Author Archives: Adam Franco

About Adam Franco

Senior Application Developer

Weekly Web Updates – January 2, 2017

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • go/groups will not show class membership information to non-admins.
  • The Drupal Redirector content type has been enabled on www.davisfellowsforpeace.org.
  • An additional view display variant for the fellows tables on www.davisfellowsforpeace.org was created that doesn’t contain the “Area of Interest” column.
  • The new first and last name fields for student nodes in www.davisuwcscholars.org have been populated.
  • Privacy Policy links have been added to numerous footer themes within www.middlebury.edu.
  • The default image displayed in the directory and website profile content has been updated.
  • The Drupal Google Calendar content-type now properly extracts calendar ids from any Google Calender URL (embed-url, iCal url, etc) as well as allowing calendar ids to be entered directly.
  • Added documentation on email re-sending in Webforms.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • A small redesign of the Middlebury News Room to bring it more inline with the newsletter.
  • Building out the configuration of our Omeka, 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 – December 19, 2016

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Improved the video shortcode processing in Drupal to handle additional forms of Vimeo URLs.
  • We’ve added Varnish caching in front of the New Library Items site, which should cause it to load much faster if it’s been visited recently.
  • There is a new “trainee” role in the Drupal Training website, which includes everyone with an account to better ensure that permission to use the site is limited to people signed in through CAS.
  • We have limited the allowed file types for uploaded files in Drupal to include common image and document formats.
  • Older versions of the Middlebury Student Life site should no longer get indexed by search engines. We are working on removing old copies of their content in a way that does not impact the live site.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • A small redesign of the Middlebury News Room to bring it more inline with the newsletter.
  • Building out the configuration of our Omeka, 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 – December 12, 2016

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • CAS now requires TLS 1.2 when connecting to its service in order to provide additional session security. The Online Directory was upgraded to .NET 4.5 to accomodate this change.
  • We’ve added a Google Tag Manager plugin for Omeka and one for MediaWiki. Custom support for this was also added to MiddMedia.
  • Scholarships are now included in the post types shown on the MiddSTART homepage and several coding errors were resolved that were preventing comments from working as intended.
  • Fixed a login issue with MediaWiki that prevented some users from being able to edit.
  • Panopto is now included in the video provider options for the Davis Projects for Peace site.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • 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 – 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.