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.
Despite the fact I didn't get to see any koala bears (I saw a spider attack the whiteboard at one point though) I really had an amazing time, but more importantly, I had a great opportunity to better understand and learn about open source and development outside of my own experiences. Here are a few of the things I took away.Read full post
Coding the open seas
All SilverStripe developers started out in the same place. We were explorers — outsiders looking in on the unknown. With meager skills and only our curiosity and passion for discovery filling our sails, we navigated uncharted waters, leaning on whatever documentation we could find, and engaging helpful members of the community who had once upon a time been in our position. When things got especially challenging, we may have waded through thousands of lines of source code, desperately seeking an answer, but happy to find just a clue.Read full post
Behind the scenes at SilverStripe we've been busy growing our team. In fact, over a third of our staff joined us during 2014! This meant we were quickly running out of space in our Wellington office. To accommodate our expanding numbers we are on the move this weekend (1 & 2 November 2014).Read full post
When we relaunched silverstripe.org last month we introduced a new featured showcase section. However, we weren't quite happy with the showcase archive section so we rolled out the new site without it with the intention to carry on the work and get this out in the next release to ensure it was really useful to highlight the communities great work.Read full post
Entwine is a jQuery library which allows you to add functions to groups of DOM elements, instead of passing elements as function arguments or storing them as global variables. Entwine powers the entire back-end of the SilverStripe framework and CMS, and is very useful for writing custom functionality in the CMS, so that's what this article will focus on. You can download the completed example code here.Read full post
A front-end utility menu featuring administration and development tools.
Back in the era of SilverStripe 2 the default template BlackCandy included SilverStripeNavigator - a handy menu utility shown to CMS users when browsing the front-end site that let them quickly edit a page, logout, and switch between viewing the draft and published version of a page.Read full post
It has been all go in the New Zealand (overseas too in Sydney and Switzerland) Meetup groups this month. Within the space of 2 weeks local SilverStripers in all of New Zealand's main cities ran Meetups. We have had Wellington and Auckland Meetups now for sometime, and we would now like to welcome the all new Christchurch Meetup group (and big thanks to Briar and Benet who are our the local SilverStripers on the ground in Christchurch there running the meetup).Read full post