Unicon Contributes Over 20 uPortal Portlet Enhancements to Open Source Community

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Contributions included technical fixes, feature enhancements, and new functional capabilities. All work was contributed back to the uPortal open source community.

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Unicon, Inc., a leading IT consulting services provider, specializing in open source for the education market, today announced that it has developed and contributed over 20 new portlet enhancements to the Jasig uPortal project. These contributions included technical fixes, feature enhancements, improvements, and new functional capabilities. This development work, along with fixes performed by the Unicon team, was contributed back and shared with the uPortal open source community. As a Jasig partner and authorized Solutions Provider for uPortal, Unicon is deeply committed to ensuring uPortal's long-term success.

“Unicon’s involvement in the Jasig uPortal project is an example of how commercial entities contribute to a vibrant open source community that creates and sustains solutions for higher education,” said Patty Gertz, Executive Director of Jasig.

The portlets listed below are available for download at https://wiki.jasig.org/display/PLT/Home.

uPortal Product • Contribution

ANNPLT (Announcements Portlet) -

  •     Converted the datepickers on admin feedback to use JQuery datepicker UI as opposed to custom JQuery UI

FBP (Feedback Portlet) -

  •     Resolved issue with validation in search form
  •     Converted the datepickers on admin feedback to use JQuery datepicker UI as opposed to custom JQuery UI
  •     Provided a timeout functionality for submitting feedback
  •     Resolved issue with the ‘comments only’ filter criteria in Oracle
  •     Resolved tagging issue with feedback submitted from Google Chrome browser
  •     Updated to newer Jasig practices of using model and view
  •     Added a page selector to let browsing large amounts of feedback data easier
  •     Added the ability to filter by date
  •     Resolved a 404 issue that occurs when exporting to excel

EMAILPLT (Email Preview Portlet)

  •     Improved the email reading experience when message is long and in plain text
  •     Resolved issue relating to the null sent date of the email
  •     Provided a customizable HELP screen
  •     Created classes for splitting Java mail

CMSPLT (Simple Content Management)

  •     Allowed optional use of the TinyMCE WYSIWYG Editor
  •     Resolved issue with rich text widget sending garbage from FireBug
  •     Resolved JS error with 'Spell Check As You Type' button

WIDGPT (Widget Portlet)

  •     Added an image gallery based on JQuery plugin "gallaria"
  •     Updated to Fluid 1.4
  •     Updated to Google Maps api v3 as to not require an api key

WPT (Weather Portlet)

  •     Unable to delete locations in safari : provided testing and feedback
  •     Added filtering for api key

About uPortal
uPortal is the leading open source enterprise portal framework built by and for the higher education community. uPortal continues to evolve through contributions from its global community and is supported by resources, grants, donations, and memberships fees from academic institutions, commercial affiliates, and non-profit foundations. For more information, visit http://www.jasig.org/uportal.

About Jasig
Jasig, Inc., is a non-profit 501(c)(3), international consortium of educational institutions and commercial affiliates supporting open source software development and promoting open computing architectures for higher education. Jasig has been in operation for over ten years, sponsoring open source software applications like uMobile, the next-generation mobile platform; uPortal, the enterprise-grade portal solution; CAS, a flexible Central Authentication Service deployed for single sign-on; and Bedework, an enterprise calendar system for public, personal, and group use. For more information, visit the Jasig website at http://www.jasig.org.

About Unicon
Unicon, Inc. is a leading provider of IT consulting services for the education market. Unicon works closely with colleges, universities, and corporations to find the best solutions to meet their business challenges. Unicon specializes in using open source technologies to deliver flexible and cost-effective systems in the areas of enterprise portals, learning management systems, identity and access management, online video, calendaring, email, and collaboration. Unicon is a Sakai Commercial Affiliate; an InCommon Affiliate; an Industry Member of Internet2; a Jasig and VMware Partner; an authorized Solution Provider for CAS, uPortal, and VMware; a services partner and reseller of Kaltura, Liferay, VASCO, and Zimbra; and a Contributing Member of the IMS Global Learning Consortium. For more information, visit: http://www.unicon.net.

Unicon is a Registered Trademark of Unicon, Inc. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners.

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