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Vespah
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Not sure if this question has been asked yet....but.

How much community contribution will be a part of the next releases of Magento?  The reason I’m wondering this is that Magento seems very well encapsulated in its core and its design.  Are there guidelines for programmers and designers to follow to keep Magento from melting down into a pile of spaghetti like some other open-source ecommerce platforms we know of? shock

 
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RoyRubin
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Good question. At this point (until the API is finalized), Magento will be developed by Varien to ensure the integrity and quality of the code. Once the core engine is completed, this will be opened up and guidelines will be developed to ensure that contributions are up to par. We also have plans to certify contributions (not sure yet to what extent) in an effort to avoid the mess that other open source eCommerce platforms have suffered from (specifically when it comes down to quality).

 
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Roy, do you have any plans to integrate also community contributions into the core package ? Naturally only if they will meet all the guildelines.  This can be a huge boost to the M functionality because not all features must be developed by Varien. Many of them can be simply delivered by community members.

 
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RoyRubin
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Adam - we absolutely do. In fact, we are very eager to get this going as soon as the API is finalized.

 
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A “How to make a module” tutorial or screencast may be good wink

 
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Areas that I can think of that will benefit most from community contributions:

- payment gateway integrations (especially for non US countries)
- shipping calculations (especially for non US countries)
- interface translations
- data export/import for integration with various financial software packages
- postcode address lookup integration (different for each country)

Having a well thought out API in these areas (and good documentation) would be much appreciated.  I know I would be glad to contribute in this kind of way if there are not too many obstacles to overcome.

I definitely support the idea of tight quality assurance - it’s expected for e-commerce software (or should be).  However there needs to be a balance so as not to stifle community involvement.

What do you think about a multi-layered approach to contributions?:
- incorporation in the core (top level)
- certified/supported add-ons (second level)
- other community contributions (the open-source melting-pot - but this kind of thing really needs a way to rate and sort, there needs to be a way for the best to ‘float to the top’.  A way to sort by popularity and rating, etc.)

Cheers,
Ross.

 
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Roy, what stage are you guys at with the API?  Has development begun already?

 
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This is in development at the moment.

 
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