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CiviCRM Mumbai Meetup: Highlights

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.

CiviCRM for Client Services Organizations

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.

Introducing the alpha release of CiviCRM v2.0 ...

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 here

The resolved issues list sports the implementation details and lists fixed bugs.

Sandbox

We've setup a public sandbox. The sandbox is a great way to "try out" the new features while helping us test the release. We will update this over time as we fix the remaining open and new issues.

Downloads

You can download the release here. Select from the civicrm-latest section. The filenames include the 2.0 Alpha label: civicrm-2.0.alpha…. Be sure and download the correct version for your CMS (Drupal or Joomla). As announced previously, 1.9 and all subsequent versions of CiviCRM require PHP 5.x and MySQL 5.x. PHP 4 is no longer supported.

New Installations

If you are installing CiviCRM 2.0 Alpha from scratch, please use the automated installater instructions linked below (these are for CiviCRM 1.9, but shouldn't change): Drupal and Joomla.

Upgrading from 1.9

If you are upgrading an existing 1.9 site (working with a copy of the site, of course), we have provided a upgrade path. Please install the new code without modifying the database and access the url "q=civicrm/upgrade&reset=1". The upgrade has been tested for Drupal 5.x only. Support for Joomla will be released soon.

Reporting Issues and Bugs

We look forward to getting your feedback on the release in the coming days. Bugs should be reported via our issue tracking system. Please select 2.0 in the 'Affects Version' dropdown. You will need to register as a user – this ensures that we can follow-up with you on your bug reports if necessary. Please ensure that the bug you've found is not reported already; also, there still are some issues open against CiviCRM 2.0.

Upgrader for v2.0 ...

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.

CiviCRM Mumbai Meetup: Day Two

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.

CiviCRM Mumbai Meetup: Day One

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. :)

2.0 Release is in Code Freeze and a Public Sandbox is Available

We hit our target date for code freeze and the team has been working through our regression testing cycle. We are re-testing all resolved issues from the 1.7, 1.8 and 1.9 queues to verify that no fixes / improvements got lost in the refactoring for 2.0.

We've put up a PUBLIC SANDBOX running the latest 2.0 codebase. At this point it would be super useful if folks who have existing CiviCRM installs get on the sandbox and try running the commonly used features and function as they would do them on their own site. This should really help accelerate the process of flushing out edge case problems, etc.

Login info and info about posting issues from 2.0 sandbox testing can be found on the sandbox home page.

There are currently 11 open issues in the 2.0 queue - which we hope to get this down to below 5 by next week. The anticipated release milestones and dates are:

  • Alpha release: 01/21/2008 (downloadable tarball and possibly an upgrade script for 1.9 -> 2.0 included)
  • Beta release: 02/11/2008
  • Final release: 02/25/2008

If you're looking forward to features in the 2.0 release - the best thing you can do is help move the Quality Assurance process forward by testing stuff on the sandbox!

CiviCRM and Case Management ..

From a mail sent by Michelle Murrain to the NOSI discussion list:


I had a great discussion with Michal Mach and Dave Greenberg of CiviCRM about the new case management features in CiviCRM. I had a look at them, and I felt they are a good start. But they need some help.

Getting a free and open source software tool for small organizations to do case management has been something I'd hoped for for a while, and having written a case management tool or two, I have a soft spot in my heart for this problem.

I volunteered to gather a small team together of folks who would help the CiviCRM team by coming up with some good use cases, and helping them figure out features that would be necessary for organizations to adopt CiviCRM to do case management.

If you know some things about case management implementation in small organizations (this tool would, at this point, probably not work for large orgs with major case management needs) and are interested in helping out, please drop me an email.

You can contact Michelle at michelle at nosi dot net

CiviCRM v2.0 update ...

We have delayed CiviCRM v2.0 code freeze (and hence alpha/beta/final) dates. This was primarily because of other commitments, specifically developer boot camps and our combined travel schedules. We expect to have the code freeze in the second week of January (01/07/2008) to be followed by alpha, beta and final releases spaced out over the next six weeks.

CiviCRM meetup in NY - Report

A few of the NY based CiviCRM folks gathered together near Union Square in NY. We lucked into a pretty good meeting spot, thanx to fellow CiviCRM'er Chris P. We had 10 people participate in this meetup. This included a couple of folks who were in the investigative stages regarding CiviCRM. The agenda and some of the highlights include:

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A Fully Integrated CRM Solution

Advocacy Campaigns

CiviCRM enables you to build advocacy campaigns by tying together and tracking the progress of a campaign’s events, mailings, activities, and contributions - measuring the effectiveness of your outreach and mobilization efforts.

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Case Management

CiviCRM allows you to track and manage interactions with constituents via customized case management.

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Communications

CiviCRM offers a complete suite of communications tools allowing you to build subscriber lists and create effective mass mailings.

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Contacts

CiviCRM allows you to create and manage contacts while building a holistic record for each constituent - tying it to all their interactions with your organization including contributions, memberships, events registrations, subscriptions and other activities.

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Contributions

CiviCRM makes it easy for you to create contribution forms for multiple fundraising appeals - recording pledges, one-tme donations, recurring donations, tribute donations and more.

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Contributions

CiviCRM makes it easy for you to create contribution forms for multiple fundraising appeals - recording pledges, one-tme donations, recurring donations, tribute donations and more.

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Events

CiviCRM helps you create and manage event registration - recording constituent attendance directly in their activity record.

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Members

CiviCRM provides flexible membership management for organizations including convenient online sign-up and renewal.

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Members

CiviCRM provides flexible membership management for organizations including convenient online sign-up and renewal.

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Members

CiviCRM provides flexible membership management for organizations including convenient online sign-up and renewal.

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Peer-to-Peer Fundraisers

CiviCRM empowers donors themselves to raise funds on behalf of your organization via peer-to-peer fundraising.

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Peer-to-Peer Fundraisers

CiviCRM empowers donors themselves to raise funds on behalf of your organization via peer-to-peer fundraising.

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Reports

CiviCRM’s robust reporting allows you to continually evaluate the success of your CRM usage and your organizational impact.

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