Author Archives: Adam Franco

About Adam Franco

Senior Application Developer

Weekly Web Updates – December 5, 2016

We upgraded the servers that run go.middlebury.edu, go.miis.edu, and mediawiki.middlebury.edu. These are now using the Chef server configuration tool to manage settings so that we can ensure proper change management over their setup. The GO service now supports the “https” protocol. Additionally, MediaWiki was upgraded from version 1.26.4 to version 1.28.0 as part of this change.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • When editing a GO shortcut, the “Apply These Changes” button is now on its own line, making it less likely that you will accidentally click the “Delete” button that used to be next to it.
  • Department image banners on the Middlebury Drupal site should now properly link to the department homepage rather than the image file if you have JavaScript enabled.
  • Course Hub term builders can now reorder subpage items in the hub.
  • The iCal feeds for the Dining Menus site now include the start and end time of each meal.
  • The L&ITS wiki now includes icons when linking to an external site. Also, the toclimit classes are in the stylesheet now so that feature will work.
  • Resolved an issue with images not loading in the Moodle Adaptive Quiz module.
  • The WordPress bbPress plugin went missing and was replaced.
  • The Course Catalog  now supports a JSON API to provide course data to the Kurogo mobile application.

Ongoing Work

  • A small redesign of the Middlebury News Room to bring it more inline with the newsletter.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS and Course Catalog servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, and GO services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Providing Course Hub access for Schools Abroad courses.

Weekly Web Updates – November 28, 2016

You can now set whether your Drupal Webform resends emails when a submission is updated. Some webforms are set up to allow submitters to continue to revise their submitted information and the webform administrator may want to be informed when this occurs. To set this, edit the webform, click “Webform” in the header, then “Form settings”, and check the “Re-send emails on update” checkbox.

Email lists in MyEmma, such as MiddNews, are now automatically populated from lists in Banner each week, ensuring that new members of our community are kept up-to-date on communications. If you choose to unsubscribe from messages, this preference will not be changed by the weekly sync process.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Corrected a typo in the Middlebury site footer which listed the email address for Admissions incorrectly.
  • iCal feeds from the Dining menus site now include the proper start time of each meal, converted to UTC time.
  • The Scholar and Student content types on the Davis UWC site now have first and last name fields which can be used to sort the lists of students, rather than the combined name title field which did not allow sorting by last name.
  • The default year for students on the Davis UWC site was changed from 2019 to 2020.

Ongoing Work

  • A small redesign of the Middlebury News Room to bring it more inline with the newsletter.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS, GO, MediaWiki, and Course Catalog servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal and WordPress environments.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Providing Course Hub access for Schools Abroad courses.

Weekly Web Updates – November 21, 2016

We created a special “Event” content type for the Middlebury Sustainability site, which is now available to use anywhere on the Middlebury Drupal site that you would like to list event information. Documentation on using the Event content type is available on the L&ITS Wiki.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Updated the process that builds Course Hub sites for new courses to ensure that it will work for additional course formats, specifically those where the course number contains letters.
  • Fixed an issue with the MiddCORE email subscription form where extra line breaks in the email headers were preventing the form from sending confirmation emails to the site administrators.
  • We resolved an issue with images on featured articles in the Middlebury Magazine site.
  • The default student year on the Davis UWC Scholars site was increased.

Ongoing Work

  • A small redesign of the Middlebury News Room to bring it more inline with the newsletter.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS, GO, MediaWiki, and Course Catalog servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal and WordPress environments.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Populating mailing lists in the MyEmma email system from Banner.
  • Providing Course Hub access for Schools Abroad courses.

Weekly Web Updates – November 14, 2016

We have added an EDDMapS Shortcode plugin to WordPress which can be used to embed maps from the Early Detection & Distribution Mapping Service for invasive species mapping projects.

We have added Panopto to our list of supported video sources for Drupal video shortcodes.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

Ongoing Work

  • A small redesign of the Middlebury News Room to bring it more inline with the newsletter.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS, GO, MediaWiki, and Course Catalog servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal and WordPress environments.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Populating mailing lists in the MyEmma email system from Banner.
  • Providing Course Hub access for Schools Abroad courses.

Weekly Web Updates – November 7, 2016

We have added an Office365 Embed Shortcode plugin to our WordPress sites that can be used to embed documents stored on that service. We also have a Google Docs Shortcode plugin available.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • We reverted the Drupal media 7.x-2.0-beta3 upgrade from last week after reports of conflicts with the WYSIWYG editor in certain configurations. We’ll conduct further testing and upgrade when these issues are resolved.
  • Added a checkbox on the Event content type in the Middlebury Drupal site that allows editors in the Sustainability section of the site to determine whether the event should appear on their homepage.
  • Late on Wednesday evening, a system update added a default configuration file to several of our web servers that conflicted with our custom version of the file and caused a service interruption. We’ve updated our configuration to guarantee these two files are no longer in conflict and our custom version is loaded second, ensuring its settings are applied.
  • Fixed an issue with the Cite extension in MediaWiki by loading it from the core extensions path.
  • Added Ukraine as a map option in the David Projects for Peace site’s homepage feature.

Ongoing Work

  • A small redesign of the Middlebury News Room to bring it more inline with the newsletter.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS, GO, MediaWiki, and Course Catalog servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal and WordPress environments.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Populating mailing lists in the MyEmma email system from Banner.
  • Providing Course Hub access for Schools Abroad courses.

Weekly Web Updates – October 31, 2016 🎃 👻 😱

Our WordPress sites now support embedding media from the Panopto pilot project, after enabling a plugin.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Fixed an issue in the MiddCORE email subscription widget that prevented it from notifying site admins of new subscribers.
  • Added MyEmma to the list of domains allowed in the iframe shortcode for Drupal.
  • Resolved several issues with the process that syncs groups lists between the Active Directory and Drupal related to empty groups.
  • The search results page on our Drupal sites can now display results from any of a set of whitelisted custom search engines, allowing us to, for example, show results from the newsroom archive search on the main results page.

Ongoing Work

  • A small redesign of the Middlebury News Room to bring it more inline with the newsletter.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS, GO, MediaWiki, and Course Catalog servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal and WordPress environments.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Populating mailing lists in the MyEmma email system from Banner.
  • Providing Course Hub access for Schools Abroad courses.

Weekly Web Updates – October 24, 2016

New! Instructors can now provision Google Apps folder via the Course Hub.Google Apps folders in Course Hub

We have added the Sydney WordPress theme as a theme option. We removed the Trevilian way theme, which was not in use and had a few issues.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • When you see the “Authorization Required” message on forms.middlebury.edu or forms.miis.edu, the page title will now match the title of the page you were trying to reach.
  • The Sustainability site now has drop-down menus for its top navigation.
  • The Online Donor Roll is now displaying information from FY 2017. Additionally, donor names are only printed once on each list.
  • Updated the destination of the Bread Loaf School of English inquiry form.
  • Links in the “Related Links” section of news stories on the Middlebury Drupal site will now open in a new window or tab.
  • The “Faculty” link in the Middlebury School of the Environment site navigation will now read “People”.

Ongoing Work

  • Building out the configuration of our CAS, GO, MediaWiki, and Course Catalog servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal and WordPress environments.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Populating mailing lists in the MyEmma email system from Banner.
  • Providing Course Hub access for Schools Abroad courses.

Google Apps now available through the Course Hub

We are pleased to announce that instructors can now create Google Apps folders for their classes via the Course Hub. The following short video shows the process:

The Course Hub will create the class folder and share it with the instructors, students, and audits groups for your course section. The Hub also makes it easy to set the default role for students/audits: either “Reader” which can only view documents and files or “Writer” which allows students/audits to create and upload documents and files.

As recently announced, we hope to provide a similar integration for Office 365/OneDrive in the coming months.