The Oleg effect

Please raise a glass to our newest core developer, Oleg.

Since our move to embrace GitHub as our official repository, the number of project collaborators, committers, pull requesters and issue raisers has seen a welcome increase. It’s made Textpattern stronger, and has officially blurred the line between developer and user, which is marvellous.

Rewind a few years. A coder burst onto the Textpattern scene with perhaps one of the most flexible plugins ever seen: etc_query. It’s so powerful that, if you can tame Xpath, it can probably compose a symphony on your behalf.

I knew right then that we had to enlist some etc magic, and as the number of plugins and forum posts blossomed, I approached Oleg and floated the idea of him becoming a core dev. The answer: “Thank you, but not yet.”

Unperturbed, earlier this year I asked again. The response this time: “Yes, but let’s do it quietly for a while.”

So we opened up direct commit access and the results were phenomenal. Of the people who have stepped up and submitted code, and also offered insurmountable forum assistance to solve countless requests (most of them with etc_query as part of the answer!) Oleg was our secret weapon in the run-up to the release of Textpattern 4.6.2. He injected an energy that we sorely needed and bailed me out with cunning JavaScript knowledge on many an occasion. I’ve learnt a lot from him.

Since then, he’s been firing on cylinders we didn’t know existed as we work towards 4.7.0. He’s optimised, improved, debugged, and streamlined our codebase, as well as introduced new features that integrate as if they’ve always been there. Yet we still don’t know his last name. ?

But names don’t matter. What matters is his enthusiasm, good nature, level-headedness and amazing work that he brings to the entire Textpattern sphere. And for all that, we’ve snared ourselves a solid winner.

So please, albeit belatedly, give a warm welcome to Oleg/etc/bloatware as our newest official developer. We’re proud to have him as part of the team, and wish him well as he sails the good ship Textpattern.


  1. Congratulations Oleg and Congratulations Textpattern

  2. Congrat Oleg and be txpower with you

  3. I am so pleased about this.

  4. Just when you think Textpattern is in a better place than it has been in a decade, things get better still.

  5. Congratulations Oleg. Well done Stef. Excellent news to launch the new year of Textpattern!

  6. Great news! You are an excellent addition to the team, Oleg!

  7. p>Wow, great news! Definitely a big step forward for Textpattern. Feeds great expectations for 2017 and beyond. Thanks Oleg! Thanks Stef!

  8. That is great news. Congratulations both Oleg and the rest of the dev team!

  9. Welcome Oleg. Wonderful news that you have joined the devs team! Hope for The Future.

    All the best

  10. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, it’s great to be on board! Finally, you know to whom Textpattern owes versions 4.6.1 and 4.6.2 (which were mainly Stef’s fixes of my bugs).

    May 2017 be a happy year for Textpattern and all the beautiful txp people!

  11. Congrats Oleg and thanks again to all the development team for its awesome work.

  12. Great news! Thanks Oleg for all your plugins and for the future improvements of textpattern! ?

  13. Great news and thanks for all the hard work!

  14. Good news indeed, a very warm welcome to Oleg!

  15. Nice to see new members in the TXP team. Welcome!

  16. Honored to have a mighty push to empower TXP.

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