Each year (since 2011), Catalyst runs the Open Source Academy — a two week summer boot camp for high school students to learn about open source development. SilverStripe was very pleased to participate this year alongside other open source projects Koha, Mahara, Piwik, and Drupal.
Elliot Sawyer and Stephen Shkardoon volunteered to mentor at the academy while Clarion Coughlan had the heavy responsibility of fetching coffees in the mornings and running retrospectives in the afternoon.
We were teamed up with four students from different Wellington high schools with the ambitious goal of helping them get up, running and contributing to SilverStripe in four intense days! We of course had another nefarious goal which was to inspire them to fall in love with the SilverStripe CMS, framework and community — although if they came out of the Academy loving coding, then that’s a win too.Read full post
SilverStripe.org updates - Manage your email preferences, syntax highlighting and other improvements
The team here at SilverStripe have just rolled out some improvements to the silverstripe.org community website. Here’s a quick summary of the improvements which have been based on community feedback. Remember to use the feedback tab and help us continue to make the community space better and better.Read full post
In September, impactNPO held it's first Charity Hackfest in Auckland. One of the charities at the hackfest, Sustainable Coastlines, needed help with their SilverStripe site. We heard their cries over social media and weren't able to immediately respond, but it got us thinking about how we might assist in the future. We contacted the organisers and offered to send a scrum team to the next hackfest.Read full post
Using Composer to avoid manual tasks and speed up development
First of all, if your not using composer to manage your projects dependencies yet then you should go read this!
It's a really simple tool that will help you a lot in all projects.
The New Zealand Open Source Awards recognise and promote the contributions of New Zealanders to open source projects as well as the exemplary use of open source by New Zealand organisations. It's always inspiring to see what exciting projects are emerging from the New Zealand open source community. Winners on the night showcased what is possible through open source with winners including a low-cost 3-D printer and a website that helps people make Official Information Act requests.Read full post