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Posted by Ramon Kupper on 29 February 2012

Ramon Kupper is the founder and managing director of pixeltricks GmbH, the german company behind the eCommerce module SilverCart. He has a degree in computer science and is passionate about eCommerce and content management. His table soccer gatling technique is vicious and fortunately nobody has been hurt so far.

When Borland released Delphi in 1995, they were among the first to adapt the new paradigm of Rapid Application Development (RAD). I was still an apprentice in my second year, but I recall that the general opinion was that - with the given productivity boost and the visual programming style - very soon programmers would be obsolete. They were all wrong. So wrong.

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Wellington's February SilverStripe Meetup

Posted by Brooke Penny on 22 February 2012

A big thanks goes out to everybody who came down to Molly Malones last week for our February Wellington Meetup. We pretty much packed out the Blarney Slone room with 35+ guests attending. It was an eventful evening where we dabbled in code, recorded some Q&A style snippets on why you love SilverStripe, and checked out the top 5 Theme Contest entries. An awesome evening had by all, over some delicious nibbles and well deserved drinks.

Sigurd Magnusson kicked off the event, followed by SilverStripe Developer Stig Lindqvist who expanded on what to expect with the arrival of GridField in 3.0.

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In Defense of Frameworks

Posted by Josette Rigsby on 16 February 2012

Guest blogger Josette Rigsby has over 15 years experience in leading technology teams and delivering solutions. She has a special interest in enterprise architecture and emerging technology.

PHP has ranked as one of the most popular programming languages for over a decade. The loosely typed language has a long list of built-in functions, simple syntax and very few rules, which makes it a “go to” tool for countless developers. PHP’s ability to get things done fast continues to attract legions of new enthusiasts, which is why it is a bit surprising that the PHP development community is still divided regarding frameworks.

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The Trials and Tribulations of a Freelancer

Posted by Ryan Wachtl on 8 February 2012

Guest blogger Ryan Wachtl is an independant US-based web developer and runs the SilverStripe user group in Madison. Prior to this, Ryan wrote about SilverStripe PayPal Mini Cart Integration.

I recently celebrated my fifth year of freelancing as a web professional. This had me thinking about how I’ve grown over the years, both personally and professionally, and I’ve learned that, as a freelancer, the lines often blur between the two. Many of you may also freelance, either full-time, part-time, or on the side. You may have left a corporate or agency job in pursuit of greater control and more freedom, or maybe you’ve never freelanced, or like me, maybe you’ve always freelanced. Regardless of your current situation I hope you’ll find something useful to take away from this as I share my experience with you. At the end of this post I offer up my advice to any struggling freelancers out there.

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The Magic of Community Work

Posted by Kerstin Schuman on 2 February 2012

Last week I realised that I am asking you guys quite a bit these days; more pull requests, themes, blog posts, hackfests and meetup presentations. And yeah, every once in a while there is yet another community member who is stuck and needs your help.

I can tell you are getting tired, you have a full time job where you do overtime already, a nagging wife or husband at home and the kids don’t let you sleep either. And then Schuman comes along and wants you to do yet another thing!

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Theme Contest: The Game Changer

Posted by Kerstin Schuman on 27 January 2012

You should never move the goal post after the race has started, but this is an exception that should work to your advantage.

I figured that you might need more time to get a full theme up and running. I understand that you all have a lot of other stuff on your plate, and that it might be hard to find the time you would need to get it done.

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The Hidden Caveats of Working in Your Second Language

Posted by Aaron Carlino on 18 January 2012

Guest blogger Aaron Carlino is a web developer who is better known in the SilverStripe community by his whimsical pseudonym Uncle Cheese. This is his second time writing as guest blogger. Prior to this, Aaron wrote Why Design Comes First: True Confessions of a Guilty Coder.

A Disadvantageous Advantage

They say it’s an English-speaking world. I disagree.

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Content is King: Documentation for SilverStripe

Posted by Philipp Krenn on 16 January 2012

Guest blogger Philipp Krenn is one of SilverStripe's Google Summer of Code students from 2007. More recently, he has written the latest book on SilverStripe. For the upcoming 3.0 release, he will contribute to the official documentation — an area which can always do with some additional love. You can stay in touch by following @xeraa on Twitter.

I hope you all had some time off and enjoyed the holidays. I surely did - it was skiing time in the northern hemisphere as you can see from my photo. Now that the holidays are over, it is time time to get back to business. With all the heavy work on SilverStripe 3.0, an important part will be the documentation. Stating the obvious, I will try to elaborate a little further.

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The SS Theme Contest: Your opportunity to design the default theme for SilverStripe 3.0

Posted by Kerstin Schuman on 13 January 2012

It's Friday the 13th, time for some excitingly scary stuff, like an #SS3 design competition!

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