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Beta testing pLog 1.0

After almost 8 months of intense work, pLog 1.0 is almost ready and now it's time to start the testing round period. The whole detalied testing plan can be found here, instructions on how to access our Subversion repository can be found here and you we also have instructions for new installations and upgrades. Please use the new forum for feedback and our bugtracking system for bug reports.

Please keep reading for a summary of the testing plan, how you can help, porting your old plugins and about translations of the new version.
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Testing Plan

Our initial estimation is that the testing period for pLog 1.0 will last until April but it all depends on how well (or worse!) things go. There are way too many changes in 1.0 and we will need as much time as we can get.

The testing round will be divided in two phases: phase 1 and phase 2. The differences between phase 1 and phase 2 are the scope of the testing efforts and how we are going to provide people interested in helping with releases:

  • Phase 1 will last for about 4-6 weeks starting today. During phase 1, the scope is reduced to only core features: posting, editing, users, and most important, the caching system and subdomains. Plugins, templates and the summary will not be tested during this phase.
  • During phase 1, the only way to get the code will be from our subversion repository. One good reason for doing so is that whenever a change or fix is made, it will be almost inmediately available for everyone and users will not have to wait until the next .tar.gz release.
  • Phase 2 will start after phase 1, until sometime in April (hopefully!) During phase 2 the testing scope will include all features and periodic releases will be made.

How to get the code

We are using Subversion as our source code management system and as already mentioned, during phase 1 this will be the only way to get the code. There are clear and precise instructions where to find the code in our new wiki, here.

Subversion is way easier and faster to use than CVS and it is available for a myriad of different platforms. There are command-line clients for command-line junkies and visual clients such as TortoiseSVN for those who prefer visual tools.

Installing or upgrading

The installer script (wizard.php) already supports clean installations or upgrades from pLog 0.3.x. There are instructions for a new installation here and (unfinished) upgrade instructions here. Even though the installation script has been thoroughly tested, it is recommented to make a backup of your old database before attemtping to upgrade.

Feedback and reporting bugs

We have created a new forum specially dedicated to discuss any issue related to testing pLog 1.0, but our bug tracking system is a much better place to leave bugs reports (but please make sure you're not reporting duplicated bugs!!)

What you can do

It is very important that you help us to test this new release. Despite being a beta release, it works quite well and has been working flawlessly in sites like this one or this one for a long time now, so it is quite ready despite its "beta" label. The best way to help is to install it or ugprade your 0.3.x-based installation and use it as your day-to-day blog.

There are also some bug reports where we would need more input such as this one, this one or this one. If you feel you've got some useful information, please leave us a comment there.

What you should not do (yet)

The English locale is ready but there still are a few screens that have not been designed (the first one you will notice is probably the "Dashboard" page) and that will probably add new strings so it is advisable to wait until phase 2 to start updating the locales.

Phase 1 is also not the right phase to test plugins or port your old plugins.

On behalf of the development team, thanks for helping!

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