24 Feb 2005 nuncanada   » (Journeyer)

Open Source Java CMS? Where?

I got the unfortunate task of surveying the Open Source Java CMSes out there. It's interesting to compare how much harder they are to install then PHPs. Many have incompatibilities with certain versions of Tomcat or some of the libraries being used etc etc... Quite a pain...

Anyways, from the ones i was able to install, Lenya appeared to be the most professional of all of them although it was missing lots of features comparing to common stuff in PHP CMSes. Anyways it had good support for workflow and other interesting features for corporative use, but where is the dynamic content generation? It seemed more like a site editor than a dynamic application.

OpenCMS seems to be relatively stagnant, or maybe it's just my ignorant view. Anyways it was missing all interesting modules in its new version.

Some of the CMSes out there are laughable like JBoss Nukes. They didnt even consider asking PN developers what did they think was badly done/designed before copying everything? What were they thinking?

One CMS that seems interesting from docs/site is WebMan but i wasnt able to install it, first i needed to fix lots of missing ';' in the postgresql instalation sql schema which is a sign that they didnt even bother to test. And after that it doesnt work and yet doesnt give any errors... Very helpful.

It's interesting how Java developers downplay PHP ones, still they are producing quite the same crap.

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