In the coming weeks, you can expect a series of changes going into the development pipeline to support the CiviCRM-Drupal 8 integration. Individually, these will seem unrelated and disjoint - they may not explicitly reference “D8”. I wanted to spend a moment to discuss the concept which ties them together: the clean install process, which will make Civi-D8 an equal member of the Civi CMS club and a good base for continued development and maintenance.
civicrm-setup library aims to replace the CiviCRM installer. Following the December/January iteration, it's available for use as a CLI installer and as a web-based WordPress installer.
During the month of November, we made a concerted effort to stabilize the CiviCRM-Mosaico extension -- addressing several bugs, installation issues, missing features, and testing processes. I'm happy to announce a new beta releases of the Mosaico and FlexMailer extensions for CiviCRM. The updates include ~160 commits from ~15 contributors.
Compatibility with PHP 5.3 will end in December 2017, and compatibility with PHP 5.4 will end in March 2018. These changes follow a number of discussions and a multi-year deprecation process. The current recommended version is PHP 5.6.
The 4.7.24 release is scheduled for the first Wednesday of September. Ordinarily, there would be an announcement about the release-candidate (RC) in mid-August, but we're doing something a bit different this time around -- extending the RC to a full month, which mean the RC is available now at http://download.civicrm.org/latest. Testing out the RC is a great way to ensure that your systems will continue to work in the next release. Let me talk about how this change helps.
cv (https://github.com/civicrm/cv) and
civix (https://github.com/totten/civix) are Unix/CLI tools for developers.
cv provides access to your Civi site on the command line, and
civix generates skeletal code for new extensions. We've had a few recent updates to each of these tools, so I wanted to introduce
cv more formally and then recap some of recent improvements for each tool.
We're pleased to announce availability of CiviCRM v4.7.13 and v4.6.23.
This release was heavily influenced by the contributors from the sprints in Maryland and Edale and benefited from an extended release-candidate period. Combining the efforts of on-site and face-to-face contributions, this release addressed over 100+ JIRA issues and 170+ pull-requests.
At the CiviCons and developer meetings this year, we've had several conversations about release strategy. The topic is a bit abstract -- touching on a web of interrelated issues of technology and scheduling and business-process. I've been searching for a way to explain this topic to people who don't eat and breathe code in CiviCRM's
git repos -- an analysis which is a bit simpler and more transcendent.
The best analysis predates us by a few years -- Will Durant attributed the idea to Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, paraphrasing:
Good evening. (Or, for folks in America… good afternoon. For folks in Oceania, good morning.) I'm writing from the CiviCRM sprint in Edale (UK), and it’s the height of apple season. In an ordinary year, the local folks here would be shaking the apple trees, getting a bit tipsy on cider, and discovering gravity. But this year, an influx of visitors from around the UK and Europe (and the broader CiviSphere) have come to make this pastoral setting even more beautiful: it’s the land of PR-review and testing.