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17 October, 2007
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM

Periodically we hear things on the blogosphere or on our forums that just blow us away :) This week the honor goes to a forum post detailing about how CiviCRM is being used in a Japanese government agency. The forum post is here. Some of the amazing things that japancoder and his crew did include:

  • The system handles 4.5 million records and a staff of 20,000. Am curious about their hardware setup and how they get around some scalability issues
  • Writing a template layer wrapper to switch languages...
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17 October, 2007
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM

BADCamp (Bay Area Drupal Camp) will take place at the UC Berkeley campus on Saturday and Sunday, Nov 3rd and 4th. BADCamp is an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in Drupal for a couple of days and have a blast doing it.

Dave Greenberg is hoping to connect with folks in the CiviCRM community "live and in person" at the Camp - so he has posted a session proposal for a CiviCRM Users and Developers Roundtable. If you are planning on attending / can be in the San Francisco Bay Area during that time-frame - check out the session proposal, register and VOTE for the...

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10 October, 2007
By lobo
Filed under v1.9, CiviCRM
We are excited to announce that our 1.9 Beta release is now available for download, AND to try out on our demo site. This release is focused on CiviMail - and unlike previous public demos, you can use the CiviMail menus and features. However, no actual mail will be sent from the site. You can view Release Highlights here. The... Read more
03 October, 2007
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM

PledgeBank is a powerful tool for encouraging people to take action and to positively pressure their friends, family, and neighbors to join them... by creating conditional pledges of the form, 'I will do X but only if N people will do X too.' For example, 'I will vote in the next presidental election but only if 25 young American adults will do the same' or 'I will donate my clothes and shoes that don't fit me or that I haven't worn in the past 3 months to a local homeless shelter but only if 10 other people will do the same.

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28 September, 2007
By lobo
Filed under v1.9
We are excited to announce that our 1.9 Alpha release is now available for download here

You can also try it out on our sandbox site here

This release is focused on CiviMail - and unlike previous public demos and sandboxes, you can use the CiviMail menus and features on the public sandbox. However, no actual mail will be sent from the site.

You can view Release Highlights here

The...

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27 September, 2007
Filed under v1.9, CiviCRM
It's been very exciting and rewarding to see the growth of the CiviCRM user and developer base over the past year. Some recent indicators of the growth and vibrancy of the community include:
  • Downloads - There have been over 40,000 downloads of CiviCRM from SourceForge since January of this year (averaging around 4,500 per month).
  • Forum - The community forum was launched in April and already was 800+ members (5,330 posts as of today)
  • Issue and Bug Reports - Karl Fogel’s excellent book “Producing Open Source Software...
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18 September, 2007
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM

After being introduced to the Drupal / CiviCRM world at OSS Camp Delhi, Ravi Sagar was inspired to start a Hindi Translation for CiviCRM. Translations are big projects, so would be great if folks could help him out. To start helping the Hindi translation, please create an account on our Pootle server

On a related note, we'd like to add some open source developers to...

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16 September, 2007
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM

We recently got a consulting contract to integrate Organic Groups, CiviCRM Groups and CiviCRM ACL's. The project specification is here. I've just committed a set of files that implement most of the above functionality. Here are a few highlights of this module.

  • This is a one way update from OG to CiviCRM. Admin changes via the CiviCRM interface are not reflected back to the OG group.
  • All OG groups are mirrored in CiviCRM with the same name. All members of the OG are members of the corresponding...
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14 September, 2007
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM
A cron job executes periodically to process all the scheduled / running jobs for CiviMail. The admin can set an optional limit on the number of mails processed in the cron job. This allows two different invocations of the cron job to step on each other, a bad thing which could result in users getting multiple copies of the same mail. To avoid this from happening the cron script used flock. This had two main disadvantages:
  • The cronjob could run on only one machine due to the file system lock
  • The lock was very granular...
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11 September, 2007
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM

NTEN (The Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network) is conducting on online survey for users of Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) tools. Please consider taking a few minutes to participate. Your feedback will be useful to the project team - and will help others evaluate CiviCRM as a solution for their organization.

You can read more about this on the NTEN Blog article: How does your database stack up?. You can also go directly to the...

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