Announcing AkashaCMS 0.4.0 - server-side jQuery, streamlined rendering, and more


Date: Feb 14, 2015 12:07 PDT

Nearly a year in the making, with v0.4.x AkashaCMS is greatly improved, faster, uses server-side jQuery-style DOM manipulations, and more.

It's been about 8-9 months since the AkashaCMS 0.3.0 release, and the platform has come a long way. Some highlights of the work which went into this release are:

  • Rewrote the rendering engine a couple times. It became very complex, but now is very simple.
  • Ejected the Kernel templating engine, which had been present only to support asynchronous code.
  • Developed the Mahabhuta engine, that uses jQuery-like DOM manipulation, and supports asynchronous code.
  • Regularized the configuration file contents.
  • Developed an in-browser editor that's somewhat useful
  • Changed the preview mode so it dynamically rebuilds the page if it changes - making site editing more streamlined.
  • Formed a (github.com) Github organization to house AkashaCMS work.
  • Switched the Markdown support a couple times, settling on Markdown-it.
  • Developed a blogging plugin, which is rendering this announcement post.
  • Expanded the number of embeddable content sources.
  • Developed an initial test suite.
  • Incorporated the log4js logging engine.
  • Switched the metadata frontmatter to YAML.

Going forward I plan to keep the website up-to-date with changes as I go, and to use the akashacms-example site to show recipes of how to do things. Because both (github.com) this site and akashacms-example are available in buildable form, they serve to demonstrate how to best use AkashaCMS.

For thoughts about what will be in AkashaCMS 0.5.x see the (github.com) 0.5.x issue queue and my blog post from a few days ago.

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