Site Release 3.0
The biggest difference in 3.0 version is invisible. Hmm, I said this about the
second version but it is even more true for the third version.
The main difference is that the software is now split into two pieces: a server and a client.
The server offers a series of web services (using NuSOAP). To access these services you can
either use the default client, the simple webservice clients that are provided, or write your own
This structural change allows other people to access the data in their own applications. For instance,
if you have a simple php webpage, you can write a script that pulls information for all the groups in your city from
It also allows you to implement the software to have one server and multiple clients. For instance, you could have
a central database of activist groups in the US, and have local clients that would access that information. Not only
can they access it, but they can also customize it. So you can have a Philadelphia activist site, a DC Peace site,
a Canada site, and other combinations.
You can customize by: city, state, zip and radius, country, geographical scope,
issue, network, campaign, or a combination of factors. You can also create a non-activist version. You can choose
what features you want to enable/disable. For instance, you could disable schools if you didn't want them. You can
name your site, replace the banner logo, and several other changes so that if you install the software into a
directory of your site - it can generally match (eg fit-in) the rest of your site.
We added international character set support by converting most of the database into unicode (utf8). This
should support the languages spoken by 95-99% of the world's population. Whereas previously we'd only supported
chracaters with accents that are in the western european character set.
Support for Translation
You can translate the software into another language. We use '.po' files. So you need to use a program
like PoEdit. An example of translation is our non-activist version where the activist terms were generalized so
that the software would be more appealing to non-activists.
We added support for international geocoding by using the geonames database of 2-3 million cities.
For countries outside the US and Canada where we have less
detailed geographical information, we use the city, state, and country name to derive a longitude and latitude. This
allows us to map your location.
We are now using Google Maps API to map results. Now you can see results from a search or browsing plotted on a
map, as well as in the traditional table format.
Users Can Share Control
Users can share control of an object with another user. This is useful if you want multiple people to be able to
edit information for your group (so that if you leave, someone else can update it).
New Email Newsletter System
We started to use SwiftMailer to send out the email newsletter and added a delay so that we don't get in trouble
for spam. SwiftMailer is more efficient than using the php mail() function.
We wrote instructions for installing it and it comes with an installation script.
There is a developer manual, and you can also use PHPDOC.