12 October, 2017
By AnneDru
Filed under Community, Sprints
Following CiviCon London many of us made our way to Devon for the CiviSprint. 
 
A group of around 40+ developers, installers and users gathered together for 6 days to work jointly on CiviCRM projects. By coming together in one place, we were able to move projects forward in a way that is challenging when everyone is scattered around the world and involved in their own work and family commitments. The overall aim being to take CiviCRM forward by sharing knowledge.
 
We arrived on Saturday and settled into our rooms in Duvale Priory near Bampton in Devon. Before dinner we gathered together for introductions – many of us were unknown to each other – or knew the names, but had not met before, and some of us were there for the first time.  The organisers, Michael McAndrew of Third Sector Design and Oliver Gibson of Northbridge Digital then set about creating project groups who would work together on a given task over the next few...
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29 September, 2017
Filed under Community, Sprints

This was my first sprint; I came somewhat prepared from reading other ‘first sprint’ blogs in that I brought a laptop set up with Ubuntu and Buildkit. Beyond that technical hurdle I came with no ideas of what to expect, hoping that I could both learn and contribute.

The sprint was at a beautiful old house in the middle of a large farm in Maryland complete with cows, a fire pit, and cable Internet (albeit probably the thinnest cable any of us have experienced in awhile)!

Since this is a QA sprint, our focus was on open pull requests rather than any new features. A few of us started by taking a look at what was sympathetically known as “old s**t from the hopper” - which was either a PR that one of us had opened too long ago and had languished, or in my case starting down the list of pull requests sorted by “Least recently updated” and looking for things...

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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 and...

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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 necessary...

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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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