Cascade vs Joomia, Drupal and wordpress

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lmwatson

07 Jun, 2011 01:53 PM

We are interviewing a new employee and they do not have Cascade experience but say they have Joomia, Drupal and Wordpress. Are those programs even in the ballpark with Cascade. If someone could give me some feedback, I would appreciate it. Also, if you know one of the above, could you do higher end programming in Cascade?

  1. 1 Posted by jmorris on 08 Jun, 2011 06:26 PM

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    Joomla, Wordpress and Drupal are all PHP based and in my humble opinion provide a better platform than Cascade can for dynamic websites. You will get your site up faster and with less headaches than dealing with Cascade. Cascade creates complexity that the ones you mention do not.

  2. 2 Posted by Lee Roberson (F... on 08 Jun, 2011 08:04 PM

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    The previous poster is right, the set of systems you mentioned and Cascade are not all that similar, but Cascade is built on top of many well-used standards and any developer worth his salt should be able to figure it out with no problem. For example, the developers at our company across the 7 colleges using Cascade have launched over 150 sites in the two years since we licensed Cascade.

    To be a little more helpful since you already have Cascade Server and are just looking for a person -- here is a job posting for a recent hire in our School of Medicine that details some of the skills you may be looking for. I trimmed some nonrelevant to Cascade qualifications.The references to SOAP, Web Services, and PHP pertain specifically to the process of migrating from one existing system to another and if you're not doing that or are migrating from a very different platform those may be different qualifications.

    Specific Responsibilities:
    Collaborate with Feinberg Office of Communication team to plan and execute the
    migration of the existing Feinberg web site (Site Executive CMS) to Cascade;
    Develop Feinberg top-level pages and new features using XSLT/XML, XHTML, CSS and
    JavaScript;
    Assist users in departments/divisions/centers/institutes in the development and
    migration of their sites to a standardized platform;
    While these applications are typically developed within MIS, some Office of
    Communication projects may require new FSM sites that incorporate these types of
    data without duplicating or replacing FSM enterprise data sources;
    Test all projects through production and conduct quality assurance review to ensure
    cross-platform/cross-browser compatibility and user satisfaction;
    Performs related duties as required or assigned.

    Minimum Qualifications:
    Significant formal training in computer programming that included system analysis
    and coding courses;
    Three years of experience with PHP, XSLT/XML, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript and similar web
    application development tools;
    At least three years of experience building and supporting large-scale sites
    (concept to completion); Knowledge of PHP, XSLT/XML, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript;
    Knowledge of Content Management Systems;
    A thorough knowledge of the differences in web browsers, operating systems, and
    current web technologies;
    Excellent interpersonal skills, project management, and mentoring skills that allow
    for productive Interaction with users who are not technically trained;
    The ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in a team environment;
    Equivalent combination of education, training and experience from which comparable
    skills can be acquired.

    Preferred Qualifications:
    Bachelors degree in computer science;
    Two years of experience in a higher education or health care environment;
    Experience using Cascade;
    Experience in documenting user business requirements;
    Experience in resolving web usability and accessibility challenges;
    Five years of experience with PHP, XSLT/XML, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript and similar web
    application development tools;
    Knowledge of Cold Fusion;
    Knowledge of PHP, XSLT/XML, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript;
    Knowledge of SOAP and web services;
    Knowledge of Site Executive;
    Or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience from which
    comparable skills can be acquired.

  3. Tim closed this discussion on 11 Jul, 2011 08:10 PM.

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