The Coppermine team has taken a first major step for CPG 1.5 by releasing the alpha version few days ago. This release is strictly for testersÂ and general users cannot download it. Also, note that CPG 1.5 is not yet ready for deploying on production sites. You should only set it up on your local testbeds or development site with limited public access.
If you are a seasoned Coppermine user and/or interested in testing big web applications and want to help us in testing the new release, then go through cpg1.5.1 alpha: how to become a tester and see whether you fit the job. If so, do let us know with your short bio and how you can help us.
Non-testers – don’t feel bad. We will soon have something for you as well. 🙂
Yesterday Google published the list of students accepted for Google Summer of Code (GSoC) – 2007. Coppermine has been allocated four students which is not bad considering just the first year in GSoC.
The major we are looking for from this project is the strong API for Coppermine. The stronger API will attract more developers from different platforms to contribute.
Then there is a Java based desktop client which will be utilizing the new API to give more powerful tool to users for uploading images to their websites. The client is expected to perform all the CPU eating processes on the client itself.
Next to follow are some of the features to be added to Coppermine’s core.
More details on each project can be found here.
Finally, I congraduate all the students who has been selected for Coppermine GSoC-2007 and wish them all the very best for their projects.
To those who had applied but were not selected, not to worry, we will be back with more projects next year.
Wow! We really got good response for Coppermine in GSoc, 07. As many as 35 applications are submitted by the students across the world starting from novice Coppermine users wanting to explore the world of open source to the expert programmers who have hacked into coppermine’s code to make it more feature rich. These guys (and ofcourse gals) are ready to build API’s, desktop clients and many more to make coppermine the best photo gallery software.
We are now looking forward to the next step, i.e. finallizing the student applications so that we can make the best out of their skills.
Coppermine Photo Gallery has been accepted in this years Google Summer of Code (GSoc) as a mentor organization. This is for the first time since GSoc has started back in 2005.
Visit Coppermine on GSoc here
We have also published the list of idea’s that we would like to be implemented by the students. If you have seen coppermine in past and interested in improving it, apply via GSoc web app. The instructions for the same can be found here
Google will give USD 4500 to the students successfully completing the task.
For more information feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
We knew that just creating the API won’t any good to Coppermine. So the next bigger task in hand was to create a client using that API to show the world that what we have made is gold. Since we use Linux at our workplace and I always use the latest Fedora Core (5 at the time of writting this) we decided to build a KDE Client.
Choosing a name was not so difficult. Most or every KDE application starts with K and we had a direct choice of replacing C with K and that was the birth of Koppermine.
The biggest challenge for me was to learn KDE programming. At the time of starting we just knew that there is something called as KDevelelop which we can use to build application and QT-Designer to design the forms. We are very thankful to the KDE-India list who helped us a lot and answered my newbie questions with patience.
While writting this Koppermine is stable and enjoying its release 1.1
Now a days API’s and tools based on those either web based or desktop are getting more and more famous. We all have witnessed a great API library by Flickr and some cool tools made in Flash using that API.
There are also tools for uploading photos to your Flick account like kflickr.
Being the part of Coppmermine Photo Gallery, one of the biggest Opensource photo gallery software in PHP, a thought clicked in our mind to have a API which will attract more developers than just the end users. And we started implementing the idea immediately.
We decided to follow the footsteps of flickr API to implement the calls and the responses. Today we are ready with the Coppermine API although with just two calls one for uploading the photos and the other for the list of categories and albums in the given Coppermine install.
The API is available in the devel module of newly created SVN repository of Coppermine on Sourceforge. Being the site owner you just need to get the API and put it in your gallery’s root folder.
I have already created an upload tool for Coppermine using this API and currently it is hosted as a independent project on SF. Its name is Koppermine.
Yes, you are right. The K is for KDE. Koppermine requires KDE to run. Window$ users!!! If you are a serious Coppermine user then you can think of migrating to Linux 🙂 Koppermine allows you to a lot more than just uploading.
I will write more about API with possibly some example usage and Koppermine in other posts.
So, keep watching