The TYPO3 Core Team is proud to announce the first alpha release of TYPO3 version 4.3. Get a short overview of the most important changes.
So, what's new in this release?
Improved caching framework
TYPO3 4.3 ships with a new caching framework that was backported from FLOW3. It offers different methods to store data such as in the database, in the filesystem and in memcached environments. Cache entries can also be tagged. This offers very flexible options to handle caches.
(If you're upgrading your development environment from an older TYPO3 version, please repeat the upgrade process in the database analyzer of the install tool until no more changes to cache tables are proposed. This is required to ensure that the new caches work properly.)
Integrated OpenID as authentication service
A new authentication service implements the OpenID features which can be used for frontend and backend applications. More information about using and registering can be found on the official OpenID website.
Localization of hardcoded phrases
Many phrases that were hardcoded and thus only available in English have been changed to use a localization file now. The localized versions of these new labels will be available on the translation server as soon as they are processed by the translation team.
Functionality of simulateStaticDocuments extracted to system extension
The functionality of simulate static documents ("MyPage.13.0.html") was extracted to a system extension. When RealURL or another URL management extension is installed, simulateStaticDocuments is not required at all but was executed everytime a user had visited the website.
Functionality of frontend editing extracted to system extension
The functionality of frontend editing was extracted to a system extension. This is helpful if the functionality is not required at all on a website and also offers more flexibility for a new enhanced frontend editing that will come during the development of TYPO3 4.3.
Improved loading of plugin classes
PHP classes for frontend plugins are now loaded only if they are used to render content. In the past, all available class files for frontend plugins were loaded so this new feature increases performance by reducing memory consumption.
TypoScript editor "t3editor" improvements
The TypoScript editor "t3editor" was enhanced with code-completion. Now you get context-sensitive suggestions about possible properties while entering TypoScript.
Several RTEhtmlarea improvements
Many enhancements were integrated into RTEhtmlarea like custom colors, enhanced toggleborders, the support of definition list, and serveral changes concerning DAM - just to mention a few.
Next steps to climb the TYPO3 4.3 hill
Please test this alpha release as much as possible, especially the new features from alpha1 and those described above! If you're using one of the new features in a project already and discover bugs, please report them immediately to http://bugs.typo3.org/!
During the next few weeks, we will release one more alpha version before locking down the development of new features. We will then continue with beta releases which are only meant for bug fixes before turning to release candidates and the final version of TYPO3 4.3. This means that you can expect the final version to be ready around the beginning of February 2009.
For a detailed overview of the features planned for TYPO3 4.3 and their progress, have a look at the TYPO3 v4 Development Page, the bugtracker, and the ChangeLog.
You can download the packages at http://typo3.org/download/packages/.