In his famous “Ballad of East and West”, the 19th century english poet Rudyard Kipling writes, rather prematurely: “East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet”.
Little did he know that a little over a century later East and West would not only meet frequently and have plenty of cultural exchanges, but also become very good business partners.
You’ve enjoyed the platform, you’ve dug the features, you’ve appreciated the support and you loved the end product. It’s time to meet the people behind it all.
Continuing our series of behind-the-scenes posts that we kickstarted with an interview of our support guru, Eleftheria, meant to introduce the team that created eFrontPro, manages your private Clouds and keeps churning all these nice updates.
Today we’re talking with Periklis Venakis, eFrontPro’s software architect and all around nice guy.
Have you checked out the latest eFrontPro 4.2.0 update? If you haven’t, you should.
It might sound like “just a point release” but, as usual with eFrontPro updates, it packs a mighty punch, with new features such as revamped ILT support, one-click upgrades, new question types, improved security and more.
In this post, though, we’ll focus in one of the most eagerly awaited new features, integration with OpenSesame, a leading SCORM compatible eLearning content provider, which enables you to search for and purchase ready-made content to add to your courses right from within eFrontPro’s administration panel.
Features, spec lists, and comparison matrices…
While those can tell you something about a product, they seldom tell the whole story, and they can be downright misleading.
In the sense that Mercedes cars, just like Fiat’s, have 1 engine, 4 tires, 2 airbags, and 2 wipers, but your experience with each of those brands will be far from identical.
It’s summer fever for IT vendors and customers. Microsoft announced Windows 10, Google announced the new Android a couple of weeks ago and Apple just announced the next iOS and OS X versions. But, the best news is probably about the platform you use everyday and really care about: eFrontPro has been updated to 4.2.0.
Ever since we introduced eFrontPro as a modern, future-proof base to build upon, we’ve worked hard to get major updates full of new features coming your way with impressive frequency (and don’t let the version numbers fool you, what we call 4.1 or 4.2 other vendors would have happily called 5 and 6 feature-wise).
But I digress. Let’s open the (virtual) box, and see what goodies eFrontPro 4.2.0 brings to the table…
You’ve enjoyed the platform, you’ve dug the features, you’ve appreciated the support and you loved the end product.
It’s time to meet the people behind it all.
In this series of behind-the-scenes interviews, we’ll be introducing the team that created eFrontPro, is managing your private Clouds and keeps churning all those nice updates.
We decided to build eFrontPro from scratch in order to replace our eFront codebase that was getting long in the tooth and to be a great foundation to build upon for the next decade.
It wasn’t an easy task: we had to rewrite legacy code, to re-think the architecture and UI, to make it more modular and speedy, and to learn and adapt new technologies. It also involved a lot of hair-pulling and head-scratching, in order to come up with the best solutions to the challenges we faced.
Yep, it wasn’t easy. But, as hard work is known to do, it paid off. You’ve seen it yourself, in the faster pace that major eFrontPro updates arrive, with the first one landing just a month after our first release. And then another.
Well, it’s time to introduce our freshly baked latest update, eFrontPro 4.1.0, and the goodies it brings to the table.
Businesses and organizations vary not only in size but also in needs. It seems obvious, but it’s incredible how many software packages and services are offered with an unwieldy “one size fits all” mentality.
eFrontPro on the other hand was built with flexibility in mind. And that’s not just in the features it offers that enable you to organize and manage your classes in any way that fits your workflow and needs, but also in its deployment, with its different configurations of deployed and hosted installation options.
In this post we are going to take a look into our private cloud solution ― what it entails, what are its pros and cons, and what type of businesses should be considering it. So hang on, as we reach for the clouds…
If you’re reading this you’re either evaluating eFront (or eFrontPro, our revamped, flagship product) or you have already joined the ranks of those who use it and love it. In either case, it might be interesting to take a look under the hood, and see what makes its engine tick: the technologies, APIs, programming libraries and tools we used in creating it.
Don’t worry, you won’t need a degree in programming to understand this post. We’ll just give you a high level description of what powers eFront, the software analogous of opening the hood of a Ferrari to take a peak at its engine; you don’t need to be mechanic to appreciate that. And in case you do have a degree in programming (or can hire someone who does) our software let’s you modify, enhance and alter whatever part of it you want to build the hot-rod of your dreams.
Let’s begin at the beginning.
My, how time flies. It feels like yesterday when we announced eFrontPro, the newer member of our highly successful eFront product family, designed from scratch to take advantage of the newest web technologies while maintaining the ease-of-use and flexibility that eFront is famous for (only, even more so).
eFrontPro was a major release that took some years in the making, and we would be justified to pat ourselves on the back and rest on our laurels for a while.
Instead, we worked even harder in bringing you the first update to eFrontPro, with several new features, goodies and bug fixes.
So what’s new in this update?
A lot. So much in fact, that it’s more than a point update, and almost feels like a whole 2.0 release.
When we wrote that eFrontPro will serve as a stable, modern, basis for the platform’s future, allowing us even faster development cycles we weren’t kidding.
Let’s have a rundown of the major new changes, and what they mean to eFrontPro users: