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CiviCRM Developer meetup in Mumbai, India (mid Jan 2008)

The CiviCRM developer team will be getting together in Mumbai, India from Jan 14 - Jan 28. If there are developers working on CiviCRM in that part of the world, interested in getting more involved and/or some code sprints, please get in touch with us via email.

We are still in the early stages of the planning process, and hence are quite flexible at this stage. We expect to be working on 2.1 at that stage. We'd love to meet and interact with developers in Mumbai and India working on open source technologies.

CiviCRM 2.0 Progress

Now that 1.9 stable is out - most of the team has been focusing heavily on the 2.0 queue. If you've been "following along" - you know that this release includes substantial changes to the core schema. We think these changes will simplify and streamline many of the most commonly used queries.

Restructuring CiviCRM search ..

We have had a few requests from folks to extend the search code with their own SQL queries while taking advantage of the tasks available with search (print, mailing labels, export, smart groups, adding to group etc). This has been on our list of things to do, but we had not made any progress. Some example where this would be useful are:

  • Give me the set of all household's who have a household member residing in district X. More details here. The search form can be set to just include a text box for the household name and a multi-select element for the district to restrict the search criteria
  • Give me the set of contact(s) who have donated more than an input amount in this date range.
  • Various combinations of AND/OR/NOT which civicrm search does not handle.

Announcing CiviCRM v1.9 Stable

We are excited to announce that our 1.9 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.

CiviCRM in Japanese ...

Periodically we hear things on the blogosphere or on our forums that just blow us away :) This week the honor goes to a forum post detailing about how CiviCRM is being used in a Japanese government agency. The forum post is here. Some of the amazing things that japancoder and his crew did include:

  • The system handles 4.5 million records and a staff of 20,000. Am curious about their hardware setup and how they get around some scalability issues
  • Writing a template layer wrapper to switch languages dynamically
  • Extending CiviCRM to handle the "multiple name" issue in japan. This is also an issue in some other languages and some support in core for this would be great
  • Worked around the permissioning issues in Joomla
  • Translated and customized the documentation to Japanese and Simplified Chinese.

We are quite excited and charged to see such a large deployment of CiviCRM in a double byte language. We hope to work with japancoder and his team to integrate some of the changes they have made in our 2.0 release.

CiviCRM @ BADCamp Nov 3 and 4

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.

Announcing CiviCRM v1.9 Beta

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.

PledgeBank and 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.

Announcing CiviCRM 1.9 Alpha

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

Notes on the State of the CiviCRM Community

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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Communications

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Contacts

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Contributions

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Contributions

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