A new version of Tikiwiki has been released, Tikiwiki version 1.9.6. This version of Tikiwiki fixes the usual list of bugs and security vulnerabilities that come with the usual point releases. However, 1.9.6 also comes with some new features and enhancements including:
Wiki poll: Highlight in wiki rating box the user rating
Tracker: can choose export field type: visible/searchable/all
added a notification when attachement is added to a watched wiki page
various updates on Catalan language
install process can be localized to other languages
Those interested in Tikiwiki will want to check out the original wiki page that not only includes a list of the above features, but also a list of bug fixes and security enhancements. Tikiwiki 1.9.6 is available for download at SourceForge.net.
If you have not heard, Drupal 5.0 went into beta last week. I had intended to write a little bit about the new features users can expect with this new version of the content management system. However, I've been so busy with a couple IT projects as well as some family events that I have not had time to even touch Drupal 5 beta 1.
Luckily, there are smarter and more dedicated people out there already posting about anything I could say about Drupal 5. The following are links to what I consider as the top three blog posts on Drupal 5.0:
The start of November is big news for users and developers of PHP applications with the release of PHP 5.2 on the 2nd of the month. According to the release announcement, this "release is a major improvement in the 5.X series, which includes a large number of new features, bug fixes and security enhancements".
Significant features of PHP 5.2 include:
New memory manager for the Zend Engine with improved performance and a more accurate memory usage tracking.
Input filtering extension was added and enabled by default.
JSON extension was added and enabled by default.
ZIP extension for creating and editing zip files was introduced.
Hooks for tracking file upload progress were introduced.
Introduced E_RECOVERABLE_ERROR error mode.
Introduced DateTime and DateTimeZone objects with methods to manipulate date/time information.
Upgraded bundled SQLite, PCRE libraries.
Upgraded OpenSSL, MySQL and PostgreSQL client libraries for Windows installations.
Website owners rejoice! Forgent Networks has dropped their claim on owning the patent rights for JPEG. While this hasn't been a huge concern for most Web designers it's still one less worrisome thought to worry about! Groklaw was the first site that I came across this story:
Here you go, straight from the Public Patent Foundation's press release: Forgent Networks has stopped asserting its patent against JPEG, has dropped all its pending cases that were asserting the patent, and says that it won't file any other infringement claims based on the patent. Read more...
Akismet announced that a new version of the Movable Type plugin (Version 1.03) has been made available. Akismet is a service for blog applications and other content management systems that filter out comment spam and trackback spam. The new Movable Type plugin for Akismet was necessary because many users were having problems with the previous plugin breaking after users upgraded to Movable Type 3.31.
A download link to the new plugin can be found on the original announcement posted at Akismet.
The folks at Gallery, an online photo album organizer, are working hard developing the newest version of Gallery in the 1.x line...Gallery 1.6. Gallery 1.6 is currently at Alpha 2 which means that the software is intended for testing purposes and not for use on production servers. If your confused with what I just said then I recommend you wait installing Gallery 1.6 until it has been fully released.
The two primary goals for this new version of Gallery were HTML 4.01 compliance and easier visual customization. Because so many of the code changes were centered around the visualization, it is unlikely that your previous 1.x themes and styles for Gallery are fully compatible with Gallery 1.6. For a highlight of changes and new features as well as download links in Gallery, check out the official announcement located on the application's home site.
InfoWorld has a very good article centering around this week's Zend/PHP Conference & Expo. In their article, "PHP event: Open source accommodation stressed" a few good opening lines to use as a teaser for the article:
Rather than fighting the open source wave, commercial IT vendors do what they must: try to ride that wave...
..."It seems to us from where we sit that there's really no choice," said Tim Bray, a Web-oriented generalist at Sun and a co-inventor of XML. "A substantial portion of the market has made it clear with their wallets that they want to deploy and run open source software."
I always find these type of stories ironic. Last week, I had someone make a comment to an old article I wrote on the Radiant CMS. For those liking Radiant, the commenter remarked "give cakePHP a trial run if you want a cms similar to this but in PHP". One of the reasons I chosen to discuss Radiant was that it was built with Ruby on Rails.
So where is the irony? Follow this, if you can and hopefully I won't confuse you. The article I wrote was titled, "Radiant, A Ruby CMS and PHP alternative". In other words we've gone full circle. CakePHP is being suggested as an alternative PHP content management system for the Ruby-based Radiant CMS which was originally suggested by me as an alternative for those that have tired with PHP Web applications!
Second irony, CakePHP is actually not a CMS but a framework. As Daniel Hofstetter points out below, think of CakePHP is to PHP as Ruby on Rails is to Ruby.
WordPress 2.0.5 was released late last week. This new version of WordPress mainly contains bugfixes, security fixes, and some very minor enhancements. According to the original announcementat Wordpress.org, the fixes center around feeds, custom fields, and internationalization. Links to download WordPress 2.0.5 are available at the "official" WordPress 2 download page.
Also, some WordPress users after upgrading to version 2.0.5 have experienced Server 500 errors. If you are one of these unfortunate users, check out Mark Jaquith's blog for a plug-in that should fix this known problem.
When open source projects becomes more popular the project leaders often need to increase the time spent on their projects. The increasingly popular Windows-based content management system (CMS), mojoPortal, is no exception to this rule. mojoPortal's project leader, Joe Audette, recently announced on his blog that he is currently making career changes show he can better nurture the mojoPortal project along:
I'm still currently working full time for Integration Management of Brentwood TN until November 15. After that I will still be doing some work for them but mainly launching Source Tree Solutions so I can devote more time to advancing mojoPortal. I'm very excited and full of ideas to take mojoPortal to the next level.
In other words, with mojoPortal now getting full time attention by its developers, don't be surprised to see some surprisingly good things to evolve from this CMS.