28 August, 2011
Filed under Documentation

We've been working hella hard on the sprint so far and yesterday was no exception!  at least for the book sprinters, the coders went off on a social to Stamford castle.  Although they weren't out of contact for long, we met up with them on IRC while they stopped for a Costa coffee "Come for the coffee, stay for the WiFi" or so the saying goes .  
Developer manual reviewer was my designated task yesterday.  I was the coder 'specimen' who's jobs it was to read through the all-new developer section, giving my seal of aproval from a new developers perspective.  The developer gudie will be released as a new book.

The other code sprinters were also hard at work Abril was working on the glossary and the Civi & human rights organisations guide, which is no easy task for someone who's not a native speaker, Adam was taking care restructuring and make sure the chapters were consistent, Alice was tackleing...

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26 August, 2011
By reperry
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We've nearly reached the end of the third day of booksprinting here at Cawthorpe Hall in the UK.  This is my first sprint and first blog post. I'm one of the few end users attending the sprint and so far, the experience is demanding, but the best way yet of experiencing the Civi community in action. It's been really valuable for getting to know people involved in Civi development, including Donald Lobo, Dave Greenberg, Michał Mach, Kurund Jalmi, Yashodha Chaku, Michael McAndrew, Xavier Dutoit, and many more dedicated developers.

I'm Robyn and I'm here with colleagues, Alice Aguilar and Jamie McClelland, from the Progressive Technology Project.

We're putting together 3 different manuals (it's really a library sprint): CiviCRM for Human Rights Organizations, CiviCRM Developer Guide, and Understanding CiviCRM: A Comprehensive...

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25 August, 2011
By michal
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Goals for this sprint are quite ambitious - three books instead of updating only one, so second day was quite intensive. Alice with Robyn from Progressive Technology Project are making incredible progress on describing CiviCampaign, Michael from Third Sector Design (who's also book maintainer) and Dave from Circle Interactive are putting together freshly spinned off developer handbook, and Abril from Alternativas y Capacidades and myself writing about applications of CiviCRM in human rights work. Not too much more to say about today - everyone is typing their keyboards furiously, since there is still a lot of work ahead of us. Helen from Flossmanuals joined us today - she will be working with us as editor for the...

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10 May, 2011
Filed under Documentation, Training

At the last user and admin training in London we decided to create exercise books to accompany the training. The idea was to move from an online format to a printed format, and we used the same tool that we use to create 'CiviCRM: a comprehensive guide': Booki.

Previously, we'd used a wiki page for these exercises. There were a few advantages to using the wiki page (ability to make last minute edits, additions, etc) but there were disadvantages too.  A few comments from attendees that they had too many tabs open, keep track of where you were was hard, the wiki wasn't a great format for doing exercises, etc.  We also wanted to make something that they could make notes on and take away from the training.  So we thought that the exercise books would be a good step foward.

We got these printed at a local printers and handed them (left) out along with...

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11 November, 2010
Filed under CiviCRM, Documentation

At the recent CiviCRM code sprint in Bristol I worked on developing integration between MaPit (a web service that maps postcodes and points to administrative area information for the UK) and CiviCRM.

Here's the background: Recently, the UK government has started making more and more public data freely available online. Earlier this year, they released a lot of geographical (Ordnance Survey) data which includes a mapping from postcodes to all available adminisrative and political areas in the UK. Soon after this, mySociety, who run 'most of the best-known democracy and transparency websites in the UK' released the MaPit API making all this data available and easy to interegate. Here's an example for E5 0DR (also available as JSON).  As soon as I saw this, I thought it would be great to add the last link to the chain and integrate it with...

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13 October, 2010
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A quick look the book CiviCRM a comprehensive guide: how we got here, and our plans for the future


We recently got fifty copies of CiviCRM: a comprehensive guide printed on demand for some training events in the UK.  Being able to hand out a 300 page book as a supplement to the training went down really well with participants: holding something in your hands in a world which is predominantly online world is quite reassuring, it seems!

Getting hold of hard copies of the book at short notice was quick and painless. Objavi (Flossmanuals new and impressive publishing engine) just worked, creating a great looking PDF that we sent to Imprint, a local printer.  Imprint were a recommendation from the Flossmanuals list and I would definitely recommend them to others that need books printed in the UK - they turned the PDF into 50 books in less than 24 hours at the price of £6 ($10) per book and were helpful, fast and professional....

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03 May, 2010

I have shared the slides ( and video ) from my ignite session at CiviCon, which describes a case study of my use of CiviCRM for a synagogue, including invoicing and non-Western calendars. Everything is at my blog.


29 April, 2010
By lobo

The past 8 days have been an amazing period for the CiviCRM community and core team members. Its been incredibly intense, extremely fulfilling and mind-blowing. A huge thank you and tip of the hat to the members of the community who participated in the event and came together from various parts of the world (asia, europe, north america) to push the project to greater heights, from a usability, documentation and localization viewpoint.

Thank you to Jimmy H, Erik B, Goran G, Matheiu L, Mathieu P for working on improving CiviCRM's localization and internationalization features. Thank you to Michael M, Xavier D, Adam H, Sarah G, Mari T, Alice G, Jack A, Josue G, Kyle J for burning the midnight oil to update, improve and extend the CiviCRM: A comprehensive guide. Thank you to OSI and our program officer: Janet Haven, Chintu Gudiya Foundation, Yellow Dog Foundation and ...

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28 April, 2010
By xavier
Filed under Documentation
It is midnight, we are busy finishing proof-reading the last chapters, after having been spoiled one more time with a scrumptious dinner cooked by an amazing Jill. After 4 days, time to put some numbers on this sprint:
  • 5 squirrels,
  • 8 chipmunks,
  • dozen of blue jays
  • 2 coyotes, and
  • 1 bernese mountain dog,
tough job to guard a herd of writers and
  • 11 000 words, spread around a lot of new chapters both aiming the users of CiviCRM and the developers.
Beside all the new content, pretty much all the existing chapters have been updated, improved or rewritten. All in all, that's been an amazing experience and a great opportunity to spend time with a... Read more
27 April, 2010
Filed under CiviCRM, Documentation

Everyone is continuing to produce an incredible amount of content for the book, plus rework and update areas that were showing some age. The new set of chapters for developers and people who want to extend CiviCRM is really fantastic. Everyone who has been wanting to extend CiviCRM, but didn't know where to start should be able to dive in. Everyone is increasing their knowledge of CiviCRM, getting ideas for new features and improving existing features. I overheard someone comment that they have learned more about CiviCRM working on this book than they did at the DrupalCon CiviCRM sessions.

We all went for a much-needed walk around the lake in the afternoon. The dinner prepared by Jill was once again a treat. Jill explained how she made everything, but I don't think I stand a chance of being able to prepare any of the dishes.

Hats off to Tim Homewood who was at CiviCon last week and today was on the irc channel at:...

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