jCore 1.0 is taking a "bit" more time than hoped for but because of some security bugs reported in the last days (thanks to High-Tech Bridge Security Research Lab) I would like to push out 1.0pre2 which takes care of these and also includes some fixes/additions that I'm sure you all were looking for.
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jCore 1.0 is almost here so we would like to give you the pre version of it to test it and report back with as many bugs as possible so we can make sure 1.0 will be as stable as possible.
The pre version contains changes like Real API, CSRF protection, Blowfish passwords, reCaptcha integration, HTML notification emails, Comments at Glance section, Code Profiling using xDebug, new integrated Jaris FLV Player and more.
As we are preparing for the big 1.0 version we want to make sure the jCore code is as secure as possible so we are introducing the first jCore contest today with $1000 in rewards! In this contest we are looking for hacks that can compromise the system, for e.g. accessing a members only area or hacking into someone's account and of course we are rewarding these hacks with real money prices so it may have never been so easy (or hard) to receive some money :)
As the code seems to be doing just fine I had time to create/port over three great templates to jCore from which one is a Sleek Portfolio template with latest poll, Flickr stream and social bookmarking features, and the other two are great magazine templates, Mularonis Magazine and Edge Magazine with featured posts Slideshow, Flickr stream, recent posts/comments, posts calendar, tags cloud, ad places and more. These templates are perfect examples of how customizable jCore is without almost any PHP code needed to be written by only using CSS and Layout Blocks.
It was a hard 3 months but finally it's here. The new jCore 0.9 is ready with some of the notable changes being a new Module and Update manager, multiple layouts support for Templates, separated Menu items and Pages, availability to limit Pages/Blocks to user groups, possibility to add Posts to blocks without having to assign them to pages, CSV export for dynamic form's data, IPv6 compatibility, Mobile browser detection for blocks, Coupon codes for shopping cart and a lot more.
I took a few days off in the last days and today I was very happy to read that jCore has been included in the Softpedia database on April 24 and not just that we were included but we received the "Softpedia Pick Award 5/5"! yep, that's right, our first award of recognition! Thanks Softpedia! Looking forward for even more awards in the future now that the ice has been broken :)