The new Lithium tech blog is here, along with the improved Lithium Developer Network! Also this week at LiNC, customers are showcasing how they have customized and extended the platform during the Dev Track sessions, and Acceleration delivers a SiteCatalyst integration for Lithium communities.
Lithium has been around for quite a while. Through the years, we've used various technologies to render content on communities: JavaServer Pages (JSP), Velocity, and now FreeMarker. Out of the box, FreeMarker is a simple templating engine for Java. The real power of any templating engine, however, is in the injection of a data model for use in a template. As our Professional Services team, partners and customers have needed them -- and sometimes before they need them -- we've been adding objects to this data model to create richer content on our communities.
If you find yourself playing a game of buzzword bingo, there's a good chance HTML5 is going to be an item on your card. But what is it, and should you even care? After all, we've been using HTML(4) for quite a while now (since 1997!) and it's been treating us pretty well. I mean, have you seen the Internet lately? It's nothing short of amazing.
Lithium quietly incorporated a little over nine years ago. A small group of guys came together with the goal of helping companies better interact with and listen to their customers. These guys – almost all of whom are developers – decided to start building great community software.