In this post we describe ownCloud core development in the last two weeks of July. Since the previous report covering the massive amount of new features getting merged, there has been a bit of a shift towards stability, but there still is enough to write about in the new-and-fresh department. Read on and enjoy!
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- Database Work
- Adding Download Feedback
- Design Details
- And More
- Blogs and Conference Program Announcement
There has been work going on to improve the database handling in ownCloud. A public API for Doctrine QueryBuilder and ExpressionBuilder was added to ownCloud as part of a bigger effort to make writing SQL queries easier and less error prone. Note that this isn’t a full >Object Relational Mapper, rather, it still requires SQL knowlege and allows easily adding custom terms while avoiding the ORM overhead. Of course, it also means SQL is not validated and developers have to make sure it works with the databases they target.
Adding Download Feedback
To improve the look on Android L, Jan-Christoph Borchardt added ‘theme-color’ to the mobile layout and changed the look of password-protected links. In other tiny-details-news, there is now a space between user and admin documentation so they don’t look like a single link anymore. The description of the default encryption module was also improved to ensure that users wouldn’t get confused about what it can and can’t do (see this blog for details on the new Encryption 2.0).
Other notable PR’s include:
- A new hook was introduced in our password handling code to allow apps to be written for specific password policy handling.
- The app checker now warns for deprecated classes as requested on the ownCloud developer mailing list.
- If you have an old openSSL or NSS version, ownCloud will now give you a warning in the admin settings. This is especially relevant for CentOS 6 users which have a very old NSS version and experience issues with Federated Cloud Sharing and the ownCloud app store.
Other ownCloud Happenings
On Planet ownCloud, we continued to publish blogs about what is new in the ownCloud 8.1 release, like a post about Encryption 2.0 and some more videos on our YouTube channel, like how to create a public upload folder and others in our tutorial playlist. Morris Jobke blogged about conditional logging and a more verbose ownCloud upgrade process.
In ownCloud Contributor Conference news, we announced our keynote speaker, German Theater Director Angela Richter, followed by the full conference program. We already have over 2^8 conference registrations so if you want to join – register soon.