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Blog and Forum Tips

Josh Weisman on June 15th, 2014

    We're excited about the community features that are now available on our Developer Network. We want you to be able to share your successes, tips, and questions with fellow developers. There are two ways to get involved in the Developer Network:

    • Blog- share your integration stories, code and tips with the Ex Libris developer community
    • Forum- leverage the community and Ex Libris staff to get answers to your questions.

    Here are some tips and tricks to help in your blog entries and forum questions.

    Logging in

    While the Developer Network is open to everyone, you must have an account and log in to contribute or comment on a blog entry and ask or answer a question in the forum. For more information on logging in to the Developer Network, see this section of the Alma APIs Getting Started guide.

    Blog Basics

    Once logged in, you have access to the Contribute and Manage links on the Tech Blog home page. Click Contribute to start a new blog entry. Click Manage to edit or publish an existing blog entry.

    Manage Blog

    Blog- Adding Images

    To add an image to your blog entry:

    • click the icon for the media gallery
    • create a folder to organize your images
    • upload an image
    • select the image and set the size (width below 650 px will work best)
    • click "Save"

    Blog - Insert Image

    Blog- Request Publish

    After you're finished writing your blog entry, or when you wish to edit it in the future, you'll need to request publish in order for other users to see your blog posts. Go to (or click on Manage Blog), locate your new post (but do not open it), hover over the gear icon on the right, and select 'request publish'. This will send an alert to the moderator, who will either publish the post or contact you for clarifications.

    Blog- Request Publish


    You can confirm your post can be seen by other users by logging out of your session and trying to access the post's URL as a guest.

    Blog- Code highlighting

    Our blog supports code highlighting. From the blog editor, select the text you wish to highlight as code. Click the Format drop down menu, and select Formatted.

    If you're feeling adventurous, you can enter the Source view, and add a "brush" to specify which code syntax you'd like to use.

    <pre class="brush: perl">
         # My Perl code

    Installed brushes are: plain, perl, xml, bash, csharp, java, jscript, php, python, ruby, sql, vb.

    Blog- Code Highlighting

    Blog- Sharing Files

    We want your blog entries to reach the widest audience possible and for all of the contents to be searchable. To that end, we're encouraging that text be included in the content of the blog rather than attached as a Word document. If you have files that you want to share, we encourage you to make them available on a file sharing site and then link them from your blog entry. Here are a few suggestions:

    Forum- Code highlighting

    Our forum supports BBCode formatting syntax. That means you can use [code] [/code] for code highlighting.