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Win tickets to PHP Conference Wellington

Posted by Nicole Williams on 22 August 2014

The New Zealand PHP Conference is nearly here! Next Thursday & Friday (28th and 29th August 2014) PHP experts from across the globe will descend on Wellington to share their wisdom with the local developer community. We’ve got 2 two-day passes (valued at $510 each) to give away. Simply comment at the end of this post telling us who you’d be the most excited to hear and you could win!

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[video] A tale of mockery: Mocking database records and web services in SilverStripe and testing using Behat

Posted by Ingo Schommer on 15 August 2014

In this show and tell video I demonstrate how Behat integration tests can be run efficiently inside a SilverStripe project, while keeping test assertions readable and self contained. The demo walks through and shows how to create database records from within Behat, and fake web services.

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Progressing the SilverStripe documentation: Where to next?

Posted by Will Rossiter on 8 August 2014

During the recent Wellington hackfest and online via the SilverStripe developers mailing list we started the process of working on a relaunch of and drafting what that looks like going forward.

From discussions throughout the community, a number of common issues with the current documentation have been boiled down and drafted up into a plan for a reprise of the documentation for SilverStripe. The actions we are following are available to view on our public documentation trello board and consists of the following key activities.

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The workhorse that was: SilverStripe 2.4 end-of-life announcement

Posted by Cam Findlay on 28 July 2014

SilverStripe 3.1 was officially released almost ten months ago now and the feedback we’ve had has been great, with users feeling it was a significant step forward. SilverStripe 2.4, on the other hand, was released back in May 2010 making it more than four years old.  As a community you did great things with 2.4 and as a widely used popular version it became the ‘work horse’ among freelancers and web development shops alike.

However, all good things must come to an end. Although our general policies state that we would have stopped supporting 2.4 once 3.1 was released, we have continued to support it beyond that.  We would like to give you a decent amount of advance notice about the date for the end-of-life of SilverStripe version 2.4.

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Accepting Bitcoin with SilverStripe

Posted by Elliot Sawyer on 4 July 2014

Bitcoin is a rapidly rising digital currency that is quickly becoming a popular method to purchase goods and services on the Internet that requires no credit card, no bank account, and no personal information to be transmitted. Payments can be sent and received to a merchant from anywhere in the world in seconds, and there is no middleman sitting between the customer and the merchant.

SilverStripe is ideally suited for an application like this - the framework contains many useful libraries (such as RestfulService) that speak directly to the Bitcoin network or a payment gateway that forwards Bitcoin transactions for a miniscule fee, and has several modules that enable a business to set up and deploy an  e-commerce website very quickly with minimal effort. What would it take to accept Bitcoin in a point-of-sale environment using SilverStripe? I’ve created a basic point-of-sale system named "Bitrito" to sell hypothetical homemade burritos using Bitcoin to demonstrate this possibility.

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Videos from Auckland, NZ Meetup June 2014

Posted by Cam Findlay on 2 July 2014

UPDATE: have added Lee's video on push notifications and single page mobile apps with SilverStripe.

A big thanks to all the community members that made it along to the Auckland Meetup, we have the first two videos from the talks available below. There is still one more to come from Lee Blazek and note we won't be posting Jame Pluck's (@papabearnz on twitter) talk up as he will be delivering a more featured version of this talk at the WDCNZ conference at the end of July (which we are also sponsoring this year).

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What's up docs? An investigation into SilverStripe documentation

Posted by Cam Findlay on 25 June 2014

Let's face it, a common gripe in open-source is documentation. SilverStripe is no exception here, though we would like to do something about it. While we have had some semblance of developer documentation up at for some time, it often takes a back seat in favour of more technical and code related contributions from the community. In fact, we have raised the issue in the past and made some significant improvements, however it's time for more. The key thing to remember here is that that documentation has been and will continue to be a collaborative effort built up by contributions from the community (so a big thanks to all those that have contributed thus far!).

Part of my role as Community Awesomeness Manager here at SilverStripe, is to work within the community to both ensure knowledge flows and that you have the tools you need to build awesome projects using the SilverStripe Framework and CMS. Documentation is something we not only need to correct in the short term, but to ensure as we move forward that documentation has a good process to ensure continued contribution to it by the community in a structured and meaningful way.

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Upgrades to the SilverStripe community website

Posted by Paul Clarke on 12 June 2014

These are exciting days with the initial upgrades to the SilverStripe community website,, now underway. Here's a little information to keep you up to speed with what's going on. has been due for an upgrade for some time, and now it's time to roll up the sleeves and get in there. Not only is the site code becoming out-of-date, the design could also use a refresh to reflect the vibrant community that drives it. That's you. However, the ultimate vision hasn't changed and we are going to continue building a place that the community can learn from each other, share ideas, and connect.

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Wellington Meetup Videos May

Posted by Cam Findlay on 21 May 2014

Earlier this month, here in Wellington (NZ) we had our SilverStripe developer meetup with community members Aaron Carlino and David Craig giving presentations. As usual we captured this on video and have some links to the slindes from the talk for you to check out if you missed out on coming along (or just want to rewatch and pick up more details).

Links and videos are below, and also be sure to checkout our Vimeo channel for past meetup talks and lots of useful SilverStripe knowldge.

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SilverStripe 3.0.11 and 3.1.5 Security Release Candidates

Posted by Damian Mooyman on 7 May 2014

Update 13 May 2014: Stable version of 3.1.5 and 3.0.11 are now avilable from our downloads.

We've recently put out two new release candidates for users to try out: 3.0.11-rc1 and 3.1.5-rc1.

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