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NearBeach new visuals

One of NearBeach’s goal is to be user friendly. This includes a better UI/UX and adding in accessibility. NearBeach has fully migrated to Bootstrap 4.0 in the last couple of weeks to bring an improved experience.

Users can now edit their profile. This information will then be represented on their user page for project leads to read.
New project now has flowing fields
Each section of project information is broken up into cards. This makes it easier for the user to navigate and distinguish between sections
The graphical improvements were applied to other already enhanced pages

The bootstrap library has been applied to most modules within NearBeach. There are a few modules that have been missed in the first stage due to enhancements already in the pipe line.

NearBeach 0.20.0

NearBeach 0.20.0 has been released on github. The 0.20 branch will focus on fixing bugs and any security issues. We are trying to build a stable platform before moving onto the next major feature requests

Bug Fixes

BUG435 – Can not remove project customers
BUG436 – Pressing “Enter” button on file upload modal reloads page
BUG437 – Pressing “Enter” button on new folder modal reloads page
BUG438 – New quote using old date system
BUG439 – Can not remove assigned users for quotes
BUG440 – Can not remove assigned user from project
BUG441 – Can not deactivate old campus
BUG445 – Customer history not in TinyMCE widget
BUG451 – Kanban board – linking existing projects/tasks/requirements come up with an error
BUG452 – Can not remove customers from tasks

Current planning

What would make NearBeach awesome – if we had a dashboard and an API. Sadly the dashboard is out of scope however it has not stopped us thinking about a simple API functionality. This will be an optional module which you could enable – allowing data to be transferred to an external dashboard like Qlik or PowerBI.

We are currently in the planning stage and will look at the viability of this over the next month.

Bootstrap

NearBeach will be looking at porting all the graphics/designs over to a bootstrap friendly version whilst at the same time looking at improving NearBeach for those who have disabilities. We are currently opened to all suggestions.

NearBeach 0.19.3 has been released

I have been working hard these holidays to bring you the final release in the 0.19 branch. The lovely and new 0.19.3 can be found on github – https://github.com/robotichead/NearBeach/releases/tag/alpha-0.19.3

Bug Fixes

BUG404 – Can not modify requirement permissions
BUG405 – Can not modify quote permissions
BUG408 – When assigning customers to a project – inactive projects still appear
BUG413 – Project History not showing in correctly
BUG416 – Document upload not working
BUG417 – Assigned groups not appearing in project information
BUG424 – Error when uploading large pictures
BUG425 – Campus Information contains old method of selecting country/region
BUG429 – Assign task to project
BUG430 – Can not link requirements to projects/tasks
BUG431 – Can not link requirements to projects/tasks
BUG432 – Requirement Kanban board does not have link back to parent requirement information
BUG433 – Project Email – does not utilise chosen-js
BUG434 – Layout and information missing for email history
BUG442 – Can not get back to organisation from Campus
BUG444 – Customer history/notes date widget not working
BUG446 – Can not download uploaded documents against a customer
BUG447 – Can not assign project/tasks to customers
BUG448 – New Opportunity does not use chosen-js
BUG449 – Linking project/tasks does not show any tasks
BUG450 – Customers not showing in organisation

Road Map

We will currently be looking at new features for NearBeach over the next month and planning them out. We are hoping to get a road map to everyone by the end of January.



A learning experience

NearBeach has been a wonderful learning experience. I have made mistakes and have had to retract a lot of code. The development cycle for 0.19 is going to be a large improvement for NearBeach. I am looking at restructuring;

  • The file system layouts for files
  • The permissions
  • The assigning of objects

We are hoping once this 0.19 branch is finished, we can support 0.20 as a LTS version. This however is just an idea that we are floating.

I have decided to leave the current 0.19 sprint opened till the end of December.

NearBeach 0.18 branch

This branch has not been much fun at all. Usually the stability branches bring me joy as I watch the product become more stable and usable. However due to a LARGE development change in 0.17, which essentially rebuilt the whole database system, I have been putting out a lot of spot fires (aka – quick bugs).

I am at no point stating the 0.18 branch is a failure when it comes to stability. It does not win – or finish, but more of a very hard try. Whilst doing this branch I realised a scary thing;

  1. Permissions
  2. Assigning

These two features in NearBeach have not been completely fully designed/developed consistently. This has annoyed me a lot, as I have noticed that the permissions/assigning is not consistance at all between the objects;

  • Opportunities
  • Requirements
  • Quotes
  • Projects
  • Tasks
  • Kanban Board

I am going to finish off the 0.18 branch early to open up for an extended development of 0.19 branch. Final testing will occur tomorrow. Please note – git changes might not occur for the next week due to whiteboard planning (sometimes need to draw connections on a white board).

NearBeach Alpha 0.18.0 Released

Been a rough month. Still many bug fixes are in the pipeline

Bug Fixes

– BUG420 – Tasks costs are blank
– BUG415 – Associate tasks brings up errors
– BUG426 – Assign tasks to projects does not pass throuhg permissions
– BUG410 – Saving profile shows dialog
– BUG421 – Task Quotes – causes bugs
– BUG422 – Add customer to campus
– BUG409 – Can not search customers
– BUG411 – My profile not saving
– BUG412 – Can not add a website to profile
– BUG414 – Email – does not go to correct page
– BUG423 – Uploading a document to customer does not fully work
– BUG407 – Mapbox is now showing
– BUG419 – Task Information can not be associated to a customer
– BUG402 – Project Read Only – does not pass through permissions
– BUG406 – Can not modify campus
– BUG384 – REcapture not allowing users to log in
– BUG383 – Update the about section in github

Widgets widgets widgets

At the start of the NearBeach project, I had the mentality of “I want to build everything, including every widget”. That mentality that I build ALL of NearBeach without any help was quiet strong. You can see it in the design of the widgets, for example the datetime widget was actually multiple dropdown boxes and a complex javascript. Not ideal to bug fix let alone look at.

Luckily this thought pattern was eroded over time, thanks in part to jQuery. Now I am more accepting of using widgets others have constructed to help me develop faster and have a better bug free product.

The original thought “build everything myself” has actually added in a lot of man hours that I did not need to give myself. However it was a learning curve I needed to learn. Sometimes it is best to except help from others. There are many libraries, widgets and tools in the Open Source market that are designed specifically to help developers speed up their development.

 

A list of all different widgets used in NearBeach can be found in the READ ME file: https://github.com/robotichead/NearBeach

Alpha Release 0.17.5

It has been an extremely busy and productive few weeks. We have finished our sprint ahead of it’s scheduled finish. We have release development-0.17.5 today and it can be found https://github.com/robotichead/NearBeach/releases/tag/alpha-0.17.5

 

This is a feature development and we do not recommend using it unless you want to test the new features. We are now moving into our 10th sprint which will be dedicated to finding and fixing all bugs and security issues in NearBeach.

Release of Development Alpha-0.17.4

For some reason this development cycle has gone really well (famous last words). The only objectives left are;

  • Create a diagnostic page for testing
  • Look into MySQL Routines and what they can offer NearBeach

I have decided to release this version, it still requires some more testing. https://github.com/robotichead/NearBeach/releases/tag/alpha-0.17.4

Developed features

  • Fixed database naming conventions
  • Quotes now show which projects they are linked to
  • Projects and Tasks now show which opportunities they are linked to
  • Can email quote from system
  • My Profile – user’s can now edit their own profile
  • Permissions have been added to quotes