We'd like to give members of the SilverStripe CMS community a chance to learn how to contribute back to the project. We've had meet-ups in the past, and will continue to hold them, as they’re very important to us, but right now, the time for talking is done. Let's get our hack on!
There's a big long list of things on the to-do list for the SilverStripe CMS , which are changes requested by the community for the community. We thought a good way to work our way through some of them would be to organise a hackfest in Wellington. We've booked the function room at The Southern Cross on Abel Smith Street from 12pm-4pm, there’ll be some money on the bar, there’s good food and drink available, and clever people will share clever ideas. Now we just need you to come along to make things go. Want to know more? Here’s some questions and answers from the event organiser Will Rossiter.
We picked up a trophy for you last night, so feel free to come into our office to touch it. The New Zealand Open Source Awards were held in Wellington, and the SilverStripe CMS won NZ Open Source Project.
Accepting on behalf of everyone who's worked on SilverStripe CMS, Brian Calhoun has this to say about the win: "This award is all about our amazing open source community. Not just our community of individual developers, but our community of partner and developer network companies spread throughout the planet. We have over 160 companies out there right now (and those are just the ones we know about) developing solutions for their clients on the SilverStripe open source platform. And they're doing more than building commercial sites. They're contributing back to the open source product which benefits everyone. We're extremely honoured to win this award and accept it on behalf of our community."
We could post a picture here of a hungry little SilverStriper looking up at you with big eyes begging for your vote, or we could tell you that if we win, the prize money associated with the award will be put back into the developments for SilverStripe CMS (which is true). But probably all the incentive you need is to know if you vote, not only will you be giving love back to the CMS that loves you so, but you'll also be in with a chance to win an Amazon Kindle. Wahoo!
We're proud to be officially launching our Developer Network.
The SilverStripe Developer Network is our matchmaking service, to help SilverStripe developers get more commercial exposure, and to help those organisations using SilverStripe on their websites get resources to build and support their sites.
For the fourth year in a row, SilverStripe has been recognised by the Packtpub Open Source Awards, and is one of the five finalists in the category of Open Source CMS.
What's particularly exciting about these awards is that they are a mix between a public vote and a judging panel.
We're pleased to announce SilverStripe 2.4.2, our second update to the 2.4 codebase. This is now our recommended version of SilverStripe CMS to use on production websites.
As always, we'd like to thank members of our community for helping out with this release, by contributing patches, filing bugs, and generally sticking around to help others - you guys rock!
Today we've launched a free extension to SilverStripe CMS that makes it easier to build websites for mobile devices.
Most websites now have a noticeable amount of visitors using mobile devices. We've been looking at how to make it easier to build websites that can be accessed through popular mobile devices such as iPhones, iPads, and Google Android phones.
Show your support by nominating SilverStripe CMS in PacktPub's annual software awards!
Your nomination will help us to secure our position as a finalist, which in turn allows us to secure money we can devote on furthering our open source project. Gaining a good position in the PacktPub awards also helps us to spread awareness of SilverStripe CMS, which fuels adoption and encourages growth in our developer community.
One of our developers, Andreas Piening, has been working on creating a module to get SilverStripe to work with Oracle databases. And while there's key functionality that isn't working yet, we've been able to get a "Hello World" SilverStripe website on the 10g version of Oracle.
It's nowhere near ready to go into production, but we're looking for people who are interested in testing the module. If you're using Oracle, and are willing to take what we've done for a test drive and contribute feedback on this pre-alpha build, it would be appreciated.
You asked for it, you got it. SilverStripe has a new version of user help which is compatible with the current 2.4 version of the CMS.
It was a big job, but we had help from many of you! We put up a beta version of the user help document and asked for your feedback while we were writing it. So first off, we'd like to thank all the people who helped us make user help better: Fred Condo, Anita Graham, Nigel Vining, Stephen Metcalfe, Marcus Dalgren, and the users going by the names of Martijn, Mike, Sunnybex, Fil, and Stefdv.