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Searching the Moodle tracker

These days I spend a fair bit of time searching the Moodle tracker to check whether problems with Moodle i.e. ‘bugs’ have been reported previously. I’ve discovered it’s not difficult to end up with thousands of search results! Thus, over time I’ve refined my search techniques. Here is how I usually manage to find what I am looking for:

  1. Follow the Find issues link.
  2. Select Moodle as the project and if necessary click where indicated to refresh the search menu.
  3. If the problem has a very obvious component e.g. Quiz then select it.
  4. For 2.0 bugs, select 2.0 as affected version.
  5. Think of a word or phrase which is specific to the bug, such as an error message, and enter it in the text search box.
  6. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click View.
  7. Click the Updated column header to sort the search results so that the most recently updated issues are listed first. Generally any search results which don’t appear on the first page are pretty old and so far less relevant.

I usually find what I’m looking for by browsing the summaries on the first page of the search results. If not, then I conclude that the bug has not been reported.

Perhaps you also search the tracker in this way? Or maybe you can suggest further tips for improving search results? If so, please add a comment below.

If you come across a bug in Moodle but don’t have much time to search for it in the tracker, please just create a new issue for it. Don’t be afraid of creating a duplicate issue, as it’s better that bugs are reported twice than not at all!

Finally, many thanks to everyone who reports and comments on tracker issues. Your help is much appreciated!

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A big thank you to everyone involved in Moodle 2.0 QA Cycle 1 to-date. According to the Moodle 2.0 QA Cycle 1 overview, over 50% of tests have passed so far!

To ensure the remaining tests pass as soon as possible, testers please

  • Make sure that each test failure is reported as an MDL issue for developers to investigate and fix, creating a new issue if necessary
  • Link the MDL issue to the QA test (MDLQA issue)

Once fixed, the QA test can be reset and then run again.

There’s still plenty of space in our testers group for more members, so if you’d like to get involved, please see the discussion Help needed with QA testing and the documentation QA testing.

With the help of our core developers, let’s aim for a 100% pass rate for the Moodle 2.0 QA Cycle 1 by the end of the week!

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Testers group iconOur Using Moodle course on moodle.org has a new group – Testers! Testers are active in the Moodle Tracker and help with quality assurance (QA).

So far I’ve been in contact with members of the testers group in the Tracker (created long ago) to check whether they wish to help with Moodle 2.0 testing, and if the answer is yes then I’ve added them to the testers group in Using Moodle.

If you’d like to help with Moodle 2.0 testing and be included in the testers group, please keep an eye on the Testing and QA forum (either by subscribing or via the RSS feed) for details to be posted soon of what needs doing.

Everyone is welcome to help with testing and QA to ensure Moodle 2.0 is the best release ever!

PS Thanks to developer Hubert Chathi for creating such a cool testers group icon :-)

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YouTube block update

Today, as part of our weekly code review, I tested MDL-21293.

Had you noticed anything about the YouTube block on tag pages e.g. Moodle.org Cats tag? I certainly hadn’t seen that video thumbnails were no longer being displayed!

Thanks to Nadav Kavalerchik in Israel for reporting that block tag_youtube needed updating to support the new Google Data API and thanks to Eloy for fixing the issue.

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New Moodle QA testing site

If you just can’t wait to check out some of the new features in Moodle 2.0, you’ll be pleased to hear about our new Moodle QA testing site. As for the Moodle demonstration site, you can login as a teacher, student or admin, and the database and files are erased and restored to a clean state every hour.

As the name suggests, the new site is intended for use with Moodle QA / functional testing, MDLQA-1. However, we won’t be starting this until Moodle 2.0 beta is released (hopefully on 1st March 2010 according to the latest timetable in the Roadmap). In the meantime, feel free to login to the Moodle QA testing site any time and see how the latest daily build of HEAD is looking.

If you’re wondering where Moodle 2.0 bugs should be reported, as always, please use the Moodle Tracker. If you’re not sure whether something is a bug or a new feature, please post in the Testing and QA forum.

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New moodle.net domain

If you’re very observant, you may have noticed that our demonstration site has moved from demo.moodle.org to demo.moodle.net. Similarly, our developer test site has moved to test.moodle.net and our new site for Moodle 2.0 QA testing to qa.moodle.net (more information about this site coming soon). The sites have been moved to a new domain for security reasons, as they provide access to teacher and admin accounts.

This year, by popular request, I’m tweeting about interesting discussions I come across in Using Moodle. In case you missed them, here are a couple from the past week: Hi, and 3 things you wish you had known… and How do you keep people from cheating while taking a quiz?

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Moodle 2.0 QA testing

This week I’ve made a start on setting up tests in the Moodle tracker for our Moodle QA / functional testing – see MDLQA. (Thanks to Jerome Mouneyrac for figuring out how to use Jira as a Test Case Management Software and to Martin for creating the project.)

Up to now, we’ve not had any organised testing of Moodle features prior to the release of a new version. We’re hoping for lots of help from the community to ensure Moodle 2.0 is the best release yet!

If you’re wondering when Moodle 2.0 is likely to be released, the answer can be found in our Administration FAQ together with links to further information.

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