Group Photo by Robin Smidsrød
Three hundred open source enthusiasts, the San Francisco sun, Android statues and loads of idea sharing. That's the mixture which made the Google Summer of Code Summit 2012 such an amazing event. As a participating organization in the preceding open source internship programme, SilverStripe was invited to join the two day conference. Ingo Schommer represented the org admins and Philipp Krenn this year's mentors.
Guest blogger Ryan Wachtl is an independant US-based web developer and runs the SilverStripe user group in Madison. Prior to this, Ryan wrote about SilverStripe PayPal Mini Cart Integration and The Trials and Tribulations of a Freelancer.
Last week I attended the HTML5 Developer Conference in San Francisco, California. It was a great conference that reignited my passion for front-end development. We’re in the middle of a major transitional period within the world of web development. Implementations and support for HTML5 vary greatly across the spectrum of browsers and we don’t want to end up in a ‘this site best viewed in’ situation. We’ve already witnessed the results of that, I’m looking at you Internet Explorer. But in all fairness, IE 10 is making progress towards offering up wider support for current and emerging web standards. I had originally planned to recap my experience at the conference, but quickly realized that I wanted to step back a bit and address HTML5 directly. The term HTML5 is used very loosely both inside and outside of our industry and I see a lot of confusion arise around the topic. In this post, I’m going to get you up-to-speed with what exactly HTML5 is, and what it means for the future of the web.
Julian is one of our SilverStripe developers who works with the rest of the team on large projects, as well as acting as technical lead on projects of his own. He is an American citizen who has never lived in America. He was born and grew up in Germany, studied in the UK, and is now happily living in New Zealand, whose friendly, laid-back culture and natural beauty he values.
We all want our websites to be fast. Customers prefer faster websites, they buy more, stay longer, and experience more enjoyment, all because of a faster site. Moreover, research indicates that people are getting increasingly less patient with slow websites:
Thanks to all of you who attended the final Wellington SilverStripe meetup of 2012. It was great to see many familiar faces along with some newbies, too.
Nicolass Francken of Wellington's web agency Sunny Side Up talked about SilverStripe and e-Commerce modules. Nicolass started with an overview of the projects and developments currently out there within the community, followed by a demo of the e-Commerce module he has had much success with - Sunny Side Up eCommerce module.
Geeks love numbers, and colourful T-shirts. So this blog post is about both. Numbers help us to measure and compare. For our open source product, lots of curves are pointing upwards these days, which is fantastic news. And we'd like to reward the community for the significant increases we see in most of these numbers – but more on this later.
We manually collect some highlevel information on silverstripe.org/statistics. In addition to that, an external platform called Ohloh tracks our core coding activity. And boy, it's a great way to visualize the SilverStripe ecosystem growing, by counting everything from lines of code, over comment ratio, to all-time contributor lists.
You might have heard it through the grapevine; we decided to face the challenge to redevelop our community hub at silverstripe.org.
SilverStripe is pleased to announce the immediate release of SilverStripe Framework and CMS 3.0.2 stable.
Continuing from 3.0.0 and 3.0.1 releases, this is another release with a number of bugfixes and minor functional enhancements that improve the usability and stability of both the user interface and the developer APIs. As with all 3.0.x releases, it is drop in compatible with 3.0, making upgrading simple.
Nick is an avid gamer and computer programming geek. He launched LittleMonkey, a Wellington based company specialising in mobile app development and game programming, over five years ago. He’s been working with SilverStripe since 2009 to program a range of products, not just websites.
I am sure that many of you will have seen numerous examples of well-designed websites that are based on the SilverStripe Framework and SilverStripe CMS, and I started using both of these to develop websites too. However, I found with a few tweaks here and there that these tools can be used to develop a whole range of software products.
Richard is a designer/developer/strategist/coffee addict/twitter junkie/slash/slash/slash. He's been working with SilverStripe since 2009 and recently started his own company design + awesome, but really needs to find time to build his site. Find him on twitter @thezenmonkey
Content is the basis of all great sites, and without a content plan it's easy to get bogged down and lost in adding data fields or relations to your SilverStripe classes.
Will is a senior developer at DNA Design, Wellington, New Zealand. He has been a contributor to SilverStripe since 2007, maintains several modules and is a well known face around the IRC and forum as willr.