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4.5 worth of usabililty, please

    4.5 worth of usabililty, please

Crammed in between a representative of disillusioned french youth and a too-much-wine-drinking swedish archetype I'm set for 90 minutes hibernation before touchdown in Charles de Gaulle.

30.000 feet above the ground in this setting is normally far away from home. But today is different. Today my laptop screen fits in between me and the seat in front. It's wider and less tall than usual. It's glowing white in the cabin. It's the forbidden fruit someone took a byte of; yes, I'm a heretic. I don't know if I'm actually flying with my Powerbook or SAS! But this I know; my Mac feels good! It spoils me, works for me, almost thinks for me. Ahh, pleasant freedom, less thinking, less debugging, less compiling. I'm sorry I gave in, I need comfort now, I'm past 30.

Today we are at a historical point in time. I never thought I would say it. Yet, with only mild moderation, the truth is that TYPO3 is feature complete. I just can't think of anything more to put into the core. Yes, there will always be demand for new features as the web evolves and customers mature. But the far majority can be implemented as extensions – and this is exactly how the community has responded in the last three years, resulting in the completely unmanageable success of the Extensions Repository; A problem but a positive one. And then of course we have seen various borderland applications of TYPO3 pointing to future challenges calling for a modernized architecture; object oriented design, improved APIs, universal patterns applied, new permission management, better bridging of frontend and backend etc. The amazing thing is that this leaves us exactly where our roadmap from 2005 placed us on the map: With a plan for version 4.5 and 5.0 which fits reality. I couldn't be more happy.

But what's up with the ease-of-use improvements in version 4.5? We always followed an ideal when developing TYPO3. The ideal was the perfect code. The sacrifice was the user experience. The logic was to lay foundations of the house before applying wallpaper and furniture. The point was to do what was right and not sell out to market pressure. But should we really deny our users a great interface experience in TYPO3? An experience that feels good without compromising our great and long tradition for power. It's time to spoil them!

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