Hippo CMS – a Java Open Source Web Content Management Solutions

Hippo CMS is an open-source information centered Content Management System. The Hippo CMS project was initiated and is maintained by Hippo. It’s targeted at medium to large organisations managing content for multi-channel distribution like web sites and intranets. It facilitates an open and flexible way of using your information by following international accepted open standards.

Hippo is a Java Open Source Web Content Management system that enables a true, open and context-aware content strategy.

Hippo CMS is a Java Open Source Web content management (WCM) solution that drives high performance Web properties. Hippo’s focus is to enable organizations to empower audiences to consume content on their terms.

Open Source and Open Standards

Hippo CMS is user friendly, has an open architecture and is designed for interoperability with existing environments. Hippo CMS is built to integrate external sources of content into one. Therefore, it uses all relevant open standards to allow this integration. For many existing sources, connectors are available in the codebase.

The open architecture of Hippo CMS has the following key points:

  • Faceted repository
  • Open source
  • Content repository API for Java, JSR-170
  • Works with open standards
  • Reuse of content
  • Separation of content, design, logic and the CMS itself.
  • User friendly user interface
  • Native XML, 100% Java
  • No vendor lock-in

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KonaKart – a java eCommerce system

KonaKart is a java eCommerce system aimed at medium to large online retailers. The KonaKart product is owned by DS Data Systems UK Ltd with staff in Italy and the UK.

KonaKart provides an extensive set of features to enable retailers to successfully sell their products over the internet. It is a Java / JSP / XML based solution with easy to use java APIs and a SOAP Web Service interface that allow retailers to quickly integrate eCommerce functionality into existing systems. The customizable parts of KonaKart are Open Source and available under the GNU LGPL.

KonaKart includes both a Storefront application and an AJAX-enabled Administration Application. The Administration Application includes role-based security which allows companies to define the administrative functions that should be allowed for different user groups.

Features :

  • Comprehensive eCommerce / shopping cart functionality
  • Ease of integration through its complete set of java, SOAP, JSON and RMI APIs
  • Ease of creation of unique storefronts by using the jQuery / javascript libraries
  • Ease of customization – with examples, tutorials and source code available
  • High performance, scalability and reliability
  • Ability to run as a JSR-168 portlet – eg in Liferay
  • Wide choice of supported databases (MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, DB2, MS SQL Server)

The Community Edition of is free and can be downloaded from the KonaKart website.

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Read, Write Excel With Java – POI

Apache POI project consists of APIs for manipulating various file formats such as Open Office XML (ECMA-376) and Microsoft’s OLE 2 Compound Document formats using pure Java. It provides pure Java libraries for reading and writing files in Microsoft Office formats, such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel. POI supports the ISO/IEC 29500:2008 Office Open XML file formats since version 3.5.

Apache-POI’s XSSF component can read .xlsx files. JExcel only supports the older .xls file format.

Apache-POI also offers an event based API which can be used to drastically reduce the memory footprint when reading but using it is more complicated than just reading the file directly.

Write Excel With Java – POI

import java.io.FileNotFoundException;
import java.io.FileOutputStream;
import java.io.IOException;
import java.util.Calendar;
import java.util.Date;

import org.apache.poi.hssf.usermodel.HSSFCell;
import org.apache.poi.hssf.usermodel.HSSFCellStyle;
import org.apache.poi.hssf.usermodel.HSSFDataFormat;
import org.apache.poi.hssf.usermodel.HSSFRow;
import org.apache.poi.hssf.usermodel.HSSFSheet;
import org.apache.poi.hssf.usermodel.HSSFWorkbook;
import org.apache.poi.hssf.util.HSSFColor;
import org.apache.poi.ss.usermodel.Cell;

public class PoiWriteExcelFile {

public static void main(String[] args) {
try {
FileOutputStream fileOut = new FileOutputStream("test.xls");
HSSFWorkbook workbook = new HSSFWorkbook();
HSSFSheet worksheet = workbook.createSheet("Worksheet");

HSSFRow row = worksheet.createRow((short) 0);

HSSFCell cellA1 = row.createCell(0);
HSSFCellStyle styleOfCell = workbook.createCellStyle();

HSSFCell cellB1 = row.createCell(1);
styleOfCell = workbook.createCellStyle();

HSSFCell cellC1 = row.createCell(2);
styleOfCell = workbook.createCellStyle();

HSSFCell cellD1 = row.createCell(3);
cellD1.setCellValue(new Date());
styleOfCell = workbook.createCellStyle();
.getBuiltinFormat("m/d/yy h:mm"));

row = worksheet.createRow(1);
row.createCell(1).setCellValue("a string");

} catch (FileNotFoundException e) {
} catch (IOException e) {



Read Excel With Java – POI

import java.io.FileInputStream;
import java.io.FileNotFoundException;
import java.io.IOException;

import org.apache.poi.hssf.usermodel.HSSFCell;
import org.apache.poi.hssf.usermodel.HSSFRow;
import org.apache.poi.hssf.usermodel.HSSFSheet;
import org.apache.poi.hssf.usermodel.HSSFWorkbook;

public class PoiReadExcelFile {
public static void main(String[] args) {
try {
FileInputStream iStream = new FileInputStream("test.xls");
HSSFWorkbook workbook = new HSSFWorkbook(iStream);
HSSFSheet worksheet = workbook.getSheet("Worksheet");
//get first row
HSSFRow row = worksheet.getRow(0);
HSSFCell cellA1 = row.getCell(0);
System.out.println("A1 "+cellA1.getStringCellValue());
HSSFCell cellB1 = row.getCell(1);
System.out.println("B1 "+cellB1.getStringCellValue());
HSSFCell cellC1 = row.getCell(2);
System.out.println("C1 "+cellC1.getStringCellValue());
HSSFCell cellD1 = row.getCell(3);
System.out.println("D1 "+cellD1.getDateCellValue());
//get next row
row = worksheet.getRow(1);
HSSFCell cellA2 = row.getCell(0);
System.out.println("A2 "+cellA2.getStringCellValue());
HSSFCell cellB2 = row.getCell(1);
System.out.println("B2 "+cellB2.getStringCellValue());
HSSFCell cellC2 = row.getCell(2);
System.out.println("C2 "+cellC2.getBooleanCellValue());
HSSFCell cellC3 = row.getCell(3);
System.out.println("D2 "+cellC3.getErrorCellValue());

} catch (FileNotFoundException e) {
} catch (IOException e) {


A1 Hello
B1 World
C1 Happy
D1 Sat Dec 31 08:55:00 IST 2011
A2 Sat Dec 31 08:55:00 IST 2011
B2 a string
C2 true
D2 15

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JFreeChart – Java chart library

JFreeChart is the most widely used chart library for Java, By using JFreeChart library that makes it easy for developers to display professional quality charts in their applications.

JFreeChart is a free 100% Java chart library that makes it easy for developers to display professional quality charts in their applications

JFreeChart’s extensive feature set includes:

  • Consistent and well-documented API, supporting a wide range of chart types;
  • Flexible design that is easy to extend, and targets both server-side and client-side applications;
  • Support for many output types, including Swing components, image files (including PNG and JPEG), and vector graphics file formats (including PDF, EPS and SVG); JFreeChart is “open source” or, more specifically, free software. It is distributed under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public Licence (LGPL), which permits use in proprietary applications.

It supports following type of charts

  • X-Y charts (line, spline and scatter). Time axis is possible.
  • Pie charts
  • Gantt charts
  • Bar charts (horizontal and vertical, stacked and independent). It also has built-in histogram plotting.
  • Single valued (thermometer, compass, speedometer) that can then be placed over map.
  • Various specific charts (wind chart, polar chart, bubbles of varying size, etc).

JFreeChart Example

import javax.swing.JFrame;

import org.jfree.chart.ChartFactory;
import org.jfree.chart.ChartPanel;
import org.jfree.chart.JFreeChart;
import org.jfree.chart.plot.PiePlot;
import org.jfree.data.general.DefaultPieDataset;
import org.jfree.util.Rotation;

public class JFreeChartExample extends JFrame {

private static final long serialVersionUID = 1L;

public JFreeChartExample(String applicationTitle, String chartTitle) {
//Creates a sample dataset
DefaultPieDataset dataSet = new DefaultPieDataset();
dataSet.setValue("Chrome", 29);
dataSet.setValue("InternetExplorer", 36);
dataSet.setValue("Firefox", 35);

// based on the dataset we create the chart
JFreeChart pieChart = ChartFactory.createPieChart3D(chartTitle, dataSet, true, true, false);
PiePlot plot = (PiePlot) pieChart.getPlot();

// Adding chart into a chart panel
ChartPanel chartPanel = new ChartPanel(pieChart);

// settind default size
chartPanel.setPreferredSize(new java.awt.Dimension(500, 270));

// add to contentPane
public static void main(String[] args) {
JFreeChartExample chart = new JFreeChartExample("Browser Usage Statistics", "Which Browser are you using?");


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Parsing/Reading RSS/Atom Feed Using ROME

ROME library contains utility classes for parsing and publishing syndicated feeds, it is an open source Java library that make it easy to work with RSS/Atom feeds.

Rome library have converters to convert from one format to another. Rome can parse any format of Newsfeed, including RSS variants and Atom.

It will support most of the syndication formats includes following

  1. RSS 0.90
  2. RSS 0.91 Netscape
  3. RSS 0.91 Userland
  4. RSS 0.92
  5. RSS 0.93
  6. RSS 0.94
  7. RSS 1.0
  8. RSS 2.0
  9. Atom 0.3
  10. Atom 1.0

Note : Download ROME and JDOM

Parsing/Reading RSS/Atom Example

import java.net.URL;
import java.util.Iterator;

import com.sun.syndication.feed.synd.SyndEntry;
import com.sun.syndication.feed.synd.SyndFeed;
import com.sun.syndication.io.SyndFeedInput;
import com.sun.syndication.io.XmlReader;

public class Reader {

public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {

URL url  = new URL("https://javamagic.wordpress.com/feed/");
XmlReader reader = null;

try {

reader = new XmlReader(url);
SyndFeed feed = new SyndFeedInput().build(reader);
System.out.println("Feed Title: "+ feed.getAuthor());

for (Iterator i = feed.getEntries().iterator(); i.hasNext();) {
SyndEntry entry = (SyndEntry) i.next();
} finally {
if (reader != null)

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Create Sitemap Using Java

Sitemaps are an easy way for webmasters to inform search engines about pages on their sites that are available for crawling.

Sitemap is an XML file that lists URLs for a site along with additional metadata about each URL (when it was last updated, how often it usually changes, and how important it is, relative to other URLs in the site) so that search engines can more intelligently crawl the site.

Web crawlers usually discover pages from links within the site and from other sites. Using the Sitemap protocol does not guarantee that web pages are included in search engines, but provides hints for web crawlers to do a better job of crawling your site. Sitemap 0.90 has wide adoption, including support from Google, Yahoo!, and Microsoft.

It will also support for google site map updations.

Note : sitemapgen4j-1.0.1.jar – Set in classpath

SitemapGen4j Features

SitemapGen4j is a library to generate XML sitemaps in Java.

  • Adding any number of URLs
  • Can set gzipped output
  • Can set lastmod option
  • Can set priority option
  • Can set changefreq option
  • Configuring the date format
  • Configuring sitemap index file
  • Validate your sitemaps against official XML Schema Definition (XSD)

Create Sitemap Using SitemapGen4j

import java.io.File;
import java.net.MalformedURLException;
import java.util.Date;

import com.redfin.sitemapgenerator.ChangeFreq;
import com.redfin.sitemapgenerator.WebSitemapGenerator;
import com.redfin.sitemapgenerator.WebSitemapUrl;

public class SitemapGenerator {

public static void main(String[] args) throws MalformedURLException {
// If you need gzipped output
WebSitemapGenerator wsg = WebSitemapGenerator.builder("http://www.javamagic.wordpress.com", new File("C:\\sitemap"))

WebSitemapUrl url = new WebSitemapUrl.Options("https://javamagic.wordpress.com/2012/02/24/create-pdf-with-itext-java-tutorial/")
.lastMod(new Date()).priority(1.0).changeFreq(ChangeFreq.HOURLY).build();
// this will configure the URL with lastmod=now, priority=1.0, changefreq=hourly

//You can add any number of urls here

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Create PDF With iText Java Tutorial

Creating PDF with java in enterprise applications is quite common these days.

iText is a free and open source library for creating and manipulating PDF files in Java. It was written by Bruno Lowagie, Paulo Soares, and others. It enables developers looking to enhance web and other applications with dynamic PDF document generation and/or manipulation.

Note : itext-5.1.2.jar – Set in classpath to access and make pdf.

Developers can use iText to:

  • Serve PDF to a browser
  • Generate dynamic documents from XML files or databases
  • Use PDF’s many interactive features
  • Add bookmarks, page numbers, watermarks, etc.
  • Split, concatenate, and manipulate PDF pages
  • Automate filling out of PDF forms
  • Add digital signatures to a PDF file

Text is used in projects that have one of the following requirements:

  • The content isn’t available in advance: it’s calculated based on user input or real-time database information.
  • The PDF files can’t be produced manually due to the massive volume of content: a large number of pages or documents.
  • Documents need to be created in unattended mode, in a batch process.
  • The content needs to be customized or personalized; for instance, the name of the end user has to be stamped on a number of pages.

Create PDF With iText

import java.io.File;
import java.io.FileOutputStream;
import java.io.OutputStream;
import java.util.Date;

import com.lowagie.text.Document;
import com.lowagie.text.Paragraph;
import com.lowagie.text.pdf.PdfWriter;

public class CreatePDFWithItext{

public static void main(String[] args) {
try {
OutputStream file = new FileOutputStream(new File("C:\\example.pdf"));
Document document = new Document();
PdfWriter.getInstance(document, file);
document.add(new Paragraph("Hello World"));
document.add(new Paragraph("http://www.javamagic.wordpress.com/"));
document.add(new Paragraph(new Date().toString()));
} catch (Exception e) {

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