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Month: December 2011

ChiliProject 3.0.0beta1 released

We are proud to announce the first Beta release of the upcoming version 3.0.0 of ChiliProject. When you read this announcement it means that the new and shiny 3.0.0 release is not far away anymore. This Beta release gives a first mostly complete look at the new features in 3.0.0. We expect to have a first Release Candidate on 2011-12-31. The final 3.0.0 release is scheduled to be in early January.

Because of the really great improvements we have already updated our own ChiliProject to the new Beta. That said, please be advised that this release is neither feature-complete nor considered stable.  Instead it is considered an old-style Beta, not a Beta-cause-it’s-cool (I’m looking at you, Google…) Please download this release, install it in a testing environment, play with it, and report any bugs or missing features. But please don’t install it on your production environment right now without knowing what you are doing (and having a backup).

Download ChiliProject 3.0.0beta1

Now that you have survived the disclaimer, be prepared for awesomeness. This release includes the long awaited new design as well as a completely new wiki template engine which allows you to create dynamic wiki pages curated with your content. It also contains the foundation for a built-in tagging system.

The New Design

New ChiliProject Theme

The new design is a first step into the complete overhaul of the ChiliProject user experience. It sports a modern look and a completely re-thought interaction model.

Gone are the days of the plethora of tabs that start to scroll on even medium-sized windows. We now have an ever-present navigation on the sidebar which allows for easier access and a better navigation model. Related functions are grouped together preventing a lost-in-space feeling.

We have greatly improved the contrast and font-sizes which makes ChiliProject more approachable to anyone. Blind or otherwise disabled people will love the new design as it greatly improves compatibility with screen readers and other support devices.

This beta release is the beginning of the end of a long journey to improve the user experience of ChiliProject which started about 2 years ago as it was still Redmine. A great deal of work from Eric Davis, the whole Finnlabs crew and some other contributors is going to mark this 3.0.0 release the biggest release in ChiliProject’s history.

The Liquid Template Language

ChiliProject inherited the old macro concept of Redmine which allowed to include a wiki page into another and to provide plugin authors with the ability to extend the standard textile markup language with additional functionality. This worked great at its time. However it became evident that a powerful templating system would provide users with much richer capabilities to display and organize content.

The Liquid template language completely replaces the old macro system and makes it even more mighty. It supports variables, includes facilities to display text based on conditions and even has loops. That allows users to create dynamic wiki pages based on many different data pieces in ChiliProject.

While it now brings minimal support for querying, remixing and displaying internal ChiliProject data, it allows us to easily extend the API. Users can then create custom issue or time reports inside a wiki without having to write a single line of Ruby code. It’s all inside the wiki editor.

Plugin developers can extend the language and create new tags, filters, and data APIs called drops  to provide access to many different data sources. It gives them much more flexibility in what ways to represent their data and allows users to easily remix, combine, and display different pieces of data.

The Tagging foundation

Yes, that’s correct. ChiliProject will finally have a tagging engine. This will allow you to organize your data in any way you like. We will be able to create issue tags to group issues and to instantly find the important ones. Or you can organize your Wiki with tag clouds to have a free-form order schema.

The technical foundation is in place right now but is not exposed to the user. In future releases (and maybe even for the final 3.0.0 release) we will add features which use it to allow you to keep control over your data.

What’s included

3.0.0beta1 sports the new design and the Liquid template language as well as several smaller new features and bugfixes. It also contains several features and bugfixes of the upcoming 2.6 release.

The full list of changes are below:

Included from the upcoming 2.6.0 release are the following changes:

  • Bug #356: Clicking on login while logged-in logs you out
  • Bug #463: REST API does not accept Basic HTTP auth when running through Apache mod_proxy
  • Bug #708: AAJ does not create journals, when models are created using sub classes
  • Bug #740: Revision page, new files are not displayed (Git Repo)
  • Bug #746: Problems with rdm-mailhandler.rb
  • Bug #748: ChiliProject::VERSION.revision doesn’t capture error output
  • Bug #761: Fix quoting in shell-out (git adapter)
  • Feature #298: Seperate core plugins and user plugins into different directories
  • Feature #388: Add LDAP filter to ldap authentication
  • Feature #486: Do not display edit link in annotation page when you don’t have permissions
  • Feature #733: Add css class for issues that are due today

Contributors to 3.0.0beta1

  • elm
  • Eric Davis
  • Felix Schäfer
  • Gregor Schmidt
  • Holger Just
  • Johannes Wollert
  • Kornelius Kalnbach
  • Moritz Breit
  • Romano Licker
  • Spencer Markowski
  • And everyone I forgot… You are all awesome!

In closing, go and download ChiliProject 3.0.0-beta1 now.

New Design For ChiliProject

New ChiliProject ThemeI’ve just upgraded ChiliProject.org to use the new design we are releasing as part of ChiliProject 3.0. There is still a lot of fit and finish we will be adding but the overall structure is finalized.

If you want to see what is possible with this new design, my own ChiliProject installation is also running the new design but with a custom theme. The custom theme is 100% CSS and images. This shows how much flexibility you’ll have when creating your own theme, even if you don’t know Ruby or Rails.

If you haven’t seen the new design, head over to ChiliProject.org, check it out, and leave any comments for us here.