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AWS re:Invent 2014: Highlights and analysis

Last week a trio of brave SilverStripers ventured to the harsh wilds of Las Vegas to attend the annual Amazon Web Services re:Invent conference.

The largest cloud conference in the tech industry, the event hosted over 13,000 attendees, 400 speakers and 200 sessions. In a conference of that size, and with the number of announcements made, no blog post can hope to capture the event completely. With that in mind, here’s five key impressions that stuck with me from AWS re:Invent, and how they relate to SilverStripe.

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SilverStripe 3.1.7 released

SilverStripe version 3.1.7 stable has been released today, you can get a copy from our downloads section.

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On Course: Why I want you to love your journey into SilverStripe

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.

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Aaron Carlino Aaron Carlino, 29 October 2014

New Wellington Office For Expanding SilverStripe Team

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). 

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Nicole Williams, 28 October 2014 - Updates to the community showcase

When we relaunched 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.

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A Beginner's introduction to using Entwine in SilverStripe

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.

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BetterNavigator Module for SilverStripe

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.

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Jonathon Menz Jonathon Menz, 2 October 2014

September, a big month for community meetups

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).

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Cam Findlay Cam Findlay, 26 September 2014

Swiss SilverStripe Meetup in Olten - 9th Sept 2014

On September 9th we had the 3rd Swiss SilverStripe Meetup. Since Switzerland has four official languages and the members of this Meetup group voted for Swiss-German as Meetup-Language, we are only a subset of Swiss-SilverStripe enthusiasts. With Xeraa & Cam our Meetup group counts 20 members.

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lukas erni lukas erni, 26 September 2014

SilverStripe seeks new talent

Since it launched in 2006 SilverStripe has been involved in the New Zealand internship program Summer of Tech. The program connects innovative NZ companies with talented tech students. This year we have two intern positions to fill and have already been impressed by the students we've seen through Summer of Tech events. We're looking for interns wanting a long term career and who will thrive within our unique culture.

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Nicole Williams, 22 September 2014