Anahita Social Engine - Vancouver Demo Camp Edition
Social Engine & Development Framework
We had some social web
Distributed Online Learning
and some project ideas
Social Project Management
A social web business model requires lots of experimentation
and try and errors.
So we need to reduce the cost of experimenting by
developing a platform that is
Modular such that changing some parts would not affect the other parts
Scalable to accommodate for large number of users
Extendible through third party extensions
Customizable third party developers should be able to change the behavior, look and feel and
even the data structure without hacking the core code
Open Source because we want to share the building blocks with people and tap into the
world of collective innovations.
or else our resources would be drained
We need a reusable container that provided all the basic
characteristics commong amongst all the Social Website
Messaging (Public, Private, System)
Ability to run Social Apps
Useful APIs for
extending the system
This container is called a Social Engine
In search for the Holy Grail of Social Web Platforms
Studied a whole list of existing web applications and frameworks!
Didn't quite like any of them!
You want to know why?
Absence of a MVC software development
Didn't like the way they were coded (all top
down or functional programing)
or Spaghetti Coding !!!!!!!
We did however get ideas from the Drupal's node base
architecture and Wordpress's usability. Nice Work!
So we decided to build an Open Source Social
Engine for ourselves and for all the people out there
who'd like to experiment with social web projects
without having to break the bank.
We named her Anahita after the Persian Goddess of Water, Wisdom,
Fertility, and Love who seeds planet with life and grows communities.
In ancient Persia, water symbolizes knowledge because it is necessary
for life and it flows freely and finds it's way out through even smallest
Anahita Social Engine ™
The Social Engine and Social Applications are
available as installable extensions for Joomla!
Anahita Social Engine ™ provides
Profiles & Profile Gadgets
Social Graphing (Lead, Follow, Mutual)
Activity Feed: to publish activity stories
Messaging: public, private, notifications and email
Organic Privacy Management
Ability to run Social Applications (Blogs, Wikis, photos, discussion boards, etc.)
Sub-Containers: Groups, Events, Organization Pages, etc.
APIs for Privacy, Folksonomy, Commenting, and Social Applications development
Uses Nooku ™ Framework:
Which provides a Rapid Application Development framework so Anahita ™ extensions
and social applications can be developed.
Nooku ™ Framework implements complete set of software design patterns such as MVC,
Mixins, Proxy, Decorators, Table Gateways and many more
Installs on Joomla! ™ which provides:
A powerful template engine
Extensions manager (components, modules, plugins, language packs)
Basic user management and authentication.
a quite powerful CMS
That means we can turn any Joomla powered website into a
social website of some sort.
Social Intranets anyone?
Here is the big picture
Ash Sanieyan & Rastin Mehr
Johan Janssens (co-founder, former
lead developer of Joomla) & Mathias
Verraes developed Nooku
Anahita is fully customizable
Almost every part of Anahita is re-rewritable by third party extensions, Thanks to
All Requests and Database Transactions are interceptable by third party extensions
Provides many point of integrations or hooks for third party applications
Joomla provides one of the finest template engines available today
Lead, Follow, Mutual Social Graphing
Similar to Twitter, Digg, Flickr
more flexible than the enforced mutual
friendships that facebook provides
Terms Lead, Follow, and Mutual can be
changed to work for an appropriate context.
Teacher, Student, Colleague (Social
Idol, Fan, Friend (photo sharing website)
Anahita Social ™ Applications
Are installed as Joomla components. In the future we'd like to deliver some of them
via the web.
Can have multiple gadgets on the user profiles
They can publish stories, notifications and requests on behalf of the user. All of which
that can be localized to the viewer's preferred language setting
Some Scalability Examples
Distributed Memory Caching System
Database Query Caching
Configurable by site owners
Non Disruptive data migration
Distributed File Systems
Container & Sub-Container
Social Engine is the main container
Groups, Events, Organization Pages are Sub-Containers
An Open Source Platform That is
We have also lowered the cost of development and experimentation with social web
Early access to the source code is available via the Partner's Program:
500 USD for one year
After the public release Anahita Social Engine ™ will be available for free on the Joomla
Anahita Social Extensions and Applications will be available on the www.
Anahitapolis.com support and distribution website via paid membership (300$ annual
fee) where we host recent updates, documentation, tutorials, the community, and social
Social Web != Social Networks
Facebook and Twitter are only two examples of the many
different variations that a social website can be!