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Orchard is an Open Source CMS being developed by Microsoft that uses .NET MVC. It’s still not officially released but I’ve been running this blog using it [since the alpha release in April /blog/running-on-alpha]. Every time a new version has come out I’ve planned to close my own blog and move the final posts over here. Version 0.5 felt really close to letting me do that, but there were a few show stoppers.
Version 0.8 has just come out and I’ve just finished upgrading to it. All the show stoppers are gone and there are some really nice new features. I wouldn’t recommend it to a client just yet. It still needs some polish. By version 1.0, which is due to be released in January I think it’s going to be a very nice and easily extendable CMS.
We shipped Orchard 0.8 on Monday and it’s the last release we will make before 1.0, which is scheduled for January 2011. We think it’s a pretty nice release in that it wraps up the UI story for the platform.
I have finally released the upgraded version of the BlogML module for all you happy bloggers. This version is intended to work only on Orchard 0.8, but never fear, there is still the 0.5 version of this module kicking around on the codeplex website so you can export your blogs out in your own time.
The Orchard Team has been hard at work and has just released 0.8.
This is an exciting milestone because it means that both the extensibility and theming infrastructures are now in place.
That means we can start building on Orchard and expect minimal changes when Orchard goes v1.
I’ve been now developing against Orchard for a while and with latest bits from Orchard dev branch everything is looking very good. My main problem has been with the setup of a development environment so that I can update to latest version of dev branch and still keep my own modules in their own source control repositories. I think I’ve found my ideal setup which I’ve used for couple of projects one of which is Syntax Highlighter for Orchard.
Okay, So i couldn't wait. I haven't downloaded the source code in a while and thought why not take a peek around.
I think the Orchard team has focused mainly on striping out their old theme engine to make place for the new old, and I have to say I am impressed. The new theme engine hangs off the work that the Razor boys have been doing along with support for WebMatrix – which is fantastic to see.
The Orchard Project Beta (www.OrchardProject.net) was announced some time ago and I’ve been working with it since.
One of the special challenges in building a framework that can be used as a “Content Management System” is that WHAT content the end user will manage can’t really be known at development time.
Orchard takes a flexible approach to solving this problem by supporting both user defined content types as well as user defined “field” types”.
These last few weeks I’ve been refraining from starting any deep work on my new Orchard-powered blog because most of what I had in mind involved widgets, which are being built right now. Version 0.8 is just around the corner: the team is just putting the final touches to the new theme engine and to the widget system.
In the meantime, there is still some work I could do that I knew would not be throw-away, and that is CSS.