Next beta: Monday!
The last two weeks have been filled with exciting activity in our development branch. Several users have stuck with us to provide us with excellent feedback, which have made us put some extra effort into the second beta release. We don’t want to rush it, as beta 1 was just too unstable for our liking, with several bugs in basic functionality that should’ve been uncovered before the beta 1 release.
In addition to doing a ton of bugfixing on the existing code – much more that we would have imagined from our initial beta 1 release – we’ve also squeezed in several new features. This makes the 3.1 release shape up to be a much bigger feature release than initially intended. This isn’t the reason the next beta have been delayed – some of the bugs we’ve fixed have been quite persistent and hard to track down, so instead of doing nothing while waiting for other team members to land bugfixes, the rest of the team have been hard at work adding stuff instead.
New, improved or added since beta 1 is:
- LDAP authentication backend
The Bug Genie has always supported alternate authentication backend via its plugin architecture. Version 3.1 now ships with a working LDAP authentication plugin to provide you with both an example implementation of an alternate backend for authentication and also added functionality! More details about this plugin in a separate blog post.
- Much improved multi-platform support
The Bug Genie supports several server platforms by default, including other web server platforms like nginx, as well as database backends such as postgresql and mysql. Version 3.1 has seen much improved support for both nginx (via improved documentation) and postgres with several bugfixes for common scenarios.
- Wiki search
We’ve also added wiki search functionality. This lets you search for wiki articles both via the quicksearch field, the wiki menu dropdown, and a separate wiki searchpage. This will give you a lot more overview and control over your project (and global) wiki, and is the first step towards greatly improving the wiki functionality.
- MarkItUp for improved wiki editing usability
We added MarkItUp – a visual editor addition to writing wiki pages. It gives you shortcuts and buttons to highlight and format text, add links, etc – but does not give you a WYSIWYG editor. Instead, you will learn the syntax in use by The Bug Genie as the MarkItUp editor provides quick shortcuts for The Bug Genie’s MediaWiki-compatible wiki syntax.
There’s quite a few more minor (and major?) features in there between beta 1 and beta 2, and we’re excited for you to find them all. 3.1 will be our best release ever, and we can’t wait for you to join in on the fun.
The next beta release will be available this Monday (2nd May), delayed two days from the updated release plan (originally scheduled for 30th April). We’re sorry for this minor delay, but rest assured the time has been well spent.