Archive for August, 2009

I’m pleased to announce that Moodle now has two hundred developers with CVS write access! We aim for a transparent and open development process and welcome contributions from the whole user community.

CVS stands for ‘Concurrent Versioning System’, a commonly-used way of managing source code for large software projects. CVS keeps all versions of all files so that nothing is ever lost, and usage by different people is tracked. It also provides ways to merge code if two or more people are working on the same file. All code and all versions are stored in a central repository (source: Development:CVS for developers).

In addition to Moodle’s source code cvs.moodle.org/moodle, the CVS repository also includes areas for contributed code cvs.moodle.org/contrib and for language packs cvs.moodle.org/lang. Thanks to our contrib coordinator, Anthony Borrow, and our translation coordinator, Koen Roggemans, for managing access to these areas.

According to the software metrics site, Ohloh, the contrib folder contains well over a million lines of code (source: https://www.ohloh.net/p/moodle_contrib). For further details of contrib, please see Development:contrib.

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Navigation in Moodle 2.0

This morning I had chance to check out the work Sam Hemelryk has been doing on navigation for Moodle 2.0 (MDL-14632). The new navigation system looks fabulous! The blocks for navigation and settings can even be converted to side panel tabs to save space.

If you’re interested in trying things out yourself, please visit the test site – test.moodle.org/nav (login with username test and password test). As always, feedback is much appreciated. Please add a comment to MDL-14632.

In the Using Moodle forums the discussion What are the components of an exemplary high school Moodle course? is still going strong, with lots more useful suggestions. I also came across a discussion Probably will not use Moodle which reminded me of how friendly and welcoming the Moodle community is.

Moodle 2.0 navigation

Moodle 2.0 navigation

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I’m very pleased to report that our GSOC students, Andrei, Jose, Olli, Mihai and Alberto, have passed their final evaluations with flying colours! Congratulations everyone, and thanks, as always, to our mentors.

We’re currently setting up test sites for several of the projects and evaluating the code for possible inclusion in HEAD.

Please see GSOC/2009 for test site links plus links to developer blogs in which each of our students have written a summary of their summer of code working with Moodle.

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Moodle4Mac for PPC

A few days ago I received a nice surprise from Ralf Krause:

Dear Helen,

it’s your birthday … yes … really!

I built a new version Moodle4Mac with XAMPP. XAMPP 1.7.2 for Mac OS X is the newest product from Apache Friends and it works on a PPC prossessor. You will find the download on the Moodle server. Look at http://download.moodle.org/macosx … I hope you will like it!

Moodle4Mac is a product of your German Moodle Partner Moodleschule e.V.

Best regards, Ralf

Thus, the good news for anyone using a Mac with a PPC processor is that there is now a Moodle4Mac 2.0 dev package they can use! A big thank you to Ralf for building and maintaining the Moodle4Mac packages.

The Moodle for Mac OS X packages and the Moodle packages for Windows help people without access to a web server to easily install Moodle on their computer.

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Happy Birthday to our open source course management system, Moodle, and to Moodle’s founder and lead developer, Martin!

Moodle is 7 years old today! Please post your birthday greetings here: Happy Birthday to Moodle and Martin!

If you’re interested in Moodle’s history, please see

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Last week I came across a couple of interesting presentations by Jonathon Sweetin and Tina Farmer of Pitt Community College describing their experiences of migrating from Blackboard to Moodle – The Whole Kit and Caboodle on Moodle and An LMS By Any Other Name… Both links are to entries in the Moodle Buzz, our database of Moodle news and publications from around the world. A further entry of interest to anyone considering migrating from Blackboard is the Final 2009 Report of the University of North Carolina LMS Evaluation Committee.

For additional information on migrating from Blackboard to Moodle, please see the Blackboard migration documentation.

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I’m pleased to announce that our Moodle HQ team now includes another European member – long-time Moodler David Mudrák.

David has developed several contributed modules, including the popular Stamp collection module, and is currently rewriting the Workshop module for Moodle 2.0 (see the discussion Workshop 2.0 screeshots for the latest developments). In addition, David is a Czech language pack maintainer and runs the Czech Moodle community site moodle.cz. David has been around on moodle.org for quite some time – more than 6½ years according to his profile!

David will be working from the same office as fellow-Czech Petr Škoda (skodak). I hear that David has already started painting the office walls an orange colour to match Moodle HQ in Perth!

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