Forum OpenACS Q&A: release date?
We have committed ourselves to using OpenACS 4 on a project we will
commencing design on very soon. Can anybody tell me what is the
status on a release of a stable version? I noted mention of a beta
version in another topic - that would probably be good enough for us
to start with. When is the beta release planned?
I am not really sure when is the date but the news is that beta is very soon. But I should note though that we have used OpenACS 4 even before its alpa stage. We have a couple of production sites using just the CVS code. We also have 1 site that is heavily pounded everyday. Since you will be just starting you will mostly have little problems even in pre beta stage.
I suggest that you can start developing on it as long as you are confortable using CVS and changing/upgrading the data model. Get the feel of OpenACS 4, since the documentation is still being done.
That's very encouraging to hear. I'm particularly interested in the ticket-tracker and workflow. Do you know what kind of shape that particular code is in?
Workflow's in good shape in the sense that it works as well as it did in ACS 4.2 (a bit better, actually, I fixed a few minor problems with custom task panels, etc). It provides us a very good foundation for the future but we'll want to add to it in the future (Lars's own todo list from when he worked at aD being a good place to start).
I've not played much with ticket tracker. I think the UI's pretty unfriendly, but that's because it just plugs into the vanilla workflow task action UI page. It could probably be made nicer with custom panels. One of the things on my wish-list for workflow is to make the vanilla workflow task action UI page configurable by the application.
Have a nice weekend!
I have a patch I'm working on that adds the groups::member_p function. It creates a stored function in the groups package in Oracle and an associated Tcl function. It works for Oracle but I haven't had time to port this to Pg, so I didn't upload it to SDM. It's probably a simple port, does anyone have time to attempt?
I added two entities to the XML sources, one called "version" and another called "majorversion". So with that, I just carefully replaced everywhere we had "4" with "&version;" and voila, we have 4.5 everywhere in the docs (documentation writers, please take notice).
I left some design docs without this modification though, but they'll be updated for release.
I also changed "Open ArsDigita" to "Open Architecture" everywhere, made some updates to the OpenACS FAQ in the docs, and linked the current documentation from http://openacs.org/doc/ which will be the canonical place for all openacs documentation. It has a link to updated OpenACS 3.2.5 and 4.5-beta documentations.
This means that you can look at the latest and greatest Install docs for OpenACS 4.5, written by the always-alert-and-ready-to-work Vinod (thanks Vinod!). I'll put links to documentation of all packages hosted at openacs.org in that same page soon.
One last thing is that I got rid of the annyoing 1-phrase "Overview" pages at the top of each chapter. Those made no sense to me. If anybody thinks we should keep them, let me know.
I'll work into releasing the documentation into Postcript and PDF formats for release.
I put in a strong vote to keep the summaries and recquire them for all OACS documentation.
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I see on later pages the center mystery character is replaced with the chapter title or "Up." I'm browsing with Opera 6.0, Win2K, US English.
Armour, I noticed those characters in the committed versions as well, but I don't know how they came up to life. I don't see them in my local version. Anyone has got any ideas?
I don't know for sure, because the url http://openacs.org/docs/ seems to be 404'ing right now...
BTW, the URL is http://openacs.org/doc/ (not /docs/). Thanks.
Thanks for the tip.
I think Torben's right that there is an issue with the character-set encoding. The character that is supposed to be inserted is   (the non breaking space), but apparently this value is equal to the weird A in UTF-8 (?) Unfortunately, character-set stuff is a black art to me, but google was helpful.
This thread refers to a different XSLT processor than we're using, but it suggests that we can get rid of the gremlins by adding a tag to our XSL stylesheet. I can't test this, however, since the gremlins aren't showing up in the HTML that I'm generating locally.
I've been whacking away at files for beta and it would be nice to get the funky As out of the docs before I roll it up for good, but if you guys are busy it can be a post-beta fix.
Interesting. When I look at the HTML generated by xsltproc locally, I don't see any gremlins. But after committing to CVS and looking at the HTML files that show up on openacs.org, then the gremlins show up.
I have no clue as to where to fix that.
Hmmm...actually *I'd* have to do that but if someone wanted to do a local test first I'd appreciate it (as I continue to munge and munge files for this beta, tying up loose ends here and there).