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Goffy joins the German-speaking XOOPS Team

It's nice to see a new energy in the German-speaking XOOPS community, which recently added a new team member, Goffy, to its Admin team:

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Goffy has been using XOOPS since 2004, and got into more serious development since 2010. He is author and contributor to several modules, incl. the excellent xNewsletter.

Bleekk, another member of the team, who we all know from his cool theme designs for XOOPS, is working on a new theme for the XOOPS German-speaking community, and the preview looks excellent (I've seen it and I loved it!!!! )

We are very happy to see the re-energized team, and wish Goffy and the whole German-speaking community much success and fun with XOOPS!

Viva XOOPS!
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XOOPS standardizes its Documentation on GitBook Platform

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We are happy to announce that going forward XOOPS is standardizing its all Documentation on the GitBook Platform

As you can see above, we have already converted several of our documents to GitBook, and there will be more coming

In the meantime please go to our GitBook Repository, check it out, and let us know what you think.

Why GitBook?

GitBook is a tool for building beautiful books using Markdown syntax. It can generate your book in multiple formats: PDF, ePub, mobi or as a Website. By leveraging GitHub, it provides the best collaboration tool for developers and documentation writers to work together, and with an excellent Versioning system as a foundation.

The biggest advantage for Open Source projects such as XOOPS, is that everybody can contribute to the documentation by simply forking the document and submitting changes back to the team.

Another advantage of GitBook is the option to have multi-lingual versions in one single repository, with users being able to select their own language. Since XOOPS is a very international project, this is very important to us.

Some of the key features:

Version Control, GitBook is based on GIT scm. A simple "git push" is enough to publish a new version.

Markdown, books are written using the markdown syntax. Asciidoc and TeX support is planned.

Simple to update, publish and update your books easily using Git or the editor.

Responsive, books can be read on all devices, laptops, tablets, phones, kindles, etc.

E-book readers, books are readable on the Amazon Kindle, Nook and other readers (PDF, ePub, Mobi).

GitHub, write your book on GitHub and publish it in seconds through GitBook.

Choose your price, or accept donations, from $0 (or free) to $100.

Communicate, update and engage your readers with the progress of your work.


This is a very exciting for us, because we know that while XOOPS was always known for a very good code and great modular architecture, we were never able to create good documentation.

We believe that thanks to GitBook we have now found a tool that will help us to:

a) streamline the documentation process and make it more efficient

b) engage the community by leveraging the same "forking and submitting pull requests" process as they are already using at their normal coding activities.


For the people who would like to help us:


1) We have documented the XOOPS Documentation Process, so please review it and let us know if it works for you

2) We have created a "XOOPS Docs Starter Kit" with a predefined folder and file structure, that you can use to jump-start your project

We hope that once you realize how easy it is to contribute, you'll help us to make XOOPS Documentation really shine!!!

Viva XOOPS!
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XOOPS 2.5.7.1 Security Patch Released

The XOOPS Development Team is pleased to announce the release of a security patch for XOOPS 2.5.7 Final.

This patch for XOOPS 2.5.7 corrects the following issues:

- CSRF and XSS issues reported by Dingjie 'Daniel' Yang of Web Security Lens
- XSS and best practice issues reported by Narendra Bhati

We would like to specifically thank our friends Dingjie 'Daniel' Yang of Web Security Lens and Narendra Bhati, who notified us about these issues, and to Richard (aka Geekwright), our Core Team Leader, who provided the fixes.

All XOOPS 2.5.7 users are advised to apply this patch as soon as possible.

Download: You can download the patch from XOOPS File Repository on SourceForge

Any users that are running an older XOOPS version are advised to update to XOOPS 2.5.7.1 now, which includes the patch.

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You can find more information about the original XOOPS 2.5.7 release in this article
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Visualization of XOOPS 2.6.0 development on GitHub: One year in 45 seconds

Gource is a software version control visualization tool, and it can create very cool videos showing the development over time.

Software projects are displayed by Gource as an animated tree with the root directory of the project at its centre. Directories appear as branches with files as leaves. Developers can be seen working on the tree at the times they contributed to the project.

Below you can see the XOOPS 2.6.0 development on GitHub: one year in 45 seconds




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XOOPS supports "Hour of Code" (Dec. 8 - 14, 2014)

Join the Hour of Code December 8 - 14, 2014

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 30 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104.
Last year hundreds of organizations joined together to create fun introductions to programming for all to learn. This year the goal is to get 100 million participants from all across the globe.

Let's make sure that ALL schools where you live are represented, and all children have the opportunity to have their "Hour of Code"

If you organize an "Hour of Code" event, or volunteer for one, please share it here with us!



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XOOPS domain www.xoops.org donated to XOOPS Foundation

We are happy to share with you that the founder of XOOPS, Mr. Kazu Ono (aka Onokazu) has donated the XOOPS domain (www.xoops.org) to XOOPS Foundation!

The XOOPS Council appreciates very much his trust in the current team, and we can only reiterate our full committment and dedication to keep the Open Source ideals and spirit alive in XOOPS!

We also would like to thank Mr. Kazu Ono for all his leadership, dedication, and vision for XOOPS over all these years! He is a true giant of programming and we feel honored to be able to carry on the legacy of the original founders of XOOPS!

Viva XOOPS!

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XOOPS is Project of the Week on SourceForge

We are happy to inform you that XOOPS Project is featured as Project of the Week and is listed on the front page of SourceForge Website.

This means that XOOPS Project may be included in this month's Community Project of the Month vote, depending on the number of downloads it gets. So if you haven't download XOOPS yet, please do so ASAP

And, here is the link to the blog post notifying the community of our accomplishment:

http://sourceforge.net/blog/projects-of-the-week-august-11-2014

Viva XOOPS!

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XOOPS ModuleInstaller 1.02 Beta 1 available for Testing (XOOPS 2.5.7 only)

If you are a XOOPS user and want to install several modules for testing, currently you need to install them one by one, which sometimes is quite frustrating, if there are many of them.

The same is for updating or uninstalling.

So we thought that we'll provide some help to you

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The latest version of Module Installer will help you to:

- install modules in bulk
- update modules in bulk
- uninstall modules in bulk

Please check out this video to see how easy it is now for XOOPS users:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7zW5oaQGbA





NOTE:

a) This modules is only for XOOPS 2.5.7

b) You will need to patch the Core by copying two files from the /extras folder to /modules/system/admin/modulesadmin

Therefore, this Beta version is only for developers and "power-users", who feel comfortable with testing Beta versions of software.



Download: XOOPS File Repository on SourceForge


Please provide feedback and report any issues in this Forum
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XOOPS 2.5.7 Final Released

The XOOPS Development Team is pleased to announce the release of XOOPS 2.5.7 Final. This release is focused on making XOOPS 2.5.7 fully compatible with PHP 5.5.x, on security enhancements, bug fixing, and on updating external libraries to their latest versions: - jQuery to 1.11.0 - jQuery UI 1.10.4 - jQuery Lightbox to 1.2.3 - jQuery Form to 3.50.0 - jQuery Tablesorter to 2.15.11 - jGrowl to 1.2.14 - TinyMCE to 3.5.11 Angelo Rocha also has provided this new cool theme: the xBootstrap theme, based on Bootstrap Resized Image Since this version includes security fixes, it is highly recommended to update to this version ASAP! See the Changelog for more details. IMPORTANT NOTE: ----------------------------------- Due to changes related to security, it might happen that in one or two modules saving of the Permissions in Admin might not work. We are finalizing the Basic Module Pack, where all modules have been tested on XOOPS 2.5.6. Please check the News on XOOPS Website for a special announcement about the updated modules, or ask on the XOOPS Forums. Or you can read more detailed information about how to fix it yourself in /docs folder in the file: "fixing_permissions.txt" Please post and discuss all issues related to this release in this Forum thread We also need help with Translations using Transifex System requirements ----------------------------------- Minimum PHP Version: 5.3.7 Please note: the fact that the XOOPS Core runs correctly on PHP 5.5.x, doesn't mean that all your modules will run correctly, therefore you'll need to test them first. The recently released modules that qualify for our Basic Module Pack, are all tested on PHP 5.5.x, and they should run just fine. We're also in process of updating the Basic Module Pack specifically for XOOPS 2.5.7 If you encounter any issues, please let us know in our Support Forums, in this specific thread dedicated to XOOPS 2.5.7 Viva XOOPS! Downloading XOOPS ----------------------------------- You can get this release package from the Sourceforge repository. There are .zip and .gz archives provided.
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XOOPS 2.6.0 Service Manager: Introduction

In XOOPS 2.6.0 alpha 2, some familiar services that were traditionally internal parts of the core were separated into modules. Some examples are: avatars, comments, and notifications The separated module approach achieves some important benefits: ● Modules can be updated independently. ● Modules can have private resources, such as templates, configurations, maintenance pages. ● Modules can be omitted if not needed, saving some resources. But there are potential benefits to separation that were not realized: ● The service modules were not easily replaced with alternate implementations ● References using hard coded module names litter the entire system wherever a service is needed In XOOPS 2.6.0 we'll introduce a "Service Manager" component: ● Services located by service name, not provider ● Service interface established by Contract ● Returns a standardized Response object that includes result, status and messages ● Request is based on a well known interface ● Actual provider does not matter to caller ● No need to check for a specific module ● If the service is not available, that status is returned just like any other error condition. ● Service providers are only instantiated when explicitly requested, and then kept for the duration of the PHP run. ● A locate event is not triggered until a named service is first requested, so if a service is not used, it has no overhead cost. ● If no providers for a service are installed, the locate trigger has little cost, and any subsequent calls go straight to a NullProvider that minimizes resource use. Richard Griffith, our Core Team leader, has created a presentation to show you how XOOPS 2.6.0 will implement the Service Manager, and how to use it. You can see the presentation on SlideShare This is the second presentation from our new "XOOPS 2.6.0 Education Series", where we will share with new features being developed for XOOPS 2.6.0, and show you how to use them. The first presentation was about Asset Management using Assetic XOOPS 2.6.0 is currently in development, in pre-Alpha 3 stage. There is a lot of new development going into XOOPS 2.6.0, as you can see from these articles: XOOPS is back, and with a vengeance! Major improvements to XOOPS 2.6.0, Alpha 3 release is getting closer! and after adding Doctrine, PHPUnit, Composer, Assetic, and several other cool things, Service Manager is another component that will simplify XOOPS development! You can contribute to the XOOPS 2.6.0 development by forking it from GitHub, and submitting your code there. We would also like to thank Slider84 from XOOPS France for his help in creating the template for this presentation! Viva XOOPS!
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