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[EP-tech] EPrints Dev Powwow (yesterday)

Hi all,

ULCC hosted the first EPrints Dev Powwow yesterday: http://dablog.ulcc.ac.uk/2014/08/06/ulcc-hosts-inaugural-eprints-developer-pow-wow/

The main focus were:

(1) the updated Xapian integration

Code at https://github.com/eprints/xapianv2

Presentation slides at http://pubs.ulcc.ac.uk/182/ (Xapian intro and integration details)

Demo at http://puffin.ecs.soton.ac.uk/cgi/xapian/simple (and /advanced)

(2) EPrints4 under the hood

Code at https://github.com/eprints/eprints/tree/eprints4

High-level presentation of tested/implemented features: http://pubs.ulcc.ac.uk/183/

We also discussed the options for modernising the UI and which technologies/frameworks could be used - were mentioned: jQuery (over Prototype), Bootstrap templates, Mustache (server-side) and Mustache-JS (client-side). There seems to be a general consensus that building HTML in PERL is a tedious task and should be discarded.

(3) Bootstrap'ing EPrints

(sorry, I didn't note the URL of the demo, link anyone?)

(4) Github code management

Announcements will be made regarding cleaning up the branches on github (notifications will be sent beforehand) - expect something like:

- deprecating the "master" branch
- incorporating some selected diff's from master to 3.3 (the so-called "missing commits")
- make the 3.3 branch *THE* dev branch

Thanks to ULCC for organising and hosting the event, which, hopefully, will become a regular meeting.