Code Sprint in Stuttgart, 14th-17th October, 2010 (6 comments)

Added by Ernesto Baschny almost 11 years ago

A selected group of active developers (core and non-core team members) were invited for a four days code sprint in Stuttgart. The goal of the code sprint is to concentrate on the last features we want to include in the 4.5 release (LTS). Our aim is to wrap up things for the feature freeze that will happen in November 11th, 2010 with the release of 4.5 beta1.

Read more about the event here:

If you are a participant and are not listed there yet, please add your name to the definitive "Participants" list.

The location and infrastructure is generously provided by cron IT GmbH.

The Core Team will finance parts of travel and hotel costs. The TYPO3 Association will cover all costs of drinks at the location, and one lunch per day.

TYPO3 4.5 alpha2 in two weeks (7 comments)

Added by Ernesto Baschny almost 11 years ago

With excitement I observe teams working on issues for our new release 4.5. I can feel by the communication on the mailing lists and in our meetings that there is a general awareness that 4.5 as a long term support is a very important milestone, and that we all want to include the best and most stable stuff we are able to produce.

To keep up with the expectations, we are working hard to keep the ball rolling. This means that we do weekly meetings to discuss the current issues (release managers Steffen and myself, core team leader Olly Hader and TYPO3 product manager ben van't ende). Besides that, the release team also is present in almost all other team meetings that are taking place (I am glad that we are a team of two and not only one..).

This means a lot of activity and a lot of stuff "happening":

  • the workspaces team is going to do a code sprint next week, and we expect nice results from it,
  • the design and usability team is interacting with the core team in order to reach our goal to get the backend streamlined,
  • the "modern Web>Page module" project is starting to produce some results, getting back in track after some months of pause (after the T3UXW09),
  • backend getting streamlined with ExtJS: no more frames, resizeable page tree area, ExtJs module menu, ...
  • other smaller teams are forming (e.g. Forms API) spontaneously on the mailing lists.

The most effective way of getting results proves to be settling regular scheduled meetings between the members of the team. Without that, you quickly loose track of what is going on, you loose motivation because of lack of feedback, and you probably miss important deadlines.

One of those deadlines is set for two weeks from now according to our Release Plan:

4.5alpha2 to be released Wednesday, 22.9.2010

Another important date to mark on your calendar will be a "Release 4.5 Code Sprint" to take place in Stuttgart October 14. until 17. (Thursday to Sunday). More details will be announced later. But it will be awesome! Finishing up stuff to be included before feature freeze in a huge team effort!

Thanks for your help and if you have any question, suggestion or want to help and don't know what to do, get in touch with us!


Core files are now UTF-8 (6 comments)

Added by Ernesto Baschny almost 11 years ago

On our move in the direction to full UTF-8 compatibility, the core team decided to convert all PHP source files to UTF-8. This mainly affects comments and author names (e.g. Kasper Skårhøj).

This has already been done in trunk, the current development branch for 4.5. See FYI #15601 on the core list, commited in rev 8742.

If you work with the source of the core (as a core contributor), Steffen Kamper has written a small article on buzz on how you change your project settings to support the new default.

Form API project created (7 comments)

Added by Ernesto Baschny almost 11 years ago

After some discussion about the "Future of FORM" on the list, we set up a Skype meeting with Reinhard Führich (author of Formhandler), Christian Opitz (also involved in that project) and Kai Vogel (author of sp_bettercontact which has some interesting spam protection build in) and Ernesto Baschny (one of the 4.5 release guys).

We have had a very interesting discussion. The first result was the creation of a Forge project Form API.

So now there is a team and a repository to "play with". First steps will be to define the API on a high level. Reinhard is working on that and we'll present that on our Wiki later on. Meanwhile Christian already had some ideas on the implementation. The team is also taking a look on how other projects do it (e.g. Zend framework), so that are sure that we stay on a correct track.

We want to make sure we get stuff done that can be included in release 4.5. So we will work in small steps and not start with some bloated API which has no chance to be included in the core. We have a plan already on how to approach it.

Some insiders already: there will be a nice validation API and a captcha service which extensions can use and where captcha providers can register themselves.

Stay tuned for more on that area!

TYPO3 4.5alpha1 was released (6 comments)

Added by Ernesto Baschny almost 11 years ago

This week, the TYPO3 community released the first alpha version of TYPO3 4.5. This marks the start of our mission to provide the first TYPO3 release ever to have long term support (LTS). We will have 4.5.0 ready by january 2011.

For details about the release and the current progress, please read up on TYPO3 4.5.0alpha1.

We also ship a introductionpackage with this first alpha release which allows people to test the new features right away. You can of course also opt to upgrade an existing installation to the new 4.5alpha1 version, but keep in mind that this is still a snapshot of our development so far, and more changes and fixes will be included in further releases.

You can download the Alpha packages from:

MD5 checksums:

2a02ee3055c598251f27a794cc41c8ea  dummy-4.5.0alpha1.tar.gz
c8256e7dccd5516ae7f3095395afc758  typo3_src-4.5.0alpha1.tar.gz

Steffen Kamper (Technical Leader)
and Ernesto Baschny (Release Manager)

TYPO3 4.5 alpha 1 coming soon (6 comments)

Added by Ernesto Baschny almost 11 years ago

Whole 6 weeks has passed since the T3DD10 where we had the kick-off for the next release: TYPO3 4.5 with long time support (LTS).

During the last weeks we we heavily working on team building, discussion about bigger projects and targets and getting people to actively work on their tasks. According to our release plan we will ship a first alpha release of TYPO3 4.5 next week on 25.8.2010 (wednesday).

Even during the current holiday season we were able to include some nice new additions to our current trunk which will be included in the first alpha.

With this, I call for your participation, for your help: We all want the 4.5 LTS release to be the best release ever. It will be there with us for the next 3 years! It is the right time to help getting your favorite new feature in. We have a schedule that allows new features to get in until 10.11.2010 (12 weeks from now). This is when feature freeze starts. If you want certain features to get into 4.5, make sure your code enters before one of the alpha releases, so that it can be tested "on the field".

There are several projects already listed in the 4.5 project page. Get in touch with the release team (Steffen Kamper and Ernesto Baschny):

a) if you find something interesting on that list that you always wanted to work on or where you have some information you want to share / discuss. Some projects listed still need help.

b) if you have something new you are working on and isn't listed on the project page. We'll make sure you get the needed attention and proper handling in the core list.

c) if your problem is money, or getting together with other developers (traveling costs): contact us and we might be able to sponsor certain aspects of your work.

Thanks everybody for the help and keep up the good work!



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