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WOX (World of XOOPS) Newsletter # 51 (October 2013)

Published by Mamba on 19-Oct-2013 07:00 (13833 )
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Welcome to the October 2013 issue of WOX (World of XOOPS) Newsletter  (see here previous versions). 

It's been a while since the last issue, and a lot of things have changed since the last issue.

Work continues XOOPS 2.6.0. You can read more about latest development in this article: XOOPS is back, and with a vengeance! :)

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WOX (World of XOOPS) Newsletter # 50 (September 2012)

Published by Mamba on 01-Oct-2012 04:05 (19436 )
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Welcome to the September 2012 issue of WOX (World of XOOPS) Newsletter  (see here previous versions). 

A small celebration: this is the 50th issue of our WOX Newsletter!

We have closed September on a positive note - on Sept. 29, 2012 we had the opportunity to present XOOPS at the CodeWorks PHP Conference in Cincinnati.

Two months ago we've announced that the cross-marketing agreement with our host has not be renewed, and therefore we need $100/month to pay for our dedicated server. Also last month the community came through! Within the first week we had the required donations for October! THANK YOU SO MUCH to everybody who donated money (see the list below)!

Please donate TODAY for future months!

Work continues XOOPS 2.6.0. You can learn about XOOPS 2.6.0 Alpha 1 here. See the Roadmap for XOOPS 2.6 by ForMuss and Mage.

You can discuss it in the thread, and let us know what you like and what you don't like. You can follow the development on XOOPS SVN, or you can subscribe to our SVN mailing list to receive updates.

 

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WOX (World of XOOPS) Newsletter # 49 (August 2012)

Published by Mamba on 26-Aug-2012 05:06 (7879 )
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Welcome to the August 2012 issue of WOX (World of XOOPS) Newsletter  (see here previous versions). 

Last month we've announced that the cross-marketing agreement with our host has not be renewed, and therefore we need $100/month to pay for our dedicated server.

And the community came through! Within two weeks we had the required donations for September! THANK YOU SO MUCH to everybody who donated money (see the list below)!

Please donate TODAY for future months!

The biggest event of the past month was publishing of the Roadmap for XOOPS 2.6 by ForMuss and Mage. You can discuss it in the thread, and let us know what you like and what you don't like. You can follow the development on XOOPS SVN, or you can subscribe to our SVN mailing list to receive updates.

This month was very busy for our Module Developers, with couple of new modules, and several conversions to XOOPS 2.5.5 Admin GUI. This way we are getting closer to having the most important/popular modules sharing the same user-friendly GUI.

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WOX (World of XOOPS) Newsletter # 48 (July 2012)

Published by Mamba on 01-Aug-2012 00:42 (11221 )
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Welcome to the July 2012 issue of WOX (World of XOOPS) Newsletter  (see here previous versions). 

The biggest event of the past month was publishing of the Roadmap for XOOPS 2.6 by ForMuss and Mage. You can discuss it in the thread, and let us know what you like and what you don't like. You can follow the development on XOOPS SVN, or you can subscribe to our SVN mailing list to receive updates.

This month was very busy for our Module Developers, with couple of new modules, and several conversions to XOOPS 2.5.5 Admin GUI. This way we are getting closer to having the most important/popular modules sharing the same user-friendly GUI.

And from the less pleasant news, our Server Host didn't renew our agreement about free hosting of the XOOPS site, i.e. starting in July we have to pay $100 for our dedicated server. This means that we need to get more donations!

How are we doing with donations?

In May we've received a single donation of $25, and in June $5. Clearly, this will not cover our cost. Therefore, we would like to call on the community to donate money to XOOPS Foundation, so we can cover the $100/month cost of our Dedicated server.

Please donate TODAY!

Recent Highlights:

  • Roadmap for XOOPS 2.6

  • XOOPS Innovation Award - for people who create something very unique and innovative for XOOPS. This time the award goes to  Simon Roberts (Wishcraft) from Australia for the creation of IP Log Module, to log IPs of site visitors, and many other modules.  

    ==> You can see our previous winners here
     
  • XOOPSer of the Month Awardiis given to XOOPS members who show extraordinary dedication to XOOPS, and go the extra mile for XOOPS. This month, it goes to Ali Nili (Irmtfan) from Iran, for his support on the XOOPS Forums.

    ==> You can see our previous winners here

    Congratulations to all of our Winners. Starting this year, all Winners will receive a free book of their choice from O'Reilly. Also a free copy of PHP Storm from JetBrain

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WOX (World of XOOPS) Newsletter # 47 (June 2012)

Published by Mamba on 20-Jun-2012 01:58 (14718 )
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Welcome to the June 2012 issue of WOX (World of XOOPS) Newsletter  (see here previous versions

This month was very busy for our Module Developers, with welcome updates to several modules, such as:

NewBB 4.3 RC,
SmallWorld 1.11 RC5,
News 1.67 RC3
XoopsTube 1.05 RC1,
Defacer 1.11 Final,,
Xortify 3.06

and few others. Many of them need help in testing, so we can solid bug-free Final releases. Please also help with translations!

Work continues on XOOPS 2.6.0, with Mage extracting features into stand-alone modules (like Banners). You can follow the development on XOOPS SVN, or you can subscribe to our SVN mailing list to receive updates.

As every month,  we would like to encourage everybody to ask a question:

What can I do for XOOPS? 
What could I contribute to XOOPS?

There are many areas where you can contribute, based on your skill level: Core, modules, themes, documentation, providing support on the Forums, and translating XOOPS into local languages.

We need to create more teamwork and more community spirit by getting more people actively contributing to XOOPS.

Let's make XOOPS a true "Community Project"!  

Recent Highlights:

  • XOOPS featured on SourceForge

  • XOOPS Innovation Award - for people who create something very unique and innovative for XOOPS. This time the award goes to  Michael Albertsen (Culex) from Denmark for the creation of SmallWorld, our social networking module.  

    ==> You can see our previous winners here
     
  • XOOPSer of the Month Awardiis given to XOOPS members who show extraordinary dedication to XOOPS, and go the extra mile for XOOPS. This month, it goes to Mowafag Ragas (Mowaffaq) from Libya, for his leading role in winning two very important users for XOOPS: the Libyan Ministry of Defense,  and Libyan National Elections High Commission 

    ==> You can see our previous winners here

    Congratulations to all of our Winners. Starting this year, all Winners will receive a free book of their choice from O'Reilly. Also a free copy of PHP Storm from JetBrain

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WOX (World of XOOPS) Newsletter # 46 (May 2012)

Published by Mamba on 26-May-2012 05:34 (12966 )
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Welcome to the May 2012 issue of WOX (World of XOOPS) Newsletter  (see here previous versions

We are doing a little bit better with WOX - the May edition of WOX is being published in May!

Our XOOPS friends at www.arabxoops.com have been very busy showcasing XOOPS to many organizations and government agencies, and the great news is that after testing XOOPS agains other major Open Source CMS solutions, XOOPS was selected to power the Libyan National Elections High Commission. This is a second important win for XOOPS, after being selected previously as the CMS of choice to power the Libyan Ministry of Defense Website. Congratulations to Mowaffaq and his team!

Work continues on XOOPS 2.6.0. Nicolas (ForMuss) did an awesome job incorporating Twitter's Bootstrap HTML/CSS toolkit in both Admin and User GUI, and Mage is doing fantastic work extracting system functionality into extensions/plugins. You can follow the development on XOOPS SVN, or you can subscribe to our SVN mailing list to receive updates.

Again, we would like to encourage everybody to ask themselves a question:

What can I do for XOOPS? 
What could I contribute to XOOPS?

There are many areas where you can contribute, based on your skill level: Core, modules, themes, documentation, providing support on the Forums, and translating XOOPS into local languages.

We need to create more teamwork and more community spirit by getting more people actively contributing to XOOPS.

Let's make XOOPS a true "Community Project"!  

Recent Highlights:

  • XOOPS 2.5.5 Final released

  • Libyan National Elections High Commission powered by XOOPS 

  • XOOPS Innovation Award - for people who create something very unique and innovative for XOOPS. This time the award goes to Angelo Rocha (angelorocha) from Brazil for his work on various innovative modules. 
     
  • XOOPSer of the Month Awardis given to XOOPS members who show extraordinary dedication to XOOPS, and go the extra mile for XOOPS. This month, it goes to Christelle Gaulupeau (Cesag) from France, for her help in translations, and testing of modules. 

    Congratulations to all of our Winners. Starting this year, all Winners will receive a free book of their choice from O'Reilly. Also a free copy of PHP Storm from JetBrain

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WOX (World of XOOPS) Newsletter # 45 (April 2012)

Published by Mamba on 17-Apr-2012 12:56 (13159 )
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Welcome to the April 2012 issue of WOX (World of XOOPS) Newsletter  (see here previous versions

It's been a while since the last issue, almost a year, but things have been hectic around here, we had some turbulent times that kept us busy, and there are only 24 hours in a day But we hope that we'll be able to get back to our regular monthly cycle.

The most important thing is that XOOPS development is going forward, with XOOPS 2.5.5 Final released this week. This is the best XOOPS version ever, with several bugs being fixed.
In parallel to working on XOOPS 2.5.5, the Core Team has also worked very hard on cleaning up and refactoring of the Core as the foundation for XOOPS 2.6.0, and you'll see the results soon. Just to give you an idea about the magnitude of the work that especially Trabis did, is the fact that the current XOOPS 2.6.0 Core, which is still in the pre-Alpha stage, already runs on PHP 5.4 with NO SINGLE error in E_STRICT mode. If you want to check out the source code, you can download it from our SourceForge SVN, but be aware - this is a "pre-Alpha" code and a lot of wrong things can happen, and a lot of things are missing.

The current focus is on improving quality and streamlining the source code so we have a solid foundation for the future. There was just too much PHP4 and old XOOPS related code that got accumulated over time, and we needed to get rid of all this "baggage"  

So XOOPS 2.6.0 will be our focus for the upcoming months, as well as finalizing our Basic Module Pack, with all the module sharing the same "look & feel"

The key to make all of this happen, is to have enough developers and contributors. So we would like to encourage everybody to ask themselves a question:

What can I do for XOOPS? 
What could I contribute to XOOPS?

We cannot expect that few people will do everything:

- develop Core
- develop Modules
- develop themes
- develop documentation
- provide support
- translate into local languages

By putting too much pressure on them by expecting too much, it will only cause their "burnout" and quitting XOOPS  

We need to create more teamwork and more community spirit by getting more people actively contributing to XOOPS.

Let's make XOOPS a true "Community Project"!  

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WOX (World of XOOPS) Newsletter # 44 (May 2011)

Published by Mamba on 26-May-2011 23:53 (11608 )
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Welcome to the May 2011 issue of WOX (World of XOOPS) Newsletter  (see here previous versions

And as always, as the first thing in each newsletter we wanted to express our gratitude to all of you who have donated money to XOOPS Foundation! We truly appreciate your trust and support!  This month our donors are:

- Ivan Kosak: $15

Thank you! If anybody else would like to donate - please don't be shy!

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WOX (World of XOOPS) Newsletter # 43 (April 2011)

Published by Mamba on 01-May-2011 20:12 (9264 )
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Welcome to the April 2011 issue of WOX (World of XOOPS) Newsletter. Also this month we're a little bit late. I hope, this month we'll catch up!  (see here previous versions

And as always, as the first thing in each newsletter we wanted to express our gratitude to all of you who have donated moneyey to XOOPS Foundation! We truly appreciate your trust and support!  This month our only donor was Ian Underwood. Thank you! If anybody else would like to donate - please don't be shy!

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WOX (World of XOOPS) Newsletter # 42 (March 2011)

Published by Mamba on 04-Apr-2011 11:41 (8979 )
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Welcome to the March  2011 issue of WOX (World of XOOPS) Newsletter. Also this month we're a little bit late - sorry for that! (see here previous versions

And as always, as the first thing in each newsletter we wanted to express our gratitude to all of you who have donated moneyey to XOOPS Foundation! We truly appreciate your trust and support!  This month our biggest donors were Nicholas James ($100) and James Kahler ($50). Thank you! If anybody else would like to donate - please don't be shy!

Highlights of the last month:

  • XOOPS Operation Guide updated for XOOPS 2.5.0

  • Mage creates ModuleAdmin class simplifying creation of modules 

  • Debugging XOOPS with FirePHP/Firebug (updated hack, and new Tutorial)

  • First HTML5 theme for XOOPS
     
     

  • XOOPS Innovation Award - for people who create something very unique and innovative for XOOPS. This time the award goes to to John Mordo (jlm69) from USA for his work on Classifieds and Jobs modules. John is from XOOPS almost from the beginning - since July 2002! 
     
  • XOOPSer of the Month Awardis given to XOOPS members who show extraordinary dedication to XOOPS, and go the extra mile for XOOPS. This month, it goes to Ruoyu SUN (insraq) from China, for writing a book on building XOOPS Themes and donating the proceeds to XOOPS. This is for the first time ever that we have the same person in a row receiving the "XOOPSer of the Month" Award. Congratulations, Insraq!

    Congratulations to all of our Winners. Starting this year, all Winners will receive a free book of their choice from O'Reilly. Also a free copy of PHP Storm from JetBrain

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WOX (World of XOOPS) Newsletter # 41 (February 2011)

Published by Mamba on 02-Mar-2011 05:06 (8155 )
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Welcome to the February 2011 issue of WOX (World of XOOPS) Newsletter - this time a little bit late - sorry for that! (see here previous versions

And as always, as the first thing in each newsletter we wanted to express our gratitude to all of you who have donated moneyey to XOOPS Foundation! We truly appreciate your trust and support!  This month Ian Underwood remains the biggest supporter and donor - thank you Ian! If anybody else would like to donate - please don't be shy!

Work on Xoops Engine, our "next generation" XOOPS architecture, continues!

Xoops Engine, as the new brand name for this new architecture, supports open and extensible engines with its multi-engine design. As for now there are three engines available:

- Xoops: the official engine with new architecture utilizing Zend Framework as the primary library and Smarty 3.0 as the default view templating engine, as well as some third-party libraries like jQuery. Demo will be hosted on www.xoopsengine.org;
- Lite: a lite version of the 'Xoops' Engine with no MySQL required, aimed for high performance scenarios;
- Legacy: for backward compatibility to support legacy XOOPS modules and templates.

Some selected features that were most requested by the community are now part of Xoops Engine:

* Built-in cache mechanism for high performance
* Clear MVC with AOP and event hook
* Extensible URL rewrite for better SEO
* App/module clone w/o code change

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          All Winners will receive a free book of their choice from O'Reilly
 

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WOX (World of XOOPS) Newsletter # 40 (January 2011)

Published by Mamba on 01-Feb-2011 07:49 (7104 )
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Welcome to the January 2011 issue of WOX (World of XOOPS) Newsletter - our first in 2011! (see here previous versions

Official Alpha 1 of the Xoops Engine Released!

This year we'll be celebrating 10th Anniversary of XOOPS, so it's a great way to start off  with the official Alpha 1 release of the Xoops Engine - our "next generation" architecture for XOOPS!

Xoops Engine, as the new brand name for this new architecture, supports open and extensible engines with its multi-engine design. As for now there are three engines available:

Xoops: the official engine with new architecture utilizing Zend Framework as the primary library and Smarty as the default view templating engine, as well as some third-party libraries like jQuery. Demo will be hosted onwww.xoopsengine.org;
Lite: a lite version of the 'Xoops' Engine with no MySQL required, aimed for high performance scenarios;
Legacy: for backward compatibility to support legacy XOOPS modules and templates.

Some selected features that were most requested by the community are now part of Xoops Engine:

* Built-in cache mechanism for high performance
* Clear MVC with AOP and event hook
* Extensible URL rewrite for better SEO
* App/module clone w/o code change

As always, as the first thing in each newsletter we wanted to express our gratitude to all of you who have donated moneyey to XOOPS Foundation! We truly appreciate your trust and support!  This month Ian Underwood remains the biggest supporter and donor - thank you Ian! If anybody else would like to donate - please don't be shy!

Highlights of the last month:

  • XOOPS Innovation Award - for people who create something very unique and innovative for XOOPS. This time the award goes to to   Sushang Yang (Ezsky) and his friends from China and Christophe Boceno (kris_fr)   from France for their work on the Slideshow Module.  It's great to see developers teaming up and working together on modules!
     
  • XOOPSer of the Month Awardis given to XOOPS members who show extraordinary dedication to XOOPS, and go the extra mile for XOOPS. This month, it goes to Dirk Herrmann (dhsoft) from Germany, for keeping the XOOPS Germany local support site operational, and for development of DH-Info and CBB 4.0

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WOX (World of XOOPS) Newsletter # 39 (December 2010)

Published by Mamba on 21-Dec-2010 18:04 (9213 )
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Wishing you Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Welcome to the December 2010 issue of WOX (World of XOOPS) Newsletter  - (see here previous versions

It looks like the Holidays are slowing everything down as people are busy shopping, but we still got a fair share of new themes and modules, and we thank all the contributors. There are also some new cool sites created using XOOPS!

From the big news, we would like to congratulate Nicolas (ForMuss) the arrival of his little son! Congratulations to you and your family. I hope, you'll email us soon the promised pictures!

As always, as the first thing in each newsletter we wanted to express our gratitude to all of you who have donated money to XOOPS Foundation! We truly appreciate your trust and support!  This month Ian Underwood remains the biggest supporter and donor - thank you Ian! If anybody else would like to donate - please don't be shy!

Highlights of the last month:

  • XOOPS Innovation Award - for people who create something very unique and innovative for XOOPS. This time the award goes to to Ian Underwood (iunderwood) from USA, for his innovative UHQ-GeoLocate and UHQ-IceAuth modules  
     
  • XOOPSer of the Month Awardis given to XOOPS members who show extraordinary dedication to XOOPS, and go the extra mile for XOOPS. This month, it goes to Hossien Azizabadi (Voltan) from Iran,for teaming up with Davide Rossi and helping on xNews and extGallery modules, and his continues support on Admin GUI on XOOPS 2.5.x and now on X3.  It's great to see developers teaming up and working together on modules!

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WOX (World of XOOPS) Newsletter # 38 (November 2010)

Published by Mamba on 16-Nov-2010 05:01 (10902 )
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XOOPS 2.5.0 Final has been released!

X3 Alpha has been released!

Welcome to the November 2010 issue of WOX (World of XOOPS) Newsletter  - (see here previous versions

This was probably one of the most exciting times for XOOPS in years! Two major milestones have been achieved - we've released XOOPS 2.5.0 Final and X3 Xoops Engine Alpha! The work is now focusing on X3 as our future platform. Also last month, we had tons of new themes, thanks to Algalochkin, and our new designer: Agadirna.

But as always, as the first thing in each newsletter we wanted to express our gratitude to all of you who have donated money to XOOPS Foundation! We truly appreciate your trust and support!  This month Ian Underwood remains the biggest supporter and donor - thank you Ian! If anybody else would like to donate - please don't be shy!

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WOX (World of XOOPS) Newsletter # 37 (October 2010)

Published by Mamba on 18-Oct-2010 09:52 (9977 )
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XOOPS 2.5.0 is coming soon!!!!

Welcome to the October 2010 issue of WOX (World of XOOPS) Newsletter  - (see here previous versions

It's been an exciting time for XOOPS in the last few weeks - we've made it to the Packt's Top 5 Open Source CMS, (for the 3rd year in a row) and we're pushing forward with XOOPS 2.5.0, which will be definitely the best XOOPS ever!

But as always, as the first thing in each newsletter we wanted to express our gratitude to all of you who have donated money to XOOPS Foundation! We truly appreciate your trust and support!  This month there was only a one donation, which is kind of disappointing.

The work on XOOPS 2.5.0 is fast and furious (see latest development on SVN), with a RC being done yesterday, and hopefully a Final version just around the corner.

The number of XOOPS fans on Facebook is growing is constantly growing, and it almost double from where we started just couple of months ago. If you are not yet our Facebook fan, please join us today!

Highlights of the last month:

  • XOOPS is in Top 5 Open Source CMS in Packt's Publishing Awards (don't forget to vote today!!!)
     
  • XOOPS 2.5.0 RC has been released (see latest development on SVN)
     
  • XOOPS Innovation Award - for people who create something very unique and innovative for XOOPS. This time the award goes to to Alexander Galochkin (algalochkin) from Russia, for his innovative IXTFrameWork theme management module!  This is his 3d Innovation Award! 
     
  • XOOPSer of the Month Awardis given to XOOPS members who show extraordinary dedication to XOOPS, and go the extra mile for XOOPS. This month, it goes to Philippe Masson (Philou) from XOOPS France , where he is one of the Webmasters, for all the support there. 

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