21 August, 2017

Developer training

Join us for a two day CiviCRM developer training on the 9th and 10th October (straight after CiviCON UK). The course covers everything you need to know to get up and running as a CiviCRM developer, and more. The training is delivered by CiviCRM experts from the UK, Europe, and further afield. At its core is a set of sessions that cover everything you need to get your development environment up and running, and to start writing extensions and improving core. As well as this, we're running a set of master classes on the latest techniques and technologies by subject matter experts.

The training costs £500, which includes food and accommodation while you are here. It is run alongside our residential sprint so there'll be plenty of chances to chat with and learn from other developers, implementers and power users from the CiviCRM community. You're also welcome to stay on for the remainder of the sprint at no extra cost to continue learning about...

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21 July, 2017

CiviCooP and Systopia and Palasthotel have been working together on CiviProxy and CiviProxy. This blog is a round up of what we have achieved in the last couple of days. The first thing we have achieved is that we had fun and a very good work atmosphere. We made long days and made lots of progress.

What are CiviProxy and CiviMcRestFace?

CiviProxy is a script to act as an application firewall for CiviCRM. It could be used to put your civicrm in secure network. CiviProxy is the gatekeeper to which external systems, such as your website, connect (this is for example when a user signs a petition on your website and the website submits this data to your CiviCRM). CiviProxy will make sure the call is from the right place (ip-adress) and is only doing what allowed to do. 

CiviMcRestFace (CiviMRF) is a framework to be used in other systems (such as your external website) to connect to CiviCRM. The framework itself is...

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18 July, 2017
Filed under Community, Security, Sprints

This morning Jaap and I (both from CiviCooP) took a train to Bonn and walked from the HauptBahnhof to the Systopia offices. Quite a nice sunny morning, met Beethoven on our way!

We are joining some dudes from Systopia and Palasthotel to work on CiviMcRestFace (a first attempt at a CMS agnostic connector to CiviCRM) and CiviProxy (policeman between CiviCRM and the rest of the world - check https://github.com/systopia/CiviProxy ) in a sprint for 3 days. Good stuff, made possible by Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Amnesty International Flanders and PUM Senior Experts. As you can imagine we are hard at work, with regular insertions of coffee and cold water.

Our ambition is to add some...

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14 June, 2017
By josh
Filed under Tools, Community

Along with the Core Team, several contributors in the community have been testing Gitlab as an overall project management and communications tools for the CiviCRM community. Though it’s still a work in progress, we’re happy to start pushing it out to the broader community in hopes that it can provide a more cohesive platform for project management and community engagement.

How do we envision it working?

Last year, we introduced teams and working groups as a way to organize our work and attract new contributors to the project. With the addition of Gitlab, we’re reinforcing that structure while adopting an open (yeah, Gitlab is open source), transparent way to organize and manage all of the various initiatives undertaken by the CiviCRM community.

Currently, we’re organizing Gitlab into functional groups, specifically “Core...

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08 June, 2017
Filed under Community, Meetups

CiviCON UK 2017 LAUNCH

The revamped, rebranded and remodelled UK leg of the CiviCON conference world tour!

Friday 6th October 2017, 9am-5pm, Camden, London, NW1

This year our main event will have a focus on user and implementer/advanced user sessions (i.e., anything you can do without code!), with the developer training happening during the Sprint.

We will be dedicating the conference to charities, organisations, members’ groups and anyone who is interested in learning about using the third sector’s leading CRM and getting the very best out their Civi. Plus we have worked hard to lower costs to make this one-day event accessible to everyone!

There will be lots of networking opportunities for you to meet implementers, developers, partners and consultants for you to discuss your project with.

Early Bird discounts are available if you book before Friday 4th...

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10 May, 2017
By Parvez
Filed under Partners, CiviCon, Community

It’s 5:45pm CDT on the final day of the CiviCRM St Louis conference and I’ve been walking for almost two hours, I have no clue where I am. I know I set off in the opposite direction to my hotel and I know I left the conference before it finished but I really didn’t think this through.

So what drove me to walk with the pure aim of just walking, akin to a mini TV version of Forest Gump?

Well, it’s simple and complicated. I haven’t been to a CiviCRM conference in the USA for a couple of years and was feeling a bit disconnected to the community, hence I decided to jump on a plane and try to restore some of the “love” as well as work through some functional design we’re planning on working on back in the UK. It’s been great to see the community members and catch up, as well as have some comfort knowing a lot of the early troopers are still involved, albeit maturer in their approaches. It’s been a great couple of days. But, after the lightning...

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24 April, 2017

Not too long ago, we wrote a little blog post about some of the work we’ve been doing for CiviHR's new user experience and visual design and after months (and months) with our paintbrushes out it’s finally time to take the lid off the next phase of that project... integrating that look and feel into CiviCRM core…

The outcome is a new “Theme” extension for CiviCRM called “Shoreditch” that you’ll soon be able to download and install to completely update the look and feel of your CiviCRM installation!

The “Shoreditch” Theme

The new look and feel is based on the style toolkit that you can find here:

https://invis.io/V4AOSDWKE

We’ll follow with some more technical details of the theme in a later blog post, but what you of course want to see is how does this actually look… and in true Extreme Makeovers style...

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19 April, 2017
Filed under Community, Meetups

Last year in February we started a series of CiviNYC work days. It consists of an event where we work and learn from each other for an afternoon, usually around 4 hours. Here's what it looks like.

Not too shabby!!!

Thanks to National  Urban League for hosting us again.

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20 March, 2017
Filed under CiviCon, Community

I'm sure many CiviCRMers are checking their schedules and and making travel arrangements for CiviCon St. Louis in May. While this post is a bit off-topic, I want to highlight a place in St. Louis like no other place on Earth... the City Museum. It's already on the list of things to do while at CiviCon, but in my opinion it should also be on a list of things to do while you're alive! So if you're going to St. Louis, or if you're thinking about going, I encourage you to fit this place into your schedule, and follow some tips below when visiting.

I'm thinking it would be fun if a bunch of people from the code sprint decided to go either on Friday May 12th or Saturday May 13th. Are you in?? If so, please...

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28 February, 2017

Some of you will know, use and might even love the CiviRules extension. We certainly do! Quite a few of the organizations we support with their CiviCRM stuff use and love it, and judging by the question on StackExchange and issues and pull requests on GitHub quite a few more do too!

This is wonderful! But it also means that quite a few organizations are faced with the challenge of keeping CiviRules up to date with the latest CiviCRM versions. And want to make sure the functionality remains the same whenever new upgrades or little fixes to CiviCRM happen. So we think it would be nice if we were able to:

  • ensure CiviRules is compatible with the latest and greatest core CiviCRM
  • add a bunch of automated unit tests to CiviRules that would be run together with the core automated tests so we immediately know about bugs or software conflicts when something changes in core.

To make this possible we need funding. Initially some funding to make...

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