Evergreen 3.0 development update #13: let the fest begin again

Flying female Mallard duck by Martin Correns (CC-BY-SA on Wikimedia Commons) It is to be hoped that she is going after nice, juicy bugs to squash and eat.

Since the previous update last month, another 72 patches have made their way into Evergreen. Dominoes are toppling into place; new features added to master in July include:

  • Adding (back) the ability for patrons to place holds via the public catalog and have them be suspended for later activation. (bug 1189989)
  • Teaching MARC export and the Z39.50 server to include call number prefixes and suffixes. (bugs 1692106 and 1705478)
  • A new feature to add the ability to apply tags to copy records and display them as digital bookplate. (bug 1673857)
  • A number of improvements to the web staff interface.

Next week will be the second feedback fest. The feedback fest a week where Evergreen developers will be focusing on providing feedback on active code submissions. As of the moment, 42 pull requests are being targeted for review, many of deal with major features on the Evergreen 3.0 road map. Some of the larger pull requests include the web staff client’s serials module and its offline circulation module, batch patron editing, catalog search improvements, improvements to Evergreen’s ability to handle consortia that cross time zones, configurable copy alerts, and a new popularity parameter for in-house use.

Speak of concentrated community efforts, a Bug Squashing Week ran from 17 to 21 July. As reported by the wrangler of the bug squashing week, Terran McCanna, a total of 145 updates to existing bug reports were made, with 22 signoffs and 13 patches merged.  The next Bug Squashing Week will occur on 11 to 15 September.

A couple important deadlines for 3.0 are fast approaching, with feature slush scheduled for 18 August and feature freeze for 1 September.

Duck trivia

The U.K. has a number of canals. The walkways and towpaths alongside them tend to be a bit narrow and are used by pedestrians, cyclists… and ducks. How to avoid duck paillard on the pavement? The Canal and River Trust will be painting duck lanes on the walkways to encourage folks to slow down.

This bit of trivia was contributed by Irene Patrick of the North Carolina Government & Heritage Library. Thanks!


Updates on the progress to Evergreen 3.0 will be published every Friday until general release of 3.0.0. If you have material to contribute to the updates, please get them to Galen Charlton by Thursday morning.