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October 17, 2007
By lobo Filed under CiviCRM

BADCamp (Bay Area Drupal Camp) will take place at the UC Berkeley campus on Saturday and Sunday, Nov 3rd and 4th. BADCamp is an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in Drupal for a couple of days and have a blast doing it.

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October 10, 2007
By lobo Filed under v1.9, CiviCRM
We are excited to announce that our 1.9 Beta release is now available for download, AND to try out on our demo site. This release is focused on CiviMail - and unlike previous public demos, you can use the CiviMail menus and features. However, no actual mail will be sent from the site. You can view Release Highlights here. The resolved issues list sports the implementation details and lists fixed bugs. Check Out these New Features Create and Send Mailings - Check out the changes in the CiviMail "Send Mailing" wizard, including an integrated WYSIWYG rich-text editor. You can also try out the new Mailing search feature. Easy-to-use Mailing List Subscription Form - You can now direct constituents to a built-in "sign-up" form for ALL public mailing lists, OR for a specific list. Groups - You can now search for Groups from Manage Groups. Also, click Settings for a group to see the new Group Type feature, and assign your group to be used as a Mailing List and/or and Access Control group.
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October 3, 2007
By lobo Filed under CiviCRM

PledgeBank is a powerful tool for encouraging people to take action and to positively pressure their friends, family, and neighbors to join them... by creating conditional pledges of the form, 'I will do X but only if N people will do X too.' For example, 'I will vote in the next presidental election but only if 25 young American adults will do the same' or 'I will donate my clothes and shoes that don't fit me or that I haven't worn in the past 3 months to a local homeless shelter but only if 10 other people will do the same.

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September 28, 2007
By lobo Filed under v1.9
We are excited to announce that our 1.9 Alpha release is now available for download here

You can also try it out on our sandbox site here

This release is focused on CiviMail - and unlike previous public demos and sandboxes, you can use the CiviMail menus and features on the public sandbox. However, no actual mail will be sent from the site.

You can view Release Highlights here

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September 27, 2007
By Dave Greenberg Filed under v1.9, CiviCRM
It's been very exciting and rewarding to see the growth of the CiviCRM user and developer base over the past year. Some recent indicators of the growth and vibrancy of the community include: Downloads - There have been over 40,000 downloads of CiviCRM from SourceForge since January of this year (averaging around 4,500 per month). Forum - The community forum was launched in April and already was 800+ members (5,330 posts as of today)
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September 18, 2007
By lobo Filed under CiviCRM

After being introduced to the Drupal / CiviCRM world at OSS Camp Delhi, Ravi Sagar was inspired to start a Hindi Translation for CiviCRM. Translations are big projects, so would be great if folks could help him out. To start helping the Hindi translation, please create an account on our Pootle server

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September 16, 2007
By lobo Filed under CiviCRM

We recently got a consulting contract to integrate Organic Groups, CiviCRM Groups and CiviCRM ACL's. The project specification is here. I've just committed a set of files that implement most of the above functionality. Here are a few highlights of this module.

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September 14, 2007
By lobo Filed under CiviCRM
A cron job executes periodically to process all the scheduled / running jobs for CiviMail. The admin can set an optional limit on the number of mails processed in the cron job. This allows two different invocations of the cron job to step on each other, a bad thing which could result in users getting multiple copies of the same mail. To avoid this from happening the cron script used flock. This had two main disadvantages: The cronjob could run on only one machine due to the file system lock
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September 11, 2007
By lobo Filed under CiviCRM

NTEN (The Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network) is conducting on online survey for users of Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) tools. Please consider taking a few minutes to participate. Your feedback will be useful to the project team - and will help others evaluate CiviCRM as a solution for their organization.

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September 10, 2007
By kurund Filed under CiviCRM

I traveled all the way to Delhi to attend OSSCampDelhi, Non-Conference (Bar Camp), my first Open Source Camp in India. It started well with a good presentation on "HIGH Performance Websites". Speaker shared few tricks how to make you front-end load faster.

* Use of expire headers for javascript, css * Use of compressor to remove spaces in javascript using tools like (Dojo Shrink safe, YUI Compressor, JSMin, Dean Edwards Packer) * use of mod_gzip / mod deflate for apache * not to use @import use "link" tags * load script at last ( although I don't agree )

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