David Mudrak took the reigns of the October General Developer Meeting as the new Community Developer Liaison. Check out the official minutes here https://docs.moodle.org/dev/Developer_meeting_October_2014 (my unofficial observations are below).
No time was spared as they kicked off the meeting with Martin Dougiamas discussing:
- :1 minute – The eventual scheduled release of 3.0 which will simply follow 2.9 (no major changes, just continued progress and improvement). 3.0/3.1 may also carry long term support
- Future development includes:
- analytics and data
- Moodle.org as a platform
- open content (Moodle.net)
- workflow and planning, including outcomes
- access (accessibility, mobile, etc.)
- 2.8 includes
- major gradebook enhancements
- navigation improvements (fewer blocks), though some may move onto 2.9
- quiz editing interface improvements
- forum improvements
- inbound message API (VERP and reply by email)
- logging events/event monitoring
- Michael de Raadt moving to research manager at Moodle HQ
- :11 minutes – Moodle HQ taking on the Moots in Australia and 1 in the US in 2015
- videos and sessions will be recorded in good quality and shared
- hackfests will be a part of the sessions/program
- :15 minutes – Andrew Nichols on the Inbound Message API: which allows users to reply by email to discussion posts but also provides additional possibilities for using email to provide data from users directly to Moodle.
- :37 minutes – Marina Glancy on string deprecation
- :41 minutes – Daymon Wiese on assignment table restructuring simplifying SQL and finding latest assignments among the benefits
- :46 minutes – Juan Leyva on Mobile app news and roadmap: recent upgrades (1.7 released recently) which includes forum reading offline and new web services. Future roadmap includes enhanced push notifications, uploads, assignment support, desktop apps and more.
- 1 hour :02 minutes – David Mudrak on Plugin news including featured plugins, peer review of contributed plugins, better support of plugin releases via Github, improved comment/feedback wall on plugins pages.
- 1 hour :10 minutes – Martin discussed the future of MNET for which development is being led by Catalyst IT. This is a framework for user interoperability between Moodle sites and Mahara portfolio systems.
- 1 hour :13 minutes – Tim Hunt on a proposal for allowing quizzes to continue when sessions are dropped/internet is lost, vote for it here: https://tracker.moodle.org/browse/MDL-47688.
- 1 hour :20 minutes – Q&A with the audience which was mostly focused on the new logging/event handler reaction by the developer community, YUI, and “goodies” for Moodle 3.
Watch the full recording here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lc4rOo6Tu_o.