With the release of Commerce Server 10, we have substantially shifted our development model to leverage the CodePlex community. And it’s significant enough both now and in our future plans that we wanted to talk a bit more about this.
Philosophically, we view Commerce Server as a server core (that shouldn’t change as often) and then everything else (which can be improved very frequently). Anything that falls into the “everything else” category should also belong in the community source world so that:
To that end, we have provided the following projects:
This is just the beginning. Commerce Server 10 has only been out for a few weeks but already we have the following enhancements in progress that will be debuting imminently:
And the framework is there for continued evolution to add more storefront features, integrate with payment/tax/shipping providers, etc., and more. And in the future, as we can decouple more things from the server core, look to see them in the community as well.
We are extremely excited about this change in the engineering model and the benefits it will bring to everyone – and we hope to see you there contributing as well!