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Rapid Prototyping with SilverStripe & Foundation

Posted by Ryan Wachtl on 29 May 2013

Ryan WachtlGuest blogger Ryan Wachtl is an independent US-based web developer and information architect with a passion for the art of programming and the science of design. He has been building sites with SilverStripe since the early 2.2 release and organizes the SilverStripe user group in Madison, WI. You can stay in touch by following @ryanwachtl on Twitter.

Fixing an Outdated Workflow

I think by now we can all agree that the traditional web project workflow, going from planning → wireframes → Photoshop comps → HTML/CSS/JavaScript → CMS integration → launch, is outdated and broken. It’s a comfortable and controlled workflow that relies heavily on hand-offs and sign-offs. The recently heightened focus on designing around content, designing for an ever growing device landscape, and emphasizing the quality of the user experience has led to the demise of this workflow.

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On to “The news!” - News via the ModelAdmin

Posted by Simon Erkelens on 8 May 2013

Simon 'Sphere' Erkelens is a freelance developer, fulltime employee of We::Code in the Netherlands with a tertiary background in applied physics. Before that, Simon worked for Squal Media. He started using SilverStripe at the end of 2009. Simon has given multiple presentations on implementing Facebook API into PHP and on SilverStripe's lesser known features. Most of his personal development work is on Github.

I only develop core features. I'm not a front-ender of any kind. And if I have to... well, look at my website. As simple as possible.

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Improved Config API and secure default template casting in 3.1.0-beta3

Posted by Ingo Schommer on 22 April 2013

We're proud to release our third beta of SilverStripe 3.1 (download), which gets us very close to the Release Candidate (RC) stage. Compared to previous beta releases, beta 3 has seen some large but unavoidable API changes. Please ensure to read the changelog and upgrading guide. You'll need to at least rewrite your static declarations in your Page and Page_Controller classes (incl. custom subclasses). Also, check that any used modules are compatible with the new beta. The easiest way to manage those dependencies is an installation through Composer.

The "old way" of setting configuration through static properties or methods at runtime has been deprecated with 3.0. The YAML-based Config API which replaces it has not seen widespread use though. This changes now, with most core configuration only accessible through this API. In order to enforce this change, the visibility of statics has changed to "private", which will throw errors if your codebase accesses those directly. The Config API helps us to provide a faster and cleaner bootstrap process, since less PHP files need to be autoloaded.

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SXSW 2013: A Mixed Bag

Posted by Richard Rudy on 26 March 2013

Richard is a designer/developer/strategist/coffee addict/Twitter junkie/slash/slash/slash. He's been working with SilverStripe since 2009 and runs his own company design + awesome. In 2012, Richard blogged about OmniOutliner to SilverStripe. Find him on twitter @thezenmonkey.

Every March, tens of thousands of filmmakers, marketers, designers and musicians from around the world descend on Austin, TX for South By South West (SXSW). What started as a humble music festival has grown into a city-wide event crossing industry and cultural boundaries.

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Web Developers do it on the fly

Posted by Russell Michell on 13 March 2013

Russell Michell describes himself in the context of work as an absolute web all-rounder, as comfortable on the command-line as he is with the front-end. Originally from Cambridge, UK he has performed his craft for startups, academia and agencies in the UK, Australia and in the years since his first OE to New Zealand back in '99. Russell is a web developer at SilverStripe in Wellington, having joined the company in 2011.

Usually when web developers read the words "on", "fly" and "the" (usually in a different order) various tech-solutions to as-yet-undefined problems present themselves, perhaps involving near real time data processing, AJAX UI interactions or some kind of HTML5 web-socket or Node application.

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Converting Quinn.com from SilverStripe 2.4 to 3.1-beta

Posted by Fred Condo on 6 March 2013

Fred Condo has a Ph.D. in the Management of Information Systems and Cognitive Psychology from Claremont Graduate School, and is Chief Engineer at Quinn Interactive. Quinn Interactive is a web design & development firm located in San Francisco, California specializing in interactive design, content-management integration, IA, and custom development. Fred got into SilverStripe in 2008. He has made 24 commits to the SilverStripe framework repository, which makes him the 28th-most prolific contributor to the project. You should follow him on GitHub here.

tl;dr 

  • We did a 2.4 → 3.1-beta conversion
  • We made the minimal changes required to get the site running under the new framework
  • Bye, Data Object Manager!
  • The ORM’s new fluid syntax is great (unless you forget to save the result!)
  • It was easy!

About our upgrade

When QI began using SilverStripe, we converted our static HTML site to SilverStripe 2.3. Over time, we upgraded to 2.4, and eagerly awaited SilverStripe 3.

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Wellington's February 2013 Community Meetup

Posted by Sigurd Magnusson on 27 February 2013

Thank you all for coming along to Molly Malone's last week! The first Wellington developer community Meetup of 2013 was held on a beautiful and warm summer evening, with great attendance (approximately 60 of you made it), conversation, and presentations.

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SilverStripe 3.1.0-beta2 is available

Posted by Sam Minnée on 26 February 2013

Like the subject-line says, we have a new beta release of SilverStripe 3.1 ready for you all to try.

Most of the work has been on bugfixing and cleaning up APIs, so there is not a lot of new features to talk about.  Instead, the beta2 release is part of the ongoing work to get SilverStripe 3.1 ready for production.

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OAuth Server

Posted by Simon Welsh on 20 February 2013

Simon Welsh is a developer at PocketRent, a SaaS using SilverStripe. He is currently working towards completing his Honours degree in Computer Science and Maths, and was recently a finalist in the NZOSS awards for his development efforts within the SilverStripe community. Simon has written for the SilverStripe blog before, documenting his journey of upgrading to 3.0. Follow Simon's alias simon_w on both Twitter and the SilverStripe IRC channel.

The web has moved away from disconnected sites that don't know anything about what's going on in the rest of the world. Now, almost every site that is anything beyond your bog-standard brochure site has connections to at least one other site, though usually substantially more. This can range from simple things, like using Facebook and Twitter for log ins, to more complicated integrations, such as taking payments using Stripe, recording the payment in Xero then uploading a file to SS3. These sorts of sites are said to "consume" others.

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Tackling project risk: How long is that piece of string?

Posted by Diana Hennessy on 14 February 2013

As someone who is passionate about business, Diana has a diverse background in many industries, most notably in a marketing or project management capacity. No matter which direction she went, she was always handed a website to upgrade, create, design, or manage. She took this as a sign to head into the web industry, and has since worked as a project manager combining her knowledge of business and marketing to help clients achieve their project vision.

I’m going to start with a bold statement: Estimates are always wrong.

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