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How to Learn PHP

Learn PHP

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PHP is a popular scripting language that can be embedded into HTML and used to develop web applications.

Currently PHP and Java are probably the most on demand computer languages. Generally PHP is the preferred choice if one wants to work on the web whereas Java is preferred for desktop applications, enterprise applications and mobile apps.

I made some investigations on good options about how to learn PHP and you will find below some results of my investigations.


Learn PHP with PHP Online Tutorials


I found some good online tutorials such as the following:


Learn PHP on Good PHP Books


There are many good books on PHP and you will find below an initial choice from Amazon UK:



PHP Magazines

Another way to learn PHP or improve your PHP expertise is to read some magazine dedicated to PHP such as the following:



Open Source ERP Systems written in PHP

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Nearly 75% Of All Smartphones Sold In Q1 Were Android

Android Smartphones

I noticed an interesting article on TechCrunch about Android Smartphones and I have re-published it below for your convenience.

Nearly 75% Of All Smartphones Sold In Q1 Were Android, With Samsung At 30%; Mobile Sales Overall Nearly Flat: Gartner

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Gartner has just released its Q1 figures for mobile handset sales, and the key takeaway is that Android continues to steal the show, led by handset maker Samsung. Google’s mobile platform now accounts for nearly 75% of all handset sales, a jump of almost 20 percentage points on a year ago, and equating to 156 million devices sold in the three-month period. Smartphones sales grew by 63 million units to 210 million for the quarter, making up nearly half of all mobile phone sales overall, at 425 million. With the number of mobile handset sales up by a mere 0.7% on a year ago, it’s clear that higher-end devices are very the much growth engine for the mobile industry at the moment.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the more interesting figures from Gartner.

Although Samsung does not release exact sales figures for its devices, Gartner estimates that the Korean giant is the biggest of them all: it accounted for almost 31% of all smartphones sold in the period, with Apple in number-two with 18%. It’s quite a change from last year, when the two were nearly level, with just 5 percentage points separating them. The widening gap, and Samsung’s growth, will continue into the quarter ahead, it seems, led by the popularity of the company’s newest flagship model.

“We expect the new Galaxy S4 to be very popular despite being more of an evolution than a truly revolutionary device compared to the S3,” writes Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner.

On the other hand, the fact remains that at least some appear to still be holding out for the next iPhone rather than going for the iPhone 5; and Apple meanwhile is still holding back from releasing new, low-cost models that might help it along more in emerging markets and compete more comprehensively against the huge range of Android devices out there.

The gap between the two biggest brands and number three continues to be a big one, with Samsung very much taking the lead here. “There are two clear leaders in the OS market and Android’s dominance in the OS market is unshakable,” Anshul writes.

Together, Apple and Samsung accounted for 49 million handset sales. This is down by 1.1 million from a year ago, and as the smartphone market continues to grow, the players who are vying to be the next big challengers continues to churn. LG swapped places with Huawei, and is currently at number-three at 4.8 million units (with a strong showing from some of its newer 4G handsets and its lower-cost smartphone range). Huawei’s 4.4 million, however, shows that it continues to press ahead, as does fellow Chinese handset maker ZTE, which rounds out the top-five:

gartner smartphone vendors q1 2013

Samsung, unsurprisingly, is also leading in the overall mobile category, which also counts sales of lower-end feature phones. Its share there is now 23.6%, topping 100 million units.

Just as Samsung is widening the gap against Apple in smartphones, it’s doing the same with Nokia in the overall rankings. The Finnish giant is still number-two but with a 14.8% share, a drop of 5 percentage points on last year.

mobile phones overall gartner q1 2013

Looking at mobile platform prominence in smartphones, Android’s current 74.4% market share is nothing short of astounding in terms of its increase, particularly considering that at this point there is no sign of it slowing down.

Gartner’s numbers, it should be noted, are some 10% higher than those from Kantar Worldpanel Comtech that were released at the end of April: a sign of the margin of error between different analysts’ estimates resulting from different counting methods. Here are yet more numbers from IDC, which claims that smartphones outshipped feature phones, and Canalys, which was also more bullish than Gartner on smartphone numbers at a 300 million estimate.

Back to Gartner: the 156 million units sold in the quarter is actually almost double what was sold in the same period a year ago. Android is without a doubt riding the very crest of the smartphone wave: Gartner points out that smartphones accounted for 49.3% of sales of mobile phones worldwide, up from 34.8% in Q1 of 2012, and 44% in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Apple continues to grow but at a slower pace, managing to increase its share by a “mere” 5 million. BlackBerry (still called RIM by Gartner: hello rebranding!) continues to drop, indicating that at least so far, its big BB10 attack has yet to bear significant fruit. Microsoft is showing a respectable doubling of growth to nearly 6 million units, but that is pretty tiny when you look back to Android and its 156 million. It shows that a significant amount of work remains to be done by Microsoft and partners like Nokia if it expects to get anywhere within spitting distance of Android, or even Apple.

Still, the cautionary tale of Symbian remains a sign of how fast a handset maker can fall from grace. It’s now at 0.3 percent of sales now that Nokia has discontinued its production of the once market-leading devices — although its share was falling fast even before that.

gartner q1 2013 smarthones

Gartner points out that Asia is currently the market driver for mobile phone sales worldwide, accounting for more than half of all sales, with China remaining the biggest single market.

“More than 226 million mobile phones were sold to end users in Asia/Pacific in the first quarter of 2013, which helped the region increase its share of global mobile phones to 53.1 per cent year-on-year,” writes Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner. “In addition, China saw its mobile phone sales increase 7.5% in the first quarter of 2013, and its sales represented 25.7 per cent of global mobile phone sales, up nearly 2 percentage points year-on-year.”

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New CrunchU Computer Courses

CrunchU  Computer Courses

CrunchU is the result of a partnership between TechCrunch and Udemy which initially offer 30 computer courses including some courses from DeitelBuzz ! You can view the full list of courses at:


I have re-published it below the official TechCrunch CrunchU announcement.

  • Main Event Page

Crunch, Crunch, CrunchU: Course Registration Is Now Open


That crunching sound you hear is software eating the world, and TechCrunch is always looking for ways to pull a chair up to the feast. For example, we have CrunchBase for startup data and CrunchBoard for jobs, and once upon a time there was  CrunchPad, too. Not everything works out, but today with high hopes we are launching CrunchU, which is a collection of 30 online courses that we are offering to TechCrunch readers in partnership with Udemy, a San Francisco-based startup dedicated to “democratizing education by making top quality content from the world’s experts dramatically more affordable for anyone, anywhere.”

We like the sound of that, because we all have a lot more to learn, and keeping it real and affordable is what education should be all about. Our initial course line-up includes offerings from TechCrunch friends, like 500 Startups’ Dave McClure on “Raising Money for Startups” and Eric Ries on “The Lean Startup,” as well as experts Gagan Biyani on “Introduction to Growth Hacking” and Russ Fradin on “Startup Hiring.”

We have a certain bias for startups, no surprise, but there is lots of other brain candy in the course mix too, like starter courses on Android and iOS, Ruby and jQuery, as well as gamification, programming for non-programmers, SEO, and in case you just want to have fun, digital photography.

Our  plan is to introduce new courses each quarter, based on what we learn about TechCrunch readers’ likes and dislikes. We also have the option of creating courses on our own, with the help of Udemy’s awesome course-creation tools. If you have an idea for a course, or want to teach one yourself, learn more here.

So if you have a minute, check out the CrunchU course catalogue and find some educational itch you want to scratch. The tuition sting is teeny, but it will be automatically discounted 50% off from today until May 18.



For a limited time, DeitelBuzz offer big discounts on many of their LiveLessons computer courses. These discounts are for only the first 100 sold of each course. If you click the link and it’s not discounted, the discounts are gone for that course! For links, please visit:

==> Deitel LiveLessons Discounts

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The Desktop Linux – Is it Winning?

The Desktop Linux

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Linux has always been strong about choice and offers a great variety of Linux desktops such as Gnome, KDE, Ubuntu Unity and many more.

There have been many discussions about replacing Windows with Linux and about toppling  Microsoft’s desktop monopoly, but Desktop Linux has never reached a widespread user base.

However I recently read an interesting article on the website about how a desktop revolution has already begun with mobile devices and applications. I have republished the article below for your convenience.

The Linux desktop is already the new normal

We’re so busy seeking release from Windows that we overlooked all the ways Linux had already freed us

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A debate is smoldering yet again in the Linux community as prominent figures debate whether it’s time to give up hope on the “year of the Linux desktop” ever coming or whether the advent of Android is actually its fulfillment. Problem is, it came and it’s been here a while, but we haven’t even noticed. We just didn’t know what it would look like.

I realize that statement flies in the face of conventional wisdom. Last year, Miguel de Icaza’s controversial post “What killed the Linux desktop” famously claimed that the opportunity for a Linux-based desktop to dominate the market has passed and is now an unachievable dream. He pointed to what he sees as a series of problems within the culture of Linux development.

At the heart of his argument is the idea that overly frequent updates led to a lack of compatibility, which in turn put off third-party developers. This is not to say he’s surrendered to Windows; he recently explained why he uses a Mac. Now that the world has seen the example of the Apple OS X App Store, products that struggle with compatibility issues feel like a big step backward, regardless of any great features.

Chromebook to the rescue
Meanwhile, Linus Torvalds has a different avenue for hope: Google’s Chromebook. This actually is a Linux desktop computer with only one application, the Chrome browser. The hardware itself is perfectly capable of running other Linux distributions — which is what Torvalds does — but out of the box, it’s running a stripped-down, single-function Linux system that’s easily maintained and secured centrally.

I’ve been using Chromebooks personally and for my business for the last six months, and I can state firmly it’s the Linux desktop I’ve been waiting for. I tried many other approaches, but found every other Linux desktop solution required too much effort to maintain. The Chromebooks (and one Chromebox) we have in the office deliver all the functions we need, without becoming the security nightmare you expect of Windows — and without the constant patronizing lock-in that’s manifesting itself on the Mac these days and without becoming the new hobby we’d expect from a raw Linux distro.

The reason it’s worked so well may surprise you. It works for me and my business because — wait for it — Linux has already won on the desktop.

The Linux desktop is called “the browser”

While we were all waiting for the open source community to topple Microsoft’s desktop monopoly by replacing the operating system, we missed the real revolution. There’s still plenty of money in both operating systems and in desktop apps, and Microsoft will be milking that legacy monopoly for a good while. It’s certainly been the target of competitive attention from open source software; indeed, the productivity suite now epitomized by LibreOffice has over its long history done an effective job in opening up that part of Microsoft’s monopoly.

But most enterprise expenditure doesn’t happen on the desktop. Maybe it’s software Stockholm Syndrome making us all love our captor, but the focus on desktop applications, coupled with the idealistic expectation that Windows will be displaced, has led many to overlook or even dismiss the category where Linux actually has taken over the desktop.

That’s in the browser. Think about it: When did a new process or service you wanted to use last come as a Windows application download? When it did, what actually was that application? An increasing number of desktop applications are just containers for HTML5 Web apps. The real powerhouse behind those apps is usually Linux, accessed over the Internet, along with other elements of the modern LAMP stack. In a very real sense, the applications many use daily for email, documents, presentations, and more are Linux desktop applications. A fanatical obsession with replacing Windows made for interesting discussion, but while that debate was happening, all the work on the desktop moved inside the browser window.

In turn, that desktop revolution has fueled — and been fueled by — Linux in portable devices. In that space, Linux is definitely winning globally, both by powering multiple device platforms such as Android and Kindle and by powering many of the applications found on those devices. Tools like PhoneGap allow the developer to take the same Linux-powered back end and use it for both desktop/browser apps and for device-specific apps. The result? Linux is everywhere, even on iOS.

It was natural to assume the wedge to displace Microsoft’s desktop monopoly would be something that did the same thing. Futurists have long made their predictions by describing the present wearing Spandex. When it comes along, the new reality often looks different from the future we expected. So we still have no flying cars, food still doesn’t come in pill form — and the Linux desktop is actually running in your browser.

The year of the Linux desktop came long ago and we missed it. We were expecting it to displace Windows; instead, it has displaced the Windows desktop application, powered the reinvention of the mobile market, and in the process done more for us all than the revolution we expected could ever have delivered.

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Openbravo Agile ERP

Openbravo Agile ERP

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Openbravo ERP claims to be an Agile ERP System and that they are proud to be successfully used by more than 6000 companies.

Their system is fully web based and more usable than previous systems such as:

  • Dedicated back office that required extensive training of users and were difficult to implement and modify.  Moreover they were normally used only by internal employees and did not provide any direct access to external trading partners.
  • Traditional Client Server systems that often required separate teams to support the clients sand the server software and that were quite complex and difficult to modify

Openbravo is a browser based software that is designed by usability experts who innovate openly with thousands of ERP end users and consultants worldwide. The result in one of the most user-friendly, practical, and highly productive solutions on the market

Moreover Openbravo is fully open source and you can make your own additions or changes to adapt it to your company’s special needs.

Openbravo has a modular architecture which provides managed extension capabilities through a wide range of free and commercial packaged modules and solutions such as:

  • Openbravo for retail
  • CRM
  • Open Campus
  • Service Contracts and Periodic billng
  • Document management

Extension to Openbravo can be easily added because of  its model-driven architecture, which is based on an Application Dictionary that eliminates most custom code.

Openbravo offers also deployment flexibility (including cloud, on demand, and on premise.

You can choose different installation options and, if you choose the Professional Edition, you will receive also 24/7 support from Openbravo. Besides this exclusive benefit, the Professional Edition includes broader functionality, administration tools, lifecycle warranty, periodic software updates… and much more!


Openbravo ERP Technical Installation Requirements


Openbravo runs wherever the Java JDK works. This currently means:

  • Operating systems: Windows, any Linux distribution, FreeBSD, Mac OSX, Solaris and more.
  • Architectures: x86, x86_64, IA64, Sparc, PowerPC, AIX.

Either the PostgreSQL or the Oracle databases should also be supported by your target system.

You can find full installation  documentation in the:

==> Openbravo Wiki Installation manual



A Video on Openbravo Agile ERP


Openbravo  Agile ERP  provides many of the advantages of Open Source systems and also the optional full support of the Vendor.

You can download Openbravo from:

==> Openbravo Professional Free Trial

==> Openbravo Free Download



There are also some good books on Openbravo and I suggest you to consider the following:

ERP – Enterprise Resource Planning from Amazon UK

ERP – Enterprise Resource Planning from Amazon IT




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Best Open Source ERP Systems written in PHP

Open Source ERP Systems

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When people think about Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems they think about the well knwon SAP, but there are also many open source ERP software projects. We have already examined some of the best open source ERP systems written in Java, but there are also good examples of open source ERP systems written in PHP.

PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) is an open source, server-side, HTML embedded scripting language used to create dynamic Web pages.

PHP has become a very popular language for web development. One of the advantages of PHP is it is not only its relative simplicity, but also the fact the Web abounds with free and shareware PHP scripts at places like OpenPro, Hotscripts and PHP Scripts.

Open Source ERP Systems written in PHP

Some of the best open source ERP systems written in PHP are the following:

Dolibarr ERP & CRM

Dolibarr is a compact ERP/CRM comprising several functional modules such as the following:

  • Customers, prospects and suppliers management
  • Customers, Prospects or Suppliers directory

    Dolibarr ERP & CRM

  • Commercial proposal management
  • Invoice management with PDF export
  • Order management with PDF export
  • Contracts management
  • Address book
  • Products and services managementStock management
  • Bank account management
  • Payment managements
  • Shipping management
  • ECM (Electronic Content Management)
  • Emailing
  • Bookmark management
  • Data export tools
  • Donation management
  • Synchronization of Webcalendar events
  • Synchronization of contacts with LDAP
  • Third parties or products categories
  • ClickToDial phone numbers
  • RSS

Currently there is no accountancy (only bank management)

The Dolibarr systems requires the following software resources:

  • MySQL 3.1 or higher
  • PHP 4.1 or higher

You can find additional information, documentation, screenshots, an online demo and a download page at:


==> Dolibarr.og Wiki


The OpenPro software is not commercialised as open source solutions, but it has been developed by using only open source software and LAMP technology. It is available in three versions: Easy ERP for the smaller manufacturer with basic needs, OpenPro ERP for companies with over 10 users and Enterprise ERP for the larger Organizations. They do not offer free downloads, but the prices are among the best among the paid ERP solutions.

It supports most industries with a complete ERP software solution. As a provider of manufacturing ERP software, OpenPro excels in its MES software and manufacturing inventory software. The financial accounting software supports a closed loop financial flow and offers government accounting software.

Another of the many business software solutions is a complete retail POS system, while distributors benefit from the supply chain management software.

Because OpenPro is built using open source technology, both the initial purchase price and the ongoing maintenance expense can cost half as much as Windows-based ERP software solutions, while offering a broader range of functionality.

OpenPro is a complete end-to-end solution that includes Financials, Distribution (supply chain), E-commerce, Manufacturing and Customer Relationship Management.

The OpenPro system requires the following software resources:

  • PHP
  • MySQL or MSSQL or IBM DB2 or Oracle

You can find more detailed information at:

==> website



Phreedom ERP

PhreeBooks ERPPhreedom is an Enterprise Resource Planning System made for small and medium sized business.  It is the base for many modules, which can be easily added, in order to customize the system for  individual business needs.  The Phreedom system can be used anywhere from store fronts, service type to manufacturing businesses and its online development makes the system easily accessible from managing inventory through multiple store fronts to making sales on the go.

Phreedom  standard modules include:

  • Customers
  • Contacts module
  • Inventory
  • Payment (Elevan, Check, Direct Debit, COD)
  • PhreeBooks Accounting
  • PhreeForm report generator
  • PhreeHelp (Manual and Query System)
  • Shipping Module (FedEx, Flat Rate, Per Item, Table Rate and Free Ship)

The Phreedom system requires the following software resources:

  • PHP
  • Postgres SQL

You can read more detaild information, documentation and the download page at:






webERP ERP & CRMwebERP is a complete multi-language web based accounting and business management system that requires only a web-browser and pdf reader to use. It comprises several functional modules such as the following:

  • Sales Order
  • Sales orders support assemblies and kit-sets
  • Invoice management
  • User defined sales analysis
  • Purchase Orders
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Accounts Payable
  • General Ledger
  • Multi-currency, complex tax system support
  • Inventory Management
  • Multiple inventory locations with serial number and lot tracking facilities
  • Manufacturing
  • Supports MRP – Materials Requirements Planning I functionality with a master production schedule and reports suggesting purchase and works orders
  • Integration with Microsoft Office
  • Export reports to different file types
  • Geo-mapping


Currently there are 33 different language translations available all included in the archive with users all over the world.

“Cloud computing” has been a reality for webERP adopters since 2003 and demonstrates just how far ahead of it’s time it was when first released


The webERP system requires the following software resources:

  • PHP web server
  • MySQL 4.1 or higher
  • Minimal use of javascript


You can find more detailed information, documentation, a webERP demo and the download page at:




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Best Open Source ERP Software written in Java

Open Source ERP Software


When people think about Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems they think about the well knwon SAP, but there are also many open source ERP software projects. We have already examined some of the best known ones such as Adempiere, Compiere and Openbravo in previous articles..

These systems are usually developed in Java,  PHP or Python and can be installed freely on different system including Linux. In this article we will introduce some of the best examples of open source ERP systems written in Java. In a future article we will introduce instead some examples developed in PHP or Python.

You will find useful documentation on the products described below both online and in the Amazon stores.


Open Source ERP Systems based on Java

Some of the best open source ERP products are described below:


Apache OFBiz

Apache OFBiz (The Apache Open For Business Project) is an open source enterprise automation software project licensed under the Apache License Version 2.0.  It is a framework or foundation for the development of reliable solution for Open Source ERP, CRM, E-Business / E-Commerce, MRP, SCM, CMMS/EAM, and so on.

It can be used  out-of-the-box (OOTB) or customized to suit even your most challenging business needs.

The system requirements for the installation are:

  • Java 1.6 (minimum) SDK


You can read more at:

==> Apache OFBiz Documentation page

You can download it at:

==> Download Apache OFBiz page



Compiere and Adempiere

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Compiere and Adempiere are similar Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) business solution for the Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) in distribution, retail, service and manufacturing.

Compiere is distributed by Compiere, Inc. and through the Compiere Partner Network, which offers a collection of trained and authorized business partners.

ADempiere Logo

ADempiere Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Adempiere project was founded in late 2006 after a long running disagreement between ComPiere Inc., the developers of Compiere, and the community that formed around that project.

The ADempiere Virtual Appliance or (AVA) is a fully pre-installed, pre-configured ADempiere installation running under the VMware player and containing all the necessary software, including the operating system and the database.

Both systems utilizes a powerful model-driven application platform that provides customers with excellent adaptability, rapid deployment, and low cost of ownership

They automate financial, distribution, sales, and service processes, including: financial management, purchasing, materials management, manufacturing, order management, project accounting, customer management, sales, service requests, e-commerce, reporting, and performance management.

The System requirements for the installation are

  • Java JDK 6.0
  • Oracle or EnterpriseDB (PostgreSQL)


You can easily download the free version from:


==> Sourceforge Download Page





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Openbravo is an open source ERP business solution for small and medium sized companies  in the retail, distribution, manufacturing and services business areas.

Openbravo ERP  is a web-based, system with a broad range of functionalities such as finance, supply chain, manufacturing & much more.

Openbravo ERP has been designed with broad business functionality to help businesses improve overall performance.

Openbravo is built on Java, Javascript, SQL and PL/SQL, XML and XHTML. It is based on a single, integrated database model covering all key application areas of a complete business management system and includes also seamless integration to Business Intelligence (BI) and Point of Sale (POS).

The System requirements for the installation are

  • JDK 1.6
  • Apache-Tomcat 6.0.x
  • Apache-Ant 1.7.1
  • Oracle 10g R2 or 11g, or PoatgreSQL 8.3.5 or higher


You can easily download the free version from:


==> Openbravo Download Page


Si Chen from opentaps

Si Chen from opentaps (Photo credit: byte)

The Opentabs ERP system is a web based ERP and CRM system for small to medium sized businesses based on the Apache Open for Business project (see Apache OFBiz above). Functionality includes eCommerce, Point-of-Sales, inventory, warehouse, order, customer management. it manage also entire manufacturing process with Bill of Materials (BOM), MRP, production tasks, and work ordersì It also provides built-in business intelligence tools and mobility integration with Microsoft Outlook, Google Calendar, and mobile phones.

This Opentabs software provides users with an enterprise-grade Java system with integrated business intelligence, but without the high cost, inflexibility, and vendor lock-in of commercial ERP and CRM software.

It is designed as an integrated system that brings together all aspects of an organisation, from customers to accounting to inventory, so that the business works in a coordinated way and with the requires help ensure the right business decisions are made. Opentaps is a very modern system for the very modern business environment of real-time, non-stop, global activity.


Different versions of Opentab can be downloaded from:

==> Opentab Downloads Page




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Openbravo ERP Introduction

Openbravo ERP Introduction

According to Wikipedia ”

Openbravo ERP is a web-based ERP business solution for small and medium sized companies that is released under the Openbravo Public License, based on the Mozilla Public License. The model for the program was originally based on the Compiere ERP program that is also open source, released under the GNU General Public License version 2. The program is among the top ten most active projects of Sourceforge as of January 2008.

Openbravo ERP Introduction

Using Openbravo, ERP organizations can automate and register most common business processes. The following processes are supported: Sales, Procurement, Manufacturing, Projects, Finance, MRP and more.Numerous commercial functional extensions are available on the Openbravo Exchange which can be procured by users of the Professional Subscription version of Openbravo ERP. This paid-for version offers additional functionality compared to the free Community Edition (such as: integrated administration tools, non-technical tool for updates and upgrades, access to Openbravo Exchange and a Service Level Agreement). Characteristic of the Openbravo ERP application is the green web interface through which users maintain company data in a web-browser on their PC or PDA. Openbravo can also create and export reports and data to several formats, such as PDF and Microsoft Excel.”

I found an interesting video with a good Openbravo Introduction and I have re-published it below for your convenience.


People has have been learning a lot about how mid-sized companies struggle with their legacy ERPs, and how increasing numbers of them are turning to open source solutions like Openbravo.

Openbravo has recently released this information in a new white paper, which you may simply access here.

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Openbravo 3 MP15

Openbravo 3 MP15



Openbravo ERP is a web-based ERP business solution for small and medium sized companies that is released under the Openbravo Public License, based on the Mozilla Public License.


I have received some information about the new Openbravo 3 MP15 and I have re-published it below for your convenience.


Openbravo 3 MP15 Notification

Every month, Openbravo creates, packages, QA tests, documents, and releases an official Openbravo 3 Maintenance Pack (MP), which a System Administrator can easily install into your ERP instance, per these instructions–directly through the browser!  MP15 is now available in ‘QA Approved’ maturity status.


Key new features

MP15 contains these key new features:

  • Product Category Hierarchy: Add tree support for product category. Enabling hierarchical definition streamlines both setup and reporting.
  • Asset Hierarchy: Adds tree support for asset so that hierarchy can be defined.
  • Payment Reactivate and Remove lines: Simplifies the deletion of payments and reduces the manual steps required of the user.
  • Enhanced Project Selector: Incorporate the new filter technology to enable auto suggest feature for fast entry, as well as filters for each column of the project selector.
  • Enhanced Commision Calcuations: Ability to calculate complex commissions, as well as semi-monthly, based on margin, and based on paid invoices.


Defect corrections
MP15 contains 146 defect corrections, listed here.

Above, we’ve just pulled together the highlights.  Here are the complete release notes for this monthly Maintenance Pack.


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How to Learn the Adempiere ERP

Adempiere ERP

Adempiere ERP

English: Adempiere (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The ADempiere Business Suite is an industrial strength open-source software solution that combines ERP, CRM and SCM support for business process. ADempiere provides a framework for extending and customizing to meet business needs.

According to Wikipedia “The ADempiere project was created in September 2006. Disagreement between the open-source developer community that formed around the Compiere open-source ERP software and the project’s corporate sponsor ultimately led to the creation of Adempiere as a fork of Compiere.”

Adempiere is developed with Java EE technology, specifically utilizing the JBoss application server. Currently database support is restricted to Oracle and PostgreSQL.  It can therefore be installed on any hardware platform that supports Java and Oracle or Postgres (e.g. Linux, Unix, Windows).

Adempiere inherited the Data Dictionary from the Compiere project. This architecture extends the Data Dictionary concept into the application; thus the application’s entities, their validation rules and screen layout can be controlled from within the application itself. In practice, this means that customization of the application can be done without new coding. A Workflow Management Coalition and Object Management Group standards based workflow engine is utilized to provide Business Process Management. These features allow for the rapid customization of the application to a business needs.


How to Learn Adempiere ERP

If you are technically oriented you will find good documentation on Adempiere and Compiere on the Internet.

I suggest the following:


Amazon Adempiere Books


There are some good books on Amazon about Adempiere and you can find some suggestions below:


a) Books at Amazon UK


a) Books at Amazon US




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