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  1. Interpolat
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    What is the anticipated release date of the next version of Ndizi?

  2. uhdayna
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Love to know the answer as well. =)

    Great plug-in by the way, but would love to see the features added that you mentioned.

  3. angelxube
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I am looking forward for any response by author as well.

  4. George Stephanis
    Automattic Lead Code Monkey
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    I keep wanting to update stuff on this, but client work has been keeping me busy, and I've not had time to devote to Ndizi. I've been putting the word out looking for collaborators to help develop it, being willing to train people in WordPress plugin development and the like, but noone seems interested in pitching in with the codebase.

    Such is life, I suppose.

  5. angelxube
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Fair enough. I am really sorry that i can't help, i am not good PHP developer. I hope there will be more interest about this fantastic project.

  6. Interpolat
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    George

    I am trying to teach myself PHP. I am able to do basic php manipulations and modifications but have never written any php script. I gave done a bit of HTML coding in the past. I am really eager to see Ndizi stepped unto the next level and sowould be willing to give this a shot if you are willing to teach.

  7. Interpolat
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Nice to see you back George. Great to finally see updates for Ndizi coming through.

  8. kdking1976
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Any word on the release that would allow end users and admins to attach files for upload? I have a project on hold, waiting for that feature alone. I would love to be a beta tester also.

  9. ianthekid
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I'm a PHP developer, and am very interesting in supporting the cause however I can. This is a fantastic plugin, and I would like to see it get enough features to be a worthy replacement for people using basecamp

  10. George Stephanis
    Automattic Lead Code Monkey
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    Awesome. Use the contact form on stephanis.info to drop me a line and I'll try to follow up this week about getting you rolled in.

  11. Interpolat
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    It is about time we saw some movement on this plugin. I consider this one of my most favored plugins but still with a lot of great potential yet untapped. I have never developed a plugin myself, but have extensive experience with WordPress and basic understanding of php. Will be glad to help too if I can be useful.

  12. kdking1976
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I am not a php guy nor a developer, but I work as an IT software support specialist for our local county government, and I could help with client support if needed. Great Plugin!

  13. George Stephanis
    Automattic Lead Code Monkey
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    JMDezigns -- I've been asking a number of occasions in a number of different places for other people willing to contribute to the plugin. Until this point, of the three or so that actually replied, every single one has flaked out. I just don't have the time to contribute to the plugin lately, with my freelance work keeping me busy + contributing for the WordPress core.

    Really, what the plugin needs are a sharp coder who can figure things out, code them cleanly, and has about 5h/wk for a couple weeks (more would be great, but I'm thinking minimum to make it worthwhile) willing to contribute to the plugin itself.

    If you're willing to commit to that, drop me an email, by all means.

  14. badjesus
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Is there anyone willing to pay monthly to get this plugin up and going?

    If a message interface, and the ability for clients to log in and mark tasks as completes is on the project list, I would be willing to sign up today for the same fee's as Basecamp.

    If you can get a few of us to do this, it might help is getting programmers, or would it help to make this a priority?

    The plugin is awesome, works great, but right now the functionality is missing a few key features to make it worth while.

    I wouldn't worry too much on making it pretty, just id and class the hell out of it in CSS and allow everyone to make their own CSS file.
    Have it check for a custom CSS first, and if not it uses the default.

    Please contact me if this can become a possability.

    jamie at kembel dot ca

  15. George Stephanis
    Automattic Lead Code Monkey
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hey Jamie,

    I've actually got a programmer that has just expressed an interest in joining the team. He's going to be looking into adding in Messaging and File Upload functionality in the next week or so. If he has continued interest after that point, I'll be setting him up with commit access to 'carry the torch' as it were. There have been others expressing a passing interest in the past, but every single one has always flaked out when it came to actually doing any legitimate programming or contributions.

    -George

  16. Interpolat
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    George and (Nosuchthing as BadJesus).

    I am one of those who has expressed interest in somehow keeping Ndizi alive, but I am no coder by any means, as I already indicated to you (George). I would be against a turning this plugin into a monthl subscription service because one of the major reasons I am on WordPress and looking at this plugin is because I cannot afford Basecamp and the other pay options out there, that do have most of the functionality we are seeking in Ndizi.

  17. George Stephanis
    Automattic Lead Code Monkey
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    Oh, I have no desire to turn it into a commercial plugin personally. I honestly have no desire to profit by it, that's why instead of taking donations for it, I direct people to Charity:Water.

    The closest to a monthly paid service I would ever let it go is to accept voluntary donations (which I don't want to to -- but if someone else would like to take over active development, I wouldn't object to) -- or charge for support/customizations.

    -George

  18. badjesus
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Yes, what I would be looking at is a voluntary... don't actually turn the program into a commercial plugin. It would be temporary and voluntary just to get the final steps done to benefit us all in the wordpress community.

    There would just need to be a specific goal laid out and a time frame or money refunded sort of deal.

    Good to hear someone has shown interest! There are some other good options out there but so far this is on top of the list as long as those main core features can get there.
    For messaging, just use wordpress comments. It isn't a big deal if they are a isolated to the assigned a task. Turn the task into a custom post type to utilize all core wordpress features.

    Then add custom taxonomies to show it as completed or not with user permissions. Allow users from the front end to complete tasks. When a checkbox is selected it woudl change taxonomy type to "completed". This would allow for literally an exact copy of Basecamp as a plugin for wordpress. There might be a commercial interest in selling the plugin to basecamp afterward with them creating an API to link to customers existing basecamp accounts, or to import existing basecamp records.

    For each client, set them up as a custom user type. This allows them to log in with existing user control instead of a custom unique string. This way they can recover passwords, etc.

    Not sure if I am oversimplifying this but I would think utilizing all of the core wordpress features would allow for a lot more control and customization.

    Use jquery tabs, in the front end to display the tasks seperate from client info or main message board (single page using comments).

    I am not strong enough with the quality coding and cross platform stablizing but I would image designing it using these core features would make this easier and more stable with all themes and avoid other plugin conflicts... not to mention, make it easier.

    -Jamie

  19. badjesus
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I think I could probably create this utilizing these plugins, if someone could take that as an example on a test site to see functionality and then add it to the existing code for Ndizi to actually create their own plugin.

    By utilizing :
    Custom Post Types UI
    Advanced Custom Field
    Members
    User Profile
    Front End Editor
    Theme-Thesis

    I think that is all that would be needed to create this, and then to just take that same functionality and link them together into their own single plugin?

    All outputs and diplays could be done with wp_query()

    Just make sure to ID and Class the hell out of everything, and custom CSS control is available for any theme and creating custom looks once the plugin is done. I would be more than willing to do some color templates for a quick set up feature. (Light, Dark, Grey, Basic Colors, ETC)

  20. George Stephanis
    Automattic Lead Code Monkey
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    Jamie:

    Yes, you are certainly oversimplifying things. The plugin was intentionally written to use its own tables, rather than custom post types -- it's a structural choice that I made early on, as I wanted to keep it as optimized as I could, and it's far more efficient to have a custom db table that stores everything when you have a fixed data structure.

    As such, there are no post IDs that it could be tied to, because it doesn't use posts.

    If you'd like one that does use custom post types, then by all means, go right ahead and get one built. I intentionally built Ndizi for pure, raw efficiency in load times so that it would scale better than it would be able to if it were storing 20 items in the meta table for each record.

    -George

  21. l r
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Just want to say a nice, neat plugin.
    I hope you find time to add some of the modifications on the list.
    (dates, upload files, archiving) - it would be just perfect for me.
    Simple is good though.. it just works.. thanks again.
    e

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