Blog posts by michaelmcandrew

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December 11, 2018
By michaelmcandrew Filed under Sustainability

Last month I attended Sustain Summit 2018: an inspiring 'one-day event for open source sustainers' organised by Open Collective. It was great to spend a day with people who are working hard to tackle the sustainability problem. Some focused on their own projects, others looking more broadly across the open source ecosystem.

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April 26, 2018
By michaelmcandrew Filed under Architecture

A couple of months ago, I made the first commits to a repository in which I have been experimenting with CiviCRM Buildkit on Docker. It's gone quite well so far.

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November 29, 2016
By michaelmcandrew Filed under Tools

Preparing for a session at CiviCon London last month, I realised I needed better data than the out of the box sample data. It's a situation I've found myself in a few times so rather than write a one of script to generate the data, I decided to try and write something more generic and reusable. The result is something I am calling CiviPop (or Pop if three syllables / 7 letters is too much for you).

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August 11, 2016
By michaelmcandrew Filed under CiviCon, Sprints

If you've been using CiviCRM for a while, you most likely already know that it is developed by a diverse bunch of people from around the world. Sprints are the time and place when these folks get together to get things done.

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May 13, 2016
By michaelmcandrew Filed under Community

It's been on our agenda for a good while to improve the way that we recognize the contributions people make to CiviCRM. I'm pleased to report that we've made some decent progress on this front.  We now have a way to regularly 'poll' 'sources' for 'tasks' completed by 'contributors' to CiviCRM.

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May 13, 2016
By michaelmcandrew Filed under Community

In September last year, the core team started using Slack (a proprietary chat platform) to improve our internal communication and co-ordination. It worked really nicely for us and  coordination and we wanted to role it out more widely, but there were a couple of limitations: the free version of slack has limited history (you can only search and browse the most recent 10k messages) and the full version costs $8 per user per month, which isn't going to work financially for us.

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May 4, 2016
By michaelmcandrew Filed under CiviCon

There is still time to register for the 2016 CiviCon! Visit www.colorado2016.civicrm.org for a complete list of sessions, the schedule, and FAQ's about the event.

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April 21, 2016
By michaelmcandrew Filed under Community, Sustainability

Over the past few months we've had a few requests for more clarity in on how the CiviCRM community is structured - how things are organized, lines of accountability, etc.  It's crucial that this stuff is well understood by everyone that uses and contributes to CiviCRM. It helps us stay productive, helps newcomers understand how they can get involved, and helps us to scale.

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April 20, 2016
By michaelmcandrew Filed under Documentation

We've built a new home for CiviCRM's documentation. Here's a quick run down of what we've done, why we've done it, and how you can help with the move.

First, a quick recap of our documentation's long and illustrious history:

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January 19, 2016
By michaelmcandrew Filed under Community

We've thought a bit about how we communicate with you and are rolling out some changes to make it easier for you to keep up to date with the things you are interested in.  We're splitting our regular monthly community newsletter into User news, written for end users and others that are interested in keeping up with product developments (tips of how to make the most out of CiviCRM, new features, user focused events, etc.) and Contributor news, written for peop

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