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At long last - 0.7!

After way too long, we're thrilled to bring you the 0.7 version of Bonfire. This one contains some of the largest changes that we've done to date and might prove challenging to upgrade 0.6 sites (and will definitely require some time on your part, so be warned). Among the many changes are:

  • New Bootstrap 2.x based theme in the admin area
  • Passwords secured with phppass now for better security
  • Site restructuring for even better security for web apps.
  • Much more flexible and powerful MY_Model, adding Observer methods for easier customization, and moving data validation to the Model, where it belongs.
  • Splitting of the MY_Controller into Base_Controller, Front_Controller and Admin_Controller that area autoloaded, leaving MY_Controller alone for you to customize for your site.
  • Simpler, cleaner, front-end theme based on Bootstrap 2
  • New docs system in place to help you distribute docs within your application and modules. It's a bit basic at the moment, but that does mean that every download of 0.7 comes with all of the docs that we have and the docs are always up to date in the repo.
  • Lots and lots bugfixes.

We apologize that it took so long to get this point. I know that, for a number of you, we've probably caused you to lose a little faith in the project. For that, we are truly sorry. We are here, though, and there are some grand plans for the future that are already in the works. More information on that will be coming soon.

Now Collecting Stats

Just to make sure this is clear from the start - all installs of Bonfire 0.7 and later will report back some anonymous statistics about the environment you're installing in. We don't collect anything personal and are just collecting stats that help us to know what types of environments it's been installed in so that we can better support it and develop with those targets in mind.

Also, there's times when the forums are quiet and you wonder if anyone is actually using this thing anymore. Then you hear about a developer who has built over 80 sites on it over the last 3 years. Or a hosting provider that built their user are on Bonfire. Things like that and you realize that we are making a difference in developer's lives here. And that's the whole reason that we do this anyway. So throw me a line at lonnieje@gmail.com and let me know how you're using Bonfire. I'd love to be able to add to the (single) testimonial that I currently have on the site and hear how it's impacted your lives and careers.

What's Next for Bonfire?

Now that 0.7 is in the wild, we can take some time to streamline the code and move portions of it that don't really need to be in every install into separate modules that can be easily dropped in through Composer. The goal here is to make Bonfire a simple, streamlined package that can be used for all of your development needs.

Tentatively, here's the plans for the next few point releases:

  • 0.7.1 - New, lighter, menu system and driver-based auth library. Work on both of these is already underway. Both will also be easily used in straight CodeIgniter projects.
  • 0.7.2 - Better localization/language support and timezones
  • 0.7.3 - still in the air... :)

At some point during these releases we'll likely see Bonfire adopting a new modular code library that provides much enhanced routing support and treats module like the "packages" they are. Work has also begun on that, but it is still too early to say how long that will take.

Oh, yeah! A New Website!

Since 0.7 was such a huge change, and included the docs system, I had to rebuild the site from the ground up. This seemed like a great time to refresh the look of the site a touch also. There's still more work to be done, but we're getting there.

This also gets us ready for some of the more exciting ideas I have in store for the community. Not just the Bonfire community, though definitely that, but the CodeIgniter community at large. And that's all I'm saying on that front for now.

Enjoy the new release and, as always, please let us know if you run into any issues by reporting an issue or submitting a pull request with new changes.

Thanks for sticking with us, everyone.

Happy coding!