I didn’t hide the fact that I’d been feeling daunted by the prospect of the Sprint. Knowing that I’d be the least techie by some way even amongst the non-devs, I was also acutely aware of being a newbie to the community - after a year and a half as a CiviCRM user, I’d only had five weeks of working with Rose Lanigan and learning the basics of implementation. But I needn’t have worried, soon realising that:
a) In any group, someone has to be the least technical. It’s an opportunity to learn and to bring a different perspective.
b) The community is made up of the most welcoming and friendly group of people I could have imagined. Crazy at times, yes! But that’s not a bad thing…
And what a week it was.
After lunch and introductions on the first day, we split off into devs and non-devs. The latter group got to work on improving documentation.
This meant quickly being introduced to my new friends, GitHub, markdown and pull requests. My first...Read more
CiviRules 2.0 is now available for you all!
We (Jaap Jansma, Klaas Eikelboom and me) are about to complete a little CiviRules sprint of 2 days (funded by CiviCooP). We have fixed quite a few issues, closed some that we thought were not applicable any more, introduced a few new conditions and actions and updated the documentation. And we are about to round it off with the new release CiviRules 2.0 and moving our repository to the CiviCRM GitLab server. We expect to do this tonight or tomorrow morning.
So what is new in CiviRules? Here is a comprehensive list of what we did:
removed all the managed entities for CiviRules actions, conditions and triggers and replaced them with inserts. We have also removed the existing records in civicrm_managed. This solved quite a few reported issues
added 3 conditions to be used with Events:
The CiviCRM Core Team is pleased to announce what we hope will become an annual event; a combined governance summit and code sprint. This year’s event will begin on September 25th, immediately following CiviCamp Hartford, and will be located in West Milford, New Jersey (within an hour from major airports). Full event details including agenda and discussion are online (or will be soon) here: https://lab.civicrm.org/community-team/governance-summit-code-sprint/wikis/home
This event will be comprised of a governance portion and a code sprint portion.
This portion of the event will take place over the first 2 days and is intended to provide a forum for general project management and governance for the project as a whole. Partners, members, sponsors, and active contributors are invited to participate in this portion of the...
Last week we had a remote sprint to improve documentation, and wow, what a success it was!
- The sprint was focused on improving the User Guide.
Check out everything we did.
GitHub tells us:
Excluding merges, 14 authors have pushed 86 commits to master and 88 commits to all branches. On master, 206 files have changed and there have been 1,182 additions and 1,917 deletions.
Notably, we made significant progress on adding cross-references to improve navigation and discoverability (though there's still some more work to do here).
Furthermore, some people also did some work on...
This year we will have two CiviCamps in the UK to choose from!
May 15th in London
October 5th in Manchester
CiviCamps are one day events covering everything related to CiviCRM. They are a great opportunity to learn about CiviCRM and what it can do for your organization, meet other CiviCRM users, partners and Core Team members and gather their feedback, learn advanced strategies for managing your online database, ask any questions you might have, share tips and build connections! This is the opportunity to meet the CiviCRM community and share experiences and knowledge with other organizations using CiviCRM!
In addition, we will have a Sprint for those who are interested in contributing further, and a choice of Administrator and Developer Training for those who want to expand their knowledge:
UK Sprint: October 6th to 12th
Administrator Training: 3rd and 4th October...
Last week we had a Sprint in the wonderful city of Brussels. This blog post is a recap of what I have been up to.
I started the sprint to work on a new extension the form processor. This idea came to my mind as I had a few clients at which I had to develop a custom api for data coming from their website (in those cases CiviCRM was separated from the website). And my idea was that I wanted to give system administrator and implementers a tool in which they could create those kind of API by themselves. So the form processor was born.
Below is a sketch of the screen of the form processor (click the image for a larger preview):
The form processor is designed so that the user first defines the...Read more
Just arrived back home after spending a few days with the CiviCRM community in Brussels. And as always I really enjoyed myself and returned inspired and full of inspiration.
I started last Sunday, 4 feb 2018 at FOSDEM (https://fosdem.org/2018/). What an experience, I have never seen so many geeks in one spot! It was great to dive in, look at all the stands And I had a nice chat at the CiviCRM stand. Good that we (as in the CiviCRM community) had a stand there and we all took turns. Thanks Tim, Mathieu, Jaap, Klaas, Michael, Alain, Rose, Fabian, Björn and Phil. Quite enjoyed the dinner afterwards too :-)
Monday 5 feb 2018 was the first CiviCamp Brussels. A crowd of about 80, great location at Muntpunt and interesting sessions and roundtables. Quite a few showcases of users sharing...Read more
We are excited to announce the CiviCRM conference in Brussels in February 2018!
Following the user conference, there will be a non-residential 4-day sprint for contributors.
It will be held in the center of Brussels from Tuesday 6 February till Friday 9 February. It is an opportunity to help push the CiviCRM project forward: add new functionality, fix bugs, improve marketing materials, document new features, interact with core team members and fellow CiviCRM-developers... and enjoy the capital of Europe.
Call for...Read more
Writing on the train back to London from the CivicCRM Sprint at Duvale Priory in mid-Devon, I can see why some people are willing to travel from across the world for the Sprint: it is a great way to spend a week. I went for the Developer Training, delivered by Parvez and Raj of Veda Consulting. The training was held for two days alongside a week's sprint (5 days + 2 travel days). I stayed for the rest of the Sprint.
Having looked at the code, and dipped into the developer documentation over the years, I still started with little idea of how the CiviCRM code works and is structured. My background is providing Drupal and WordPress support covering sysadmin, development, site building and front end work. One of my clients, Arts Professional, is a CiviCRM user and provided financial support for my attendance at the training. The training was pitched well for people like me, covering the...Read more