SilverCart Roadmap

Yesterday we spent some hours to determine the roadmap for our upcoming SilverCart releases.

When it comes to release planning, there are many valid approaches. They vary from a specific date with a detailed feature set to the other extreme "it's done when it's done".

Being such a young open source project, we think it is important to release early and often and still provide great quality.

We also think that it is important to at least give a hint on what is going to happen in the near future. Smaller release cycles with a defined feature set are more consistent than a big bang release every now and then. And since we are used to projects on a tight budget with a specific deadline, we are very familiar with planning, delivering on time, in budget and within scope.

SilverCart 1.1 (release date July 2011)

Planned features and improvements

  • Localization of order confirmation emails
  • Widgets for SilverCart components
  • SilverCart SiteTree icons
  • Duplicate an existing product in backoffice

SilverCart 1.2 (release date August 2011)

Planned features and improvements

  • Integration of eKomi (independent customer reviews)
  • Digital products / downloads
  • SaferPay Payment Gateway to have access to Visa, MasterCard, JCB, American Express, iDeal, giropay, PostFinance, clickandbuy, diners card and many more payment options.

SilverCart 1.3

Even though we have some great features and enhancements in our backlog, we did not plan for SilverCart 1.3 yet. Awaiting SilverStripe 3 Alpha, we don't think it makes sense to plan too far ahead without having a valid concept to upgrade to SilverStripe 3.0. After we have a better understanding of what SilverStripe 3.0 will look like, we will update our roadmap accordingly.

The plan is to have SilverCart ready for SilverStripe 3.0 right after SS 3 is published.

UPDATE: Due to to current project situation and upcoming deadlines we will not be able to release SilverCart 1.2 as planned. That was the bad news. The good news is, that we have a lot more features ready than planned.