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State of the Mahara 
Nation, 2014 
Presented by Aaron Wells, Catalyst IT // Mahara UK 2014
Aaron Wells (Me) 
@AaronTheMad on Twitter
Lead Mahara Developer 
at Catalyst IT
About Catalyst
What's it like at Mahara HQ?
Wellington on a fine day
Wellington on a normal day
Wellington Botanic Gardens
My good friend Gandalf
Stonehenge New Zealand
Earthquakes
7 sheep to every human
As seen on Google Street View
Brighton 
Hong Kong Phoenix 
Riyadh Sydney 
New York 
Chicago 
Wellington 
Christchurch 
Kaikoura 
Pukerua Bay
There's a nicer one on Level 3
What I see all day
What I should be looking at
What I should be looking at
Programming (PHP) 
Code review 
(http://reviews.mahara.org)
1.10: It's coming! 
1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 1.10 
Version Bugs Commits Files changed Lines added 
1.10 (so far) 75 174 2,650 190,8...
Invisible behind-the-scene 
changes pictured here:
Perks for plugins
Loca for /htdocs/local
Custom sideblocks in /local 
(These are sideblocks)
Trust me this makes sense 
/blocktype/clippy/theme/aaron 
/blocktype/inbox/theme/aaron 
/blocktype/comments/theme/aaron 
/...
… and a few things you can 
actually see!
Editable new user page templates
TinyMCE (before)
TinyMCE (after)
Report objectionable forum posts
Drag pages into collections
What's on the 1.11 roadmap?
Feature creep
Every change breaks someone's 
workflow.
How you can contribute to Mahara 
19 ways to get involved in 
Even if you don't know the difference between 
& 
Based on a...
1. Use the software 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pgoyette/2819175465
2. Ask questions 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/21496790@N06/5065834411
3. Answer questions 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nhuisman/3168683736/
4. Report bugs 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/34120957@N04/4199675334/
5. Give feedback 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/henryfaber/230444653
6. Spread the word 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/21551833@N00/4345518893/
7. Translate 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/86931652@N00/2067945645
8. Write tutorials 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/laffy4k/441037582 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/laffy4k/441037582
9. Create screencasts 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/photochiel/83361761
10. Provide training 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/95492938@N00/5181464194/
11. Squash bugs 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/82606279@N00/299991298/
12. Test features 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/35723892@N00/4090782772/
13. Design themes 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fiduz/5592241473
14. Write books 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/zitona/4053097146
15. Create plugins 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mroach/4095648200
16. Code review 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jantjesmit/95705255
17. Develop cool features 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/hildeengwenverbouwen/3309575919
18. Sponsor features 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/13519089@N03/4626960661/
19. Make a contributor smile 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/srboisvert/728444428
Your gateway to the magical world 
of getting involved with Mahara: 
The Mahara community website: 
https://mahara.org 
Th...
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State of the Mahara Nation 2014

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This talk gives an outline of what to expect in the Mahara 1.10 release, due out in October 2014. It also discusses ways that users can contribute to the Mahara project (recycling generously from previous talks ;)).

It was originally given at the Mahara UK 2014 conference in Brighton, UK.

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State of the Mahara Nation 2014

  1. 1. State of the Mahara Nation, 2014 Presented by Aaron Wells, Catalyst IT // Mahara UK 2014
  2. 2. Aaron Wells (Me) @AaronTheMad on Twitter
  3. 3. Lead Mahara Developer at Catalyst IT
  4. 4. About Catalyst
  5. 5. What's it like at Mahara HQ?
  6. 6. Wellington on a fine day
  7. 7. Wellington on a normal day
  8. 8. Wellington Botanic Gardens
  9. 9. My good friend Gandalf
  10. 10. Stonehenge New Zealand
  11. 11. Earthquakes
  12. 12. 7 sheep to every human
  13. 13. As seen on Google Street View
  14. 14. Brighton Hong Kong Phoenix Riyadh Sydney New York Chicago Wellington Christchurch Kaikoura Pukerua Bay
  15. 15. There's a nicer one on Level 3
  16. 16. What I see all day
  17. 17. What I should be looking at
  18. 18. What I should be looking at
  19. 19. Programming (PHP) Code review (http://reviews.mahara.org)
  20. 20. 1.10: It's coming! 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 1.10 Version Bugs Commits Files changed Lines added 1.10 (so far) 75 174 2,650 190,875 1.9 294 389 933 42,332 1.8 179 299 2,112 114,292 1.7 54 217 520 17,618 1.6 129 400 648 17,084
  21. 21. Invisible behind-the-scene changes pictured here:
  22. 22. Perks for plugins
  23. 23. Loca for /htdocs/local
  24. 24. Custom sideblocks in /local (These are sideblocks)
  25. 25. Trust me this makes sense /blocktype/clippy/theme/aaron /blocktype/inbox/theme/aaron /blocktype/comments/theme/aaron /theme/aaron/blocktype/clippy /theme/aaron/blocktype/comments /theme/aaron/blocktype/inbox
  26. 26. … and a few things you can actually see!
  27. 27. Editable new user page templates
  28. 28. TinyMCE (before)
  29. 29. TinyMCE (after)
  30. 30. Report objectionable forum posts
  31. 31. Drag pages into collections
  32. 32. What's on the 1.11 roadmap?
  33. 33. Feature creep
  34. 34. Every change breaks someone's workflow.
  35. 35. How you can contribute to Mahara 19 ways to get involved in Even if you don't know the difference between & Based on a presentation by Kristina D.C. Hoeppner, Catalyst IT
  36. 36. 1. Use the software http://www.flickr.com/photos/pgoyette/2819175465
  37. 37. 2. Ask questions http://www.flickr.com/photos/21496790@N06/5065834411
  38. 38. 3. Answer questions http://www.flickr.com/photos/nhuisman/3168683736/
  39. 39. 4. Report bugs http://www.flickr.com/photos/34120957@N04/4199675334/
  40. 40. 5. Give feedback http://www.flickr.com/photos/henryfaber/230444653
  41. 41. 6. Spread the word http://www.flickr.com/photos/21551833@N00/4345518893/
  42. 42. 7. Translate http://www.flickr.com/photos/86931652@N00/2067945645
  43. 43. 8. Write tutorials http://www.flickr.com/photos/laffy4k/441037582 http://www.flickr.com/photos/laffy4k/441037582
  44. 44. 9. Create screencasts http://www.flickr.com/photos/photochiel/83361761
  45. 45. 10. Provide training http://www.flickr.com/photos/95492938@N00/5181464194/
  46. 46. 11. Squash bugs http://www.flickr.com/photos/82606279@N00/299991298/
  47. 47. 12. Test features http://www.flickr.com/photos/35723892@N00/4090782772/
  48. 48. 13. Design themes http://www.flickr.com/photos/fiduz/5592241473
  49. 49. 14. Write books http://www.flickr.com/photos/zitona/4053097146
  50. 50. 15. Create plugins http://www.flickr.com/photos/mroach/4095648200
  51. 51. 16. Code review http://www.flickr.com/photos/jantjesmit/95705255
  52. 52. 17. Develop cool features http://www.flickr.com/photos/hildeengwenverbouwen/3309575919
  53. 53. 18. Sponsor features http://www.flickr.com/photos/13519089@N03/4626960661/
  54. 54. 19. Make a contributor smile http://www.flickr.com/photos/srboisvert/728444428
  55. 55. Your gateway to the magical world of getting involved with Mahara: The Mahara community website: https://mahara.org The Mahara wiki: https://wiki.mahara.org The Mahara Launchpad project: http://bugs.launchpad.net/mahara (but it's usually easier to just link there from mahara.org)
  56. 56. About Catalyst
  57. 57. Catalyst Clients
  58. 58. Open Source Technologies

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