14 October, 2013
Filed under Community, Sprints

Thousands of feet in the air, halfway between my Washington, D.C. home and the cottage I shared with 20+ CiviCRMers for the better part of a week, I struggle to sum up the code sprint that has put ideas into motion like pinballs inside my head.

I could write about the beta release of CiviVolunteer, which Michael Daryabeygi and I have been spec-ing, architecting, and developing since April 2012. I could fill a blog post with descriptions of the slick UI of the soon-to-be-alpha-released CiviBooking extension and the variety of use cases it supports, the impressive CiviHR demonstration Tim Otten gave and the elegant code that powers it, or the Backbone.Marionette JavaScript framework leveraged by all three extensions.

But the thing that most stands out to me about the CiviCRM project is its extraordinary community.

We have so much diversity. Represented at the sprint were the United Kingdom, Canada, India, Belgium, Germany, the United States, and Spain. English,...

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11 October, 2013
By capo
Filed under Sprints

Expectations

It may sound like a cliché but this Code Sprint gave me many more things than I expected. In Amnesty International (Spain), we started using CiviCRM only a few months ago. I am not an expert but we have a long way to run with CiviCRM. Before arriving, I thought it was going to be helpful and useful for me to spend some time coding. And so it was. But many more things happened.

Probably the most important thing I have learned in these days, is what we really mean when we talk about the CiviCRM Community. It's not only about the forums, the blog, or the wiki. These days, I was surprised by the fact that CiviCRM Core Members not only look at the forums or the IRC channel every day. They use it as their internal communication channels! If you don't believe me, go to the IRC (#civicrm at irc.freenode.net) and you'll see it's, actually, a meeting room. There, you'll find users, developers and core members: working.

Data Integration

One of...

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09 October, 2013
By johnff
Filed under Extensions, Sprints

It's a beautiful day up here in Dalesbridge, with a low sun, rippling green grass, a bright blue sky, and rolling hills as far as the eye can see.

It's also a particularly beautiful day because Future First is proud to announce the public packaging and release of one of its extensions: UK Phone Number Validator 1.0.

The above shows an example of how it looks with some dummy data assigned. But why is it important?

Future First's member schools need to be able to contact their registered alumni to participate in events, mentoring, and presentations to their current students. But it's impossible to successfully automate SMS messages to invalid phone numbers. The UK Phone Number Validator helps by providing a list of invalid phone numbers along with easy functions...

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08 October, 2013
By erawat
Filed under Sprints

After having fun and learning a lot from CiviCon London 2013. I decied to have more fun at Daleridge sprint where the weather is nice and the landscape looks wonderful and It is my 6th CiviCRM sprints!. This nearly the end of  the 4th day of the Dalebrdige sprint  (while I'm writing this blog).  

We have now about 20+ people working on different intesteting project based on thier interested which including visualization extension, translation for extensions, CiviHR, CiviVolunteer and CiviBooking as well as disscussion group of idea such as  re-curring activty, unit testing improvements. 

I am now working CiviBooking and we hope to release alpha 1 version end of this week which will be avaliable to download on the extension directory. We will also release new version of the UK GiftAid extension after the sprint. So stay tuned!

Here are my final thoughts on Daleridge sprint. I have learnt a lot so far and hope to learn more in the next 4 days working along with...

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07 October, 2013

With the upcoming release of 4.4 and a series of "super extensions" like CiviHR, CivVolunteer and CiviBooking -  the power and importance of extensions in the CiviCRM ecosystem is on the rise.  A group of us met at the UK sprint today to discuss some of the improvements in the technical and human infrastructure to help ensure that more folks are aware of extensions, that more extensions are shared, and that extensions can be made available in multiple languages. As usual, there's more to do than we can bite off right away - but some of the pieces that we agreed to jump on this week are listed below:

 

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07 October, 2013
Filed under Sprints

As the first full day of the Dalesbridge sprint ends, I have no regrets about taking leave from work and flying halfway round the world to participate in my first CiviCRM sprint.

My journey with CiviCRM started three years ago.  I work for a smallish not-for-profit and we needed a new online registration system for our annual seminar series.  At the same time we were wanting to shift to live online processing for memberships and donations and we were becoming thoroughly dis-enchanted with the proprietary CRM we were using.  A trawl through the Internet led me to CiviCRM.  It seemed to have most of the features we needed and the support available on the forums was impressive.

Three years on I am more impressed than ever and I want to be able to contribute back to the Civi community, so I find myself in the Yorkshire Dales sharing a house with twenty people I have not met before.

As a user/administrator I am participating in the documentation sprint. Today I...

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30 August, 2013

This coming Friday, September 6, is the first and most {event.event_type} CiviCRM conference on the East Coast, CiviCamp. Held in {address.location_type} downtown Washington, DC, CiviCamp is a one-day conference along with a two-day training, code and documentation sprint, and showcase reception: a chance to learn and meet other CiviCRM users, {contact.contact_sub_type}, and developers.

Register online by midnight PDT tonight, August 30, and you can save $15 off the {contribution.financial_type} for the conference. We will also accept last-minute registrations by cash, credit card, or {contribution.payment_instrument} at the door.

While you're at it,...

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01 August, 2013
Filed under CiviCon, CiviCRM, Sprints, Training

The CiviCamp session planning met today, and they have put together a fabulous schedule for the conference on September 6. If you weren't already planning to come to DC for CiviCamp, you should check out the variety of interesting talks scheduled.

I believe it's only fair to see what you're getting before registering for a conference, and since the selected sessions have been announced today, the early-bird rate has been extended through tomorrow, August 2. Register today to lock in the discounted rate!

Are you interested in seeing what others have done with CiviCRM for their organizations? Join us on the evening before CiviCamp for the CiviCRM Showcase, sponsored by BackOffice Thinking. It will be a free, casual event featuring 10-minute talks from users...

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26 February, 2013
Filed under Sprints

If you follow the CiviCRM blog, you've probably seen a few articles about how much fun the sprints are and what a great time everyone has. Maybe you've thought to yourself, "That's not for me. I'm not a PHP programmer or a database fanatic." Well, I'm here to say that you, yes you can come to the sprint - if you don't write code you can help write the user guide. The only prerequisites are enthusiasm about CiviCRM and a willingness to help out (and a laptop). The food is great, the people are fantastic, and you will have fun, I promise.

This spring we're having a big sprint after CiviCON San Francisco. We'll be staying at the beautiful Woolman campus in the Sierra Nevada foothills April 28th - May 5th. We'll spend our time helping to make CiviCRM the best it can be, eating delicious food, and exploring the Yuba river and...

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22 February, 2013
Filed under Sprints

'Is it that time of the release cycle already?', I hear ye sayeth! Well yes my medieval friends, it is! Version 4.3 has some lovely new features and I'm sure you will want to be upgrading soon.

If you have lived through a couple of versions of CiviCRM, then you will likely know the value of release testing - especially if you never got round to doing any! But rather go into the gruesome consequences of not testing, I thought I would let you know that there is another way!

Paul Delbar has been doing some amazing work on community release testing (inc. this...

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