Alpha 1 of SilverStripe 4.0. It's going to be great!
There's still a lot to do before 4.0 stable, but our first alpha release packs a huge number of changes and features that we think you'll love. As it's an early release, you should expect some bugs and rough edges, but bugs are a kind of feature, right?
4.0 alpha 1 has been released from our master development branch, which has been worked on by us and the rest of the community over a year, and is almost as eagerly awaited as the next SilverStripe book. A lot of the features and new toys have been covered in the earlier blog post, so if this is the first you've heard or our alpha 1 release, we'd invite you to go read it.
What to expect
We aren't in Kansas anymore Toto. This isn't a standard release, and we would not recommend it for any production sites! We, of course, endeavour to release all code in as bug-free a state as possible, but what we would really like is your assistance: it's time for the hecklers, the naysayers, the evangelists and fanatics to give this release a try. Tell us what goes wrong, which things break, and how spectacularly they break.
Getting the release
To get a fresh copy of the alpha to test out, you can create a new project with the following composer command.
composer create-project silverstripe/installer /path/to/project 4.0.0-alpha1
Or head over to the pre-release downloads to grab the files via zip or tar.