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VuFind Developers Call Minutes: September 1, 2015

Attending: Chris Delis, Chris Hallberg, Demian Katz, Jochen Lienhard, Brad Patton


1. Development Updates

JIRA Tickets

  • VUFIND-1096 - This reminder of release 2.5 translation issues is now closed, as Demian has contacted all of the volunteer translators with relevant notes.
  • VUFIND-1126 - This tracks another task related to WorldCat Discovery integration.

Pull Requests

  • #443 - merged - Improvements to OpenURL click handling for compatibility with combined search.
  • #444 - in progress - Some refactoring of export configuration settings.
  • #445 - merged - A new Primo Central feature (find results from other libraries).
  • #446 - merged - Translation improvements (pt-br).
  • #447 - merged - More accurate title bar displays during bulk actions in cart.
  • #448 - merged - More HTML5 standards compliance improvements.
  • #449 - merged - Allow multiple Solr URLs to be checked (for failover support).
  • #450 - merged - Provide an AJAX system status report (for use in load balancing).
  • #451 - in progress - DAIA driver improvements.
  • #452 - in progress - Dutch translation improvements.
  • #453, VuFindHttp #3 - merged - Improved HTML proxy configuration (SOCKS5 support).
  • #454 - in progress - HTML validation improvements.
  • #455 - in progress - More sophisticated authorization logic for Primo Central.


The Blueprint theme has been removed.

The PICA ILS driver has been removed (eventually to be replaced by PAIA).

2. Development Planning

Improved Author Indexing

Demian has been focusing on cleaning up code that will make it into release 2.5; since this won't make the cut, he hasn't devoted more attention to it yet.

Solr Upgrade

No news this time.

Javascript Reorganization

Work on Jochen's pull request to display record information inline in search results (#205) has revealed some shortcomings in our Javascript. With a bit of work, it can be made more flexible and reusable. Chris is working on some refactoring to address these limitations and to improve maintainability of the code. When this is done, we should finally be able to merge this pull request (currently our oldest open PR).

Chris noted that his refactoring will likely include namespacing the code by moving much of it into a global “vufind” object, and that he will also be moving some functions into more appropriate locations (e.g. lightbox-specific details into lightbox.js). He also mentioned investigating dynamic solutions such as RequireJS but not finding them appropriate to our specific use cases.

Release 2.5

Text domain support has been merged in, but it is not yet being used (see PR #413 for some discussion of next steps regarding translation of language names); other major features will have to wait until next release. Development is now frozen (apart from bug fixes/translation updates).

3. VuFind Summit 2015

Some talk proposals are beginning to arrive, but there's still room for more. Please consider submissions before the September 18th deadline!

4. Other Topics?

None this week.

Next Call

The next call will be Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 10am Eastern Daylight Time (14:00 GMT).

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