Core Recursion: The Recurring Events Engine

If you’ve ever wanted to setup a repeating event in CiviCRM, for example weekly church groups, then you’ll know thats its not the most straightforward task in CiviCRM at the moment, requiring large amounts of manual labour to get the desired end result. Up steps the Zing funded MIH with a large dose of user input from Lindsey @ Woodlandschurch and others who fed back on the wiki.

MongoDB as civicrm cache with new config

After my previous blog post, i have been working on making progress on working model w.r.t NoSQL and config. Starting with civicrm cache was a good idea. Keeping in mind NoSQL, new config system and what Eileen has already done with settings, here is what i planned and accomplished  :

Placed cache and cache-type (mongodb) settings file on disk with default values

Taking Config Management To Next Level

As part of my course i have been doing research on what would it require plug an external storage engine into CiviCRM, and how other open source systems doing it. Answer lies in a better config system which allows doing it in a scalable pluggable manner. As i make progress i'll be showing more reasons to get excited and curious about building a better config system. Drupal 8 has spent a fair bit of time on configuration management to make things easier. And we shouldn't shy learning from them and others.     
 

CiviCRM 4.1.2 Release Announcement

CiviCRM team is pleased to announce the next stable release of version 4.1 - with support for Drupal 7, Drupal 6, Joomla 1.7/2.5, and Wordpress 3.3. You can download the release now from Sourceforge.

We strongly recommend that you upgrade a test copy of your site and review your critical workflows before upgrading your production site. There have been significant (~107) bug fixes since the first stable release of 4.1. You can also test-drive the release on each platform using the public demos:

DeDupe Optimization in v3.3

I have been working on dedupe optimization, part of 3.3 release and a make it happen project, and we are quite happy with the results. A fuzzy rule (first+last+email) which would take 4.3 mins on a 65K contact database, now takes 1.02 sec (tested on a iCore5, 4Gig machine). On a 1.45 million database same rule which used to take forever (i had to quit after 1 hr), now takes 13 sec. Below are some more stats.

 

CiviSchool - Application form for Admissions

A school needed an online admission application process to be developed and integrated with CiviSchool. The application form is a different workflow from the online family forms. Web Access helped convert this idea to working application as part of the CiviSchool Project. I have been working with Web Access on this project and we have completed most of it. Now seemed to be a good time to let everyone know about what we have done so far. Here is how the admission workflow is -
  • Parent account setup : A parent goes to the school site and uses a civicrm registration profile to create an account and enters the site. The account automatically gets assigned a "Applicant Parent" subtype.
  • Filling admission application forms : From the dashboard parent fills admission application forms for an applicant (child). Parent can apply for 1 or more applicants. All applicants are assigned a "Applicant" subtype.
  • Submitting a payment : Depending on whether financial aid is taken or not, parent submits a payment for an applicant. The payment is done via contribution page with contribution type - "Application Fee". Since parent is the one making the payment, to keep track of which applicant the payment is being done for, an extra argument is passed to the payment/contribution url. We using a hook to make all the checks and link the payment to the applicant.
  • Scheduling appointments : Once the application is complete and payment is made (if needed), parent can schedule a child visit or a parent interview. A school tour could be booked at any stage of the process.

CiviCRM and Drush Integration

Following some issues to integrate drush and making civicrm upgrade process accessible from script, I started looking at drush on how we can take advantage of it for civicrm, and was surprised with the ease I was able to reuse drush code to add few utilities for civicrm. Some of the utilities currently implemented are:

CiviCRM 3.1 Stable is now available!

The team is excited to announce the release of CiviCRM 3.1 Stable. You can download the release AND / OR try it out on our demo sites. The version number for the initial stable release is 3.1.1. There was an invalid 3.1.0 distribution on Sourceforge for a few hours. If you downloaded that version, please discard and re-download 3.1.1.

v3.1 includes several COOL new features: