For the New Zealand Government Common Web Platform we needed a way for government agencies to authenticate users with their existing on-premises directory. For SilverStripe Platform we needed a way of managing a large number of users and their access rights to sites that make up the platform, such as Gitlab for code hosting, and Deploynaut to deploy that code. Users that are authorised on the platform need to login to all of them, but users may have different access rights than others. Senior Platform Developer Sean Harvey explains our recent work to integrate SilverStripe with Active Directory and some of the technical challenges that arose.
So what is a directory? It's basically a database but has a bunch more features, mostly around user account data. Technically, it can hold pretty much anything but is most commonly used for managing user accounts in a computer network.Read full post
So how do you become Agile when it comes to accounts? Day to day, week to week and month to month there are jobs that are always the same, that always need doing. On first thought it might seem odd to decide that Agile was the best approach.Read full post
Announcing... the first beta for SilverStripe 3.2! It’s an exciting time for us, and we want to share some of that excitement with you. Beta means that we are satisfied with the features we and the community developed, and are ready to release it to officially open it up to begin the polishing and bugfixing as we head toward a stable release. We'll be running this first beta phase for approximately 4 weeks before any additional beta phase we might need to run.Read full post
The last SilverStripe Wellington Meetup had a focus on UX and open source projects. I gave a 5 minute lightning talk about the history of the SilverStripe CMS project's design and UX. From its beginnings as proprietary software for Totally Digital (now SilverStripe Ltd) to what it is today.Read full post
I was pleased SilverStripe hosted a Design and UX focused Meetup, it covered lots of things I’ve been thinking about recently, including where are all the OSS designers? So it was great to see a room full of people interested in the topic. I covered some big picture definitions of the difference between open design process, open source design and designing for OSS. You can find some more about those topics in this blog post.Read full post
Last week, we announced the launch of our code competition. It's a huge opportunity for any SilverStripe code cobbler with a penchant for amateur aviation. The way it works is dead simple: you submit some of your beautiful code to us, and we evaluate it against all the other submissions to see if it's the best one. If it is, you win a quadcopter drone. It's seriously the most awesome transaction since Nicolas Cage bought a dinosaur skull.Read full post