OpenCms sprints are intended to be a gathering of OpenCms developers.
The main goals of OpenCms sprints are:
Sprints are intended for seasoned OpenCms developers. A developer who attends a sprint should therefore have previous experience working on OpenCms projects. Newcomers to OpenCms may attend, but it should be noted a sprint is not a training session.
The OpenCms development sprints are organized and hosted by Alkacon Software, the main OpenCms core developers.
It is our goal to make sprint sessions a regular event for the OpenCms community. It is planned to have 2 to 4 sprint sessions a year.
During the first one or two hours, the topics for the sprint are jointly decided by the participants and small teams are formed to work on each topic. During most of the time afterwards, the teams will work on their computers, trying to code a proof-of-concept or lay out an initial architecture. At the end of the sprint, the participants will review the results and probably decide on how to go ahead with the started projects after the sprint session has closed.
Besides good intentions and a strong will to cooperate, each participant just needs to bring his own notebook / computer to work with.
All charges for the sprints are only to cover the costs involved in organizing the sprint event. Usually free food and drinks are served during the sprint session. Moreover, it may be required to rent a location to hold the sprint session. The charged price will cover all this costs.
The term "sprint" is commonly used in Open Source projects to describe brief and intense development sessions. According to Wikipedia:
A sprint is a short period of software development. Sprints have become popular events among
some open source projects […].
The sprints organized by companies often focus on the concepts of the Extreme Programming
software development method. There the sprint is directed by the coach, who suggests tasks [and]
tracks their progress […].
Sprints can vary in focus. During some sprints people new to the project are welcomed and get an
intensive hands-on introduction pairing with an experienced project member. […]
A significant benefit of sprinting is that the project members meet in person, socialize, and start to communicate more effectively when working together remotely.
Feb 15, 2017 - OpenCms 10.5.1 is a maintenance update that fixes several issues that persisted in the 10.5.0 release. This version focuses on security and stability, also adding some new features and enhancements. It also ships an optimized version of the Apollo Template. Based on Bootstrap, the Apollo Template is fully customizable without coding.
Feb 15, 2017 - The OpenCms 10.5.1 release notes contain detailed information about the new features and fixes in this version.
Dec 9, 2016 - OCEE 5.5.0 supports OpenCms 10.5.0 and brings seveal improvements to the LDAP Connector. It also adds more shell commands for remote cluster administration, and fixes some issues. Updated OCEE packages for 10.0, 9.x and 8.x based OpenCms installations are also available.
Nov 30, 2016 - OpenCms 10.5 focuses on site localization, adding tools for assisted translation of pages and sitemaps. Many usability improvements have been made for the Page Editor and the Explorer. OpenCms 10.5 also ships a much improved version of the Apollo Template. Based on Bootstrap, the Apollo Template is fully customizable without coding.