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  1. Filesystem Abstraction

    Allow for different filesystems to be added using a common Filesystem Interface.

    The includes AWS S3 and other cloud storage.

    This should separate the filesystem from the database layer.

    8 votes
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    • Column or block content editing

      Right now Content in the core CMS is either "a big lump of HTML" or "a set of carefully defined fields".

      There are lots of modules that try and add content modules / blocks / columns to SilverStripe CMS, but none have really taken off.

      We should add the ability for Content to be managed in a more modular way than just "big lump of text".

      23 votes
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      • Have SilverStripe classes be in namespaces

        Right now all SilverStripe classes are just in the global namespace. We decided 5.3 would be a reasonable requirement too late in the 3.x cycle to change this.

        However it's holding us back, and we can't really wait for 4.x to fix it.

        We should move all cms & framework classes into appropriate namespaces (ideally PSR-0 compliant, although this wouldn't include making PSR-0 actually work, we'd still need the SilverStripe bootstrap, at least for now).

        We'd need to include a tool that scanned projects for class usages & automatically added the use statements to the top of all files for…

        43 votes
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        • Replace extensions with traits

          Extensions are quite slow, and PHP 5.4 introduced traits which does a lot of the same stuff but as a language feature (so is much faster).

          One caveat is the event-like methods in Extensions (onAfterWrite, etc), but they can be replaced with an event system (see http://silverstripe.uservoice.com/forums/251266-new-features/suggestions/6425842-add-events-system)

          Once that's done it'd be easy to replace extensions with traits.

          It will require upgrading the minimum PHP version to 5.4, or doing some dynamic class compilation in the autoloader in 5.3 to maintain compatibility

          18 votes
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          • Themes should be more powerful

            They should be able to inherit from other themes, and define codeless page types

            11 votes
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            • Simultaneous editing support

              Currently there's no good support for two editors editing the same Page (or other Data Object).

              We should at least allow locking a page, but better would be adding simultaneous editing a-la Google Docs, etc. If we couldn't get totally simultaneous editing working (TinyMCE might be tricky) we could at least allow simultaneous viewing, with a single person being the current "editor".

              6 votes
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              • Add events system

                Currently we have a few ad-hoc events (like preRequestFilter and postRequestFilter), and a few event-like methods that are caught by extensions (onBeforeWrite, etc).

                These are both un-ideal from a performance point of view. Both the event raiser and all event handlers need to be loaded at all times, and the event-like behaviour of extensions is one of the things stopping us from replacing them with traits.

                Important to this working would be the ability to bind event raisers to event handlers in the config system, while still being able to specify some level of filtering (for instance be able to…

                27 votes
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                • Make it optional if a page is added to top or bottom of the site tree

                  When using the SiteTree for news and other stuff, it would be usefull to be able to define if a new page should go in to the top of the structure, or if it should be added to the bottom (std).

                  Could also be an option when rigtht clicking a page -> Create subpage at top / create subpage before / after or something like that.

                  5 votes
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                  • Files should be stored in DataObject fields

                    Right now Files are DataObjects that have a 1 to 1 correlation to files / directories in the assets folder, and when using them we just hand over a URL to the location in the assets folder.

                    This makes it hard to: use other storage backends that don't necessarily have a folder structure; have Files that are not shared between the whole system; version Files (since filesystems don't support versioning); have Files with restricted access

                    We should instead have "File" as a field type for $db (like String, Int, etc). We wouldn't store these in the database - instead we'd…

                    13 votes
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                    • Rework the "unpublish / delete" CMS controls to be clearer

                      Currently we have "unpublish" and "delete from draft", but these aren't very self explanatory or really do what people want.

                      They should be replaced with "Undo most recent publication", "Discard changes since last publication", "Remove page completely from site", "Remove all public versions of this page", etc

                      10 votes
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                      • Ability to put Layout templates into subfolders

                        Currently all page templates have to be at the root of the Layout folder. When a site gets really large there can potentially be 30+ templates in that folder. It would be awesome to be able to add subfolders so that there can be clearer groupings of page templates.

                        Currently this is possible for Includes.

                        4 votes
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                        • Internal search system

                          Advanced internal search system, without plugins or complicated requirements on the server.

                          3 votes
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                          • Add a Debug Toolbar

                            Look at how we can integrate PHPDebugBar http://phpdebugbar.com/ for better and prettier debugging. Symfony & Laravel has it - I think SilverStripe should too.

                            This can replace the use of URL variables to show debugging information.

                            6 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Admin →
                            • Core Classes should inherit from Object class

                              I know most classes inherit from the Object class now. But some classes are still stand-alone (Debug, DB, etc.). Inheriting from Object will allow devs to use Object::useCustomClass() for any core SilverStripe class.

                              6 votes
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                              • Allow logging back in without leaving CMS admin on session timeout

                                Currently if your session times out when working in the CMS (for instance if you've disabled the ping feature for security reasons), you just start getting errors.

                                If you had a lot of work pre-done, it's easy to loose it while trying to log back in.

                                Instead you should just get a log back in modal pop up over the CMS.

                                8 votes
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                                • Behat testing should be as easy as unit testing

                                  Right now Behat testing isn't used very much - it's harder to get running than it should be, and is quite slow.

                                  We should try and get Behat testing to be more popular by improving the ease with which tests can be written.

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                                  • Core state handling to fix subsites / translatable / etc

                                    Right now we have _lots_ of ad-hoc cross-request state tracking.

                                    State is any inputs that affects the cross-section of data that ends up being visible to DataObject

                                    Versioned, Subsites, Translatable and several others are examples of this.

                                    We already have DataQuery#$queryParams to track some of this state internally, but when it comes to tracking it across requests, every module has it's own solution.

                                    The worst are those modules that store it in the session, since this affects all tabs / windows being used by that user, which can lead to unexpected behaviour.

                                    This API would instead allow reading state encoded…

                                    7 votes
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                                    • Modify CMS Document Metatags area to have multiple Custom Metatags

                                      In CMS (3.1.6) the MetaTags area has a text entry for Description and a single custom tag.

                                      This single custom area concatenates all text into one line.

                                      There needs to be provision to add multiple custom meta tags (individually editable) - not concatenated - each tag as an individual meta tag on a separate line in the page source.

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                                      • Make the framework faster

                                        The base-line performance of the framework could be better. Right now, things like auto-complete handlers really struggle to deliver adequate performance, especially on high-traffic sites.

                                        113 votes
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                                        • Refactor ORM to use prepared statements

                                          This is basically already done & merged into master, but needs stabilising.

                                          For security purposes, we should be using PHP provided APIs rather than escaping values into SQL strings ourselves. We can also take this opportunity to add PDO support.

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