Live Sites - 2.1.8
This is a list of live sites proudly powered by Apache Cocoon.
- The Open Source Zone - The Open Source Zone's aim is to create a storefront for access to Open Source projects. The storefront will have the same level of participation that users give back to Amazon or iTunes by providing their personal feedback in form of reviews, ratings, comments, developers who liked this project also liked this other one.
Contact: epritcha [AT] wiley.co.uk
Cocoon version used: 2.1.8 (with AJAX module and
some patches from 2.1.9)
Short summary: Major Reference work in Wiley InterScience, first of many to be published using Cocoon-based architecture.
How can we verify this site is actually built with Cocoon? Check out the X-Cocoon-Version header...
How much time did it take to build the site from design to
Original IA Specification in October 2005, specs for source XML took approximately 2 months, actual build 3 months; 3 Cocoon-based engineers, 1 focusing on search, 1 on XHTML/CSS, and one on the rest of the site. We also had some hard-working Content people working on pre-rendering of XML blobs and MathML images, and a whole bunch of people in India marking up the XML content documents.
How much traffic does the site handle?
20000 hits on launch day (24 July 2006).
What made you choose Cocoon to build the site?
6 month review of available technologies, Cocoon stood out on handling of XML, Caching, Component re-use and the Sitemap. We also love Views and the concept of Flows.
What other information do you want to disclose (e.g. how does it work, how did you build it, what parts of Cocoon did you use)?
We've actually got some other parts of the site already implemented using Cocoon, namely ForwardLinking (Citation-Tracking link on Journal Abstract pages: Crossref web-service based), Author Services (production process tracking for authors: uses web-services and FlowScript), plus our (yet to be launched) RSS and OPML feeds, and will be moving forward with the rest of InterScience along-side a back-end re-architecture.
We've been able to re-use a number of components from the other Cocoon projects already, and the bulk of Cocoon work for this site has been XSL and Sitemap wrangling, rather than application-specific Java code.
We wrote our own Generators and Transformers for DB access and Search integration (we use back-end CORBA repositories and custom DOA for DB access, and a legacy Verity engine for search), plus some generic transformers for SAX manipulation, e.g. pulling single nodes for our AJAX based topic-tree out of a huge source document. However, the bulk of the functionality is XSLT based, using a file-system store (i.e. exactly the kind of thing Cocoon was designed for), preferring Inclusion to Aggregation in most cases.
Access control is not implemented using Cocoon simply due to an existing available web-server plugin, although we use a Cocoon-based 'Action' for access control in other parts of the site.
Cocoon has vastly improved our abilty to deliver feature-rich sites on-time and on-cost, plus, its fun!
Date added: 2006-06-29
Webpages of the programming systems group at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg.
Contact: Thorsten.Meinl [AT] informatik [DOT] uni-erlangen [DOT] de
Our university-wide information system (UnivIS, http://univis.uni-erlangen.de/) offers an XML export of all data (lecture, publications, person, projects, ...) To avoid maintaining the data at multiple places we import these data and use Cocoon to produce our webpages more or less automatically.
Date added: 2006-05-18
The main website of the Dutch Ministry of Finance is built entirely in Cocoon 2.1.8. Launched in April 2006.
- Pyxx.org - live site on XML-related authoring and publishing for web and on-line learning.