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The 3.0 UI: A better framework for your ideas


SilverStripe has always regarded the CMS as a natural extension of its framework, enabling developers to tailor it to the needs of website authors. You can add form fields, customise the behaviour of the WYSIWYG editor, add custom icons for the page tree, as well as create completely new sections via the ModelAdmin class. On the other hand, deeper interface customisations were hard to achieve due to the complexity of the code behind it. The 3.0 release provides us with a rare opportunity to consolidate and simplify here. 

The CMS is built using most of the tools and techniques SilverStripe developers are already familiar with when creating websites with the framework; object-oriented controllers and utility classes like CMSMenu, templates which inherit based on PHP classes, and the Form/FormField APIs. This symmetry is important to us, and the reason we decided against using full-fledged JavaScript frameworks which would define all of this on the client. Instead we’re relying on a base set of common tools such as jQuery and jQuery UI, coupled with the principles of ‘progressive enhancement’.

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Ingo Schommer, 23 November 2011

Core Developer Ingo Schommer sees SilverStripe Maturing


Today I virtually met with 29-year-old German Senior Developer Ingo Schommer, who is an icon in the SilverStripe community. He is the person that bundles a lot of the community’s contributions and feeds it back into the core. @Brooke Penny says; every time she hears his name she thinks of David Schwimmer from Friends. (Apparently Ingo even resembles him, except for the fact that Ingo hasn’t had a nose job).

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Kerstin Schuman, 16 November 2011

SilverStripe 3’s new ORM


Sam Minnée, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of SilverStripe, has shaped the SilverStripe Suite and is part of its success story as an internationally respected Open Source CMS.

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Sam Minnée, 9 November 2011

Wellington's October SilverStripe Meetup


Thanks to everyone who came along to our October Wellington Meetup. Word on the street is that it was one of our most popular meetups for 2011, with approximately 30 people attending.

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Brooke Penny, 2 November 2011

SilverStripe 3.0 alpha 1 is ready to download


It’s been a while since we gave you the SS 3.0 preview to play around with earlier in the year. Now we are getting serious. We are proud and excited to announce that SilverStripe CMS 3.0 alpha 1 and SilverStripe Framework 3.0 alpha 1 are ready to download and test now.

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Kerstin Schuman, 1 November 2011

SilverStripe PayPal Mini Cart Integration


Guest blogger Ryan Wachtl is an independent US-based web developer and experienced designer 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.

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Ryan Wachtl, 19 October 2011

Revamped Template Parser for SilverStripe 3


SilverStripe has always had a pretty elegant template language (the language used to describe how data from the application should be inserted into a document - be that of a web page or anything else). It was simple to learn and kept the designer insulated from complicated back-end code.

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Hamish Friedlander, 12 October 2011