We have exciting news to share today, about what’s coming and what’s happening!
RocketTheme sponsors Ninjaboard development for the next year
This was announced during the JandBeyond 2011 event, you can read a good report on it here.
We are given resources to allow us to give Ninjaboard even more focus and development than we already do, with the end goal of making Ninjaboard a viable solution that can replace phpBB3 on the RocketTheme.com site.
In other words RT is sponsoring us to make Ninjaboard a real competitor to the big guns, and we are thrilled that they feel we can pull it off!
Ninjaboard Team Grows, Welcome John and Hook!
I’m super excited to announce two new ninjas on our team!
People that have posted in our forums are very likely to have run into these two guys as they’re two of the most active posters in our forums!
John will be helping us with support as he is now, but now on the team we’ll have a faster bugfixing response since our contact is more direct.
Hook will also help us with support, but since he’s an aspiring developer he’ll help us out on the development on Ninjaboard, making us progress even faster!
Read more about them here: http://ninjaforge.com/team
Ninjaboard 1.1 Enters RC
Last week we released 1.0.13, which were our final release on the 1.0 branch. We have now switched 1.1 into the production branch and it’s now in code freeze.
That means no new features are going in, only bugfixes and translations.
1.1 will also be the last release we do on Nooku Framework Alpha 2.
There are many new features in 1.1 to be excited about; here’s a few highlights:
- Vanity SEF urls, as demonstrated here: http://ninjaforge.com/demo/ninjaboard/maelstrom/support
- Built in Private Messaging, with a conversation based UI (no inbox/outbox).
- SMF converter, the first converter that supports non-bridged installations.
- New Quickpanel module, bundled with core package.
- URL slugs supports transliterating UTF8 symbols, including Greek.
All these highlights were sponsored by JoomlaWorks, so we thank them for making it happen!
Ninjaboard 1.2 Development Begins
1.2 last week just got branched off 1.1 and is now in heavy development.
One of the major changes is that 1.2 will be using Nooku Framework Alpha 3 and take full advantage of it.
This means that we’ll have a powerful caching solution implemented which is expected to boost performance around 300% based on recent test results on Nooku Server components.
It also means we’ll implement a lot of hooks in Ninjaboard using the new Events API in Nooku, allowing you to modify every single aspect of Ninjaboard at runtime using plugins.
We’ll also support Joomla 1.6, and take advantage of Nooku Servers flex layouts and performance optimized CSS3.
Also, with the new toolbar package in Nooku, our refactored toolbars aren’t only easier to use and have a better layout, but they are much easier to extend via plugins, without hacking the component. Allowing developers (or even you yourself!) to extend Ninjaboard with new and custom features without any fear when upgrade time comes.
We have long list of features planned for 1.2, which we will get stuck into after a small refactor to lay the groundwork for some of the bigger features coming in this and future versions.