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20 August, 2007
Okay, so 1.8 stable has been released - and the roadmap indicates that it includes CiviReport Phase 1. You may be wondering... How does it work? What does it do? How can I try it out? etc.... First, CiviReport isn't really a new component in CiviCRM. Rather, it's a set of sample reports which we've built on an open-sourced reporting engine called BIRT (Business Information Reporting Tool). The reports use SQL queries to interact with your CiviCRM database. There is (as of yet) no application or code-... Read more
19 August, 2007
By lobo
Filed under v2.0, CiviCRM

The last few weeks of a release is always quite frustrating. The team is itching to get started with new development and get on with the next version. However, users are testing the beta release and filing new issues and bugs, few tweaks need to be done etc. So overall, things are in a neither here nor there status. However, once we mark a release as stable, we move most of the development team onto the new release and things get more exciting.

CiviCRM v2.0 is a big release for us internally. The current feature list for v2.0 is...

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17 August, 2007
By shot
Filed under v1.8, CiviCRM

We are excited to announce that our 1.8 release is now available for download, as well as testing on our demo site. We would like to thank our dedicated users for installing and testing the beta releases.

This release features finding and merging duplicate contacts (de-duping, based on David Strauss’s algorithm), event price sets, employer fields in profiles, improved admin control panel, RSS feeds for events, the ability to define multiple payment processors, an...

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12 August, 2007
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM

Here are a few drupal modules built and maintained by the community that seem quite useful. Thanks to all the folks who have spent time and energy maintaining and releasing these modules. Note that most of the project descriptions have been lifted from the project page on Drupal. If you have questions or bugs related to the below modules, please file them on the issue page of each module.

  • CiviCRM Subscribe: Allows users to subscribe (double opt-in) to a CiviCRM group without creating a Drupal user.
  • ...
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10 August, 2007
Filed under v2.0, CiviCRM
Activities and Activity History records are a critical part of the CRM equation. They allow organizations to get a detailed snapshot of the interactions with their constituents. As part of our 2.0 data model overhaul, we are planning major changes to the Activities data model. These changes are designed to:
  • Simplify the data model for activities by merging activity-related tables into a consolidated Activity table. Meeting, Phonecall, Activity History, Email History and SMS History will all be merged and dropped.
  • Replace the use of entity_table/entity_id model with explicit...
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07 August, 2007
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM

I got tired of waiting for someone to build an installer. So last weekend I decided to just do it. My original plan was to copy and modify the Joomla installer. I took a look at the code and it seemed to be quite well structured and modular. However it included a fair amount of code from Joomla itself and hence was quite big. I had also heard about SilverStripe CMS and was installing it at the same time. The installation was a simple one page installer which does a few checks etc. The code was fairly well...

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07 August, 2007
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM
The Drupal Association is rolling out its membership package. They are using CiviCRM and CiviMember to manage their members. You can get more details, join the association and become a member Read more
04 August, 2007
By lobo
Filed under v1.8, CiviCRM

Kieran Lal from CivicSpace on Demand has made 1.8 Beta along with Drupal 5.2 available for free (mailing limit restrictions apply) on the CSOD web server. This is good news indeed and helps folks evaluate Drupal 5.2 and CiviCRM 1.8 without the install hassles. For more details you can read Kieran's post on the CiviCRM forums at:

CiviCRM 1.8 Beta sites on CivicSpaceOnDemand available for free

If this is of interest please sign up. Organizations like CSOD are super important to the CiviCRM ecosystem...

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02 August, 2007
By michal

This has been posted by my fellow team mate on the forum, but I since we want as many translations as possible, let's make others know, here's a repost to our blog. :-)

Piotr Szotkowski wrote:

I’m happy to announce that the CiviCRM 1.8 POT and PO files are generated and that the CiviCRM 1.8 area is open at our translations server.

For people preferring the raw POT/PO files, these can be easily obtained from our...

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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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