I'm hoping to finish the Plugins (hooks) functionality and release it whenever it is ready, sometime in August. As I've stated before, Clay 1.0 will be kind of bare in apps and themes, but that just gives it room to grow into 2.0. I'm hoping to have several content apps available by the 1.5 release, which will be the divide into 2.0.
I would have probably had the Plugins functionality closer to completion, had I not been remapping some integration concerns I've had down the road for the Objects application and Data Objects module. Plugins in Clay work similar to plugins for a browser or other desktop applications. Plugins in Clay allow you to plug in a specific feature offered from one application into another application, such as comments or a hit counter. Data Objects and its front-end, the Objects application, are similar, which has often tempted me to skip the plugin implementation altogether. I've mentioned Objects before, but in a nutshell they are a mixture of container objects and functional properties that can be stacked as needed. An example is a form, where the overall form is a container and each field in the form is added as a property.
The current plan to is continue implementing Plugins and to implement the Objects functionality as a plugin. Eventually, a lot of the functionality now offered as Services will be moved to either Plugins or Object properties and Services will become a lower level background facility. It's all a progression of implementing new features and migrating current functionality into better suited facilities as they become available.
With school, work, and a family, it's difficult to put as much time into Clay as I'd like. Some help would be nice though.
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This release features a new upgrade tool, built into the Clay Installer. It is the first release that allows a direct upgrade from the previous version. To access the upgrade (or install Clay) go to install.php in a browser. If you are upgrading, an upgrade link will display next to the Web Site Configuration name.
This release includes several fixes and enchancements, including:
- Clay Installer fixes
- Clay's Installer Package now lists all modules and applications affected during an upgrade
- Several modules and applications were correctly associated as Core items in their info files
- Sessions data field updated to TEXT instead of VARCHAR (bug fix)
- Added Plugins module and application (not fully implemented)
- Added a stylesheet for the pager
- Performance updates in the Dashboard
- Performance updates in WYSIHTML5
- Autoboot Package bug fix (critical)
- Optimized Privileges module (data caching)
I am also in the planning stage of a major addition to the Clay project. This addition will be a long term project and will likely not get off the ground until closer to Clay 1.5. With that said, I am in the process of creating an Android starter application that uses data API services from a Clay website. The idea is to provide a starter application, so anyone with a Clay website and and a little extra time can provide their own Android companion application.
While the Clay-side features can be used for any mobile OS (including the the application layout), I only plan to provide the base application for Android. iOS may be supported later, but this is an open source project and Android is also open source (read that however you wish)
I just started school again yesterday, so I'm trying to cram as much coding as I can before my class "gets real".
It has been so hard not to start on Clay 2.0... I don't understand why I can't just finish something before I move on to something else. On a lighter note, I've decided the best way to document Clay is from within. One of the plugins I hope to have implemented by the July release will be a built-in help system that pulls data from a git repository. The source may change as Clay evolves, but I thought that would be the best way to build up documentation and not have to release a new version just to update docs. Other developers, if they exist, will be able to push their docs into the repository and keep them up to date as well.
Plugins are an important feature for Clay 1.x and will enable a lot of expansion and changes. They are a stepping stone between the Services feature now provided and the future Data Objects model, planned for Clay 2.0. Even though Clay is just now approaching a 1.0 release, the code base has had a long development life span and this is an evolutionary step toward a new Clay.
Originally, I had planned to implement this functionality as an application that used the Services feature. As I looked forward, I realized a move away from Services would provide a better upgrade plan. The goal is to move all of the Services functionality toward plugins, for Clay 1.5, which will then move on to Application Data Objects when that feature is implemented for Clay 2.0.
Oh well, Hooks now...Data Objects in September ;)
For Clay 0.9.20 (June), I hope to finish implementing the Hooks system and have the upgrade functionality working in the Installer. I also have quite a bit of documentation to write, so I'm hoping some of that will be done as well. Beyond that, I plan to try to finish as much of the started-but-not-finished apps as possible. If I can add an app or two, then I'll be happier, but finishing what's started is a key goal for this release.
I hope for Clay 0.9.30 (July) to mostly be about performance enhancements and cleaning out as much unused code as possible. I have so say there are a few areas I'm not happy about performance, particularly in the Dashboard.
Now that I have this site running, I will begin building Clay-Project.com. I had hit a roadblock with some issues, which is why it is not online yet, but those were fixed in the Clay 0.9.15 release.
I've also changed a few things around on the server, so upgrades should be more frequent and I will generally try to keep the latest version of Clay running here.
This is a supplemental release to correct some issues in 0.9.10. It can be downloaded from https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-s8BlKebPhqd1BVSGxRUy13SFU/edit?usp=sharing
Leave feedback in the issue log for this release: https://github.com/clay/clay/issues/9
Any bugs or feature requests should be reported as their own issue on GitHub.