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State Bar Reporter's Workshop

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Submitted by Steve Hanson on August 14, 2017 - 7:06pm

I am happy that I will be attending a State Bar Reporters Workshop in Madison on Sept. 8.  This will be a great opportunity to learn more about legal responsibilities, filing FOIA requests, and more.  Any of my pals in Madison might want to know that I'll be there the evening of the 7th, so maybe we can meet up?

Warning - possible site instability ahead

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Submitted by Steve Hanson on July 12, 2017 - 11:17am

This is a little experimental, but at the moment the site is running under PHP 7.0.  This has worked fairly well, though I have found a few code errors that don't work under PHP 7  and have had to go in and fix them. In general though, the current Open Atrium code base is MUCH happer under 7 than it was a few months ago, so I am going to leave things as they are until shown that it is a bad idea. The 7.0 PHP seems to be helping to make the site a little less painfully slow, as it should.  

We'll have to see how things go. 

So --- What's Up?

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Submitted by Steve Hanson on July 11, 2017 - 12:53pm

So many things going on, so little time to write about it.

First off, I want to thank the Save The Hills Association for giving us a grant to help develop the Environment section of the site. A little of that work has already happened - go look at https://wis.community/environment and see some improved look and behavior.  Next up we will be working with various environmental organizations to train them and to help get them more involved in the site. Watch this space!

Net Neutrality: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Some minor improvements to the site

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Submitted by Steve Hanson on February 17, 2017 - 6:08pm

I am at the moment working on some performance issues to the site.  I have hand patched some of the software that was not PHP 7 compatible, and the site is now running under PHP 7, which seems to have made some noticeable performance improvement. The next step is likely going to be using php-fpm to run the software rather than php-fcgid.  That may help more as well, but still requires fixing some other issues in the server environment.

Some more developments on the site

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Submitted by Steve Hanson on September 26, 2016 - 4:57pm

The main thing to report at the moment is that I am still working on integrating CiviCRM into the site so that we can maintain databases of people and contacts.  This has been a little challenging and has rooted out a few things that are at least nominally bugs both in CIviCRM and in Open Atrium - the last two were a couple of battles over jquery versions in the two pieces of software and a CSS issue where the media module in Open Atrium was clobbering the popup menus in CiviCRM. This is all now more or less patched and the bugs have been reported. ,,,,,,

Wis.community at Drupal Camp Wisconsin

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Submitted by Steve Hanson on August 8, 2016 - 1:51pm

I recently gave a talk about this site at Drupal Camp Wisconsin - it gives somewhat of an overview of Wis.community, what the plans are, and what we're looking to do with communities around the state. Try to ignore the somewhat distracted speaker - I have no idea where he came from. If you have questions about this, use the contact form - 

DrupalCamp WI 2016 | WIs.community

Server Changes and Text Messaging

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Submitted by Steve Hanson on July 2, 2016 - 12:17pm

Since it's becoming apparent that putting this particular site behind both Cloudflare and Varnish is a little futile, I've taken out the varnish caching layer. Since most people are likely to be logged in to the site, the advantage of Varnish is fairly moot - and most of what it would cache is already being cached at the internet edge by Cloudflare.  We were seeing remarkably few hits in the Varnish cache, so I decided it was not worth the extra pain, at least at this phase of development.

Upcoming Stuff

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Submitted by Steve Hanson on June 28, 2016 - 10:59am

A number of things going on, both technical and community-based. This morning I moved the search index for the site from the database and into Apache Solr.  This will lower the load on the poor database since it will not need to index all of the search items, and it will allow for faster, much more powerful search in the long run. This is all good stuff.