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17 November, 2006
Filed under v1.6, CiviCRM

We are happy to announce that our 1.6 Alpha release is now available for preview and testing on our servers. We'd like to get as many folks trying out the new features as possible over the next week. This will help us move quickly to a downloadable Beta release - which is currently scheduled for November 29.

You can login to the sandbox at:

http://sandbox.trunk.civicrm.org

User - demo
Password - demo

Highlights of the release - and things we especially like folks to try out are:
* Ajax-based...

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15 November, 2006
Filed under v1.6, CiviCRM

There's been a lively discussion on the mailing list about requirements for linking CMS (Drupal / Joomla) Users to CiviCRM contacts and handling contributions from both types of contacts. We recognize that there is still work needed to handle the variety of use cases out there - but we've made decent progress in the upcoming 1.6 release:

  • CMS (Drupal / Joomla) users can be "linked" to either an Individual contact (default behavior) OR and Organization contact.
  • Sites will be able to provide a separate user registration link which will expose Organization profile(s) and...
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15 November, 2006
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Closing in on the 1.6 release...

We made our goal for last week - reducing the existing queue items to 4! Most of the team has switched to unit testing mode. Each team member is taking on a group of Resolved issues from the master 1.6 queue and retesting the functionality. This has surfaced 2 new problems - bringing the total open count to 6 as of this morning.

In general, we are trying to make sure that a person other than the original assignee does the...

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14 November, 2006
Filed under Architecture, CiviCRM
This installment of our architecture series will introduce the templating system used by CiviCRM as the presentation layer (e.g. to actually render forms and pages). Every CiviCRM screen is "composed" from one or more template files. These files contain a combination of HTML tags, text, variables and (often) some code to control presentation logic. CiviCRM uses an open-source templating engine called Smarty. If you are planning on examining, debugging and/or and modifying CiviCRM screens - you'll want to spend some time reviewing... Read more
14 November, 2006
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A common question on the mailing list has been about CiviCRM search, scalability and speed. Currently basic/advanced search has been designed to try to get as many matches as possible from your contact data. However trying to get as many matches as possible results in some major inefficiencies which does not work for data sets of reasonable size

Currently the default search does the following:

1. For any value typed in the name field, it searches the civicrm_contact table and the civicrm_email table. It connects the two tables using two LEFT JOIN's via the civicrm_location...

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14 November, 2006
Filed under Architecture, CiviCRM

CiviCRM Forms and Wizards (multi-page forms) are based on PEAR's HTML_QuickForm_Controller. (QFC). QFC in turn is based on HTML_QuickForm (QF). It was easier for us to model a single form as a one page wizard, and hence all CiviCRM forms are instances of QFC

The basic Form object is CRM_Core_Form. All forms are derived from this class. Each derived class is expected to implement the following functions

  • function preProcess( ): This function is called before a form is built. All objects needed to build the form should be built in this function.
  • ...
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13 November, 2006
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This is what worked for me using Control Panel, FTP, File Manager and PHPMyAdmin.

Before you begin make sure you have a working Drupal 4.7 already installed. Have the name of the database, database user and password handy as well as the name of your mysql host. If you can’t find the name of your mysql host anywhere on your host’s site then your mysql host is probably localhost. Save yourself the aggravation and get all these things written down beside you before you even start installing CiviCRM.

1. Use FTP to upload the zip/tar CiviCRM directly into the drupal/modules...

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11 November, 2006
Filed under Architecture, CiviCRM

We now move onto the more interesting stuff of what really happens when a request is made and the objects that are responsible for building the response. The top level CiviCRM objects are:

  • Form (CRM_Core_Form): CiviCRM forms are based on HTML_QuickForm. For drupal folks, this is more of an object representation of the much loved form api
  • Wizard (CRM_Core_Controller): A set of CiviCRM Forms that collectively make up an action (Import Wizard, Mailing Wizard etc). For simplicty sake a one page Form is represented as a Wizard (...
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11 November, 2006
Filed under Architecture, CiviCRM

CiviCRM uses the PEAR package DB_DataObject to access the mysql database. Doing so reduces the amount of sql we need to write to fetch / store values for a single table. For queries involving more than one table, we write them manually since since it was fairly painful to try to force complicated queries using DB_DataObject (we did use DB_DO for multiple table queries when we wrote EmailNow, in the end we felt the hoops we had to jump through was not worth the effort and hence the current scheme)

The basic PHP classes that represent a table are called DAO's (Data Access Objects)....

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06 November, 2006
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here is a tentative schedule for CiviCRM v1.6. The feature list for v1.6 is here. As all good open source software projects, the below schedule is subject to change :)

  • Nov 10: Code Freeze, all major features implemented
  • Nov 10 - Nov 17: Internal QA
  • Nov 17: v1.6 alpha released. Sandbox site up and running for community testing
  • Nov 17 - Nov 29: Community testing on CiviCRM sandbox
  • Nov 29: v1.6 beta released
  • Mid December: v1.6 released
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