Some thoughts from the early planning at P...
Clarification on the component model
We need to define the components with all their properties, relations and functions. Perhaps some patterns from the JSF model can be used.
How is Content stored in the repository? Same way as in View? Should we seperate the Content-objects from Areas until they are published? This is related to workflow and document process routines, I guess. Note that it is important to maintain a modifiable workflow in the tools. Some smaller business will require a 1-step towards publishing an article, larger enterprises will need an x-step process involving collaboration from several stakeholders (author, publisher, editor).
Area is a meta-wrapper for content which describes how the Content will appear live (online).
Different sorts of Areas include Site, Page, Frame, Category, and so on. Literally all sorts of seperating folders that show up in the site map.
Traditionally, an object in a CMS (an article) is defined with meta-data which defines the graphical View of the object. This is per MVC, wrong! A news-article is usually put in a news-folder. This adds meta-data to the object, saying "This object is part of the News-category.". This wouldn't be a problem if it wasn't directly connected to the View of the site. If you're article is independant of View, then how come it is lying in the news-folder? What if you want to publish the same article in another folder? You could fix it by inserting a reference, but that would be a hack.
TODO: Clarify the point above :)
An Area contains other Areas and/or a reference to Content (a content object. We used to call these components, but still haven't figured out a better name for them).
A Content object is independant of the view and the Area(s) in which it resides.
Typical content objects: Article, Post, Comment, Webshop-item, Announcement
Attributes: Privilegie, Action, MetaTag, language, Text, WorkflowStatus, Dates
Operations: search, syndicate, modify, publish, crudImage, crudText, , move, reference
Template (is applied through a renderer on a Content object, resulting in a live object. The result will typically be an XML-snippet, like HTML or WML, or perhaps pure text):
Types: Article (title, subtitle, ingres, main, images), ArticlePreview (title, subtitle, ingres, thumbnail)
Types: Thumbnail, NormalImage, ResizedImage, Logo
Attributter: title, MetaTag
Types: title, subtitle, ingres, preview, mai, date
Attributes: Text (er meta-data i seg selv)
Operations: Rename, edit, internationalize
These could resolve in a couple of user stories that will affect the component model. We don't need to model stories for obvious and primitive CRUD operations, but nifty stories that are required by the uses.
Elaborate the use of modules and how we will combine Actions and Components. How many of the data object should be predefined?
Typical CMS features
User/privilege/credentials/DRM/group and role-management
User interface - Usability
Authoring/editing - Core functiona
Integration of content - The jig-zaw
Meta-data - Adding value to information
Work process - Gate-setting
Templates - The dresses of a CMS
Version management - Påliterlighet
Globalization - Internationalization (i18n)
Rendering (page-generation) - Dynamics
Searching - Searchability/Findability
Personalization - Portals
Privileges - Access to the CMS
Syndication - Sharing content
Cross-media-publishing - Variation of access
Author - composes articles, posts pictures
Manger - Check, confirm and submit new content
Adminstrator - Manage users, groups, user settings and order of authorization
Web-desinger - Design web layouts, pictures and styles
Sys-integrator - System components, object linkings