This page is about the OLEFA developments made during my time at EducDesign, from 2002-2008. Check out the Early Years page to read about prior versions of OLEFA, or the Future page for information about upcoming projects. Most of the information here can also be found on olefa.com (resp. archive.org), I've tried to put everything together so that it all makes sense...
In 2002 Pino Fiermonte and Frank Trierweiler asked me to join them and to co-found the EducDesign s.a. company with them. Since then OLEFA was distributed by the EducDesign company, primarely in the education area. OLEFA was re-released as OLEFA 1.0 in September 2002 under a verbal license agreement (something like "okay, let's sell this thing..."), followed by versions 1.1 and 1.2 somewhat later.
OLEFA 1.3 - new Wiki & Fileserver (2003)
The first major update became available in September 2003, OLEFA 1.3 added a new modular wiki format and the automated Linux fileserver. The idea for the fileserver was quite old, I developed the idea and concept a long time before the creation of EducDesign, must have been in 2001 or so. I wrote the entire code for the fileserver management on only one weekend at my home in Ehlerange (note that the first release only supported Linux and Mac clients, Windows support was added later on). I can't remember exactly when I began work on the new modular wiki concept, this must have been in 2002 or early 2003. The current OLEFA wiki is still based on the logic I developed in 2003.
OLEFA 1.4 - new GUI & API, Webbook (2004)
With OLEFA 1.4 I started to launch new major releases on my birthday (that's June 21). OLEFA 1.4 was released on June 21st 2004 and featured completely rewritten administration tools, a new theme based administration interface as well as OSA, the first release of a unified OLEFA System API. I created the idea and concept for the webbook application during an afternoon in my car while I was in Belgium. The following weekend I programmed a working prototype at my home in Ehlerange. The webbook was released in August 2004. The currently available OLEFA webbook is not very different from the one that I initially created in 2004.
OLEFA 1.5 - OLEFAdesk, OLEFA EiS and Storyboard (2005)
OLEFA 1.5 was released on June 21, 2005. OLEFA 1.5 was the first release that included code by other developers too. The idea for OLEFAdesk, a web based OS (aka WebOS), was very old - maybe even older than OLEFA itself. I had been working on such concepts in 2000 or before already, I remember to have used SGI (Silicon Graphics) icons for my first prototypes back then. One of the applications that is part of OLEFAdesk is the OLEFA Schoolmanager, which allows to manager teachers and students. The Schoolmanager also includes a training module, this is in fact code I had already written in 1999 for my own students when I was working as a teacher.
OLEFE EiS (Enterprise Intelligence System) was one of my favourite projects. My idea was to create a set of business tools including a CRM and project management tools. I think that my basic concept for it was quite innovative - it included a highly flexible address management system, a product database, an invoice generation tool and a ticket system (that's a software that helps tracking e-mails in a company). The EiS was discontiuned in 2007.
The OLEFA Sound Recorder was released in April 2006, it's a JAVA applet that allows to record sound directly on a website.
In early 2006 I had to come up with something really new, I started work on new ideas and a few days later I came up with the OLEFA Storyboard concept. I had designed the original interface concept on a piece of paper while sitting around in a music school in Esch/Alzette on a Saturday morning, based on this I started programming a prototype the same evening that included a basic interface as well as an OLEFAbot. The OLEFAbots weren't really new, in fact I reused characters from my 3D animation movie Stag Wards (www.stagwards.com) from 1999. My prototype code had been created in a hurry and it was not reused. The OLEFA storyboard was released in April 2006 along with the new sound recorder.
OLEFA 6 - AFELO, Tiparlo and more... (2006)
OLEFA 6 was released on June 21, 2006. OLEFA 6 introduced the OLEFA site navigator, new administration features (wizards), the OLEFA search engine technology, AFELO, tiparlo, the OLEFA EDU version, code enhancements, OLEFAscriptNG as well as many other new features.
I think I must have had the idea for AFELO in 2004 or 2005. AFELO was the second Java project after the Sound Recorder, Tim Gottwald started developing it in early 2006. I had a clear vision of what the app should look like and the concept was well defined so that we could expect a fast progress. I don't use AFELO anymore, as it's being "released under the GPL" while EducDesign doesn't publish the code anymore.
OLEFA Tiparlo is an application that allows to record voices via web and to rearrange them. It's more or less something like TEO, an application created by the Luxembourgish Ministry of Education many years ago.
OLEFA 7 (2007)
OLEFA 7 was released in early 2007, it offered a large number of OSA (OLEFA System API) enhancements and I think it was much more stable and reliable than OLEFA 6. OLEFA 7 also market the end of OLEFA EiS, the entire EiS must have been removed from the OLEFA software distribution with one of the first OLEFA 7 releases. OLEFA 7i was released in September 2007, it offered an optional alternative user interface. As far as I remember this option was removed later on (perhaps with OLEFA 9, but I'm not quite sure).
OLEFA 8 (2008)
OLEFA 8 was released in 2008. The software code had been further improved and some collaboration server applications were enhanced. In mid 2008 I left the EducDesign company and I didn't follow future developments in detail anymore. Later OLEFA 8 releases fully supported ISBN-13 and allowed to instantly add students using the OLEFA Schoolmanager (instead of synchronization over night).