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2009-09-09

Hello,

In this new edition of the proagora.com newsletter, I'll introduce a new feature that allows you to keep track of your favorite tools and libraries, and display them on your profile if you wish to. We also announce the Java2Days conference.

Whatever you're doing with .NET or Java, you have to deal with a lot of tools and libraries. If you need to find new ones, you can consult SharpToolbox.com and JavaToolbox.com. You'll find there more than 2000 tools, libraries and add-ins! The main goal of these sites has always been to help you to quickly identify the tools you need.

SharpToolbox Logo   JavaToolbox Logo

One thing that has been missing on SharpToolbox.com and JavaToolbox.com until recently is the ability for you to keep track of your favorite tools. I'm glad to announce that from now on you can easily add tools to a personal watch list. This will allow you to find all your tools in one place. You'll then be able to see in a blink whether these tools have been updated. We'll also email you when one of your favorite tools gets updated.

SharpToolbox Favorites

Another thing that this update offers you is the ability to show to your peers which tools you use. This can easily be done by displaying the brand new SharpToolbox and/or JavaToolbox Favorites widget.

Favorites widget

In order to be able to manage favorites, all that is needed is a proagora.com account. With your account, you can sign in on SharpToolbox.com or JavaToolbox.com and start adding tools to your personal list of favorites.

Add to favorites

If you want to display your favorites on your blog or your website, you can simply copy and paste the HTML block you'll find on the "My Favorites" page (here is the same page on JavaToolbox.com).

My .NET tools    My Java tools

In addition to displaying your favorite tools on your blog or website, you can display them on your proagora.com profile if you want to. You don't automatically have a public profile on proagora.com when you first create your account, but if you decide to create one, you'll be able to choose whether your favorite .NET and Java tools are displayed on it. Of course, I encourage you to publish your profile :-)
You can see what it all looks like at the bottom of my own proagora.com profile.

You can also use RSS to follow your favorite .NET and Java tools.

Favorite tools RSS Favorite tools RSS

Of course, you can also share your RSS feeds with someone else. But what's much more interesting is that you can reuse your personal RSS documents and do whatever you want with them. After all, it's just XML that you can parse and transform easily.

I hope you'll find these new features useful. As usual, your feedback and suggestions are welcome!

I'd like to thank Tobin Harris for the fruitful discussion about these features and for the great suggestion of providing widgets.

I'd like to end this edition of our newsletter with the announcement of the Java2Days Java technologies conference.
This conference is a brand new event in Eastern Europe focused on highlighting today’s cutting edge trends in Java development. The major purpose of this event is to become a place for passionate Java developers to get in touch with the latest technologies, to become a significant part of the global Java community and to learn from the best speakers.
The speakers who have already confirmed their participation are: Reza Rahman, Josh Long, John Willis, Heath Kesler, Talip Ozturk, Rob Harrop, Bruno Bossola and Andrew Lombardi.
The event takes place October 8-9 in Sofia, Bulgaria. A special 20% discount is available till September 15.
More information about pricing, terms and how to register can be found on java2days.com.

That's all for today. Feel free to contact me anytime with questions or suggestions.

Regards,
Fabrice Marguerie

2009-02-16

Hello,

This is the first proagora.com newsletter for 2009. In this edition, I'll show you how to use our search agents and RSS feeds. We also announce TheServerSide Java Symposium in Las Vegas.

Did you know that proagora.com offers search agents? These agents allow you to keep track of your favorite searches, as well as to receive new search results by e-mail. Whether you are searching for a job, a company or an expert, search agents are here to assist you.

Using our search agents is very easy. During any search on proagora.com, you'll be able to find "Turn into a search agent" buttons, which look as follows:


After you create a new search agent, you'll be able to find it in your list of agents. This list can be reached via the "My search agents" menu:


From this page, you can visualize back your favorite searches and the results for each of them. You'll automatically receive e-mails when new results matching your criteria become available.
You can of course delete an agent. This is possible from the same page.

In addition to search agents, you can also use our RSS feeds. These RSS feeds allow you to be notified when a new expert, company or job offer becomes available on proagora.com. These feeds can be consumed by any RSS aggregator.

The RSS feeds on proagora.com are identified by a small orange RSS logo. They are available from the home page, but also from the "Jobs", "Experts" and "Companies" pages:


You can also find the RSS feeds in your browser's address bar:


Finally, I'd like to announce that TheServerSide Java Symposium takes place this year between March 18 and 20 in Las Vegas.
This event regroups 35 experts and 45 sessions. It offers countless networking opportunities. View the agenda and register now.
You'll save $100 with the code JAVA130!

Until the next edition of our newsletter, feel free to contact me if you have questions or suggestions.

Regards,
Fabrice Marguerie

2008-04-11

Hello,

Here is the second edition of the proagora.com newsletter. This time, I'd like to announce new services that we have implemented on the site. We also announce TheServerSide Java Symposium Europe.

The first of the new features that I wish to let you know about is the ability to manage messages sent to experts by companies.
As a company, you can now keep track of the messages that you have sent, thanks to the "My messages" page, which is accessible from the "My account" menu.


Other feature: you can now manage message templates. This allows you to avoid typing the same message several times or using copy-and-paste.

We hope that you'll find this new tool useful. However, we invite you to send targeted and customized messages. It's more efficient and pleasant for experts to receive messages that are addressed to them personally and that concern them, rather than general and impersonal messages.
To ensure that you don't contact an expert inadvertantly twice in a row, we now indicate clearly if you have already contacted a given expert before and when.

As an expert, you can find the messages that you've received in the "My messages" section of the "My account menu".

Note: for the moment, you'll see the messages sent after January 24, 2008.

To finish with the new features, you'll be able to see the "Add This" buttons displayed at the bottom of each page, and more prominently on profiles and job offers. These buttons allow you to add pages to your favorites or share them on sites such as del.icio.us, StumbleUpon, Blogmarks, and many more.

Before ending this message, I'd like to announce TheServerSide Java Symposium Europe. Here is a description:

TheServerSide.com's 3rd annual Java Symposium-Europe will be in Prague, 18-20 June 2008. See what's new in Java EE6, including in-depth coverage of JPA 2.0 and EJB 3.1 specifications. See what's new and cool in Spring 3.0. Go in-depth on framework options, dynamic languages, performance, persistence, architecture, SOA, the presentation tier and more. TSSJS-Europe is editorially-driven, packed with top notch content, and considerably less expensive than other events. Learn more about attending TSSJS-Europe and register now.

That's all for today. I'll keep the rest for the next edition of this newsletter :-)
Feel free to contact me if you have questions or suggestions.

Regards,
Fabrice Marguerie

2008-03-08

Hello,

Here is the first newsletter from proagora.com. I take this occasion to wish you a happy year and a lot of success with all your projects.

In this edition, we'd like to let you know that we've just started a new wave of updates on the website, and announce TheServerSide Java Symposium.

Since its opening last year, the proagora.com website has evolved by taking into account all your remarks. Please, continue to send us your feedback. We are listening to what you say.
We've seen more than 400 registered users, and hundreds of brand new job offers targeting .NET and Java have been published. Thank you for being part of this success! (note: most accounts and job offers are in French at the moment)

In each edition of our newsletter, we will present you a feature of the site. This time, we would like to let you know about the ability to promote your profile.
Whether you are an expert or a company, you may have noticed that you can easily put a link to your proagora.com profile on your sites or blogs. All you have to do is to copy the HTML block that is provided at the bottom of your profile management page:



For an expert


For a company

Here is how this link would look like on your site:


Example on my blog


Example on the metaSapiens.com website

Expert or company, do not hesitate to use this feature to gain visibility. Don't forget also to update your profile!

This edition’s spotlight is TheServerSide Java Symposium. Here is a description of the event:

Get skills that can be immediately applied to your projects at TheServerSide Java Symposium. Created by the minds behind TheServerSide.com, TSSJS focuses on enterprise Java and learning to do more with Java as a platform. Go in-depth on framework options, dynamic languages, performance, persistence, architecture, SOA, the presentation tier and more. Case studies include what NOT to do with JSF, scaling your Spring app on the cloud, a look at eBay's architecture and more. Learn more and register today

We will get back to you soon with another edition of our newsletter. We have a lot of new features to announce!

Regards,
Fabrice Marguerie

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