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
I just hung up the phone with the President of a US-based CiviCRM consultancy. He's interested in collaborating with Future First on our SMS based survey system. We discussed a lot of different options, but all of them had one thing in common: we had to release the resulting software publicly. That, to us, is what CiviCRM is. It is collaborating and sharing, to produce, deliver, and share the technology we all need.
Future First engages the former students of state-funded schools and colleges to help those institutions. Private schools and Universities have been doing this for decades - they know it is a very effective way of raising students' aspirations - and Future First want to do the same to level the playing field between privately funded schools and state-funded schools. We bring people from all walks of life, including doctors, policemen, athletes, journalists, firemen, businessmen, engineers...Read more
During January and February MAF Norge and Jaap and me from CiviCooP have done the first CiviRules sprint, funded by MAF Norge. Our ambitions where:
- tie up some of the loose ends in the current Trigger extension that MAF Norge uses now
- start with the CiviRules UI
- have a first draft of the basic engine for CiviRules.
Jaap did the first part with the Email/SMS and PDF API (see blogpost https://civicrm.org/blogs/jaapjansma/e-mail-send-sms-send-and-pdf-create-api-extensions) and I made a start with the second. Last week Steinar and Helen from MAF Norge joined us and we can now also present you a first draft of the CiviRules Engine! Have a look at our wiki: http://redmine.civicoop.org/projects/civirules/wiki for the basic outline and let...Read more
In 2014 MAF Norge funded CiviCooP developing the TriggerAction extension (https://github.com/CiviCooP/org.civicoop.triggers) to assist them with automated Donor Journeys in CiviCRM. Our team of Jaap & Erik from CiviCooP and Steinar & Helen from MAF Norge worked hard for a week and we came up with something that does work but is fairly complicated and decidedly unsexy. During the CiviCRM sprint in Edale Jaap & Erik from CiviCooP worked on a first analysis of CiviRules, a CiviCRM extension that is based on the Drupal Rules module. We described our thoughts (and some great contributions from community members) on a wiki page: http://wiki.civicrm.org/confluence/display/CRM/CiviRules+extension
In 2015 our aim is to actually develop and deliver the...Read more
As we approach the end of the Edale sprint, there's a lot been happening this week. We have had 30 people here for various parts of the week averaging 20 people each day with most people staying in a large old house and a few in a nearby cottage.
The scenery is superb - those who can lift their eyes away from their laptops have enjoyed the beauty of Mam Tor, with most of us surviving our way up there yesterday afternoon
Craig's food has been a highlight of the week and by popular demand is now an essential requirement for any future UK sprint!
This has been the backdrop to countless conversations about Civi - what it does, what it might do, how we might make it happen etc. We have benefitted hugely from the presence of Kurund, Tim and Michael from the core team and their continual willingness to help the rest of us.
Numerous bugs have been...Read more
Last year we worked together with MAF Norway on the TriggerAction extension to help them with their fundraising donor journeys. They were able to find some initial funding so we developed like mad for a week to be able to start. The TriggerAction extension was a result of that hard work, and MAF Norway presented this at the London CiviCon on 25th September 2014.
Even though we are proud of what we managed to achieve in such a small timeframe and the MAF Norway is actually using the extension, we all think we need a second development sprint to improve the concept. We hope the session at CiviCon will help to find some additional funding and are really happy that MAF Norway wants to commit some of their budget once more for a next phase. We are planning for a sprint in the end of January 2015, and hopefully an additional one somewhere in March.
Jaap Jansma and me are now at the Edale CiviCRM sprint doing some of the ground work of what will be the extension CiviRules....Read more
After the excitement of CiviCon with new features and extensions being discussed, the Civi Sprinters are hard at work improving and finalising these for release, as well as discussing future plans.
However not all of us can bask in the glory of cool features and improvements. The documentation team have been hard at work attempting to improve the Civi Book.
The 4.5 version of the book has recently been released, updated with new 4.5 features and interface changes. In addition to this the membership section was restructured into a (hopefully) more meaningful and usable structure. At this years sprint we are working on the events section in an attempt to restructure it in a similar way. The aims are to ensure the documentation is up to date, get it into a more logical structure for end users and removing duplication of content. Watch this space for a new book release!
After restructuring documentation all day, it was time to restructure and refresh our heads...Read more
I just returned from my first CiviCRM sprint. It was called the DC Sprint, but as Jeremy has already posted, we were actually in Maryland.
As a first time attendee of a CiviCRM conference and sprint, I really did not know what to expect. I was very pleased that both WordPress and Joomla! received some real attention at the sprint and I hope we are heading to a place where CiviCRM can be truly CMS agnostic.
WordPress CiviCRM installs can now benefit from WP-CLI tools. WP-CLI is a Drush equivilant for WordPress. We were able to merge Andy Walker's port into 4.5 and Tim Otten added full API Explorer support for this. At the developer training day in DC on Saturday, we noticed an issue with civix and WordPress. This also fixed and now civix works with all CMSs without having to be directly tied to one as in the past. These two enhancements will help WordPress developers immensely.
Dana Skallman and I also worked through the unresolved tickets for WordPress. A great...Read more