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01 August, 2007
By lobo
Filed under v2.0, Architecture, CiviCRM

Wes Morgan and the team at Code for change have decided to tackle something that is fairly important to quite a few medium - large sized organizations. Having support for this in CiviCRM would be really cool and we need your comments and feedback fairly quickly. Wes and team move at a very rapid pace, so please head over to the wiki page and give them and us feedback on the model and implementation. Here is the email Dave Greenberg sent to the dev list a few minutes ago:

As noted in Daniel Frishberg's post earlier today, USPIRG is kicking off a project aimed to adding...

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30 July, 2007
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM

We are starting to run against a few java issues on our FreeBSD platform. Our current hosting provider, Electric Embers, only supports FreeBSD. Hence we need to find a new hosting provider.

Here are our requirements:

  • Two dedicated Ubuntu servers which mirror each other for backup purposes
  • LAMP stack + java stack
  • We do need root access and control over the boxes. We are fine doing software upgrades
  • Provider should provide hardware monitoring and offsite backups. Support for software process...
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30 July, 2007
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM

I've been catching up on the latest happenings in the open source / RIA world. In the recent past Adobe has released their project Apollo as Adobe AIR. They have also open sourced their framework Flex to create applications for AIR. From what I've read, it seems to be getting fairly good reviews for the platform and the direction in which its headed.

There are a couple of articles which talk about using a PHP backend and a FLEX frontend.

  • ...
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29 July, 2007
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM

I just added CiviCRM to CIA.vc. CIA.vc integrates your svn repository commits and your IRC channel. It also creates a web page of your svn commits. The CiviCRM CIA.vc page can be found here. Interesting to compare this page with similar information from the Ohloh CiviCRM page. Its good to see these open source infrastructure projects supporting the open source ecosystem. Would be a good project to integrate our issue tracker...

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27 July, 2007
By michal
Filed under CiviCRM

Last two weeks I've spent in San Francisco, catching up on face to face conversations with CiviCRM Team members, meeting friends and attending eAdvocacy Jamboree 2007. Working in a distributed software development team and connecting with most of your users remotely gets sometimes hard, but fortunately there are those rare moments when you can at least partially catch up on meeting real people instead of interacting with your Skype contacts.

First week was a lot of quality time with CiviCRM Team members, spending...

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26 July, 2007
Filed under v2.0, v1.6, CiviCRM
This is Part 3 of my series on Writing Components For CiviCRM. Part 1 discussed what a component is, and what it does. Part 2 explained how to use CiviCRM's XML-based data definition language to define your tables. But while your tables may now be in place, CiviCRM doesn't know what to do with your data. We'll need to do a bit of editing on CiviCRM Core in order to hook up your data in CiviCRM, and I'll briefly describe some of the places we will need to "hack" core so that your data will appear in the UI... Read more
26 July, 2007
By lobo
Filed under v1.8, CiviCRM

Here's a snippet of the 1.8 beta release announcement. The complete announcement is here

We are excited to announce that our 1.8 Beta release is now available for download, as well as testing on our demo site. We rely on our dedicated users (that’s you) to install and test the beta in order to make sure we have a quality final release.

This release features finding and merging duplicate contacts (de-duping), event price sets, employer fields in profiles, improved admin control panel, RSS feeds for events, the...

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24 July, 2007
By lobo
Filed under v1.8, CiviCRM

We are making pretty good progress towards a 1.8 beta release. A late breaking forum post revealed some bugs with the sql upgrade script. Once we are done with testing that issue, we should be pretty close to announcing a beta candidate for 1.8.

Overall things are looking pretty good with this release. We do think that having more people download and test the beta will allow us to have a quality final release. We are pleased with the quality of the 1.7...

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17 July, 2007
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM

Reporting is a complex issue. To make life easier we decide to support an open source reporting package BIRT from Eclipse. BIRT is definitely quite an impressive package with a great feature set and we are quite glad to have chosen it.

The Eclipse project has a coordinated release. They recently released Eclipse 3.3 / BIRT 2.2. Since we had not yet shipped CiviCRM v1.8 we decided to ensure that our reports works with the latest version of Eclipse and in line with our project goals only support...

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15 July, 2007
Filed under CiviCRM
This is Part 2 of my series on Writing Components For CiviCRM. Part 1 discussed what a component is, and what it does. The key tasks were:
  • Define and manage a set of data base tables.
  • Set up UI to view and edit contacts that contain its data.
  • Make the content searchable.
I'm going to discuss mostly the first of these in this post: how you get CiviCRM to build and "see" your tables. The first part of this is fairly intuitive, and Lobo and the rest of the CiviCRM folks have made it fairly easy, by making most of... Read more