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You may have seen that that Sugar 7.8 has now been released! We have introduced some important platform updates in this release. Have you read the developer release notes yet? Here are three additional and essential resources for you to use before you embark on new Sugar 7.8 projects.

Sugar 7.8 Migration Guide

The Migration Guide for Sugar 7.8 is an essential resource for any Sugar Developer upgrading a customer from Sugar 7.7.x. The guide will help you identify code and platform changes that you need to make in order to ensure that you can upgrade your code and customers successfully.

Sugar 7.8 Unit Tests

The Sugar Unit Tests repository has been updated with our unit test suites for Sugar 7.8. This is an essential resource for ensuring that your Sugar 7.8 custom code is working correctly and hasn’t introduced regressions within Sugar core code. Remember that you need to sign up for access to the Sugar test repositories.

Sugar 7.8 Overview for Sugar Developers

We delivered a recorded webinar that is now available in the Developer space in the Sugar Community. This is a great way to get immediate understanding about the new platform features and changes that were introduced in Sugar 7.8. The presentation slides are also available in the community.

Important security changes in Sugar 7.8

As we near the release of Sugar 7.8, we wanted to update the Sugar Developer community on a couple of important security changes that are coming in this release.

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Sugar’s Single Page Architecture

Sugar relies on a single page architecture (SPA) for the Sidecar framework. But when a user navigates across the Sugar application (for example, when switching to another Sugar module), while the page is not refreshed, you will find that the majority of the HTML on the page is still re-rendered based upon the newly selected layout. This is done to not only change the style or configuration of the view (ex. List View → Record View) but also to update the context and configuration for the dashboard panel.

But not everything changes – the footer and header of the application remain fixed so they can serve as navigational anchors for Sugar users. This is an important use case but there are certainly others.

Telephony integration scenarios

A common set of integrations that are built for Sugar involve integrating a phone system for use by customer service organizations. This can vary from simple “click to dial” softphone functionality to full blown multi-channel call center capability where an agent handles phone, SMS, and e-mail inquiries at the same time.

A typical in-bound call process follows:

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We are half way through the SugarCRM Solution Architect Webinar Series and we have had a great turn-out so far with over 400 people coming to our first 4 webinars. Even if you miss the live webinars, you can still go back and watch the recordings on your own time.

For more information on what you can expect, you should read our recent blog post on the webinar series.

Accessing the Recordings

Visit Sugar University’s webinar library for all previous recordings. Recordings are posted usually one or two business days after the live event.

Webinars with recordings are as follows:

1. (Sep 6th) – Introduction to Solution Architecture for Sugar & CRM Project Fundamentals
2. (Sep 7th) – The Sugar Platform
3. (Sep 20th) – Design
4. (Sep 21st) – Integration

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Sugar Developers now have a new tool for building upgrade safe mobile customizations that address most branding, theming, and mobile security requirements.

Introducing Sugar MACS

Introducing the Sugar Mobile Application Configurator Service (Sugar MACS)! This tool allows Sugar Developers building solutions for Sugar Enterprise customers to create and distribute custom-branded versions of the SugarCRM Mobile app.

Many of you have seen earlier previews of Sugar MACS at SugarCon and UnCon.

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You may have heard that SugarCRM will be presenting a series of webinars on solution architecture for the Sugar platform, throughout this September and October.

Beginning on September 6th, Sugar University’s Solution Architect Webinar Series will present the following topics:

  • Introduction to Solution Architecture for Sugar
  • CRM Project Fundamentals
  • The Sugar Platform
  • Design
  • Integration
  • Sugar Implementation
  • Performance and Quality Assurance
  • Deployment
  • Security

Each webinar will be guided by a panel of experts from across SugarCRM, including some familiar faces from the Architecting Successful Projects panel at this year’s UnCon

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At SugarCRM, we have been accelerating the rate at which we share technology with the Sugar Developer community. Back in June at UnCon, we shared more open source code examples and tools than ever before. In April, we announced Sucrose Charts and the Sugar REST Harness. I am pleased to announce that we have open sourced three more projects under the Apache-2 license!

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