A Call To Arms… Well, Developers At Least

bsoremsugar —  July 20, 2009 — 7 Comments

We have some great projects coming down the pipeline, but we want to get them out sooner rather than later. That is why we are looking for developers who would like to work with Sugar Developers on bringing these projects out. Here are a couple of the projects we are currently working on.

Subpanels 2.0:

We are turning our Subpanels into Dashlets and would love for you to help out. The idea behind this project is to give users the same flexibility that they get on the home page. A couple of big benefits will be that users can set filters on the subpanels. For example you can say “I only want to see cases that are not closed in this dashlet” . Another big benefit is the amount of flexibility that developers gain. We already have prototypes of a Google Maps dashlet that will map out addresses as a subpanel and RSS News Feeds that search for an account name. It is also all AJAX based so you’ll notices faster load times. This project is heavy on the PHP and JAVASCRIPT side.

AJAX UI:

Along the same lines of performance, we also have a project to revamp the UI with an enhanced AJAX UI. The idea is to reduce the time between clicks and seeing the results. This is going to be accomplished by starting out with a simplistic method of initially just loading what has changed between page loads. From there the project will branch out to the point that the HTML is generated client side and only data is being transfered back and forth.This project is heavy on the JAVASCRIPT side and light on the PHP side. It will utilize the REST API available in Sugar 5.5.

Theme Builder:

Themes allow you to work in an environment where you truly feel at home, but it’s always been a lot of work to get that “Just Right” feeling. With Sugar 5.5. themes get a major over haul. Now we want to harvest that over haul and make it a cinch to build the theme of your dreams.This project is heavy on the Java Script side.

Language Manager:

Think wiki-style collaboration on language packs. If you find something wrong with the German language pack fix it and everyone will have your fix right away. It will also allow for creating regional dialect based language packs. This project is heavy on the PHP side.

If you would be interested in working on any of these projects just go to new.sugarforge.org and register. Not all the projects are up yet though. Also if you don’t want to develop, but want to check out any of the functionality feel free to and remember to give us feedback.

7 responses to A Call To Arms… Well, Developers At Least

  1. 
    Frank Sagurna July 22, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Sounds interresting. The only thing i am missing on this topic is, that complete sugarcrm is hosted on that svn. This Would increase my motivation to work on the sourcecode.
    Maybe i will join the new site.
    But anyways its a good step to involve the community in development. This could lead to a win-win situation. Development power to sugar, and influence to the developers and users.

  2. 
    Frank Sagurna July 22, 2009 at 7:03 am

    Sounds interresting. The only thing i am missing on this topic is, that complete sugarcrm is hosted on that svn. This Would increase my motivation to work on the sourcecode.
    Maybe i will join the new site.
    But anyways its a good step to involve the community in development. This could lead to a win-win situation. Development power to sugar, and influence to the developers and users.

  3. 

    I may be able to volunteer some time. Do you have any in-depth description of the envisioned functionality? Otherwise people will be working in chaos ;).

  4. 

    I may be able to volunteer some time. Do you have any in-depth description of the envisioned functionality? Otherwise people will be working in chaos ;).

  5. 

    Please tell me you are using ExtJS for the AJAX UI! They recently released version 3.0 with full REST support which makes development enjoyable and fast. Theme generation for the 3.0 release is far easier than their previous releases as well.

    We switched from YUI to ExtJS last year just because we could do so much more in so less time with the library. Their community forums, documentation, samples, and developers are tops!

    With that said, some of our team would gladly dedicate some resources to anything Javascript related, as long as it’s Ext!

  6. 

    Please tell me you are using ExtJS for the AJAX UI! They recently released version 3.0 with full REST support which makes development enjoyable and fast. Theme generation for the 3.0 release is far easier than their previous releases as well.

    We switched from YUI to ExtJS last year just because we could do so much more in so less time with the library. Their community forums, documentation, samples, and developers are tops!

    With that said, some of our team would gladly dedicate some resources to anything Javascript related, as long as it’s Ext!

  7. 

    Very informative article. Rise up! Make it rule !

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