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22 January, 2008
By lobo
Filed under v2.0, CiviCRM

v2.0 has significant schema changes, and hence a simple sql script could no longer serve as our primary upgrade mechanism. We are introducing a new upgrade system in 2.0 which will run in a couple of steps and upgrade the user's database. It has been an interesting exercise to come up with the upgrade script. Here are a few things we learned as we went through the process.

To simplify things, we split the upgrade process into multiple small steps. One step for each of the four major schema changes (contact, location, activity and custom), one step for the other minor schema changes...

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22 January, 2008
Filed under v2.0, CiviCRM, Teams

The results of the first day of our Mumbai meetup were quite impressive. We successfully knocked out around 7-8 issues.

Day two started out with high energy levels. We divided the day into three sessions.

In the morning session, Piotr introduced us to the world of internationalization and some of the do-s and don’t-s about using ts() (the translation function). He also gave us a demo on using the Pootle-based translation server.

In the afternoon session, we started working on the issue list...

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21 January, 2008
By lobo
Filed under v2.0, CiviCRM

Most of the CiviCRM team is currently in Mumbai, India where we are having our first world wide developer meeting. :) We are missing Dave Greenberg who unfortunately had to cut short his trip to India. :( But he is present via the wiki, blog and issue queue prodding us along. :)

This was the first time the India team was meeting Piotr and Michał from Poland. They are spending close to ten days with the India team. Part of the activities include a long weekend visit to Mahabaleshwar. We also have quite a few excellent meals...

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12 January, 2008
Filed under v2.0, CiviCRM
We hit our target date for code freeze and the team has been working through our regression testing cycle. We are re-testing all resolved issues from the 1.7, 1.8 and 1.9 queues to verify that no fixes / improvements got lost in the refactoring for 2.0. We've put up a PUBLIC SANDBOX running the latest 2.0 codebase. At this point it would be super useful if folks who have existing CiviCRM installs get on the sandbox and try running the commonly used features and function as they... Read more
02 January, 2008
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM
From a mail sent by Michelle Murrain to the NOSI discussion list:

I had a great discussion with Michal Mach and Dave Greenberg of CiviCRM about the new case management features in CiviCRM. I had a look at them, and I felt they are a good start. But they need some help. Getting a free and open source software tool for small organizations to do case management has been something I'd hoped for for a while, and having written a case management tool or two, I have a soft spot in my heart for this problem. I volunteered to gather a small team together of folks who would help the CiviCRM...

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27 December, 2007
By shot
Filed under v2.0, CiviCRM

For several versions now, CiviCRM ships with version checking mechanism that pings our server from time to time (every time you visit the Administer CiviCRM page of your install, but not more often than once a day) and lets you know if there’s a new major stable version available for download. (This mechanism can be turned off by visiting Administer CiviCRM → Global Settings → Miscellaneous Settings.)

From CiviCRM 2.0 on, we’ll be adding three parameters to the version pinging mechanism – these parameters are the version that you have currently installed (so that we can guesstimate...

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24 December, 2007
By lobo
Filed under v2.0, CiviCRM

We have delayed CiviCRM v2.0 code freeze (and hence alpha/beta/final) dates. This was primarily because of other commitments, specifically developer boot camps and our combined travel schedules. We expect to have the code freeze in the second week of January (01/07/2008) to be followed by alpha, beta and final releases spaced out over the next six weeks.

You can see the current schedule and features for CiviCRM 2.0 here. The list of bugs that still need to be resolved can be found...

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23 December, 2007
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM

A few of the NY based CiviCRM folks gathered together near Union Square in NY. We lucked into a pretty good meeting spot, thanx to fellow CiviCRM'er Chris P. We had 10 people participate in this meetup. This included a couple of folks who were in the investigative stages regarding CiviCRM. The agenda and some of the highlights include:

  • History and background of CiviCRM. Quite a few things we do, have some amount of historical context which puts things in perspective. A good example is the complexity of CiviMail is due to the inheritance of architecture from EmailNow and hence...
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13 December, 2007
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM

This is an old report, Check the latest report here:
CiviCRM gets a solid A in the 2009 Data Ecosystem Survey Report
(we did even better this time around!)

NTEN recently released the results of a CRM satisfaction survey they did a few months ago. It was a pleasure to receive the CiviCRM report card. We had never done a survey of our users, so this was good...

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12 December, 2007
Filed under CiviCRM, Training
Based on the success of our first two camps - we're looking to schedule 3 to 4 camps throughout 2008. These camps will probably follow the same basic format. We'll limit attendance to a small group of folks from 1 to 3 different organizations (approx 3 - 9 participants) and do a combination of design and coding on specific projects of interest to the attendees. I'm posting some tentative locations and dates here so that folks can look at their schedules and get back to us as to which time(s) and location(s) they'd be interested in joining. At this point, the March date is definite. The other... Read more