name = openFIRST

caption = Screenshot of a simple page
developer = The openFIRST team
latest_release_version = 1.2
latest_release_date = April 12, 2004
operating_system = Cross-platform
genre = Content management system
license = [ GPL 2]
website = []

openFIRST is an integrated set of modules which may be used together to create or enhance a web site. It is directed towards teams participating in the FIRST competition. The software is written and maintained by a group of students that are members of FIRST teams across the world. The code and mailing lists are hosted by SourceForge.


openFIRST is compatible with Linux, Microsoft Windows, and any other operating system that can run PHP. It is compatible with the Apache, Microsoft IIS, Sambar, and other webservers. It can use MySQL, ODBC, and Microsoft SQL Server as its DBMS. Both PHP and access to a database are required.

Founders; History

The openFIRST project was founded by Tim Ginn (team ) and David DiBiase (team ) in 2003. However, due to rules set by FIRST relating to its website award, both of the founders no longer work on the code (since they have graduated high school). The current lead developer is Wikipedia editor Jamie Bliss (Wikipedia username "Astronouth7303") (team ).

Current efforts

The current aim of the openFIRST developers is to "modernize" the internal structure. Previously, it was semi-compatible with PHP3, and could be described as "hackish". The openFIRST code now in CVS is object-oriented to a degree, and harnesses some of the features of it. This renovation also adds a number of other features, such as an editor box shared between modules, settings saving and loading API, and skining.

External resources

* [ openFIRST Project Site] - contains the main project details
* [ openFIRST project page on SourceForge]
* [ openFIRST Bugzilla Server] - bug reports and feature requests
* [ openFIRST Update Server] - update facilities
* [irc:// #openfirst on IRC server]

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