18 January, 2012

Notice to non-developers: This post is about how some functionality in 4.2 will be implemented in code and in the database, with very minor changes to anything visible through a browser. If you're not a developer, it probably won't interest you.

Simplifying the Codebase

As part of the CiviAccounts project we are looking to redo some of the implementation of the configuration and processing of payments for contributions, memberships, and events. Currently the processing for each of these three types of objects has two paths: one for a simple configuration of the objects, and one using price sets. This means there is more code, more complexity, more possibility of errors, more work when making changes, and more need for testing.

As we refactor the existing code we're looking at keeping the simplified UI for configuration and administration, but implementing everything under the hood using price sets. Before going ahead with that, we wanted some...

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27 December, 2011
By Eileen
Filed under API, CiviCRM

This month we did a fairly complex migration for a customer of about 90,000 contacts to CiviCRM. I have been using Migrate module to do migrations for a while now but this time for the first time I used version 2 of the migrate module. I put up a how-to-blog on our site just before Christmans but Fen has inspired me to get on with sharing it more widely.

 

Migrate allows you to run a specific number of items, to roll back or update items and is primarily intended to be used by drush. Data can be adjusted on the way in if you add a 'prepare' function and you can use the...

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19 December, 2011
By rajesh
Filed under API, Extensions

I think there were few discussion in the forum about adding 'Custom Data Group' with multiple records in a profile. We wanted the same for one of our clients, who wanted an Application Form in which they wanted to collect Qualifications and Experience, which obviously is multi-record custom data against contact. As they needed it in a very short period of time, we managed to do a work around to accomplish this. As usual, the wonderful CiviCRM API version 3 and hooks come to the rescue.

 

So the aim was to expose the fields under the multi-record custom group in the contribution page(using buildForm hook) and allow the users to enter multiple rows and save it against the contact(using API).

 

We created a drupal module which does the following

  • Allows admin to set the custom data group, for which the fields can be exposed to the contribution page. View Screenshot...
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15 December, 2011
Filed under API, Drupal, Extensions

I've just released a new version of the CiviCRM Webform Integration module for Drupal 6 and 7.

This module provides a flexible and powerful way to create forms linked to the CiviCRM database. Version 2 of the module is built for CiviCRM 3.4/4.0, and can create and update contacts, group subscriptions, tags, relationships, cases, activities, event participants, and custom data.

New in 2.3:

  • Contact Clone Feature - a real timesaver for multi-contact forms
  • Now works with event registration limits
  • Improves Group Subscriptions
  • Deduping works with shared addresses
  • Better and more consistent performance with Country/StateProvince chainselect
  • Other minor bug fixes

Future Plans

If you're interested in the future of this module, check out ...

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16 November, 2011
By Eileen
Filed under API

As many of you know with 3.4 & 4.0 a new API came out (APIv3). The new API had a number of improvements over the previous v2 including

  •  Consistent naming of entities & actions
  •  civicrm_api() wrapper that eliminated the need to do lots of 'require_once' & allowed us to move functionality into the wrapper rather than replicating it. (note that as long as civicrm is initialised you don't need any 'require_once' to call api functions using civicrm_api()).
  •  A consistent format for the results returned
  •   Consistent use of the 'id' param (& returning in in results using 'id')
  • A new API explorer to see the API functions.
  • wrapper functions such as getsingle, getvalue, getcount to allow you to get simpler result output
  • API chaining - the ability to pass results from one API call to another
  • Consistent handling of...
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31 October, 2011
By jamie
Filed under API

As of the Bourne, UK sprints last August, bin/cli.php has been completely re-written for 4.1.

If you are an integrator or user, you might not have noticed this file. It used to be a PHP class that was used by many of the individual scripts in the bin directory.

Now, it's a command line program designed to be run directly.

With cli.php you can run any function defined in the API version 3.

If you run the script without any arguments, you'll get a usage statement explaining how it works:

0 jamie@chicken:bin$ php cli.php 
The --action argument is required
Usage: cli.php -e entity -a action [-u user] [-s site] [--output] [PARAMS]
 entity is the name of the entity, e.g. Contact, Event, etc.
 action is the name of the action e.g. Get, Create, etc.
 user is an optional username to run the...
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15 October, 2011

As most non-profits know, driving revenue exclusively off of events can be a hit or miss adventure.  Revenues YOY are not consistent, and its difficult to find those supporters who will organize and host fundraising events to support your cause.  Many are intimidated by hosting large fundraisers or simply don't have the time or resources to pull it off.  So to sum up our problem: we needed a broader more consistent source of revenue to fund our programs.     To expand our source of revenue, we looked to our community of donors, families, and fundraisers to raise money on our behalf through their own social networks.  The average user on facebook has 30 friends [http://www.facebook.com/press/info.php?statistics] which means that we could exponentially increase our reach through online social networking...

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28 September, 2011
By totten

CiviCRM 3.4.x and 4.0.x introduced API v3, a more consistent set of interfaces for integrating with CiviCRM using PHP, Smarty, Javascript, and REST. Building on this consistent core API, recent CiviCRM updates have introduced even more ways to manipulate your data -- such as chaining and CSV batch importing.

Thus, functions implemented according to the API v3 conventions can be invoked several different ways. If you would like to leverage this infrastructure for use with a new or customized API call, then download the latest release. With 3.4.6/4.0.6, external developers can expose API functions for new entities, new actions, and even generic actions.

This would, for instance, allow you to create an API that returns the top donations of a person, grouped by contribution...

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28 September, 2011
By cpc

As a freelancer, here are a few notes and an overview on how I solved a client's contacts consolidation when the data came from external sources:

My Use Case
- Client had ongoing events and conferences over several years which meant there were databases and mailing lists all over the place (many of which had crossover).
- I set up ongoing JSON exports of the contact data from the external sites, which could be queried by date range to get the latest changes.
- I had a contact consolidation script on the CiviCRM end, that took these JSON exports, and loaded them into Civ via the API.
- About 5 different source sites created about 1200 contacts

A Few Challenges
- The documentation can be quite scattered and it was difficult sometimes to find the right versions. I really pity whoever has to deal with this challenge though!
- It took me much longer than it should have to learn how to activate the API...

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06 September, 2011
By xavier

Hi,

Two weeks already since civicon, the dust has settled and Amy Dobbs and the team at skillmatters have filmed and uploaded the sessions.

  • For those that have attended CiviCon london and ended up the day desperate about all the nice sessions they missed, you'll be pleased to know that you can see them online.
  • For those that missed CiviCon london, well, really, you should have been there, we missed you and we hope you'll be able to attend the next one.
  • For the speakers, could you post a comment with a link to your slides? I'll update this article.

Anyway, the videos are online too, a couple needs some setting changes to be viewed, stay tuned and come back soon.

 

welcome to civicon state of the project & keynote

By Kurund Jalmi,...

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