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VuFind Developers Call Minutes: July 5, 2016

Attending: Laurie Gemmill Arp, Matthias Edel, Leila Gonzales, Chris Hallberg, Demian Katz, André Lahmann, Jochen Lienhard, Brad Patton


1. Development Updates

JIRA Tickets

  • VUFIND-1187 - tracks case-insensitive tag issues (discussed below)
  • VUFIND-1188 - reports a possible problem with help page translation (more investigation required)
  • VUFIND-1189 - requests support for more verbose ILS-provided messages in checkRequestIsValid (will be investigated)

Pull Requests

  • #734 - merged - Simplification of the new KohaILSDI driver.
  • #735, #738 - merged - Improvements to tag search behavior (option to make tag search box options match Solr options; wildcard support).
  • #736 - in progress - Lazy instantiation of Voyager database connection in ILS driver.
  • #737 - merged - Minor improvement to VoyagerRestful driver.
  • #739 - in progress - Refactoring to expire database rows in batches to avoid system overload.
  • #740 - in progress - Improvements/fixes to “cancel hold” functionality
  • #741 - in progress - Improvements to MixedList URL handling
  • #742 - in progress - Work on VUFIND-1184 (smarter spellcheck.q generation)
  • #743, #746 - merged - Fixes/improvements to facet lightbox.
  • #744 - in progress - More fixes for compatibility with MySQL strict mode.
  • #745 - merged - Expanded translations.
  • #747 - merged - Adds standard method for removing items from cache in ILS drivers.
  • #748, #753 - in progress - Work/discussion on configuration fallback in the record driver (#748 was merged but may cause problems, so #753 was opened to revert it and perhaps find a better solution).
  • #749 - merged - Minor fixes to links in help pages
  • #750 - in progress - Expansion of the authority Solr index schema
  • #751 - in progress - Improvements to favorite deletion
  • #752 - in progress - AJAX method for retrieval of getOfflineMode value from ILS driver

Release 3.0.2

This will go out later today, after some recent bug fixes are reviewed and (hopefully) merged.

2. Development Planning

Front-end Issues

  • see PR #659
  • Chris has simplified the PR to separate some more complex features to other branches, so we can get the more basic functionality merged more quickly.
  • Chris has also put together a wiki page with details on the included tools. A second page will be created to collect community-contributed Grunt scripts that are out of scope for inclusion in master.
  • see PR #693 for progress
  • No new developments since last time.
General Status Update

Nothing else this time.


No news.


Demian has continued work on the OAI-PMH harvester project.

Next ZF Version

ZF 3.0 has been officially released; Villanova still waiting on PHP upgrades before investigating more closely.

Improved Use of Permissions

No news.

Improved Geographic Features

Leila has been doing some code cleanup; some issues waiting for Demian's input.

Tags and Case Sensitivity

Discussed VUFIND-1187. André voted for lowercase tags in the interest of maximizing collocation and easing sharing. Demian favors this as an easy first solution which does not rule out future introduction of optional case-sensitivity. Nobody else objected.

3. Institutional Home, Revisited

No news.

4. VuFind Summit 2016

Agilent Technologies has again contributed funds to help support the event. Jochen has sent a planning document to Demian regarding the joint session with the German Community Meeting; more on that next time.

5. Other Topics?

André announced that the feature/foundation5 branch is now up to date with release 3.0.1.

Next Call

The next call will be Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 9am Eastern Daylight Time (13:00 GMT).

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