It’s been a long time in the making, but today, we’re excited to share the next steps for the TER.
Thomas Löffler has been happily maintaining the project, adding new functionality like the solr-based search and the “donate and give kudos” features. Extension management is based on a SOAP API built in 2005 by Robert Lemke, which continues to work today. Registering a new extension or uploading a new version of an extension can be done via the Web UI or a SOAP endpoint with a custom-built SOAP client.
The main issue with the SOAP implementation is that it requires users to authenticate with their existing t3o (LDAP) username and password. If you’re working in a continuous integration environment and need to upload a new version of an extension to the TER, you have to use and share your main credentials with a separate tool.
We’ve fixed this issue by providing a new token-based authentication system, coupled with a brand new REST API (don’t worry, the SOAP API will continue to work for a while).
If you’re an extension owner, you can head over to extensions.typo3.org, log in, and create your own API tokens. This token can be used to query the TER API or upload a new extension. It’s even possible to limit a token to specific scopes and a limited set of extensions, providing additional security. More information about the REST API, especially all available endpoints. We also provided some frequently asked questions.