Project Flow & Tracker "Chicago" ready for basic use and download - Status update for mid-November 2010

Now close to "Chicago" release candidate and more usable than ever, the Project Flow & Tracker project has been made public and promoted to front page so you can browse the read-only functionality. I believe browsing from business model to roles to user stories to constituent tasks and back again is the best way (in theory and in practice) to understand what has been achieved at this point.

Much greater usability has been achieved, which is something that will be receiving a great deal of attention as a jQuery based UI layer is implemented in the next phase.

At this point the project is hosted on GitHub as a public project ( https://github.com/victorkane/ProjectFlowAndTracker ), where you can download and install it yourself as an alternative to browsing the staging site (instructions in README.md). As mentioned in some recent articles (see http://awebfactory.com.ar/taxonomy/term/118), Project Flow & Tracker is now Panels everywhere based (with a Precision sub-theme) and development is features driven (see my recent article Features driven development -- the nitty gritty and thoughts on the future of sustainable "in code" development.

The next step is to make it available as an installation profile on drupal.org, and to provide it online as a service, replacing the pre-alpha "Washington" release from 2009; and to provide complete documentation, including a video and online advanced help. There will always be a usable version free as in beer, speech and the workplace (should be, anyway). Source always under GPL. If you are one of the one hundred and fifty  good folks been exploring http://projectflowandtracker.com up till now, you will already have an account when this happens (will be announced here). Follow on http://awebfactory.com.ar/taxonomy/term/118

Current Installation instructions

  • It is recommended to wait for the installation profile that will shortly be published on drupal.org. If you wish, however:
  • Go to https://github.com/victorkane/ProjectFlowAndTracker and click on download and choose the download tar.gz option (for example).
  • Click on that button and download file (about 19 MB, includes drupal itself, but should work fine with latest Drupal version (which it is as of this writing)).
  • Unpack it into a directory
  • Create a database and database user
  • Copy ./sites/default/default.settings.php to ./sites/defalt/settings.php and enter the MySql db and db user info
  • Make sure ./sites/default/files is writeable for the browser.
  • Restore ./sites/default/backup/db/db.sql into that database
  • Create a virtual host, or similar, and point your browser there and it should be basically working.
  • Admin password: admin/admin