It took two years to reach 100,000 downloads, but less than six months to reach an all-time total of 150,000!
In recent weeks we've produced SilverStripe v2.3.0 and v2.3.1, releases that have seen attention from Slashdot, Ajaxian, and a multitude of CMS industry websites like CMSReport. Consequently, we've seen a rush of people downloading and installing our software and, wonderfully, joining our community and producing amazing websites!
At MIX today, Microsoft released Web Platform Installer (WebPI) 2.0 beta—new software that makes it much easier and more compelling to install PHP applications on the Windows IIS web server.
SilverStripe has been selected as one of ten PHP and .NET web applications to be bundled with the launch of WebPI. This means the easiest method for installing SilverStripe is now Microsoft's WebPI, and for many people, this will be much easier than installing SilverStripe using WAMP or on Linux.
Thank you to those who tested SilverStripe 2.3.1rc1! You identified a few easy-to-fix bugs that we felt were important to solve before issuing the final release of SilverStripe 2.3.1.
We're keen to have developers download silverstripe-2.3.1rc2.tar.gz and confirm that it's a good release. If no problems are found we'll mark it as stable this week!
We want developers to test this release so we can label it ready for general consumption.
Summer of Code season is back for 2009! We've come up with programming challenges as part of our application to Google.
If we're selected by Google to participate, then university students can apply to Google to work on one of the programming challenges suggested below. Applications are open between March 18 and April 3, and successful applicants will receive USD4500 and some swag for their effort!
The growth of new SilverStripe installations each month grew substantially over 2008. The graph below shows the rise in people who ticked 'yes' to anonymously notifying us when installing SilverStripe. With the German book, recent publicity on Ajaxian, and a number of exciting new releases coming out this year, we expect to see the same trends in the coming 12 months.
It is also interesting to share statistics around the choice of web server used to install SilverStripe. We've seen the following split remain fairly constant over the past two years:
Just days after the book's launch, the 450-page German SilverStripe book now has a bestseller status on Amazon.de!
It is currently near the top of the CMS bestsellers, as well as doing well in its 'parent' categories: web design, programming & webdesign, and computing & internet.
SilverStripe staff are on some long excursions from New Zealand in coming weeks, so we're planning to host developer meetings to showcase SilverStripe while we go!
This blog post will be updated with venues. Please join us, and spread the word; key SilverStripe staff are not in these cities every day! If you have specific things you'd like to learn from or share with us at the meetings, comment below.
Last Sunday, a group of local developers came together in Wellington for the monthly SuperHappyDevHouse meeting.
Ingo Schommer did a talk on ModelAdmin (see 25 minute recording), and Nicolaas, one of the most prolific SilverStripe-website builders in our community, offered his thoughts on why SilverStripe beats building your own hand-built PHP solution: