Most people going to Vail, CO go to ski. However, some come to work on making CiviCRM even better. High up in the Colorado Rocky Mountains ten people got together to squash bugs, work on CiviCRM for Drupal 8, enhance CiviCRM for WordPress, improve the payment processing tools, and update the end-user documentation.
Everyone enjoyed themselves at the sprint. Personally I had a lot of fun being with others who are passionate about making CiviCRM better. The primary activities for everyone were working on CiviCRM projects but we also enjoyed great conversations and cooking for each other. Some of the sprinters went skiing on the last day of the sprint.
Sam Gazal, Virginie Ganivet and I (Steve Kessler) made progress working on documentation. We worked on updating the CiviCRM book for CiviCRM 4.7. We also are working on making the book more consistent. There is still more to be done and if you are interested you can help by looking...Read more
Hello! I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Angela Bruns and I will be Conference Coordinator for the North American CiviCon 2016 in Fort Collins, CO. My background is in event planning and volunteer management within Colorado nonprofit organizations and I am excited to be a part of this conference.
The conference will be held on the Colorado State University campus and is scheduled for May 31 – June 8, 2016. Trainings will happen May 31 & June 1, the Conference will take place June 2 & 3, and the Sprint will follow on June 4 – 8. Please see the save the date blogpost for some additional information on the event.
We want to make this conference the best it can be this year and are looking for some great volunteers to serve on our conference committees. If you would like to be a part of planning the 2016 CiviCon, please email me at...Read more
Want to help CiviCRM integrate with Drupal8 (or Backdrop or WordPress)? Want a winter getaway and a chance to go skiing? Hey, you can have both!
Come join us for the CMS-Integration Sprint in Vail, CO Jan 30 to Feb 4 2016.
Big thanks for Nicolas Ganivet at CiviDesk for sponsoring this event and generously donating the venue!
We'll be working on:
- Integrating CiviCRM with Drupal 8
- Porting our Drupal integration to also support Backdrop CMS
- Improving WordPress integration and our presence in the official WP plugin repo.
- Writing documentation (a great task for non-coders).
Can't attend in person? We'll also be organizing a virtual sprint to allow you to participate remotely (...Read more
If you (and your colleagues/users) are an English native speaker, DON'T READ THIS. You don't have to bother. Lucky you.
The CiviCRM localisation has come a long way, and by now it's pretty comprehensive and surprisingly versatile. Sometimes the quality of the translated strings is a little questionable, ranging from "strange" to "funny", and sometimes far into the absurd. But that's mostly due to inexperienced translators, and nothing that a little bit of quality control by the Transifex coordinators can't fix.
There is, however, one problem that's been particularly elusive. What to do if the same English word has two or more different translations in your language, depending on the context? I'll give you an example in my native language, German:
- "Write an email to Mark" would translate as "Schreibe eine E-Mail an Mark".
- "CodeSprint will be from the 10th to the 16th" would translate as "...
The idea is to have as many community members present so we can achieve lots and have a great time!
Accomodation will be provided and Craig, our resident chef, will be cooking some amazing food.
There are no hard and fast requirements for attending a sprint, apart from a desire to work on improving CiviCRM in some way and the time to do it. The idea is that we can work on improving CiviCRM and increase your skills and knowledge at the same time. Having skills in specific areas like coding, documentation, writing tests, etc. is great but not a requirement.
Once you are registered we'll get in touch before the sprint to ask about the topics you'd like to cover...Read more
- July: Open development. Major initiatives may still be accepted for 4.7 if significant implementation work has been done.
- August: Feature freeze. Existing 4.7 initiatives should be mostly done, but there may still be some work on development/maturation/gaps/loose-ends. Bug fixes encouraged. New (minor) enhancements may be accepted, but this will grow stricter as the month progresses.
- September: Stabilization. 2 or 3 alphas. Mostly bug fixes. Split off 4.7 from master.
CiviCRM is community open-source, heavily influenced by the participation of partners and users. Twice each year, we gather for week long sprints to plan and develop. The April sprint in Colorado produced a number of great initiatives, and a major factor was the alignment with the release: 4.6.0 was out; the roadmap for 4.7 was as clear as...Read more
We have just completed the fourth day of the sprint. Progress reports are in from all of the teams and much progress has been made.
Reports from the teams tell us that we have been quite busy. I am quite excited about the progress the Monitoring team has made and cannot wait to get my hands on this to play with. Documentation has made great strides, improvements to the payment processor architecture is in the works as well. I have had the opportunity to speak with the translation team and the work they are doing is invalubale to the project.
I also have to mention that the extension review team has done a tremendous job working down the extension queue and we should all look forward to using some new extensions. As part of the install team, I know we have been busy at work getting a more uniform install process across Drupal, Joomla and WordPress.
We are half way through Sprint Day 1 and everyone seems to be busy at work! This is my first Sprint and so far I am very impressed. The focus at this Sprint is on 4.6 documentation, payment processors, translations, extensions reviews, and improving installation process. I am excited to have installed a sandbox version of 4.6, created 3 pull requests (my first ever!!) and completed documentation on repeating activities in 4.6. It does not feel like much but now that I list it here, I am impressed with my progress! For those unsure about attending future sprints, don't be intimidated!!! it has been a great learning experience!!
We are at the beautiful Snow Mountain Ranch outside Granby, CO and while the sky just clouded over and it looks like rain, it has been beautiful weather so far. It's like being at nerd camp- sign up to help with meals, share bathroom with 5 others, sleep in a bunk bed, and follow the daily schedule! I am looking forward to learning more so...Read more