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Author Topic: PROGRAMMING CONTEST: Write an open source mod for SMF forum  (Read 18558 times)

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PROGRAMMING CONTEST: Write an open source mod for SMF forum
« on: December 22, 2005, 07:16:31 PM »
Ok guys+gals,

I don't know if this is best described as a contest, or more of a sponsorship, but any way you slice it, we've decided to offer a reward for a programmer who can make 2 mods for the smf (simplemachines) forum system, that will let the mediawiki wiki system, and the mantis bugtracker system share smf login info.

We do not expect or want to have multiple programmers working on this at the same time - the main purpose is to find a person who wants to get this done properly, and give them a little incentive and reward.

The final result must be made open source and shared with the SMF community.  We will be happy to provide web space for the programmer who writes this so that they can maintain a page on it (and for any other smf or open source mods they might want to write).

We are looking for someone who wants to implement this correctly, i.e. improve it over time and correct bugs that are found, not just do a quick and dirty job to win a prize.

This is not a horribly complicated mod, and similar mods have been written already which will provide a good starting point, however it is a bit tricky so probably only someone who is a bit comfortable working with smf mods or php/mysql already should try this.



More Details:
  • the aim is to use the SMF login info as the definitive login for mediawiki and mantis bugtracker logins.
  • user should not ever have to log into media wiki or mantis manually if they are already logged into the forum.
  • must work on existing smf accounts (i.e. not just new ones)
  • should have minimal (preferably none at all), messing with the original smf database tables (certainly nothing that would make the tables incompatible with a clean install of smf or mediawiki or mantis); ie we want minimal impact and minimal potential for troubles.
  • we will want to coordinate groups in smf with groups in mediawiki, so that certain member groups in smf map to member groups in wiki, with the mod checking this to keep up to date so that we don't have to manually update databases when status of a user changes.
  • expect to tweak it to get it working right.
  • coder should ideally have their own installation of smf, mediawiki, mantis.  if its an experienced programmer who is SURE they will be implementing this we could set these things up for them in a test account, but we're not going to set up 10 such accounts just for people who are curious about attempting to code this



Rewards:
  • Fully license copy of VmWare
  • $100 cash reward
  • Custom DonationCoder.com t-shirt
  • Some more free software
  • The thanks of tons of people on this board and othe SMF boards.
  • Chance to do more such mods for more rewards.

Feel free to discuss here or email mouser@donationcoder.com
« Last Edit: December 22, 2005, 07:32:59 PM by mouser »

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Re: PROGRAMMING CONTEST: Write an open source mod for SMF forum
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2005, 01:57:56 AM »
here's a useful package integrating phpbb with mediawiki, probably could serve as the basis for smf-mediawiki addon.

http://meta.wikimedi...BB/Users_Integration
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Re: PROGRAMMING CONTEST: Write an open source mod for SMF forum
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2005, 11:04:54 PM »
to summarize the approach i think seems most common and appropriate. the basic idea is that the smf login is the authoritative login.

  • smf has a helper php file SSI.php which you can include from any other php script (mantis and mediawiki are both php).
  • after including that you can easily get the users name and 'member group' in smf.
  • if the user is not logged into smf, and they want to log in to mediawiki or mantis, you should try to sign them into smf.
  • if they are logged into smf, you should synchronize their smf login with their mediawiki or mantis login.
  • this may amount to creating a new login at mediawiki or mantis if none exists, or changing their mediawiki/mantis group if their smf group is different (rare), and then logging them into their mediawiki or mantis account.


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Re: PROGRAMMING CONTEST: Write an open source mod for SMF forum
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2005, 04:52:42 AM »
here is the link to the simplemachines forum section that discusses integrating smf login with other portals and systems; it should be extremely useful to this process:
http://www.simplemac...index.php?board=33.0

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Re: PROGRAMMING CONTEST: Write an open source mod for SMF forum
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2005, 05:08:54 AM »
How about adding Drupal to mix too (I could use that) and I know there are a lot of people on the SMF forums who would like to see an integrated login/logout/registration for SMF/Drupal.

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Re: PROGRAMMING CONTEST: Write an open source mod for SMF forum
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2005, 06:09:37 AM »
id love to see drupal integrated as well - but let's get this one done first.  someone is working on it at the moment; keep your fingers crossed for success.

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Re: PROGRAMMING CONTEST: Write an open source mod for SMF forum
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2005, 06:54:59 AM »
Trouble is you won't want multiple mods modifying the same PHP files - if it could all be done with one mod it would be much more predictable!

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Re: PROGRAMMING CONTEST: Write an open source mod for SMF forum
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2006, 03:54:41 AM »
This project is currently being worked on by a coder, and good progress is being made :)

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Re: PROGRAMMING CONTEST: Write an open source mod for SMF forum
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2006, 05:35:08 PM »

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Re: PROGRAMMING CONTEST: Write an open source mod for SMF forum
« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2006, 09:57:45 AM »
What is the status of this bounty? (err.. Contest)?

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Re: PROGRAMMING CONTEST: Write an open source mod for SMF forum
« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2006, 10:14:45 AM »
the person working on it burned out or gave up..
at this point i'm not sure we still want to pursue the integration of wikimedia and mantis - although we are trying to figure out a wiki/bugtracking integration solution.  suggestions are welcome.

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Re: PROGRAMMING CONTEST: Write an open source mod for SMF forum
« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2006, 07:35:20 PM »
I've got some potentially novel stuff on my drawing board for forum and bug tracker integration. I haven't settled on a forum or bug tracker yet, but I'd be interested in talking about this more in general. If a suite of tools is found that seems good for all interested parties then I'd be willing to put up some money to help fund the integration challenge as well. It would have to include my ideas though. :D

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Re: PROGRAMMING CONTEST: Write an open source mod for SMF forum
« Reply #12 on: July 23, 2007, 03:56:54 PM »
So, has no one else picked this up and/or has there been no progress?

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Re: PROGRAMMING CONTEST: Write an open source mod for SMF forum
« Reply #13 on: July 24, 2007, 01:28:45 AM »
This topic looks to be dead in the water...

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Re: PROGRAMMING CONTEST: Write an open source mod for SMF forum
« Reply #14 on: July 24, 2007, 01:32:57 AM »
I guess we should consider this dead, especially after our recent interactiong with SMF people which doesn't leave me feeling so good about them.

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Re: PROGRAMMING CONTEST: Write an open source mod for SMF forum
« Reply #15 on: July 24, 2007, 03:13:53 PM »
there is a section in the smf forums about integrations, might be worth a check to see if someone else has done it.