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  1. Use existing composer-based library for Image Backend manipulation

    Rather than spend a bunch of time and effort maintaining our own Image_Backend, why not make use of the "Imagine" composer-based PHP library that does the same thing, and no doubt better.

    Additional instant wins include: GMagick support, far bigger range of manipulations, easy to create your own manipulations.

    check it out:
    http://imagine.readthedocs.org/en/latest/
    https://github.com/avalanche123/Imagine

    13 votes
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    • Overhaul error page management

      1. Move error pages out of the site tree, and manage them under Settings instead. Or group them along with other utility pages (like search results pages) under the site tree in the CMS and separated by a horizontal divider.

      2. Don't generate a static copy of templated/branded error pages. Include generic static error pages instead.

      This was discussed here before moving to UserVoice: https://github.com/silverstripe/silverstripe-cms/issues/1139

      Related: http://silverstripe.uservoice.com/forums/251266-new-features/suggestions/6803888-ensure-error-pages-404-500-are-always-at-the-bo

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      • Error pages don't belong in the site tree. An error page isn't really a 'page' at all, it's a message that is shown when something goes wrong. It…

      9 votes
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      • Have a Laravel FW like on-screen detailed error logging view that logs even the lowest level of bug eg. syntax error without adding isDev=1

        It's really hard for beginners spotting errors and bugs with Silverstripe. The error checking system is good but only feels like its meant for pros. SIlverstripe a million times failed to print out error on the browser even when isDev is enabled. We wish it to be more like Laravel's error logging system making the tiniest errors and syntax mistakes easily detectable.

        7 votes
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        • Use composer to load thirdparty libraries

          Currently thirdparty libraries (e.g. Zend Cache/Translate) are included as part of the framework.

          There would likely be some work around getting SilverStripe to work with the latest versions of these packages.

          Might also be a chance to decouple some of the dependencies, right now the cache code seems quite tightly coupled and inflexible.

          7 votes
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          • Improve link button functionality in TinyMCE

            I think it would be good to have a choice between an internal link, external link, or file like in Wordpress.

            For the internal link, a site tree should allow you to select from a page within the site, and ideally when the page URL updates the link also updates.

            6 votes
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            • MongoDB Driver

              MongoDB is fast and would suit the class inheritance we've got going already. I expect it would speed things up a lot as it would mean fewer joins and complex queries.

              Ideally, the whole CMS could run on Mongo but a second best would be to allow some DataObjects to use it and some to remain on another driver.

              12 votes
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              • Make the Add Member and Add Group buttons

                In the Security area of the CMS make the Add Member and Add Group buttons available to users other than Administrators.

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                • 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.

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                  • Ability to submit user feedback from the CMS

                    As part of this usability document (http://www.silverstripe.org/assets/2014/Reports/Usability-report-on-SilverStripe-CMS-Main-actions-and-page-states.pdf), it has become clear that users are keen to voice feedback about the CMS but are unsure how to do this, so I would love to see a feedback form inside the CMS which will allow users to submit their pain points and then have a hosted area for everyone to view and sort issues based on popularity etc. or other metrics. This could be used to create future uservoice issues especially for CMS users. Their email would be optional and would have to be hidden from the feedback but could…

                    5 votes
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                    • Validate text field length based on record objects allowed length

                      "Varchar properties would usually be edited via a TextField which you can set a character limit on - would be great if this was automatically set based on the varchar length. This would prevent a lot of trimming in the CMS. Error message as a back up for other contexts would be good too."

                      See https://github.com/silverstripe/silverstripe-framework/issues/3681#issuecomment-64997757

                      Pull Request: https://github.com/silverstripe/silverstripe-framework/pull/3694

                      4 votes
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                      • Make internal core search system more extensible

                        Advanced internal search system, without plugins or complicated requirements on the server. FulltextSearchable and SearchForm provide a basics approach to implementing search over MySQL, it would be easy to modify those classes to be more dynamic and allow MySQL based FulltextSearch index on custom columns.

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                        • Installer process should generate an environment file rather than writing to _config.php as a best practice

                          This would be useful to introduce the new developer to the concept of environment files earlier in their learning process rather than having two different ways to set up db credentials.

                          This could be written into the webroot initially with a post installation message outlining the options for moving out into a folder above.

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                          • ErrorException instead of user_error

                            In the framework user_error() is still used quite regularly and while at certain points this functionality might be wanted.
                            I would like it to be changed to use ErrorException (http://php.net/ErrorException) this would allow any developer to actually catch some of these Errors (especially the ones related to database errors like duplicated key etc.) and use them as they wish.
                            In my case i would like to catch these for a Restful API and return them as Error arrays in my json response.
                            Which in the current implementation is not really possible since all errors go through the Debug::loadErrorHandlers()…

                            3 votes
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                            • 3 votes
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                              • ensure Error Pages (404, 500) are always at the bottom of the sitetree

                                There is a legitimate reason for the 404 and 500 error page to be in the sitetree, but they get in the way. Especially if you are adding a new page in the top level of the sitetree and you then have to manually move them below the newly added entry again.

                                3 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".

                                  41 votes
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                                  • Make it easier for new developers to work with composer

                                    Its safe to say that learning composer is now on the list of things to learn when developing with SilverStripe. Its a great tool, but I'm sure its pushing away new developers who just want to get something up and running out of the box.

                                    It appears the drupal community is addressing this issue:
                                    https://www.drupal.org/project/composer_manager
                                    https://www.acquia.com/blog/using-composer-manager-get-island-now

                                    10 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…

                                      47 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".

                                        16 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

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