Moodle 1.7 is released

Moodle 1.7 has been released. Moodle is a course management system (also called a learning management system) and used by educators to build online learning communities.

The five most significant features added to Moodle according to the release notes are:

  • Roles - Moodle has a complete new architecture for assigning people permissions. Permissions based on fine-grained capabilities allow all kinds of roles to be created and assigned in all contexts around Moodle. This creates a great deal more flexibility in the permissions that you can grant to people.
  • XML database schema - In addition to MySQL and PostGreSQL, Moodle also supports Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle.
  • New administrative interface - A new admin interface with accessible design and cool features to make access to settings fast and easy.

PHP 5.2.0 is available

The start of November is big news for users and developers of PHP applications with the release of PHP 5.2 on the 2nd of the month. According to the release announcement, this "release is a major improvement in the 5.X series, which includes a large number of new features, bug fixes and security enhancements".

Significant features of PHP 5.2 include:

  • New memory manager for the Zend Engine with improved performance and a more accurate memory usage tracking.
  • Input filtering extension was added and enabled by default.
  • JSON extension was added and enabled by default.
  • ZIP extension for creating and editing zip files was introduced.
  • Hooks for tracking file upload progress were introduced.
  • Introduced E_RECOVERABLE_ERROR error mode.
  • Introduced DateTime and DateTimeZone objects with methods to manipulate date/time information.
  • Upgraded bundled SQLite, PCRE libraries.
  • Upgraded OpenSSL, MySQL and PostgreSQL client libraries for Windows installations.
  • Many performance improvements.
  • Over 200 bug fixes.

Akismet: New Movable Type Plugin

Akismet announced that a new version of the Movable Type plugin (Version 1.03) has been made available. Akismet is a service for blog applications and other content management systems that filter out comment spam and trackback spam. The new Movable Type plugin for Akismet was necessary because many users were having problems with the previous plugin breaking after users upgraded to Movable Type 3.31.

Gallery 1.6 just around the corner

The folks at Gallery, an online photo album organizer, are working hard developing the newest version of Gallery in the 1.x line...Gallery 1.6. Gallery 1.6 is currently at Alpha 2 which means that the software is intended for testing purposes and not for use on production servers. If your confused with what I just said then I recommend you wait installing Gallery 1.6 until it has been fully released.

WordPress 2.0.5 released

WordPress 2.0.5 was released late last week. This new version of WordPress mainly contains bugfixes, security fixes, and some very minor enhancements. According to the original announcement at Wordpress.org, the fixes center around feeds, custom fields, and internationalization. Links to download WordPress 2.0.5 are available at the "official" WordPress 2 download page.