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:
ModelAdmin is a powerful new feature in SilverStripe 2.3.0 that lets developers build user-friendly web-based interfaces to manage complex, related data.
"SilverStripe – Das umfassende Handbuch" is now in German bookstores and available online to purchase for €39.90.
At 450 pages, it provides a more structured and comprehensive set of SilverStripe technical documentation than what is currently available at doc.silverstripe.com, so we strongly encourage German developers to buy the book and become a much more educated, sophisticated SilverStripe developer!
To coincide with SilverStripe 2.3.0, the forms, newsletter, and blog modules have been released.
Details on each module are described below.
SilverStripe v2.3.0 is now available to download! This release brings thousands of updates, and shows our continued effort in making SilverStripe's underlying codebase a tool for professional website developers and the CMS a user-friendly and efficient interface for non-technical content authors.
We've been invited to be the theme for their March event. We're planning to show people how to use our ModelAdmin feature to quickly build administration interfaces, and give pointers on how to contribute to our open source project. If you've got a pet bug or feature, you might even be able to bribe us to solve it with a beer!