A Serendipity Book

It's finally happening - the first book about Serendipity is going to be published by OpenSourcePress: Serendipity - Individuelle Weblogs für Einsteiger und Profis.

As you can gather by the title of the book, it's going to be in german and will be written by yours truly, Garvin Hicking. I will put a huge effort into getting this book translated to english quickly, though.

The book is scheduled for the beginning of 2008 and will cover hopefully every aspect of Serendipity, both for newbies and developers. I'm very excited to be able to write this book and will keep you posted about the progress.

What about a Serendipity bar camp?

Serendipity v1.1 has just been released, v1.2 is on it's way, and we meet almost every day (in the blog, board, wiki) to share our thoughts on new features and adding new tools... but we only do it "virtually". Isn't it about time we have a "real" meeting?

I'd like to get some feedback what you (the s9y community) think about having a s9y camp in the fall (Autumn) of 2007?

s9yCamp would be like a BarCamp (Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barcamp). In BarCamps, people meet and give "spontaneous" lectures, workshops, discussions, etc. Isn't that something?

There are a lot of topics the developers, template designers, and users of s9y could share. Exchanging ideas on new plugins, swapping code snippets, customizing themes, thoughts on usability and accessibility ... and along the way meeting the faces connected with board messages and blog entries. The latter might very well be the most interesting part of the meeting.

So, this is just a call for feedback. What do you think about it? Which topic would you be interested in? Would you like to join in?

The feedback determines if and what happens next.

Also important: choosing a place. There is an invitation to meet in Vienna, but other proposals for cities (and organizers) are welcome.

So, please share you thoughts on this. At this point, this is all about approval, things to consider, ideas, questions, etc. - but most of all, this is about finding out whether the community would be interested in an s9y camp at all.

You can comment below this posting or in the board (http://board.s9y.org/viewtopic.php?t=8264 (german language thread) http://board.s9y.org/viewtopic.php?t=8288 (english language thread)

The German lanaguage version of this entry follows: Continue reading "What about a Serendipity bar camp?"

Garvin's on Holiday (Sept. 20 - Oct. 1)

I'll be leaving for holiday from September 20th to October 1st, and thus not be checking these forums.

So please don't despair, others will surely be active here. If there's anything critical that needs my attention, I'll get right to it after my well-deserved time off. :)

If anything goes terribly wrong with this forum or the s9y servers, please contact Jannis Hermanns (www.jannis.to / jannis -at- gmail).

Temporary Spartacus-Update outage

UPDATE: Spartacus works again

Yesterday, my private linux development box passed away. My small EPIA ME-6000 Mini-ITX PC served me and the serendipity development several gracious coding hours. Even though its 256MB of RAM and the performance of a P2-400 was sometimes driving me insane, it had one big bonus: It was nearly fanless, and thus silent enough to fit into my combined living/work area.

And now it is no more.

Which temporarily means, as long as I get a new silent PC I cannot boot my linux system, which (apart from fetching my mail and beign my file storage) also took care of updating the Spartacus XML files every 24 hours. This means that until then, the new plugin versions are not available via Spartacus, and you must either wait or fetch them via CVS.

Since a new silent PC cuts a larger hole into the budget that I had planned for my turkey-holidays, I can't tell how long I need to gather up that new PC. If anyone here has a small project (2-3 weekends?) in his backhand, that would require a skilled PHP-developer with solid Serendipity-knowledge like myself - please raise your voice. :-)

Rasmus Lerdorf loves Serendipity

Does the headline sound catchy enough? Gooood. :-)

Now that I have your attention: Check out the recent FLOSS podcast #12. It's a 1-hour podcast with Rasmus Lerdorf, which is both entertaining and informative.

And he mentions he's using Serendipity - in the last quarter of the podcast. He doesn't actually mention much about our software, but of course highlighting all our strengths would've taken up another hour of the podcast.... ;-)

Anyways - we feel quite humbled to be mentioned by the 'Creator of PHP'. Keep on blogging and have fun!