Week Ending: October 18, 2013
The release of the first beta of TYPO3 CMS 6.2 LTS sets in the feature freeze, which means that no new features will be added and the focus from here on is stabilizing the product. Since the release of the last alpha version and last week's code sprint in Hannover, 72 new patches were merged and 22 new features were added.
Features concerning package management, responsive image rendering, backend layout providers, core updater and file metadata localization were among the most significant.
activity in the TYPO3 CMS project is so high that Ohloh mentions “... This is one of the largest open-source teams in the world, and is in the top 2% of all project teams on Ohloh.".
It is now very easy to give TYPO3 Neos a spin through the services of
launchr.com. The launchr service provides Open Source software projects that are installable with just a few clicks. You will have Neos running in about a minute and this will give you the possibility to check out next generation content management. The website of Launchr is based on our PHP framework TYPO3 Flow, which is also the basis for TYPO3 Neos.
Marketing Team Meeting
On Tuesday the marketing team met at the
AOE offices in Wiesbaden to discuss the coming marketing sprint.
marketing sprint will consist of a two-day communication work shop, a one day strategy meeting and the week ends with some days actually working on marketing material for our new products. Those materials will include new flyers and white papers that will be available for the community to use.
For the actual work the team is still missing some print designers, please feel free to
email the marketing team if you are interested.
After years of leading the marketing team Kian Gould leaves his position as team leader. Alain Veuve will follow in his footsteps closely supported by Berit Hlubek. AOE will continue to support the marketing team when it comes down to having a location for the meetings and the typo3.org code sprints. Thanks Kian for supporting the TYPO3 project like this for the past years.
Berit Hlubek reports about the marketing team meeting in
Marketing Team Meeting October 15th on typo3.org
Google Summer of Code
Four of our students were successful in this year's Google Summer of Code. Tobias Liebig administrated the project this year and he writes in the
TYPO3 GsoC Final Report that one of the projects failed due to communication problems. Four student projects passed the final evaluations.
The four projects that passed were:
Create an oAuth layer" by Denys Butenko, mentored by Sebastian Michaelsen
Fluid: Cut dependencies on Flow" by Puja Singh, mentored by Karsten Dambekalns
FluidBoilerplate" by Jacob Floyd, mentored by Robert Weißgräber
Kickstarter for Flow/Ember.js applications" by Manuel Mitasch, mentored by Rens Admiraal
The GsoC mentor summit is taking place in Mountain view right this moment. Mentor Sebastian Michaelsen and admin Christian Müller will participate in this summit where mentors of the projects will meet in barcamp style.
In the meantime Google already announced the
Google Summer of Code 2014. It will be the 10th GSoC.
Two TYPO3camps are upcoming in Germany.
Regensburg from October 25 - 27 still has tickets, so you might hurry to get one before it is sold out.
Ruhr in Essen from November 8 - 11 is sold out
The mini conference
Poland took place in Poznań this Friday and Saturday. Around 50 people gathered to listen to presentations on TYPO3. Special guests for the event were Robert Lemke, Tolleiv Nietsch, Sven Ditz and Ben van 't Ende. Daniel Homorodean was also present at the event to inform the audience about the coming TYPO3 Eastern Europe (November 14-16) -
EE in Cluj Napoca, Romania and to convince them to come over to visit the event.
Robert said some words on the Neos team culture and the key values they set up with the team that guides their work into the future. Trust is one of the key values. For instance every member of the Neos team has full commit rights and access to the tools the team uses. Later on Robert presented the coming Neos 1.0 in a full presentation. Sven presented how to sell TYPO3 in a very animated way and received lots of appreciation for his story-telling capabilities. Sven's topic was received well in the mixed crowd, that consisted only partly of developers. Tolleiv's presentation was about continuous integration. In his presentation typo3.org was also mentioned a couple of times. Tolleiv set up continuous integration for typo3.org.
As keynote for the event I talked about communication and trust. I gave some examples on how easy it is to misinterpret each other and that ultimately we should assume good intent in the participation we all have in the community. It was challenging to give the Polish crowd an impression on how the TYPO3 community is organized and how people can contribute to our project.
Tomasz Grzemski and Tymek Motylewski, main-organisers of this TYPO3camp and owners of the Poznan company
Macopedia, presented topics respectively about Solr search and unit-testing.Tymek gave an extensive overview on how to contribute it the TYPO3 project. As a matter of fact every opportunity was taken to show points of entry into the TYPO3 community.
I asked Tomasz a few question about this camp and TYPO3 in Eastern Europe.
Tell us a little bit about yourself
My name is Tomasz Grzemski and I'm a CEO of Macopedia (Poland)– Software House focused on TYPO3 and Magento. I also represent the Polish TYPO3 User Group. I'm an enthusiast of enterprise web applications and open-source software. My mission is to promote knowledge sharing among all Polish developers.
It is the first time this kind of TYPO3 event is organized in Poland. Why is the time ripe to organize a TYPO3camp now?
Before this TYPO3Camp there were 4 meetings of Polish TYPO3 User Group. First meeting was organized in 2008. More enthusiasts come each year. This year, together with Tymoteusz Motylewski (current Head of Development at Macopedia) we decided to be more involved in the TYPO3 project. Tymoteusz is an Extbase Team member and is very familiar with the TYPO3 project. We currently have more time and resources for promoting the TYPO3 project in Poland, because we grew bigger. With this TYPO3Camp we make a big step forward for TYPO3 marketing in Poland.
How does the software/CMS market look like in Poland?
Polish websites are mainly powered by custom created agency software. If we count all this type of CMS then we realize that in Poland there are at least 1000 different CMS-es. Currently TYPO3 is not so popular in Poland, but the amount of installations is growing each year. The market is currently dominated by Wordpress and Joomla.
The event is organised at the technical university of Poznan. In how far are they involved in the event?
We are trying to convince Polish IT students on technical Universities to use and develop Open Source projects. Most of the Universities are already cooperating with IT corporations. The Open-source community is a new thing for them. We think that natural place for Open Source is at the Universities where you can find a lot of inspired people. We are trying to put TYPO3 inside the lectures and also to organize some workshops for students. Now we are cooperating with Poznan University of Technology (http://www.put.edu.pl) and also with private Universities (http://www.wsnhid.pl).
Next month we will also have a mini-conference, T3EE, in Romania. How is T3EE connected to TYPO3Camp Poland and what would a common future for TYPO3 be in Eastern Europe.
Together with Daniel (
T3EE) we are looking forward to cooperate in this part of Europe. We've discussed a lot of ideas for promoting TYPO3 in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Croatia, Ukraine etc. We think that TYPO3Camp PL together with T3EE is a very good beginning for creating more powerful community!