Videos from the March 5th, 2014 Wellington SilverStripe developer community meetups are up on our vimeo video knowldge-base, well worth a watch!
Since the talks got a bit technical, it will be good to rewatch (if you came along that night) and absorb the material again. Check them out for the first time if you didn't make it (or are on the other side of the globe). Ingo's and Stig's presentation slides are also available.
Slides: Ingo Schommer - Pagetypeitis: Antipatterns and solutions for SilverStripe page types
Slides: Stig Lindqvist - Dependancy Injection
Check out the videos...
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We have a ritual in the Andean countries of Latin America which is quite similar in form and purpose to something that happens at our SilverStripe meetups; the partaking of fermented beverages (beer, wine, something stronger). In the Andes our fermented beverage of choice is "chicha".
We are heading ever closer to an official SilverStripe 3.1.3 stable release. Yay!
As the release process goes we have recently rolled out release candidates rc1 and rc2 for you to download and try out. The release candidate process gives us a change to stablise the codebase, fix any obvious (or not so obvious) bugs and generally ensure that by the time the next stable version is available you can be sure that deploying it on your websites is a painless as possible.
Certain tags are stripped out when saving in the rich text field, this can pose a problem in some cases. For example embedding a video in the rich text editor that has markup containing VideoObject schema meta data to help search engines better index videos content.
It's well known that out of the box Content Management Systems (CMS) are often not the most high performance of systems. A vanilla installation of SilverStripe is no exception. Luckily, there are some useful tactics you can use to improve performance of your SilverStripe websites. This involves some built in features of SilverStripe itself, along with some infrastructural considerations. It all depends on your customer needs and the level of performance you require.
Very few shared hosting providers are able to cope with the requirements of a high performing SilverStripe site (or any standard CMS usually). This is because they can have hundreds if not thousands of other websites all running on the same server. This leaves very few resources and will affect your site performance once the traffic builds up. Simply moving to a Virtual Private Server (VPS) will greatly benefit your site. Personally, I tend to use RimuHosting (for New Zealand sites) though pretty much any decent host will do.
Image cropping in SilverStripe is pretty minimalistic. You don't crop images at all inside the CMS, you can however crop images in the SilverStripe template engine. As a SilverStripe template designer you can use the $CroppedImage(width,height) tag (among other image resizing methods) to ensure that your beautiful design isn't ruined by an image that is too tall or wide for a particular purpose or UI.
That's great, but the challenge is that content authors have no control over how these images are cropped. When they select an image in the CMS, $CroppedImage trims it evenly starting from the centre of the image outwards, and the subject of the image can often be clipped or lost completely if your image composition is off-centre as you can see below.
Another successful SilverStripe Meetup was held at the new SilverStripe Auckland, New Zealand offices last week (15th Jan 2014). An office warming party! There was a great turn out with SilverStripe developer regulars, new faces and those interested to learn more about our SilverStripe open-source project. Following the usual format we had a couple of speakers share their SilverStripe knowledge (including myself) and as always we captured the knowledge in full audio-visual awesomeness.
So if you didn't end up making it along, or you are perhaps based overseas... fear not, we have you covered, read on.
We recently completed the first phase of a large application using Backbone. Part of our testing requirements was to create unit tests for the front-end application. Unit testing is a great way of ensuring individual units of code work as expected. Input values are passed into a unit of code and the output value is verified to be correct. Unit tests help find problems early in development and protect against regression issues as the project grows in size and complexity.
I have been reading a lot about 'Brain Science' (not the official term FYI) as brains are cool, and complex. And squishy.
There have been several scientific studies about creativity, and what encourages it, and there are some things that we can do for ourselves to make our brains more creative. One of the findings is that happy thoughts (and therefore dopamine that is flushed through the brain as a result of happy feelings) tend to also flush the areas that creativity is thought to be based. Thus, making us more inspired, creative and productive.
I decided to do an experiment with our ‘SilverStriper’s’ as the 'subjects' (otherwise known as guinea pigs) to see if we could proactively change our thought processes. Although already an amazing place to work, I wanted to see just how far we could go. It has been proven that with 21 days of positive thoughts and actions you can actually re-programme your synapsis to be permanently more positive.
A big merry xmas and a happy hacking holidays to all the SilverStripe CMS developers around the world.