Archive for April, 2009

Our online developer meeting today had plenty of interesting topics of discussion.

In addition to discussing a number of items in our Roadmap, Martin D talked about our new coding guidelines, the place to start if you want to know how to write code for Moodle.

If you’re a Workshop module fan, you’ll be happy to hear that the module is being completely rewritten by David Mudrák for Moodle 2.0. Please see Development:Workshop 2.0 specification and join the Workshop 2.0 specification – request for review and comments discussion.

It was great to hear from Mihai Sucan, one of our GSOC 2009 students, about his project to develop an online painting tool inside Moodle. Please see Development:Paint tool for the emerging specification.

For anyone who missed the meeting, notes and a recording link will be available soon: Developer meeting April 2009.


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In our Moodle HQ meeting today, we went through the Moodle 2.0 Planning document, updating it where necessary. Martin D also asked everyone to go through the list of Moodle 1.9.5 unresolved issues and reduce the number of issues (currently 221!) to a more realistic figure, assuming 1.9.5 will be released within the next few weeks.

Our next developer meeting is the day after tomorrow at 11:00 UTC on Thursday 30 April 2009. If there’s anything you’d like discussed, please add it to the meeting agenda: Developer meeting April 2009.

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Following the discussion Remove buttom links on Computer-world, we’re enforcing a GPL requirement for all themes in our themes database (see the discussion GPL requirement for themes). The themes database add entry form now includes the statement: Please note that all entries to the themes database are considered to be released under the GNU General Public License.

Elsewhere on moodle.org, I came across an interesting discussion openSIS – MySQL and Moodle integration. openSIS-MySQL is one of this year’s GSOC projects for Linux-based operating stystem openSUSE.

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As Martin D posted in the discussion Wanted: User testing of Moodle 1.9.5 gradebook improvements, our gradebook improvements were added to MOODLE_19_STABLE today, to be part of 1.9.4+, with the release of Moodle 1.9.5 planned for a fortnight’s time.

A big thank you to everyone who helped with testing and feedback, and to Nicolas for his patient patching. As always, help with our weekly code reviews would be much appreciated to ensure that our gradebook improvements are really bug-free!

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Moodle twitter

Martin D was chatting to me today about the free social networking and micro-blogging service Twitter. We were kindly given the moodle twitter account about a month ago, and so we’re now using it for Moodle news. According to Martin, at the recent UK MoodleMoot, “the twitter use was mad, but really, really worked“.

In order to easily find MoodleMoot twitter messages, it would be good if we could come up with a standard way of tagging events which is easy to remember. If you have any ideas, please join Martin’s lounge discussion A standard naming scheme for Moodle hashtags.

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Spam on moodle.org

Thanks to everyone who let me know about a messaging spammer on moodle.org recently. I blocked the spammer’s account by setting their authentication method to ‘No login‘ and then used MySQL Admin to delete any messages which hadn’t yet been read.

Although email-based self-registration is enabled on moodle.org, we follow the guidelines on Reducing spam in Moodle and as a result, hardly get any spam at all.

If you ever come across spam on any of the moodle.org sites, please send me a Moodle message to let me know or create a Moodle.org sites issue in the Moodle Tracker.

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New themes in Moodle 2.0

If you’re thinking of giving your Moodle site a face-lift sometime in the future, you’ll be pleased to hear that Moodle 2.0 has some great new themes.

Urs Hunkler, unodo, has donated a couple of themes, colors and lines, and a theme from Patrick Malley, NewSchool Learning, called anomoly (see screenshot) was added to HEAD today (MDL-18860).

Now we just need to keep Martin D to his promise to “delete all the standardxxxx themes“!

Anomoly theme

Anomoly theme

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