There has been something of a database renaissance in recent years, as big data requirements have emerged so have non-relational databases and terms such as "NoSQL", "document" and "graph" scatter the landscape.
Earlier this year we decided to invest some time into researching an exciting and innovative database that combines all three terms into an open source product that is currently used in production by large companies and startups alike - OrientDB. Our aim was to swap the relational database that is conventionally used for SilverStripe projects with OrientDB using SilverStripe's existing API as much as possible.
While SilverStripe is widely known and used in New Zealand and Australia, there are pockets of activity all around the globe. One such pocket happens to be Austria! While our best-known member is definitely Zauberfisch (German for magical fish), who is a frequent core contributor (and you may have heard his voice on SilverScoop, the SilverStripe podcast), I'm known as xeraa – bonus points if you can guess why. I have had quite a few points of contact with SilverStripe over the years.
We currently run the Austrian meetup group, which comes together every quarter. Most of the meetups happen in Vienna, but people from other parts of Austria attend on a regular basis. We also have regular participants from Slovakia, big credits to them for taking the long journey every time to talk about SilverStripe.
SilverStripe Dev Community, let me introduce myself...
Hi, I'm Cam Findlay. I have just joined SilverStripe Ltd as the new Community Manager. This is a new position we haven't had before so I am very much in listen, observe and understand mode for now (only 3 weeks in!). I come from a web development background having worked in various interesting companies and running my own consulting business. I'm hoping the combination of a good understanding of SilverStripe development, the open-source landscape and a focus on people will come in handy as we look to grow the SilverStripe developer community.
At a high level, I'll be looking for ways to make the SilverStripe developer community as strong as it can be. My particular take on community management being on knowledge management and learning over a marketing approach. This looks at ways we can tap into the wealth of knowledge we all carry around in our heads to share, learn and improve our SilverStripe development skills, fix bugs, improve the CMS and have some fun along the way (which seems to often include hackfest coding, pizza and beer among other things).
Developer Training is available in Wellington on three upcoming dates:
The training is targetted at developers who want to build websites in SilverStripe CMS using the deployment toolchain available in the New Zealand Government Common Web Platform.
Three and half presentations were made to a very full meetup in Wellington last week.
The SilverStripe CMS content editing interface has now been translated into Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic, which combined are spoken as a first language by far more people in the world than English. Download SilverStripe 3.1.1 or try it out in the demo.
SilverStripe is translated into many other languages - from Norwegian and Russian to Czech and te reo Māori (see video). If you know a language besides English, we would love you to review and contribute translations.
How time flies. Our first 3.1.0 beta release was brought to you by Santa – last year. The easter bunny came empty handed, but we've been busy getting the final release into shape. Today we're proud to announce the next major milestone for SilverStripe, 3.1.0 stable. Nearly a hundred contributors have joined forces, pushing over 2000 commits. We encourage you to download 3.1.0 final, and review our changelog and upgrading guide.
The 3.0 release came in 2012 with a completely reimagined user interface. With 3.1, we wanted to focus on stability and more iterative improvements, with more knowledge on how users find their way around the new CMS. In SilverStripe 3.0 (like in most CMSes), you had to switch between the editing interface and a preview of the actual website. In 3.1, you can see the two side-by-side, provided you have a decent screen resolution. There are new options for previewing at different widths, and more useful controls for switching between draft and live content.
Wednesday night's meetup was a great success. Cam gave a lot of great insight about how we can look after our community, and Stephen gave us some useful tips about how to keep your SilverStripe sites secure. Alongside the presentations, it was a good time to re-connect with other local SilverStripers.
Say your name is Awesome Developer and you’ve built a website for a client. This site runs on SilverStripe, because, let’s face it, you’re awesome and you want an easy-to-use CMS for your client, a CMS that is also packed-full with useful developer features.
Suddenly you are faced with a serious problem. Your client’s name is Popular Scrooge. He says to you one day, “Hey Awesome, you know that site you’re building for me... I want to create a section for pictures of kittens riding skateboards, and post links to all the social networks. You know I have about ten million Twitter followers, right? Will that get me lots of hits? Oh, and by the way, I don’t want to spend any more money.”
Guest blogger Ryan Wachtl is an independent US-based web developer and information architect with a passion for the art of programming and the science of design. He has been building sites with SilverStripe since the early 2.2 release and organizes the SilverStripe user group in Madison, WI. You can stay in touch by following @ryanwachtl on Twitter.