With the release of the CS2008 RC1 I thought I’d better crank out a final anticipatory CS2008 Byte with the Beta Byte handle. Most of my readers know that I don’t do Community Server betas, but thankfully a LOT of other developers and site admins have been banging on the CS2008 betas and making an incredible contribution to the quality we’ll enjoy in CS2008. The Telligent Core Team has been extremely responsive to all input in my opinion, and as I said, that input has been amazing.
Ben on the new Centralized File System. “Post attachments, media files, user files, user avatars, group avatars, site files, blog files, role icons, rank icons, … are all stored in CFS.” Or as Ken says in another thread, “With CS 2008, we no longer support storing files in the database at all.”
I loved Jose’s analysis of sites that support automatic creation of user blogs. Admins spending “too much time moderating posts and too many blogs were simply empty.” This post earns its CSBit-ness in Jose’s description of the new “Announcements” support in the user profile as well as the ability to “leave comments” on another user’s profile. Both of these features are syndicated, which I’m very happy to see. Syndication is good…
“Both the post attachments and avatar folders did not copy over correctly” causing pictures not to display. Just one of several case studies on CS Forums that remind us that perusing the Upgrade readme prior to upgrading CS2007 to CS2008 is highly recommended.
To view thumbnails in CS2008 as anonymous, from Ben, “Grant the “Everyone” role “Download” permission to that media gallery and the thumbnails will appear when not logged in.” I assume this is the out-of-the-box default, but Bit-worthy just in case.
Jose on the changes to private messages in CS2008. Good deal! “In Community Server 2008, the “private message” feature is no longer associated with forums (so it doesn’t benefit from thread read/unread status). It’s part of our new Messaging system that supports profile announcements, comments, activity logging in addition to ‘conversations’.”
More from Ben on widgets in CS2008. “We added support for Widgetbox widgets, Springwidgets widgets, Google Gadgets, custom HTML, and RSS widgets — so anywhere that widgets are supported in a theme, any of these content options can be used. Widgets can be added anywhere within a theme — including the body of certain pages.”
A long time developer, I was an early adopter of Linux in the mid-90's for a few years until I entered corporate environments and worked with Microsoft technologies like ASP, then .NET. In 2008 I released Sueetie, an Online Community Platform built in .NET. In late 2012 I returned to my Linux roots and locked in on Java development. Much of my work is available on GitHub.