Dogs Underwater Apr 23, 2012 I am usually not one for email forwards. I got one today that I absolutely love, however. So, instead of re-forwarding it, I will share it here. I found the original author of the pictures here (the email had no information about the author).
eZ Find Multi-Core Apr 20, 2012

One of the greatest things about eZ Publish as a CMS is its ability to host many websites (siteaccesses) in one eZ Publish install. Recently I had the privilege of working on an eZ install that hosted 4 websites, giving the illusion of a single site experience across multiple urls. We used eZ Find extensively, specifically its multi-core functionality, to get information across the sites with ease. That way, all the sites can keep and maintain their own databases, and what is shared is shared through Solr.

Solr Directory
So, to start. Let’s assume that if you are reading this, you already read through my previous eZ Find tutorial (Installing eZ Find). Since we already have our sever up and running there won’t be a lot of work to do there. But, we need to move our config files to the Solr multicore directory. Last time we used the Solr directory, this time we need to use the directory solr.multicore. Inside the multicore directory there are a couple of demo cores for languages. What I did is duplicated the english directory a couple times and renamed them for each site.

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Clear Cache in eZ Publish - eZpedia Apr 12, 2012 As an eZ Publish developer I know that whenever creating an eZ Publish site the cache can be my best friend in production and worst enemy in development. eZpedia has a great article all about clearing the cache. Clear Cache in eZ Publish / Solution / Root - eZpedia My favorite is the manually clearing of the cache. For some reason the clear-cache script sometimes misses some files; so the only way you are going to see your changes is by dumping those files manually. ...
Despite Bings Rise, Google Still Dominates Search [INFOGRAPHIC] Mar 26, 2012 Very interesting, Bing is on the rise but it appears to be at the expense of Yahoo! not Google. Despite Bings Rise, Google Still Dominates Search [INFOGRAPHIC].
Installing eZ Find Mar 22, 2012

Alright, so lets begin installing eZ Find by going out and downloading it from the Github => https://github.com/ezsystems/ezfind. eZ Find is an eZ Publish extension so: unzip the download, rename the fold ”ezfind,” and then move the ezfind folder to the extensions directory of your eZ Publish install.

So, as with any extension, we have to activate it. Go into your override site.ini.append.php (settings/override/site.ini.append.php) and add ezfind to your active extension list (ActiveExtensions[]=ezfind). I added mine just after my main site extension. Easy enough so far right?

Solr installed locally

As you had probably already guessed, eZ Find will not without first setting up Solr. Luckily eZ Find comes with the recommended version of Solr for eZ Find. Within the eZ Find extension you should see a java directory (remember Solr is written in Java?). So what we need to do is copy the java directory and move it to the htdocs level of your eZ Publish install and rename the folder “Solr” (see the image on the right). There is a lot in the solr directory that we will not need to mess with right now, specifically I will not cover the multicore options right now, just know that eZ Find can run multiple sites/cores on one Solr install. Also note that I just installed Solr locally, but it can also be installed on remote servers.

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eZ Find Basics Mar 19, 2012 I have been thinking a long time about different topics I could use this blog for. I have settled for the moment on an eZ Publish extension that I have used extensively for a while, eZ Find. eZ Find is an ultra-powerful Solr powered search engine made for eZ Publish, authored by Paul Borgermans. For starters, an introduction to eZ Find & Solr. Solr is an ultra-powerful search engine built in Java on top of the Apache Lucene project. ...
Solr Buckets Feb 25, 2012 I have been meaning to make this post for a couple of months now. I came across this topic a while back when I was working on creating some custom facets for a website running eZ Find, powered by Solr. The Problem: I needed to bucket all the authors together by last name (eg. A-C, D-F and so on). I also wanted to do this all within Solr, since the book I was using for reference said it was possible and I did not want to use Javascript (I wanted to take advantage of Solr’s speed; let Solr do the work). ...
Photoshopping Goodness Feb 11, 2012 I truly do wish that I were better with photoshop. That said I am very blessed to know some people that are photoshop gurus. Yesterday when we came across a fantastic picture and I could not help but think, what would that picture look like with @jacksonmurtha’s head on it. Knowing that I could never do it right I asked @rmvelgersdyk if he could do it. What he sent me back really made me wish that I knew photoshop better. ...
Scraping a page with php Jan 24, 2012 I ran across a problem recently, I needed to get the contents of a page so that I could mimic a widget’s functionality without having access to the database that said page’s widget used (confused yet). Basically, one site had a widget that displayed an upcoming event (information with came from a database), I needed to copy that widget to another website. Moreover, I did not want to use JavaScript to accomplish my goal because I need the new site to be cached pretty heavily on the server. ...
Gradient App Oct 20, 2011 I am well overdue for a new HarmsSite post. So today I am going to talk about one of my favorite new tools. But first, an intro. Building out gradients is easy enough, get your start color and your end color and then plug them into all the various browser specific gradient css elements (webkit, moz, etc…) and you get a gradient. Like I said, simple enough but time consuming because each browser gets its own line. ...