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VuFind Developers Call Minutes: December 5, 2017

Attending: Matthias Edel, Demian Katz, Ere Maijala, Tod Olson


1. Development Updates

JIRA Tickets

  • VUFIND-1259 - This ticket reports that the Whoops error handler now used in development mode sometimes catches notices as if they were exceptions, making it significantly more strict than default ZF behavior. Demian discovered that this is because Whoops respects PHP's error_reporting settings. If you silence notices in PHP, then Whoops will ignore them. If you do not, it will foreground them as errors. This seems appropriate for a development-oriented feature.
  • VUFIND-1260 - This ticket reports a bug with EDS advanced searches in the search history. A fix has been merged to master.

Pull Requests

  • #1080 - closed - This was opened during troubleshooting of what turned out to be a local problem; it was closed without further action necessary.
  • #1081 - merged - This contains a fix for VUFIND-1260.
  • #1082 - in progress - This is a place to begin experimenting with Solr 7.

2. Development Planning

5.0 Roadmap Progress

ServiceManager v3 Upgrade

All of the open Zend Framework pull requests have been merged, and all affected components have been given new releases. As a result, PR #1067 is now passing all tests. Given the far-reaching implications of these changes, it is a good idea to do additional manual testing in case there are problems that are not covered by existing tests. Any time others can spend with this would be greatly appreciated. Demian will merge this some time in the new year if no major problem reports are submitted.

Another topic for further consideration: the ZF convention is now to use fully-qualified class names as service names, with aliases set up where appropriate. VuFind has historically used short names for most services. This is now awkward in cases where VuFind mixes overrides to ZF services with its own services, as the mix of short and long names looks odd. Should we standardize on the ZF approach, or is that too verbose? (Note that we can merge #1067 before we decide on this issue – it can always be addressed as a future enhancement).

Ere voted in support of switching to fully-qualified class names.

Solr 7

Demian began experimenting with Solr 7. Due to a change from XML to JSON as default response format, SolrMarc is having trouble indexing to Solr 7, so fixing that is the first priority (Bob has committed a fix and will mint a new release soon). Additionally, there are some deprecations that will have to be addressed in the schema. Finally, we might want to begin looking at the v2 API, though the legacy API still seems to be fully supported for the moment.

What next?

Suggestions for next priorities from the roadmap are encouraged.

Image Metadata API

No news.

Front End Updates

No news.

Browse Handler Optimizations

Tod has been working on setting up a test for this. Tod is encountering some volatility in class interfaces, etc., within the Solr code, which adds some extra challenges. No working tests yet, but progress is being made.

Also some discussion of whether Marc4j supports JSON encodings of MARC.

3. Institutional Home

No news.

4. Other Topics?

Ere is looking at facet performance optimization – not loading collapsed facet data to improve retrieval times.

Next Call

:!: Due to low participation and activity during the holiday season, we decided to skip the December 19, 2017 and January 2, 2018 calls.

The next call will be Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 9am Eastern Standard Time (14:00 GMT).

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