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08 February, 2008
By hallman
Filed under CiviCRM

If you've implemented CiviCRM, please consider adding a case study to http://wiki.civicrm.org/confluence/display/CRMDOC/Case+Studies or the forums at http://forum.civicrm.org/index.php/board,4.0.html.
It would be great if you could include detailed descriptions of the implementation (custom fields used, profiles, special menus created for tasks) as well as obstacles, work-arounds, "results".

Also, if you will be attending the NTEN...

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08 February, 2008
By hallman
Filed under CiviCRM

Dave Greenberg sent this to the civicrm-dev list, but I don't see it in the blog so I'm posting his message here. -- Judy Hallman

If you're attending (or thinking about attending) NTEN's Non-profit
Technology Conference in New Orleans this March - check out these
CiviCRM related happenings...

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Developer Bootcamp - March 18-19 in New Orleans
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If you're a developer / integrator who wants to learn more about the inner-workings of CiviCRM...

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08 February, 2008
By michal
Filed under CiviCRM

After 2.5 weeks in India, the Polish team is happy (hmm...?) to report safe landing in Warsaw last Tuesday. :-) We spent the first two weeks in Mumbai, hanging out with our mates from the India team, and with Lobo. Before that, I had the opportunity to meet only some members of the team, during other travels. It was the first time, when (almost) the whole group was gathered in a single physical space. Sitting in one room with people who you've been talking to via IM or email for almost 3 years now, but most of whom you've never seen before makes you think about the balance between...

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04 February, 2008
Filed under CiviCRM
Last week we got some feedback on the dynamic Contact Search feature - in the form of a bug report. The topic was "Autofill is too aggressive". The search box was being auto-filled based on the first few letters typed - and the auto-filling was often NOT helpful. It sometimes jumped ahead and completed the field with a different name then the one they were looking for. The existing behavior also made it impossible to trigger a search for all contacts with a particular last name (e.g. find my all 'Adams' records). You also can't look for names using a "wildcard" (%) at the... Read more
31 January, 2008
Filed under v2.0

We continued with work in team strategy, helping team members to learn / share the work strategy and approach towards a problem. In last 5-6 days we have resolved 25 issues, created 29 and closed 43 issues which is the indication of better QA towards v2.0.

We also had sessions on Dojo, Test Cases, File editor and OS (ubuntu) Tricks, Shushi Administration and Release Process, other than those held on...

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25 January, 2008
Filed under v2.0
Earlier this week I had an opportunity to meet with folks at the Glide Foundation in San Francisco. Glide "empowers San Francisco’s poor and disenfranchised to make meaningful changes in their lives to break the cycle of poverty and dependence" by providing an amazing range of programs from meals to housing, health services, employment training and more. The team at Glide is evaluating CRM solutions - with the goal of having a single repository for information about their clients and the services they provide. I gave them a demo of CiviCRM... Read more
23 January, 2008
By lobo
Filed under v2.0, CiviCRM
We are excited to announce that our 2.0 Alpha release is now available for download here

You can also try it out on our sandbox site here

This release has significant code and schema changes to improve performance and scalability. The upgrade process is now a multi-step web based process. We would like to encourage folks to download and test the release and help improve the final product

You can view Release Highlights...

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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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