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09 April, 2007
Filed under Architecture, CiviCRM
Developers who are working on integrating CiviCRM with other modules and/or developing contributions for CiviCRM need to have a good understanding of the database structure.
  • What data is stored in what tables?
  • What type and size of data is valid for a given field?
  • How are the various tables connected to each other?
This information can also be helpful when tracking down and potential bug or installation problem. Entity... Read more
01 April, 2007
By lobo
Filed under Architecture, CiviCRM

We made a few major changes to the v1.7 search interface for a big improvement in performance. The first change was to ot use a wildcard for the prefix. Thus when a user searches on NAME, we only search for 'NAME%', in older version we would search for '%NAME%'. This allows mysql to use the index on sort_name and is significantly faster than a full table scan. The second change involved not searching the 'email' table when doing a search on 'name'. This allows us to avoid two very expensive 'LEFT JOIN' sql statement and speeds up search significantly.

You can get around the...

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29 March, 2007
Filed under v1.8
With version 1.7 "almost" out the door, the CiviCRM planning team spent most of this week's team meeting evaluating potential "big ticket" items for 1.8 and discussing future platform requirements for CiviCRM. The platform issues are:
  • When do we drop support for PHP 4.x?
  • When do we drop support for MySQL 4.1
There are compelling technical and management arguments for requiring PHP 5.x and MySQL 5. On the management side, we estimate that it costs the project approximately 4-6 person-weeks of extra time to code, test and debug the PHP 4 version. As the codebase... Read more
27 March, 2007
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM

USPIRG has decided to work on CiviCRM as the Code for Change project this summer!. Should be a great value add to the CiviCRM community. Thanx to Wes Morgan and USPIRG for choosing CiviCRM. From their website:

Code for Change is an exciting new program which brings together computer science students and recent graduates in the summer to lead an open source software development project. The projects will vary from year to year, but they'll tend to focus on furthering the online organizing work of U.S. PIRG and, being open source, lots of other organizations as well.

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25 March, 2007
Filed under CiviCRM
I spent last Thursday and Friday at the Open Source CMS Conference (OSCMS 2007) - hosted by Yahoo! in Sunnyvale. It was a high-energy gathering of smart folks who are passionate about software and open source - with an especially large concentration of Drupal developers and integrators.

CiviCRM Session

Gregory Heller from CivicActions joined me in presenting a session on CiviCRM on Friday morning. Despite the fact that we were scheduled opposite Dries Butaert (Drupal founder) - we had a good showing. I gave folks an overview... Read more
24 March, 2007
By lobo
Filed under v1.7, CiviCRM
We are excited to announce that our 1.7 Beta release is now available for download. This release features the new CiviEvent component, which provides integrated event registration and management, along with a new "Contact Dashboard" which gives constituents a consolidated view of their subscriptions, contributions,event registrations and more.

Other release highlights include:

  • Create and save re-usable email templates (with mail-merge tokens)
  • CiviContribute plugins for Authorize.net and Google Checkout
  • Use customized versions of templates for any screen
  • One-click...
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22 March, 2007
By lobo
Filed under v1.8, CiviCRM
We've integrated support for Google Checkout in CiviCRM v1.7. This was primarily on the initiative and lead of Deepak, part of our awesome India developement team. This also allowed us to compare the ease of use and integration between the two transaction providers. Here are some things we found:
  • PayPal has a much richer and more well thought out SDK. They do quite a few things right from a developers perspective, primarily allowing the code to set various defaults (like the return url)
  • Have the Google Checkout folks tried to use the sandbox with the awful "sandbox" background...
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22 March, 2007
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM
Rob Thorne from Torenware networks just announced the release of CiviVoter and Canvasser on the CiviCRM Mailing list (link to e-mail ). The Green Party of Canada sponsored this work and has released it under the Academic Free License v3.0. This is a pretty important component for political parties and we'd like to get a fair amount of feedback and review from the community. A future version of this component will be... Read more
19 March, 2007
By lobo
Filed under Architecture, CiviCRM

The nice thing about developing software is that the work is never done. There are so many cool things that we can do to make CiviCRM a better application. I've been having some pretty good conversations with David Strauss of Four Kitchen Studios on our IRC channel (#civicrm at irc.freenode.net). Four Kitchen Studios has been a great resource for CiviCRM and were instrumental in deploying CiviCRM within Wikipedia. In the recent past, David has initiated the de-dupe and contact merge algorithm which we hope to incorporate in CiviCRM v1.8.

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17 March, 2007
By lobo
Filed under v1.7, CiviCRM

CiviCRM v1.7 is proceeding at a good pace. We've closed most of the issues with just a couple that are still open. We've also got a public sandbox that the community can use and test out various features of v1.7. Hopefully this will also allow us to collect a few more bug reports and issues. We definitely would like to see the community step up and play a more crucial role with testing the product before the beta and final release.

If things continue at this pace, I suspect we'll push out a beta candidate mid next week. At that point,...

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