Spree 0.70.3 has been released. The only change in this release is support for Rails 3.1.3. It should be a trivial upgrade from Spree 0.70.2. There are no security issues with the previous version of Rails but this newer version fixes several problems that were introduced by Rails 3.1.2.
Archive for November, 2011
Spree 0.70.2 has been released. The primary reason for this release is support for the new Rails 3.1.2 release which contains some important security updates. There are also a couple of other minor changes which you can find using the Github compare.
We’re also experimenting with a new approach to Rails versions in this release. We’ve traditionally locked down the specific version of Rails that you can use with any one release of Spree. This is because in the past, even minor changes to Rails often caused problems with Spree if users tried to upgrade before we had a chance to verify everything.
This version of Spree will allow you to use either Rails 3.1.1 or the new 3.1.2 release. It will not, however, work with a possible future release of Rails until we also release a new Spree 0.70.×. This will allow us to ensure that Spree works with each new version of Rails but allow more flexibility for users who wish to upgrade Rails versions without upgrading Spree and visa versa.
Today we are pleased to announce that Trung Lê (aka joneslee85) is joining the Spree core team. Trung Le began posting on the spree-user group two years ago and has been actively helping users there ever since (over 400 posts!) He has been a tireless advocate for Ruby 1.9 support in Spree and is one of the top all time contributors to Spree. You can checkout his Github history to learn more about his contributions.
Trung Le is also frequently helping others on the #spree IRC channel. Most recently he helped to lead the charge on the namespace project. He has all of the qualities in an ideal core team member – long term interest in the project, a willingness to help others and contributions to the codebase. Please join me in welcoming “Jones Lee.”
Today we are pleased to announce that Ryan Bigg has joined the Spree team in the role of community manager. For those of you who don’t know Ryan, a quick glance at his Github profile will tell you all you need to know about his passion for open source. If you’ve read his brand new book you also know that he is well-versed in Rails and a great writer. Finally, if you were at RailsConf last year you already know that he is a Ruby Hero.
When we announced our funding we told you that we had big plans for Spree. One of our goals was to hire a full time community manager for Spree. The idea was to have someone dedicated full time to continuing to improve the strength of our open source community. We have a very healthy core team and lots of contributors but we’re not satisfied with that. We want better documentation, more tests and faster turn-around time on bugs and pull requests. We also have a ton of new ideas for new features and possible integrations.
In order for us to address all of these lofty goals we decided to hire someone full time to help with the cause. Ryan Bigg was on our very short list of ideal candidates and we’re thrilled that he’s decided to join us. As luck would have it, he was already working on a very large Spree project when we reached out to him. He doesn’t officially start work until next Monday but he’s already been helping out on the namespace branch and answering questions on spree-user.
Update: This short video will tell you all you need to know about why Ryan will be an awesome addition to the team.
Today we’re pleased to announce our first ever SpreeConf to be held in New York City on February 15-16, 2012. This is a great opportunity to learn more about Spree and the other technologies that power it. We have a great lineup of speakers and a really incredible keynote speaker. There will also be a full day of training on Rails, jQuery, Coffee Script and Spree.
Conferences are the life blood of any open source project. They represent an invaluable opportunity for the developers and users of software to connect and help shape the future of the project. The conference will not be exclusively focused on Spree. Our goal was to do something that would be interesting for Spree users but also helpful to Rails developers in general. So there will be some general talks that may touch on Spree when applicable and there will be some Spree talks that will also introduce concepts that are applicable outside of Spree.
The price of the conference is only $99 and it includes a full day of training and a second day of talks. The space for training is limited so we encourage you to sign up now since we expect to fill up the training slots quickly. We’ve also made arrangements to get a special hotel rate with the Cooper Square Hotel which is located near the conference. For those traveling on a budget, you may be able to find something more affordable through our friends at Airbnb.