SilverStripe Web CMS Up for the J.Boye Web Idol
SilverStripe (news, site) is using this year's J. Boye Conference to boost awareness of its open source CMS product by taking part in the Web Idol competition that adds some speed and humor to the event.

Putting on a show

The J. Boye event, now in its fourth year, is taking place in Philadelphia next week (5 to 7 May). It plays host to a series of content management tutorials and conferences. To provide a lighter note, it also hosts the "Web Idol" award for the best product demo.

Based on American Idol, although hopefully lacking whining brats with a misplaced belief in their own vocal outpourings, it gives companies a chance to make a more dynamic presentation than in the longer sessions.

Web Idol consists of a fast-paced and entertaining set of competitive demos. Selected vendors will present six-minute walkthroughs showing the best features of their systems.

Attendees that prefer succinct, comparative presentations to long-winded demonstrations, will find this session more than useful with a vote to find the winning entry, who receives a suitably massive trophy for their efforts.

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SilverStripe, going for the cup this year
 

SilverStripe is entering the fray this year along with Ektron, ISYS and twice previous winner eZ Systems. If you can't make it to Philadelphia, you can also catch up with SilverStripe and its open source CMS system at the following events.

Doing it by the book

In other SilverStripe news, last month we covered the launch of the company's German guide book. An English-language edition of "SilverStripe - The Complete Guide to CMS Development" is due out in August, to be published by Wiley and is available for pre-order now.

The German version weighed in at an impressive 450 pages and the English version will cost around US$ 40.

The book is targeted at professional developers with existing knowledge of HTML, CSS, JavaScript and object-oriented PHP5. It provides insight into SilverStripe's web development philosophy and explains the theory underpinning its Sapphire framework.