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Year in Review - 2011

Posted on January 06, 2012 by Sean Schofield

Last year I did a blog post about our 2011 New Year’s Resolutions for Spree. This year I thought it would be fun to see how we did. We have some new resolutions for 2012 but you’ll have to wait for my talk at SpreeConf to find out about those.

So let’s see how we did …

Improved Test Coverage

There’s never enough test coverage but our goal was to simply improve it and we certainly achieved that. We added a whole bunch of factories for Factory Girl and features for Cucumber. At the end of 2011 we made a decision to scrap Cucumber in favor of RSpec request specs.

In fact, not only did we improve the test coverage but we automated the tests to Run against three different versions of Ruby every time we made a commit. You can now see whether the tests are passing by monitoring the Spree Travis page. We even managed to improve test coverage for several key extensions (ex. spree_wishlist.)

Paid Support

You asked for it and you got it. Not too much to say here other than to read about our professional hosting which include free support.

Fancy Demo

Done. Its not nearly “fancy” enough to satisfy us but much better than before. As a special bonus we made the whole thing open source and available on Github.

One-Click Install

You can now set up your own personal Spree store to test things out. Just provide your email address and we’ll send you the credentials so you can log in. If you haven’t tried Spree yet, go ahead and do so now.

Stable 1.0 Release

Almost. We did push a 1.0.0rc1 release candiate just before the end of 2011. Rails 3.1 took a couple of months to deal with and we decided to punish ourselves further by
adopting namespacing for everything.

This is the only goal that we didn’t technically meet. We got 95% of the way there and the goal itself is actually pretty arbitrary. We can pretty much declare 1.0 at any time we feel like. The namespace changes in particular were kind of extensive, however, so we wanted to make sure that was solved since we’ll be trying to keep things as stable as possible after 1.0.

Improved View Customization

In 2011 Brian introduced a kick ass theming tool named Deface. We can now do pinpoint customizations of Spree without overriding a whole Rails view or partial. You also don’t need a pre-defined hook to insert or remove the code you’re targeting. Deface will be a major focus of discussion in the talks and training at SpreeConf. Its also powering some cool new stuff coming in 2012!

A Few Surprises

We also did some stuff that we hadn’t really planned on. Here are just a few of these milestones in no particular order

  • Raised $1.5M in investment funding
  • Organized our first SpreeConf
  • Created an extension versioning system
  • Hired a community manager
  • Performed a major redesign of our website
  • Set up our professional hosting solution

I think its safe to say that 2011 was the best year yet for the Spree team. We’ve made a lot of new friends and partnerships and we can’t wait to see what we’re going to do together in 2012!