Tuesday, April 02, 2013

R5 is dead. Long live R5

Today we finished the code base for SDL Tridion 2013 and released it to customer support. Though not a revolutionary release as SDL Tridion 2011 was, it brings a lot of functional enhancements to core Content Management features that our enterprise-level customers asked for, and (the best feature in my view) the ability to use non-Tridion content as "regular" Tridion assets.

(If you want to know more about what's new with SDL Tridion 2013, take a look at the community webinar recording).

A consequence of this release is that, keeping in line with our support policy, support for SDL Tridion 2009 should end in the next 6-12 months (we always support the last 2 major Tridion releases, and offer a "grace" period for the version prior to that), and this means the end of the R5 line.

SDL Tridion R5 was initially launched in October 2002 and introduced a LOT of concepts that were quite revolutionary for the WCM world at the time:
  • Personalization & Profiling via Target Groups
  • Browser-only, fully functional, business-friendly interface with Server-side XML and client side javascript (I guess I can't call it AJAX because AJAX didn't exist back then!)
  • Extensible Event System allowing for implementation-specific automation
  • XML everywhere
  • Support for XSLT templates and VBScript/JScript templates
  • Template Building Blocks!
  • Component-based Content Management!
  • Java & ASP Content Delivery modules
  • Blueprinting!
OK, some of those items above already existed in R4 or even before that, but you get the point. And today, 10+ years later, we're moving away from the brilliant architecture that was put in place to support SDL Tridion's customers through the web revolution and have entered the brave new world of WCM 2.0.

Stop for a moment and think about how much (and how many times) the web changed since October 2002. Now consider that the same core architecture that powered sites in 2002 is still powering major sites today - that's foresight. It shows the designers of the R5 core knew what they were doing, and where the world was moving to. With Tridion 2011 ("R6") we did some much-needed refactoring of the interface (browser support & extensibility being the core new features) but also quite a lot of lower-level refactoring that allowed us to introduce new products quite rapidly after that release: Experience Manager, Online Marketing Explorer, User Generated Content) and finally with Tridion 2013 ("R7") the introduction of multi-item workflow (aka "Bundles") and External Content Libraries.

In other words, we're off to a good start on the R6/R7 dynasty - may it serve us (and our partners and customers) as well as the R5 architecture did.


Robert said...

I tried installing it today!

But instead of a new install, I tried upgrading from an existing 2011 version, which was installed on C:\Tridion (not the default directory). When you run the CM installer, the "Content Manager Web Site Destination Folder" will actually default to C:\Program Files (x86)\Tridion\web\ and the "Browse" button will be greyed out.

Seems like there might still be a little bug with the installer. Hopefully this can be looked at!


Alvin Reyes said...

@Robert, definitely reach out to support. The CM folder makes sense since the installer can read %TRIDION_HOME%, not sure on the CME location.

Alvin Reyes said...

@Nuno, I'll add a "retired" badge to my "legacy" SDL Buddy. :`-(

Nuno said...

Hi Robert, thanks for trying 2013. While I appreciate being informed of this issue, you _really_ should report it Customer Support and not my personal blog :)

Hope you have bundles of fun with it