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TYPO3 4.2 Beta 3

March 03, 2008

Category: Development
Author: Ingo Renner

The core team is proud to announce the third Beta of TYPO3 version 4.2. After the previous two Beta versions this Beta is mostly a bug fix and minor improvements release, too. However there are some developer and administrator related changes.

So what has changed?

Cleaner Backend Project

The new editor toolbar was added to some more moduls leaving only a few without it. Another smaller usability improvement includes the now persistently visible author and author email fields in the page properties.

Administrator relevant changes

Changes have been made to better support completely utf-8 based systems and the migration to utf-8 by also improving the SQL parser engine. Command line scripts should now work on Windows, too. A new small feature was introduced to display a HTML file during maintenance and page unavailable handling was improved.

Developer relevant changes

An option was introduced to completely turn off the no_cache parameter, although this option is off by default it is likely that is will get enabled by default with TYPO3 4.4 or 4.5, please make sure you use proper caching in your extensions. A new input field type is available in TCEforms, you can now use a directory picker. New hooks are available in tslib_content, post processing for frontend editing, and after generated pages are written to the cache so that you can replace global marker like a user's user name here.

Bugfixes

All other fixes are rather minor and can be looked up in the ChangeLog.

Reminder: Raised minimum PHP version requirement

To run TYPO3 4.2beta2 you need to have at least PHP 5.2. This move was necessary to use PHP features introduced since PHP 5.0.

As always

Other then the highlighted bug fixes, performance improvements, and enthusiasm we again put lots of love into this release. A special thanks for the help in making this release what it is goes to the core team and all engaged community developers.

Next steps to 4.2

Please test this beta version as much as possible, especially the new features from the previous alpha and beta releases and those described above! If you're using one of the new features in a project of yours already and discover bugs, please report them immediately to http://bugs.typo3.org/!

The next release will be release candidate 1. RC1 is expected within the next one or two weeks so that the target for a final release of TYPO3 4.2 stays mid to end of March.

For a detailed overview of the features planned for 4.2 and their progress, have a look at the 4.2 Development wiki page, the bugtracker, and the ChangeLog.

You can download the packages at http://typo3.org/download/packages/.

MD5 Sums:

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0a13514f982134c99a08cb6cc8dc62a0  typo3_src-4.2.0beta3.tar.gz
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14deeadbd14a248ab65a30359f24960c  typo3_src+dummy-4.2.0beta3.zip

cheers
Ingo


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