Elgg‘s development continues and appears to be progressing toward its next release—version 1.5. The svn revisions “odometer” has begun moving again this week after a brief break following the release of version 1.2.
Elgg’s roadmap states that Curverrider plans to make major relases every six months with Version 1.5 due in February. Several target enhancements due with this release have already been completed:
- An Administrative interface for customizing profile fields
- Metastring garbage collection
- Log Rotation
- Additional themes
Scalability enhancements are partially completed. Slated further improvements include:
- Views and plugin location caching
- A mobile device view
- An OpenDD client for syndication, imports, and exports (will this mean 0.9–>1.x migration?)
- Improved front page layout and submenu system
- The often requested group deletion
- Drillable site-wide activity stream
Elgg progress is not limited to the work of core developers. We are starting to see institutional support for Elgg development and customization. Kevin Jardine developed are critical event calendar plugin funded by the Royal Institute of British Architects. A large K12 school district in the US is considering an Elgg roll out with monetary support for the necesssary customization by core developers. Other institutions are beginning to pour manpower into Elgg modifications.
These developments bode well for Elgg’s future. I plan on continuing to support Elgg through a number of means in the future. I look forward to its implementation in K12 education.