Alfresco CIFS shared drive authentication problem

I'm a newbie in Alfresco and honestly cannot find my way in there. If you are trying to develop a WebScript or some other type of service for Alfresco, you can either upload files one by one using the web interface or you can map the CIFS shared drive (\\workstationA\Alfresco\) and use it as a file-system. It seems it worked just fine in Windows XP and friends but I have Windows 7 and I simply could not make it work. It requests a user name and a password but then returns a "Failed to authenticate. Invalid user or password" message The hack I found seems really dumb and I'm sure there is a better solution out there but this works for me.

What you have to do is go to your hosts file (Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts) and add a new line in there mapping the workstaionA (Where workstationA is your computer name + the letter a) to some unused IP address. workstationA

That's it, now it works and you can map it as a network drive and do your development in peace.

net use X: \\workstationA\Alfresco /user:admin admin /persistent:yes

Note: admin/admin are the Alfresco default username and password, you should change that and use yours.

Happy codding !


Zen Coding

If you write HTML for a living, and you don't know Zen Coding yet, you are missing out big time.

Zen Coding is build as a plugin for commonly used editors (including Notepad++, yey!) that allows you to write HTML, CSS and XML code 20 time faster. So writing:


with a keystroke converts to:

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "">
<html xmlns="" xml:lang="en">
	<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html;charset=UTF-8" />
	<div id="header">
		<div id="logo"></div>
		<ul id="nav">
			<li class="item-1"><a href=""></a></li>
			<li class="item-2"><a href=""></a></li>
			<li class="item-3"><a href=""></a></li>
			<li class="item-4"><a href=""></a></li>
			<li class="item-5"><a href=""></a></li>

Don't get this wrong, like the man said, "The purpose of ZC is not to write a full HTML page with a single line, but to help you write smaller code chunks.". Here is a video introducing the system in further detail.

It is easier than it looks actually, and looking a bit over the syntax will make total sense. Printing the cheat sheet also helps 🙂

Also worth noticing that in Notepad++ (the only one I tried) the plugin added few more functions that help with the coding that I'm sure you'll enjoy (Jumping to the edit points is a God given). This project inspired another neat tool for PHP developers to output HTML using this syntax from code. You can find more here

I have only touched briefly on what it can do but I will certainly not author another single HTML document without the benefit of Zen Coding.

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windows 7 quotes problem

windows7If you have a problem with quotes in Windows 7, try to switch the keyboard layout from "United States - International" to "US"

After installing Windows 7, I discovered the following behavior in the code editor: Pressing the quote (') or double-quote (") key once would have no effect. Pressing any key after that would produce both the double quote character and the next character.

The problem is caused but by regional settings - I solved it by switching from "United States - International" to "US" keyboard layout.

Go to Control Panel->Region and Language->Keyboards and Languages tab->click Change keyboards... where you add English (United States) - Us to the list and then select it as default from the top drop down list.


Flex vs Silverlight vs AJAX

Our Transylvania Flex Group 3th event will be held this Saturday (November 21, 2009) in Cluj-Napoca.
This one will be a showdown between RIA technologies, with advocates from our Betfair Office. Iosif George for Flex, Vlad Nemes for AJAX and Silviu Niculita from RIASolutionsGroup for Silvelight.

Registration is free and you can signup for the event here. See you there !

Flex vs Silvelight vs AJAX