around the beginning of each year. The first minor release will follow early in the year, so our customers have enough time to update their shops and go into the Christmas trade with a smoothly running OXID eShop.

OXID Contributor Agreement

A few days ago, we published a new document on OXIDforge: the OXID Contributor Agreement or OXID-CA. In this blog post, I’d like to discuss the purpose of this document and our reasons for publishing it.

What is this document for?

This document governs your contributions to the OXID eShop codebase. It is a document that outlines the principles that cover your contributions and how OXID eSales will handle these contributions. These contributions might include new functionality that you contribute and that makes sense to integrate into the default installation of OXID eShop. It might also include bugs that you fix as a developer, or enhancements that you make to the code.

Why does OXID want me to sign a cumbersome form?

The business concept of OXID eSales is the so-called „dual licensing model“. Under this model, we offer different editions of OXID eShop under different licenses. However, all editions of OXID eShop are developed in one branch. This means that if you contribute your code for OXID eShop Community Edition, your code will also be used in OXID eShop Professional Edition and OXID eShop Enterprise Edition. By signing the Contributor Agreement, you simply declare that you accept this modus operandi.

By signing this agreement, what rights am I giving up?

When you agree to the OXID-CA, you grant OXID eSales AG joint ownership to your contributions. You retain all rights, title, and interest in your contributions and may use them for any purpose you wish. However, because the ownership is now shared, you lose the ability to *exclusively* license your copyright on your contributions to others.

Does the OXID-CA conform to generally accepted practices for community
contributions?

Yes, it does. It is based on the Oracle Contributor Agreement. Many other open-source communities and projects have contributor agreements, including the Free Software Foundation, the Apache Software Foundation, and the Eclipse Foundation.

What benefit do I gain?

On the community front, the OXID-CA allows OXID eSales AG to act as stewards of the OXID codebase and supporting materials, holding copyright on these resources on behalf of the OXID eShop community. In other words, once your contribution is taken over into the default installation, OXID’s core developers will be responsible for future maintenance.

However, this doesn’t mean that your contribution will not be recognized. All OXID project participants receive credit for their contributions, even if their contributions are rewritten or removed, on a special contributor’s list.

How do I get started?

There’s a wiki page on OXIDforge that leads you to the OXID Contributor Agreement and to the accompanying FAQ pages. Please read the FAQ carefully and make sure you understand every single point. If you’re happy with the agreement, fill up the form and send it to [email protected]

We’d be glad if you contribute PHP unit tests along with your code.

Watch a Video Timeline of OXID eShop Development

Yes, we are crazy geeks and we like to do stupid but funny stuff 🙂

Have you heard of a project called Gource? This great piece of software visualizes the evolution of a software project by showing source code changes over a specified time frame in a video.

When we heard about it, we naturally thought of trying it out with our new OXID SVN. Here’s the result: a video showing OXID eShop trunk changes, beginning from the time we switched over to our new SVN server. The files we worked on are displayed as dots in different colors, clustered by directories. The lines and junctions between them represent the directory paths and their relationships. The „explosions“ seem to be big commits.

It’s even better if you add some music to it. We’re using Dark Highway (Midi Man), which is available for free, so go ahead and download it to your iPod if you like it!

Now, all that’s left is some popcorn…

The Feature Request Tool: A Module Writer’s Gold Mine

If you’re a programmer of OXID eShop extensions, you’re probably stuck for ideas sometimes. For all those moments, allow us to point you to our feature request tool, which we introduced over a year ago. It’s gathered a lot of ideas and votes from OXID eShop users, and it’s a great place to find new ideas and inspiration.

Of course, it’s OXID’s responsibility to work on the most wanted feature requests as well as to handle inquiries that concern core development of OXID eShop. But leaving these aside and reading carefully, you’re sure to find many entries that are specific to certain projects and can be easily integrated as modules or even as template extensions – for example, the request to „add rounding function for Swiss shops„. Each feature request is voted on by users, so it’s easy to see which feature requests are generating the most interest; this then becomes a list of exciting ideas for you to work on.

Once you’ve selected something to work on, you need to decide whether you want to collaborate with other coders and place the project under the GPL, or whether you wish to develop it independently and sell it under a commercial license. If you choose the former option, remember that you can use OXIDprojects as your collaborative development platform.

Once your module is complete, you can upload it to the OXID eXchange marketplace to give it better visibility. Regardless of whether you’re distributing it for free ot selling it under a commercial license, OXID eXchange will ensure that a large number of users will see your work. 

Finally, if you also want to contribute to the core, we’d be happy to hear from you, so please get in touch with us via the dev-general mailing list. And don’t forget to blog about your work as well. Remember, if you send us a related RSS feed and a nice picture of you, we’ll get your blog post published on OXID planet and on our Twitter stream and Facebook page.

Beta of OXID eShop version 4.5.0 Coming Before Christmas

Shortly before the holiday season, we will release OXID eShop 4.5.0 as a public beta version. Sort of a Christmas package for you 🙂

Sexy New Store Front

It will actually be a decoratively wrapped up Christmas package, because the beta will ship with a completely redesigned store front. Just take a look at the screenshot included in this post. Beautiful, isn’t it?

As examples, the new store front comes pre-equipped with two themes that contain theme specific options like „Set the cart left or right“, „Set the navigation to the top or left on your site“, and so on. From the administration panel, you can choose which theme you want to use and configure the options.

In a modern eCommerce front end such as in OXID eShop 4.5.0, you will have to use JavaScript. Especially in an online store where data may change on a simple input it is unnecessary to reload the complete page for getting
the result of your changes. We decided to use jQuery as the standard JavaScript library. Writing JavaScript code should be fun, shouldn’t it?

Modules and Themes Installer

Template and module developers can use yet another cool new feature for their modules: We prepared OXID eShop 4.5.0 perfectly for the future use of themes and a module installer. The aim is clear: download and install the module needed for your business case with a simple click. With the 4.5.0 beta, we will show the basis so you can get an imagination of how it will look like in the final version.

Also, we will provide detailed lessons of how to implement these themes and extensions as soon as possible.

Enhancements to Smarty Template System

Smarty as a template engine is proven and will further be used. Of course we were tempted to use Smarty3 as it has been beta for a long time and comes with some very nice features. We tested very meticulously and found some issues that deemed to be not good enough for OXID eShop 4.5.0. Primarily, the performance of Smarty3 was very bad. So we decided to go for Smarty2 – and implemented one of the most interesting features of Smarty3 into OXID eShop 4.5.0: the „template inheritance“.

Now we have the best of the two worlds: The reliability and performance of Smarty2 and Template inheritance of Smarty3. Also, we are prepared to easily switch to Smarty3 as soon as it is good enough.

Beta, so Handle With Care

The beta is intended for the developers community and our solution partners to check out new upcoming features. We invite you to have a close look at the beta and highly appreciate your valuable input!

It is explicitly not intended for productive use! There will also be no update or patch packages from older versions of OXID eShop and no update or patch packages from this beta version to a newer or stable one.