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05 March, 2008
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM

There is an interesting thread going on in the CiviCRM forum: CiviCRM is scary. This thread started off on the Progressive Exchange mailing list. You can view the archive here ( you need to be sign up to view the archives). However, some of the initial mails from that list are on the forum.

This has come up in the past and I do agree with Chris when he states that Addressing the concerns about...

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02 March, 2008
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM

So some folks have complained about the paypal sandbox and the performance on the forums. PayPal has been our primary processor primarily because of its international coverage and decent api's. We set up most of this a couple years back and other than periodic testing, have not really used it too much. However with the 2.0 restructuring, we introduced a few bugs in the process and spent a bit more time on the paypal sandbox than normal.

Kinda sad to see how such a large company like Ebay can allow a core service to degrade to such an extent so as to be unusable. Both Kurund...

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27 February, 2008
Filed under v2.0, Architecture
Almost every week on the forum someone posts a search / reporting question...
  • How do I get a list of contacts whose records were added in the past month - along with the name of the person who added them?
  • Is there a way to export total contribution amount for a given year by Household? I want to include all contributions from individuals that are household members.
  • I can't export the name of each contact's current Employer. What's the solution?
... and although CiviCRM's built-in search components are... Read more
27 February, 2008
Filed under CiviCRM

This article covers - how to install CiviCRM v2.0 on Joomla 1.5 without Legacy support. It also provides some insight into the way components are organized and accessed through Joomla.

This post is intended as exploratory and to help push things forward towards 1.5 compatibility which is planned for the 2.1 release. Please note that CiviCRM 2.0 is officially NOT COMPATIBLE with Joomla 1.5 and that the CiviCRM team will not provide support for folks trying to run this combination....

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27 February, 2008
Filed under v2.0
The Beta 3 release of CiviCRM 2.0 is now available for download on SourceForge. As Lobo noted in his blog, the 2.0 beta series has gotten really good community feedback and testing. However, we'd like to increase the number of downloads and installs for Beta 3. Check this out if you need convincing that downloading this beta is worth your time! If you've already installed 2.0 beta 1 or 2 - and have reported... Read more
24 February, 2008
By lobo
Filed under v2.0, CiviCRM

CiviCRM v2.0 has gotten really good community feedback and testing. We plan on having at least two more beta releases before issuing a final release. Both the forums and the issue queue have been very busy with good bugs (some of which have been there for the past couple of versions!) and great feature ideas, many of which we plan to implement in v2.1. We've already resolved more than 375 bugs in v2.0 which is close to 100 more bugs than the previous highest (282 in 1.8). The forums are averaging more than 75 forums post / weekday. Most of these posts are either related to 2.0 or we test...

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22 February, 2008
By michal

CiviCRM 2.0 doesn’t only start introducing significant code oriented architecture changes, we’re also using the occasion of having a nice, round release number to introduce some new things in the process. This version is the first one where we want to announce official string freeze stage in our release process. From now on, every beta3 release of an upcoming version (2.0.beta3, 2.1.beta3, 2.2.beta3, etc.) will be officially the point at which translators can be sure that they won’t be “racing” with developers to provide decent translation of new version...

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21 February, 2008
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM

Dave Greenberg and myself will be in New Orleans during NTEN. If you are interested in a meeting please let us know via email (lobo at yahoo dot com) and we can figure out a convenient time. We'd love to meet individual/organizations who use/deploy CiviCRM but are not active in the community. We'd like to hear more about what you do and get some feedback on things we do right/wrong and things we should improve upon. Additionally, there are a few CiviCRM related events during NTEN:

  • A CiviCRM developer/advanced user training. You can find more details...
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20 February, 2008
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM, Training

After a lot of back and forth, we've finally settled on our first developer training session for 2008. The training is in New Orleans on March 18th and 19th before the NTen Conference. The exact venue is yet to be determined. If anyone is in New Orleans and can host us please let us know.

Click on the links to read more details on our first and second bootcamps. The camps were quite useful to everyone...

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20 February, 2008
Filed under v2.0
The team has been working hard to fix issues and bugs reported by the community - and a second beta release of CiviCRM 2.0 is now available for download on SourceForge. We strongly encourage folks to download and test the beta. If you have an existing CiviCRM install - please upgrade a test copy of your site. Your efforts are critical to help ensure a smooth transition and a quality final release. We especially need folks with existing Joomla installs to (re)test the upgrade process as we've fixed a number... Read more