Anahita 4.3.5 Birth release update is available

Anahita 4.3.4 update birth release announcement
Burrard Bridge, Vancouver, BC, Canada

The 4.3.5 release contains fixes for a number of critical bugs and also delivers some optimization to make page renderings up to 25% faster. The following is the change log summary:

  1. asking for pronouns instead of gender on person profile edit
  2. if custom language package doesn’t exist, default to en-GB
  3. if custom template package doesn’t exist, default to shiraz
  4. delete language package directory when language package is uninstalled
  5. added OpenGraph meta tags to media and actor node detailed views
  6. fixed issue in the language class which was preventing the use of custom packages
  7. moved photo set cover to the main column
  8. fixed issue which was breaking inline photo title/description editing
  9. used rel=nofollow for the voters action link
  10. clean up meta description text
  11. fixed issue where the mentions RegEx was parsing @ symbols within urls
  12. refined email RegEx
  13. cleaned up and updated schemas
  14. fixed WSOD when users deleted their own accounts
  15. fixed issue where people with disabled accounts could login and see a broken page
  16. improved speed by 25% by some code optimization
  17. fixed issue which prevented errors to be displayed within the custom template
  18. updated minimum php version of all packages to php >= 5.6
  19. display the last 20 notifications in the notifications popup
  20. fixed issue where plugins were being imported multiple times
  21. fixed issue preventing commenting on articles
  22. added before/after events for person save and delete in user plugins
  23. updated Connect App code for facebook

How to upgrade

If you are upgrading from Anahita 4.3 simply type the following commands in the root of your Anahita installation:

$ composer clearcache
$ composer update

If you are upgrading from any of the Anahita releases prior to the 4.3 then you need to follow the following instructions:

Acknowledgements

Our special thanks go to Anahita tribe members Scott Crawford and Nick Swinford for testing, reporting bugs, and contributing pull requests on GitHub. This release couldn’t be possible without their help and efforts.

Also special thanks to the rmd Studio team for development and AQ testing. If you needed any custom Anahita development or solutions, please contact them.

Anahita 4.3.3 Birth release available

Photo by Yu-Chan Chen

This release provides a number of fixes and improvements:

  1. fixed a number of issues in the notifications component
  2. used infinite scroll for the list of Transactions in the Subscriptions app
  3. fixed bug that prevented editing mentionable nodes
  4. added actor bar for the notes list view
  5. minimum php requirement is now set to version 5.6

Before upgrading your installations MAKE A BACKUP of your database and custom extensions. That way if things go wrong you can still recover.

Upgrading from version 4.3.*

If you are already using any of the version 4.3.* releases run the following commands in your Anahita root directory:

$ composer update
$ php anahita db:migrate:up

Upgrading from version 4.2.*

To upgrade from any of the older version of Anahita read to the following articles:

If you have a question or needed support, start a topic on the Anahita Tribe Support group.

The birth of Anahita with !Joomla

We finally put the exclamation mark before Joomla (pun intended). We now present you the first standalone Anahita with no Joomla! code in it. The new 4.3 Birth release has a smaller codebase and better performance.

A bit of history

Anahita started as an extension for Joomla! CMS. After a few releases, the Joomla architecture was constraining us from building a lightweight and flexible graph architecture and social networking platform. To address that issue we started making changes to the Joomla code to make it more flexible for our needs. The result was the Anahita 2.2.4 which was made available as a Joomla distro.

But that wasn’t enough. Since Anahita 3.0 we have been taking out Joomla code until now that there is nothing left of it in the 4.3 release.

Anahita codebase size since version 2.2.4
Anahita codebase size since version 2.2.4

This release took a while to happen, but as the diagram shows, it was worth it. Right now, Anahita’s codebase is about 11mb which is about 38% smaller than the version 3.0. The performance has also improved quite a bit as a result. Continue reading “The birth of Anahita with !Joomla”

Anahita 4.3 Embryo release is in the master branch

English Bay WestEnd, Vancouver, BC, Canada
English Bay WestEnd, Vancouver, BC, Canada

It is official that the Anahita 4.3 Embryo release is now in the master branch and we are currently using on on our live website. From this point we will be further bug fixing and polishing the code towards a stable Birth release.

Anahita 4.3 is the first stand alone Anahita codebase that doesn’t have any Joomla code in it. We no longer have an administration back-end. It is all happening in the front-end and developed using the native Anahita framework. Since version 3.0 that we started removing the Joomla code from Anahita codebase, it’s been reduced by 40% in size even though we’ve been adding new features such as hashtag, mention, and location graphs.

There will be more updates regarding this release on our blog, so stay tuned.

Critical bug fix in Anahita 4.2.4 Birth Release

While we were putting the upcoming Anahita 4.3 under vigorous testing, we discovered a bug which is also in the current release of Anahita. This bug doesn’t affect existing installations, but only those who are trying to install Anahita for the first time.

The problem happens when Anahita is trying to send out the first activation email and since the reply-to email is missing in the newly created configuration file, the mail library throws an error and as a result the first user – which is also the super admin – doesn’t get logged in.

We have recently switched to using SwiftMailer library in Anahita since the 4.2.3 release. This bug was the result of a logical error in our code which integrates SwiftMailer with Anahita.

While this issue isn’t affecting the existing Anahita installations Run the following command in your Anahita installation to get the updates:

composer update

ps: Anahita 4.3 embryo release is just around the corner