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AngularJS powered by SilverStripe


angularjs and silverstripeMy recent blog post on Backbone unit testing mentioned AngularJS, as being one of the more popular emerging JavaScript frameworks. A common use case for AngularJS is filtering lists of data such as products. I’ve put together an example application which creates a simple product catalogue and more importantly highlights the concept of AngularJS and SilverStripe working together.

On the client-side we have a simple AngularJS application. This manipulates product data and handles user interactions. On the backend, we’ve got a SilverStripe ModelAdmin, Controller, and a custom page type. These are all brought together with AngularJS enhanced SilverStripe templates.

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David Craig, 31 March 2014

Pagetypeitis and dependancy injection: Wellington meetup videos are up


wellington community meetupVideos from the March 5th, 2014 Wellington SilverStripe developer community meetups are up on our vimeo video knowldge-base, well worth a watch!
Since the talks got a bit technical, it will be good to rewatch (if you came along that night) and absorb the material again. Check them out for the first time if you didn't make it (or are on the other side of the globe). Ingo's and Stig's presentation slides are also available.

Slides: Ingo Schommer - Pagetypeitis: Antipatterns and solutions for SilverStripe page types

Slides: Stig Lindqvist - Dependancy Injection

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Cam Findlay, 18 March 2014

What does the SilverStripe community have in common with ancient civilisations of the Andes? Beer and reciprocity!


Reciprocity
noun [ mass noun ] the practice of exchanging things with others for mutual benefit, especially privileges granted by one country or organisation to another.

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Carlos Cordero, 12 March 2014

SilverStripe 3.1.3 release candidates


UPDATE (3/3/2014): SilverStripe 3.1.3 and 3.0.9 stable are out now!

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Quick Tips: Allowing extra tags and attributes in the rich text editor


Sometimes you just need to embed something quickly in SilverStripe CMS's rich text content (depending on what you are trying to do a shortcode might be a better option!). By default SilverStripe makes a valiant effort to ensure content in this field in the CMS is cleaned up and does not contain any nasties that might break your page or even worse, allow chunks of javascript to be pasted and executed where they shouldn't be (they are better off being dealt with via the Requirements functionality - javascript is not content!).

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Cam Findlay Cam Findlay, 14 February 2014

Improving SilverStripe performance


It's well known that out of the box Content Management Systems (CMS) are often not the most high performance of systems. A vanilla installation of SilverStripe is no exception. Luckily, there are some useful tactics you can use to improve performance of your SilverStripe websites. This involves some built in features of SilverStripe itself, along with some infrastructural considerations. It all depends on your customer needs and the level of performance you require.

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FocusPoint: Smarter Image Cropping for SilverStripe


Image cropping in SilverStripe is pretty minimalistic. You don't crop images at all inside the CMS, you can however crop images in the SilverStripe template engine. As a SilverStripe template designer you can use the $CroppedImage(width,height) tag (among other image resizing methods) to ensure that your beautiful design isn't ruined by an image that is too tall or wide for a particular purpose or UI.

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Auckland January office warming meetup - SwipeStripe ecommerce and getting involved in open source


SilverStripe Auckland MeetupAnother successful SilverStripe Meetup was held at the new SilverStripe Auckland, New Zealand offices last week (15th Jan 2014). An office warming party! There was a great turn out with SilverStripe developer regulars, new faces and those interested to learn more about our SilverStripe open-source project. Following the usual format we had a couple of speakers share their SilverStripe knowledge (including myself) and as always we captured the knowledge in full audio-visual awesomeness.

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Cam Findlay, 22 January 2014

Backbone Unit Tests and Continuous Integration


Backbone unit testing
Recent advances in technologies such as HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript mean complex applications can now be delivered via the Web. Building interaction-rich web applications can create new and engaging experiences for users. For developers, managing the growth of these applications can be challenging. Fortunately there's a great range of open source solutions to help us out. Some of the more popular JavaScript frameworks are Backbone, Angular, and Ember.

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David Craig and Robert Curry, 13 January 2014

Hack your brain with gratitude


The SilverStripe Gratitude Wall
I have been reading a lot about 'Brain Science' (not the official term FYI) as brains are cool, and complex. And squishy.

There have been several scientific studies about creativity, and what encourages it, and there are some things that we can do for ourselves to make our brains more creative. One of the findings is that happy thoughts (and therefore dopamine that is flushed through the brain as a result of happy feelings) tend to also flush the areas that creativity is thought to be based. Thus, making us more inspired, creative and productive.

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Diana Hennessy, 8 January 2014