Some of you might already know that the TYPO3 community released today the second beta of the upcoming TYPO3 4.4 version.
What’s new in this release:
- 1-2-3 Installer with DBAL enabled
- Reorganized CSS files in the Backend
- Backend Debug Bar
- Updated Fluid and Extbase versions
If the current target date of 22 June 2010 is respected with the release of the final version of TYPO3 4.4 this will be the shortest time between two TYPO3 versions from the 4.x branch. For comparation you can see the release dates of previous versions below and the expected date of the 4.4 version:
Release history of the 4.x versions
- TYPO3 4.0 : 2006-04-07
- TYPO3 4.1 : 2007-03-06
- TYPO3 4.2 : 2008-04-23
- TYPO3 4.3 : 2009-11-30
- TYPO3 4.4 : 2010-06-22 (expected)
I can hardly wait to see what is after 4.4 regarding the features introduced. Because right now, there are some things that are really missing and slowing down TYPO3 adoption among newbies. I receive numerous complaints from developers who are just starting to learn that TYPO3 is hard to learn and has no out of the box functionality. Sure, experienced developers like us are not intimidated by this, but for newbies this is a real problem.
Being an Enterprise level CMS, TYPO3 is not targeted at “click-next-finish” developers, that’s sure. But it would certainly help increasing the popularity of this wonderful CMS if it would have at least some out of the box functionality.