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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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30 July, 2007
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM

We are starting to run against a few java issues on our FreeBSD platform. Our current hosting provider, Electric Embers, only supports FreeBSD. Hence we need to find a new hosting provider.

Here are our requirements:

  • Two dedicated Ubuntu servers which mirror each other for backup purposes
  • LAMP stack + java stack
  • We do need root access and control over the boxes. We are fine doing software upgrades
  • Provider should provide hardware monitoring and offsite backups. Support for software process...
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30 July, 2007
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM

I've been catching up on the latest happenings in the open source / RIA world. In the recent past Adobe has released their project Apollo as Adobe AIR. They have also open sourced their framework Flex to create applications for AIR. From what I've read, it seems to be getting fairly good reviews for the platform and the direction in which its headed.

There are a couple of articles which talk about using a PHP backend and a FLEX frontend.

  • ...
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29 July, 2007
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM

I just added CiviCRM to CIA.vc. CIA.vc integrates your svn repository commits and your IRC channel. It also creates a web page of your svn commits. The CiviCRM CIA.vc page can be found here. Interesting to compare this page with similar information from the Ohloh CiviCRM page. Its good to see these open source infrastructure projects supporting the open source ecosystem. Would be a good project to integrate our issue tracker...

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27 July, 2007
By michal
Filed under CiviCRM

Last two weeks I've spent in San Francisco, catching up on face to face conversations with CiviCRM Team members, meeting friends and attending eAdvocacy Jamboree 2007. Working in a distributed software development team and connecting with most of your users remotely gets sometimes hard, but fortunately there are those rare moments when you can at least partially catch up on meeting real people instead of interacting with your Skype contacts.

First week was a lot of quality time with CiviCRM Team members, spending...

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26 July, 2007
Filed under v2.0, v1.6, CiviCRM
This is Part 3 of my series on Writing Components For CiviCRM. Part 1 discussed what a component is, and what it does. Part 2 explained how to use CiviCRM's XML-based data definition language to define your tables. But while your tables may now be in place, CiviCRM doesn't know what to do with your data. We'll need to do a bit of editing on CiviCRM Core in order to hook up your data in CiviCRM, and I'll briefly describe some of the places we will need to "hack" core so that your data will appear in the UI... Read more