OpenCms, since its first public version, features a module mechanism that allows encapsulating functionalities in separate modules. However, the template mechanism of OpenCms up to version 7.5 left many details to the developer. It turned out that developing reusable modules is quite difficult, since there used to be many dependencies from a module to the template it was developed for. The improved template and module mechanism of OpenCms 8 addresses these issues, removes theses dependencies and therefore allows creating modules that are not depended on the template.
Rüdigers presentation did include an overview of the problem with pre-OpenCms 8 modules using the “Template 2” example from the OpenCms 7.x distribution. He did then show how the problems have been addressed in OpenCms 8. Among other things, this includes the possibility to create HTML output that is rendered differently depending on the space available in the template.
Best practices for structuring modules were also explained, for example how to layout module resources in different folders and naming conventions we suggest.
Sep 26, 2016 - OpenCms 10.5 Beta provides a feature complete look at OpenCms 10.5. This will be the only pre-release version before OpenCms 10.5.0 is published, which is expected by the end of November. Only minor GUI updates, as well as improvements to the demo template, will be made for the final release.
Sep 26, 2016 - The OpenCms 10.5 Beta release notes contain detailed information about the new features and fixes in this beta version.
Jun 14, 2016 - Being the greatest OpenCms update for years, version 10 brings a vastly improved user experience that combines the intuitive "Direct Edit" approach of OpenCms with a new, well integrated Lauchpad app center. OpenCms 10.0.1 is a maintenance update for 10.0.0 installations. It fixes several issues that persisted in previous releases. This version focuses on performance and stability.
Jun 14, 2016 - The OpenCms 10.0.1 release notes contain detailed information about the updates and fixes in this version.