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24 February, 2017
Filed under Drupal

In this blog I want to explain the round up we have done around the refactoring of the acl_contact_cache. In the previous sprints we discovered that a lot of the performance was slowed down by the way the acl_contact_cache was used (or rather not used at all). See also the previous blog post: https://civicrm.org/blog/jaapjansma/the-quest-for-performance-improvements-5th-sprint

At the socialist party they have 350.000 contacts and around 300 users who can access civicrm. Most of the...

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17 February, 2017
By lolas
Filed under Documentation

Just a heads up for the community that "Using CiviCRM" by Joe Murray and Brian Shaughnessy is Packt Publishing's free book of the day. See https://www.packtpub.com/packt/offers/free-learning.

This book is a good overview of the system despite being written for a much older version of CiviCRM. In particular the early chapter on planning your CRM implementation is still applicable and valuable information that is often overlooked.

Packt Publishing also has a second edition available at: ...

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14 February, 2017
By josh
Filed under Community

If you contribute to CiviCRM, we want to know about it. Now, you might ask "don't you already know given that contributions improve the code, coordinate events, extend the system, etc.?" Well, yes, that is true, but coordinating all of that information in such a way that we, as a small Core Team, can recognize it effectively is no small task. And since contributions across all aspects of the project will play an increasingly important role in improving the code and growing the ecosystem, we need your help to better understand who's done what, when, and how it fits into the overall...

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09 February, 2017
Filed under v4.7, v4.6, Release
First CiviCRM release this year has happened: CiviCRM v. 4.7.16 and 4.6.26 are now released. 
 
 

RELEASE NOTES:

 
First of all, Big thanks to Andrew Hunt from AGH Strategies for putting up together release notes for this version. 
The release notes for 4.7.16 can be accessed  here
 
 

SPECIAL THANKS:

 
Complete list of 4.7 team can be found...
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06 February, 2017
By Eileen
Filed under CiviPledge, CiviReport

Over the past year I have been volunteering time to help out in the effort to raise funds for the Hundertwasser Art Centre. In order to help the HAC project I have added a couple of reports that may be useful for other pledge users (or possibly sites that track money received through campaigns).

The HAC project seeks to raise money to convert an existing building into the design gifted to the city by Friedensreich Hundertwasser . Money is being raised from a variety of sources (general public, grants, government, naming-rights purchasers...

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02 February, 2017
Filed under Extensions

The CiviCRM extensions community is thriving. Presently there are 270 extensions listed in the Extensions Directory and countless more scattered around the Internet in GitHub repos and the like. Last year, 35 extensions were submitted for review in 2016, a 400% increase from 2015!

Unfortunately, only about 50 extensions are available for one-click installation within CiviCRM. The sharing of code is central to the ethos of our community, but our ability to reap the benefits of collaboration depends on our ability to communicate...

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30 January, 2017
Filed under CiviCamp

 

 

Considering CiviCRM for your organization? New to CiviCRM and in need of some tips? Experienced with CiviCRM and ready for advanced instruction?

Then join us for CiviCamp Denver 2017! There is something for everyone and it's a great opportunity to plug in and network with this outstanding open-source community.

CiviCamp is a casual, locally-organized one day event covering everything related to CiviCRM. Attend CiviCamp and learn about...

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30 January, 2017
Filed under v4.7, v4.6, Tools, Extensions, Tips

My clients regularly need to import data from sources such as Just Giving, CAF, and various other sources like Mailchimp downloads. The problem they had was that the data was a mix of contact and contributions, and some of the rows belonged to new contacts, others belonged to existing contacts. Sometimes they had a scrappy list of names and emails where the name was all in one field instead of split out. You know the sort of thing.

At the time (a few years ago) I knocked together a Drupal module to help pre-process this data so that it could be used efficiently...

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27 January, 2017

email imageWhen email was first designed, security was not considered important and up until fairly recently it was still possible to send an email from any address and get away with it.

However, as spam, phishing and spoofing attacks by email have become increasingly common there have been various attempts to make email more secure.  In the last year or so the major providers (AOL, Google, Microsoft etc.) have all seriously tightened their security and...

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26 January, 2017
Filed under Drupal

The last two days we spent another sprint at socialist party to improve performance.  And again we used a guy with database knowledge to analyze our queries. We have optimized a few things so far one of the major areas to improve next was the ACL part of queries. That is the part of the query to decide which contacts you are allowed to see. So at the socialist party they have local chapter administrator who are only allowed to see the active members in their local area.

To decide which contacts you are allowed to see a search query is rebuild to include this ACL part. So there is a...

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