Macrotone October 2013 Newsletter
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We have gone responsive and a new Joomla component JAudit.
The first thing that most of you will notice is that we have gone 'responsive' with this newsletter. It was something we were always intending to get around to but other priorities took preference.
Other change include updated versions of Issue Tracker component for Joomla 2.5 and 3.1 and we have also just completed and announced a new component for Joomla 2.5 and Joomla 3.x named JAudit. This is an auditing component that makes use of the underlying database to log changes made to the underlying Joomla tables. It does not require any changes to Joomla core code and should work without impacting any Joomla functionality. The component requires that the system has been granted the approriate database privilege to create database triggers.
Specific product details provided below.
Issue Tracker News
Issue Tracker release 1.4.1.
Shortly after the last newsletter was despatched we released version 1.4.1 which runs upon Joomla 3.1. This built upon the earlier 1.4.0 release which whilst working reasonably well with early Joomla 3.0 versions gave problems with later version releases. There were a few specific changes with this release which was built upon the 1.3.3. release for Joomla 2.5 which mainly concerned changes to the installer, and the incorporation of the Latest Issue Module within the distribution. This will hopefully ensure that users have the same compatible version of each installed.
Issue Tracker release 1.4.2.
This release for Joomla 3.1 addresses a few concerns with the earlier release but also adds the ability to run upon MySQL databases where the database privileges to create database objects such as views, triggers and procedural code have not been granted. This specific problem is one that impacts a few hosting suppliers who do not allow these types of database objects to be created on their systems. The component also incorporates all of the changes implemented in release 1.3.4,
Issue Tracker release 1.3.4.
The release for Joomla 2.5 builds upon the success of the earlier 1.3.3 release and addresses a few raised concerns. These include the following:
IP Mapping News
IP Mapping release 1.1.0.
This latest version brings support for Joomla 3.1 within one installable zip file. We have also taken the opportunity to clean up some of the code a little removing some duplication. Functionality remains essentially unchanged with no 'new' features implemented.
The component has introduced an option as to whether to use the Google Closure Compiler (SIMPLE_OPTIMIZATIONS), and has changed the connection mechanism to use CURL rather than FURLOpen.
We continue to make a lot of use of this component (hence our work in converting it to run on Joomla 3.1) and it is interesting to see just where the source of the 'attempted' SPAM and hacking attempts are originated from.
Password Control News
Password Control 0.1.0.
There have been no changes made to this product since the last newsletter. Indeed there have been no reported problems either which, given the extensive changes that were incorporated, is very pleasing.
In particular the control over the password specification has been working very well, even though some have questioned whether we ourselves need to make the password criteria quite as strong for site registratuion. One of our reasons is of course that we ourselves want to ensure that it functions perfectly, and the password generator integration makes it easy for a user to pick a password that matches site defined criteria easily. Al they then need to do is remember it, something perhaps, not quite so simple. Another reason is to thwart the large number of attempted logins to our site from unersirables as revealed by our IP mapping component described above.
Macrotone Joomla Audit release 1.0.0
We have also just completed and announced a new component for Joomla 2.5 and Joomla 3.x named JAudit. This is a comprehensive auditing component that make use of the underlying database to log changes made to the Joomla tables. It does not require any changes to Joomla core code and should work without impacting any Joomla functionality. The component requires that the system has been granted the approriate database privilege to create database triggers.
This initial release does not permit any changing in the generated triggers which could easily occur if modified incorrectly and cause problems. This restriction is expected to be lifted in later versions.
Issue Tracker 1.5
Work has already started upon version 1.5.0 of Issue Tracker which will combine the 1.3.x and 1.4.x branches into a single installable file for both Joomla 2.5 and 3.x.. The feature list is currently being compiled but will include the enhanced auditing feature, upon which the component JAudit was based. Additional changes with this release will be announced nearer the release time, when that is decided upon.
Some preliminary testing has taken place running our extensions upon Joomla 3.2 Alpha. These initial tests look promising but there are still a few opportunities with the release which need to be resolved before we would be prepared to make any recommendation. Joomla 3.2.0 (general availability) is due to be released on or around 6 November, 2013. The (current as of this newsletter) planned milestones are:
These dates are very much tentative as exampled by the Joomla 3.2. beta 2 release which is already overdue. Once the final version is released we will re-evaluate our components to decide what changes are required.
Our usage of Transifex has enabled additional language translations to be made available to our users. We are pleased to see a Spanish (Spain) translation for Issue Tracker which is available for users in a convenient installable zip file on our site in the translations area.
There is also work ongoing upon an updated Italian (Italy) translation which may well be complete by the time this newsletter is sent out.
Additionally we are also pleased to see that there is work ongoing to create a Serbian (both Cyrillic and Latin) translations for the Issue Tracker component.
The most recent translation for Password Control in Portuguese (Brazilian) is also availble.
We would like to again thank all the people who have devoted time making these translations available to the wider user community. A list of translators is available upon our website.
We have been asked several times about our use of social media. The answer is to be honest, not a lot. One of the reasons is that we do not have a 'product' per se, to sell to the world, so are not really interested in publicising accounts on Facebook, Twitter etc. Time flies quickly enough as it is without spending it on all the possible social media sites. We do however have a presence on Google+ and interested individuals can sign up to 'follow us' if they desire using the button at the bottom of this newsletter. It is often updated later than our main site, so the best method to keep up with development is to check our Blog RSS feed.
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