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Random pics changing over time: EXTGallery block and jQuery's AJAX for ImpressCMS

Random pics changing over time: EXTGallery block and jQuery's AJAX for ImpressCMS by Ignacio Segura, OK, so you have a photo gallery. And you have a block showing some photos, but you'd like them to change every few seconds. Something like this? Look right column for a few seconds. OK, you got the point, keep reading. 1 - A random block. First thing we did is to put a random block where we wanted to using block administration interface (admin ->blocks). At this moment it was just static content, every time the page loads, there are three random pics there. That simple. The number of pics can be configured in the block. Once they are on screen, they don't change. If we could execute this block's code again, it would give us a new bunch of random pics, am I right? 2 - A piece of middleware If we want to change a page once it's loaded, we need to use Javascript. There's no other choice. So, to change this picture we need to give Javascript a list of new pictures in a format Javascript can understand. A format Javascript can understand is JSON, and the piece of code that we are usign to give Javascript the info is this:

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Join the ImpressCMS Team !

Following a recent post in our forums, I decided to write a small blog post about how one could join the ImpressCMS Team!

The ImpressCMS Team is what we call the group of dedicated people who, day after day, invest a little (or more of their time to improve the ImpressCMS Project. Wether it's by supporting users on our forums, translating ImpressCMS, developing modules, improving the ImpressCMS Network Sites, developing new features in the ImpressCMS core, reporting bugs, fixing bugs, organising, documenting, or anything else that would help ImpressCMS users, every individual who wish to contribute is welcomed !

Upon your request, we will give you access to the ImpressCMS SVN and will assist you into learning how to use it if you are not familiar with this files versionning system. You will get access to SourceForge trackers where you will be able to help reporting and managing bugs and feature requests.

By joining the ImpressCMS Team, you will have the opportunity to help build a great community, a great software and you will most likely make new friends and new profesional connexions!

Interested ? Don't hesitate any longer and click on Get Involved > Join the ImpressCMS Team and a member of our team will get in touch with you sortly.

The ImpressCMS Team and myself are truly looking forward to work with you soon!


What's Wrong With Us?

I was working up a Thanksgiving post to share, but then I was completely disgusted by an event that happened earlier Friday and wondered - what's wrong with us?

The day after Thanksgiving has earned the name 'Black Friday', stemming from either the 1929 US Stock Market crash, or the possible accounting reference to being profitable. Regardless of the origin of the name, the day after Thanksgiving is totally given over to shopping mayhem. What a contrast to the day of Thanksgiving, where the day is spent with family and friends and we remember and recount all the things we have.

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What about donations and other revenues ?

Talking to a few people recently, I realize that we never really spoke publicly about the financial aspects of ImpressCMS. Since money is always a sensible thing in an open source project, we wanted to do things slowly, but correctly, and with full transparency.

So to quickly answer a question posted in the forums:


I did a search but couldn't find any relevant info. So (just wondering) how are donations spend at Impress?

Well, so far, The ImpressCMS Project did not spent a dime from any income we had since the beginning). We were waiting to get things rolling to identify our best course of action as to where money could be used to get the best results for the community.

For the first 6 months of the year, we did not had much activity regarding our financea, hence why no financial report was made public. It is just lately that we have started to see some interesting activity: donations, ads revenues, Packt Publishing awards, etc... And we are still looking for sponsors to help us raise funds which would help the projet grow faster.

So, in the first week of January 2009, The ImpressCMS Project will officially be 1 year old, and a financial report will of course become mandatory. This is why on that very week, we will publish our first financial year report as well a a budget explaining how we intend to manage these ressources for the year to come. And starting then, we will publish one financial report every quarter. Transparency is very important for us and we will make all the necessary actions to reach that goal.

So, more to come in January ! And thanks to the people who manifested interest about this. If you guys do, many others are, so thanks for sharing this!

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