In September, impactNPO held it's first Charity Hackfest in Auckland. One of the charities at the hackfest, Sustainable Coastlines, needed help with their SilverStripe site. We heard their cries over social media and weren't able to immediately respond, but it got us thinking about how we might assist in the future. We contacted the organisers and offered to send a scrum team to the next hackfest.
Fast forward two months to the end of November. Ben Manu, Luke Edwards, Paul Meyrick and I flew to Auckland for the weekend. We were joined by Ed Linklater and between us created SilverStripe's newest team — “5ive”. Literal but catchy.Read full post
Using Composer to avoid manual tasks and speed up development
First of all, if your not using composer to manage your projects dependencies yet then you should go read this!
It's a really simple tool that will help you a lot in all projects.
The New Zealand Open Source Awards recognise and promote the contributions of New Zealanders to open source projects as well as the exemplary use of open source by New Zealand organisations. It's always inspiring to see what exciting projects are emerging from the New Zealand open source community. Winners on the night showcased what is possible through open source with winners including a low-cost 3-D printer and a website that helps people make Official Information Act requests.Read full post
Creating websites and software is always a never-ending journey with a constantly expanding task list. It’s a world of infinite possibilities with limited resources. Gathering feedback through focus groups can be a great tool to prioritise the improvements that result in the biggest impact for our users. Recently we’ve been gathering feedback from content editors to improve SilverStripe CMS. The editors we spoke to worked in SilverStripe CMS for 10-25 hours per week. That translates to over 1,250 hours a year! It is easy to see how small improvements can have massive effects on the efficiency of web teams.Read full post
This years' open source developers conference (OSDC) was held in the sunny Gold Coast, at the Griffith University Campus. Three solid days of open source discussions covering an extensive range of subjects were boasted this year, with plenty of room for discussion, getting to know one another, and good food to keep the engines of all participants well fuelled and running at full blast.Read full post