Everyone can breath a sign of relief. Late last night there were rumours that CakePHP had died. Confusion and disbelief spread pretty quickly through twitter, and IRC. However, CakePHP is doing great, and is very far from dead. Last night’s twitter and IRC mayhem was all a good bit of fun from those of us on the CakePHP team. With all the recent chatter and speculation of the end of CakePHP, some of us thought it might be fun to play that one out, just in time for some trick or treat action.
So we concocted an elaborate set of events to stage the death of CakePHP. Thanks to the wonders of the internet it was fantastically easy as well. Using twitter, mailing lists and some misdirection in IRC the stage was set. The hardest part was actually doing the design work, translating to ‘zombie’, and keeping straight faces while mayhem ensued. I made it my mission to handle the design work, while PhpNut handled the zombie translations, Predominant orchestrated the server’s death and Cakephp domain for sale page. The rest of the team did a fantastic job adding to the illusion of death via twitter and IRC.
Everything went off perfectly. Chaos and confusion were running through IRC and twitter, while we carefully executed each step of the plan. I would like to thank everyone on the dev team for running with as crazy of an idea as staging the death of CakePHP so we could pull a huge prank and release a seasonal design. I would also like to thank and commend our very passionate community. It was reaffirming to see their frustration, disbelief and anger in light of the frameworks possible end. Knowing how much people care about this project makes me want to work harder on it. I hope you enjoyed our little halloween prank, and that you didn’t loose too much sleep over it. Happy halloween everyone, have a perusal through the IRC logs or twitter messages if you missed the action.