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Q2 2014 Open Source Support Briefing for Sakai

On Wednesday, 23 April 2014 at 10:00AM PDT (1:00PM EDT), the Unicon Open Source Support Team held the second quarter Open Source Support Sakai Briefing teleconference.

The quarterly Open Source Support for Sakai Briefing is an opportunity to share with you Unicon's participation in and around the Sakai community, our perspective on progress and happenings in the community, and opportunities to engage further with Unicon. Discussions took place concerning maintenance development on Sakai tools, plans for further enhancement of the Sakai project, as well as excitement about the upcoming releases.
Some Highlights of the Call
  • Several bug fixes, enhancements, or improvements completed by Sakai Sustaining Engineering since our last call!
  • Priority development voting now in Zendesk (https://unicon.zendesk.com).
  • Sustaining Engineering tasks that have been completed by the Unicon development team include the following:
    • SAK-21786: EntityBroker does not allow update of site membership role
    • SAK-22282: Proposed patch to support group submissions.
    • KNL-1189: Support for MathML in rich text editor
    • KNL-1123: Add password validation when users can set their password
    • SAM-2310: Samigo throws log warning when publishing a quiz
    • SAK-25842: Edit tools / removing tool lists tool title twice
    • KNL-1162: Rewrite MemoryService APIs to allow pluggable caching (JSR-107)
    • KNL-1184:Option to send and retrieve events (via cluster mechanism) without going to the database
    • KNL-1163: Provide Session (or other) serialize and deserialize object methods in Kernel API
    • KNL-1233: Remove all ehcache specific beans from Sakai kernel
    • KNL-1223: Sakai getAll caching is dangerous and cannot be supported by the Java cache standard (JSR-107)
    • SAK-25677: Store all JSF STATE on client and not server
    • KNL-1202: Kernel depends on email template service
    • SAK-19147: Assignments : Download All - flat file structure
    • KNL-1099: refreshAuthzGroup method saves active and provider as true/false instead of 1/0.
    • SAK-26105: New help system uses hibernate in a dangerous way
    • KNL-1137: ServerConfigurationService is not setting the appropriate type when only setting a defaultValue
    • SAK-23097: redirect DAV access caused Response error
    • KNL-898: org.sakaiproject.util.Blob should be deprecated(removed) as holding large byte arrays in memory is almost always unnecessary
    • SAK-25989: Schedule tool not showing in Home page synoptic view
  • Currently, we have the following Sustaining Engineering tasks in-progress:
    • SAK-23662: New datepicker implementation to create constancy throughout various tool's date and time selection mechanisms
    • KNL-1063: Persist the config changes in the DB (implement a config provider)
    • SAK-22786: Document optimal cache settings for a production instance in the cache configuration [Security]
  • We often provide recommendations to assist with possible Sustaining Engineering Votes, please see the following recommendations that were discussed in our call.
    • SAK-26107: Remove all ehcache specific beans from Sakai core
    • KNL-1230: Remove deprecated use of MultiRefCache
    • KNL-1229: Remove deprecated "pattern" cache update event handling
    • KNL-1225: SiteCacheImpl is incompatible with distributed/JSR-107 caching
    • KNL-1201: Sessions contain info only used before the login which should be purged shortly after login
    • SAK-23306: Add easier method for adding non-lecture section rosters to site (when using CM)
    • KNL-1241: User caching happens in threadlocal as well as cache
  • The Community update portion of our call focused on the Sakai 2.9.4 / 10.0 releases and upcoming conferences. A summary of what will be included in the Sakai 2.9.4 / 10.0 releases can be seen below.
    • Sakai 10:
      • Planned release late Spring 2014
        • likely just before Apereo 2014 conference
      • New naming strategy (was “Sakai 2.10”)
    • Sakai 2.9.4:
      • Planned release mid-May 2014
      • Performance Enhancements
      • Over 100 JIRAs resolved
  • Upcoming Conferences discussed the Apereo Main Conference. Please see dates and details below.
Thank you to all who attended! Please join us for the next briefing, currently scheduled for 10:00AM PDT (1:00PM EDT) on Thursday, 24 July 2014.
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