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03 July, 2007
By kurund
Filed under v1.8

In addition to many new features in CiviCRM v1.8, we have worked on few improvements for CiviCRM Profile.

1. We have added functionality which allows people to create User Account in Drupal using CiviCRM profile. So this way, user can create customized User Registration pages without using default Drupal User Registration form.

For more details: CRM-1633

2. Another interesting feature for profile is Option to Generate Email Notifications when a profile is created or edited.

For more details:...

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02 July, 2007
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM

We started work on the Kabissa project in full swing early last week. This basically adds a few more enhanced features to managing contacts of an organization. You can find the full specs and description on our Kabissa - CiviCRM Project Specifications wiki page.

The project is based on CiviCRM v1.8. It builds on some on our other consulting projects and will add a Kabissa Component to CiviCRM and a Drupal module. This combination will allow us to

  • Build an application form that potential members fill out that goes...
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27 June, 2007
By shot
Filed under v1.8, Architecture

The new de-dupe functionality, introduced in CiviCRM 1.8, is configurable under Administer CiviCRMDuplicate Contact Rules. This post describes the meaning of the fields and the way their contents impact the de-dupe search engine.

The first decision to make after going to Administer CiviCRMDuplicate Contact Rules is which rule to edit. For CiviCRM 1.8 we decided to allow one rule per every contact type (individual, organization and household); in future versions this can be extended to arbitrary list of rules.

After making the choice of which...

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25 June, 2007
Filed under v1.8, CiviCRM
UPDATED: July 24th (slipped beta by a few days and final by a week) Here is a tentative release schedule for v1.8. As in any software project, these dates are tentative and subject to delays. However, based on past history they should be pretty close. Check out the 1.8 Release Roadmap for a summary of features and improvements. We'll be looking for lots of volunteers to start pounding on the Alpha Sandbox next week - announcement to follow shortly... Read more
18 June, 2007
Filed under CiviCRM

Code for Change, a group internship program for computer science students, is working on adding several features to CiviCRM this summer. U.S. PIRG launched Code for Change this summer for several reasons:

  • Get some great work done on open source software that benefits our work and that of all other organizations doing political advocacy work.
  • Identify and recruit students and anyone else who is interested in gaining software development experience and contributing to open source...
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15 June, 2007
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM

Earlier today we saw our 10,000 th commit :) For the curious, michal mach was responsible for this commit and the changeset is here (yes, i agree quite a disappointing 10,000th commit). For the curious, the changeset for the very first commit is here. This comes out to an average of approx 10.5 commits for every day (or approx 15 commits if u ignore weekends and holidays).

Earlier this week we also saw the 2,000 th issue filed. For the curious, Dave...

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12 June, 2007
By idealso
Filed under v1.8, CiviCRM

In 1.7, event management was added to CiviCRM. The timing on this was good for us (Ideal Solution, LLC), and allowed us to use CiviCRM for a customer who primarily wanted to allow members to sign up for events, such as conferences. The difficulty was that conferences typically have multiple options, each with its own additional price: basic registration, meals, guests, etc. Each additional option increases the total number of possible combinations. Price Sets were added to manage this.

With price sets, you...

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11 June, 2007
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM

Our friends at US PIRG have just started work on the Code for Change program. You can follow their progress on the Code for Change blog. We will be working closely with Wes, Dan, Matt and Ann and hope to get many new improvements and extensions to CiviCRM via this program.

If you have any comments, suggestions or thoughts, please do visit their blog and leave a comment. Please make sure you support and encourage the group if and when you encounter them online :)

10 June, 2007
By lobo
Filed under v1.8, Architecture, CiviCRM

Based on some conversations on IRC with Marshall from Ideal Solutions LLC, I embarked on extending CiviCRM to allow different payment processors for different contribution/member/event pages. Our current restriction of just one payment processor for the entire system did not feel right and we had a few requests to extend this functionality. I took this opportunity to review parts of the code base that I was not familiar with and make a few improvements to CiviCRM in the process. I suspected this would be a fairly quick project. It boggles my mind as to how wrong I was on this count. A look...

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06 June, 2007
Filed under v1.8, CiviCRM

The entire team has been focused on getting the 1.8 open issues queue down to (almost) zero items by next week - which is our target for code freeze. As of this morning, we're down to 18 open issues - of which several larger items are just about ready for our QA cycle.

We've continued to get a few bug reports each week on 1.7 - but these have generally been edge cases or part of advanced developer features like hooks - so most are being addressed as part of 1.8 development. This...

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