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Web Programming Priorities

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This page is an ongoing snapshot of the development priorities of the Web Programming work-group (Joe Antonioli*, Adam Franco, Ian McBride, and Travis Stafford).


Projects are listed here to give a general overview of the work going on in our group. Please follow links to individual project pages for more comprehensive details and status updates.


Highest Priority

MIIS Website (Adam, Ian, Travis)

Est. Start/End: June 8 - September 1


Deadline: Most work to be completed by early August


Involved: Adam, Ian, Travis


Ext. Involved: Kristin Byers, Amy McGill, White Whale


Dependencies: Implementation of Monster Menus in a stable form. Design deliverables from White Whale.


Dependent: Middlebury Website




High Priority

Course Catalog (Adam)

Est. Start/End: April 9, 2009 - August 2009


Deadline: No hard deadline known.


Involved: Adam


Ext. Involved: Le Roy Graham, Mike Schuster, Jeff Rehbach


More Info: https://www.assembla.com/wiki/show/course_catalog/


Dependencies: none


Dependent: Course information on faculty and department pages in Drupal, course results in search.


This project will implement a user-friendly browsable and searchable course catalog to supplement the version in Banner. Key features:


  • Description editing and display
  • Favorites and schedule-building by students
  • Data-feeds for displaying listing on faculty and department pages, incorporating courses in search results.

Middlebury Website (Adam, Ian, Travis)

Est. Start/End: September 1 - January 4


Deadline: Most work to be completed by early November


Involved: Adam, Ian, Travis


Ext. Involved: *.middlebury.edu, White Whale, Mark Pyfrom


Dependencies: Implementation of Monster Menus in a stable form. Design deliverables from White Whale. Effective redesign of group management in Active Directory required for permissions groups in Monster Menus.


Dependent: LIS Website


Mark is included in the Ext. Involved field for his work on the Active Directory redevelopment effort. This is required to have effective group permissions in Monster Menus. The work involved in this should be coordinated with the Directory redevelopment project also on this list and involves creating a group hierarchy that mirrors the organizational structure.


Middlebury Directory (Ian)

Est. Start/End: June - September 2009


Deadline: Department level information should be displayed by start of Fall Semester


Involved: Ian


Ext. Involved: Mark Pyfrom, Julie Tuminia-Tommsuden


Dependencies: Effective redesign of group management in Active Directory required for permissions groups in Monster Menus. Inclusion of department contact information in a database.


Dependent: Removal of paper Directory


25Live Implementation (Ian)

Est. Start/End: June 2009 - August 2009


Deadline: End of summer sessions


Involved: Ian


Ext. Involved: Jeff Rehbach, Barbar Merz, Lisa Ayers


Dependencies: External vendor


Dependent: MIIS Website, Middlebury Website


Setup and deployment will have little impact on our group as much of this work is being done by the vendor and the scheduling office. We need to be aware of the project as we will need to integrate our new sites with it via Web Services once the testing server is set up. This will be done through the creation of a Drupal module that connects to the external data source.


Online Box Office WebTix Implementation (Ian)

Est. Start/End: June 2009


Deadline: Prior to expiration of our license with TouchNet


Involved: Ian


Ext. Involved: Mark Pyfrom, Liza Lloyd, Debra Anderson, Jeff Rehbach


Dependencies: CyberSource Forms for PHP


Dependent: Ideally we will integrate the box office, events calendar and website, though this is likely a phase 2 objective of the Web Makeover.


Once the software has been received and set up on a local server, we need to create a payment submission form that interacts with our payment gateway. Ideally, this will use the same API that our regular PHP payment forms, such as the alumni giving form, use, but we may also need to make specific adaptations for this application.


Medium Priority

Upgrade Key Survey to Latest Build (Ian)

Est. Start/End: June 2009


Deadline: July 2009


Involved: Ian


Ext. Involved: Carlos Velez, Matt Labunka


Dependencies: Receiving build update from vendor


Dependent: Prof. Velez's survey needs features from the latest Key Survey release.




Create XML Export feed for New HR Hiring System (Ian)

Est. Start/End: June 2009


Deadline: ???


Involved: Ian


Ext. Involved: Liz Kafer


Dependencies: none


Dependent: HR's license with OpenHire will soon expire and they have chosen a new vendor. This vendor will need to receive a feed of job descriptions from us via XML. The XML format is different than that used by OpenHire and the export script from MCMS will need to be changed to accomodate this.


We will also need to build an export script into Drupal for the new website if it is determined that the job descriptions will be part of the new website.




CASify WordPress/Upgrade to latest WordPressMU (Adam, Ian, Travis)

Est. Start/End: ???


Deadline: ???


Involved: Adam, Ian, Travis


Dependencies: New CAS WebId, CForms upgrade-ability


Dependent: none




CASify MiddMedia (Adam)

Est. Start/End: ???


Deadline: ???


Involved: Adam


Dependencies: New CAS WebId


Dependent: none




Visitor Registration System (Adam)

Est. Start/End: August 2009 - September 2009


Deadline: ???


Involved: Adam


Ext. Involved: Mark Pyfrom


Dependencies: New CAS WebId, Visitor AD created by Mark


Dependent: CASifying Moodle, possibly CASifying Segue




Develop fail-over strategy for CAS (Adam)

Est. Start/End: July 20 - September 1


Deadline: Should probably be in place before Fall 2009 classes, definitely before main website launch.


Involved: Adam


Ext. Involved: Mark Pyfrom


Dependencies: none


Dependent: Main website launch


Currently CAS is running on a single virtual server. A redundant clone that can quickly be failed-over to will ensure that users are not locked out of web applications if an error occurs on the primary CAS server.




Server-side Transcoding in MiddMedia (Adam)

Est. Start/End: ???


Deadline: ???


Involved: Adam


Dependencies: none


Dependent: none


Currently users must convert video to FLV or MP4(H264) before uploading. Server-side transcoding would allow users to upload any video type and have it converted on the server. Biggest programming challenge is updating the MiddMedia user interface and SOAP service to reflect the pending status of new video uploads.




CASify Segue (Adam)

Est. Start/End: End of July/August 2009


Deadline: Beginning of Fall 2009 semester


Involved: Adam


Dependencies: New CAS WebId, CAS AD Group fix


Dependent: none


CASifying Segue will also remove the need to update Segue to separately work with the new AD class-group structure.


Low Priority

FMS video streaming for Media Services (Adam)

Est. Start/End: ???


Deadline: ???


Involved: Adam


Ext. Involved: Scott Witt, Adam Dobucki


Dependencies: none


Dependent: none


Need to set up a test of streaming video out of a directory that media services staff can bulk-upload to.




CASify Moodle (Adam)

Est. Start/End: ???


Deadline: ???


Involved: Adam


Dependencies: New CAS WebId


Dependent: none




Investigate New Survey Tools (Adam, Ian, Travis)

Est. Start/End: Spring 2010 - Fall 2010


Deadline: August 2010


Involved: Adam, Ian, Travis


Ext. Involved: Institutional Research, Psychology, Language Schools, Dean of Faculty's Office


Dependencies: Key Survey license expires August 2010


Dependent: none


Lowest Priority

On the Horizon

These are programming projects that we have not committed to doing -- either at all, or on a particular timeline. They may be things that we just heard might come our way and no little about. Their priority is yet to be determined.


Tool Provisioning systems (a la Spark)

Self-service Wiki creation

New Course Management System[s]

Est. Start/End: Spring 2010 - ???


New self-service forms system

Micro Philanthropy

Completed Projects (Post June 19, 2009)

CAS Updates for AD Group Support (Adam)

Est. Start/End: June 16, 2009 - June 24, 2009


Deadline: Sometime before fall semester start (August 2009)


Involved: Adam


Ext. Involved: Mark Pyfrom


More Info: http://www.adamfranco.com/?p=146


Dependencies: none


Dependent: CASifying Segue/fall course usage of Segue, course usage of Wikis, granting course authorizations in other systems.


Since the structure of course-groups in the AD has changed, CAS needs an update to traverse up the group hierarchy to return 'MemberOf' results for groups that contain the sub-groups that users are directly members of. An extension of the CAS Java code needs to be made as well as a patch to the CASDirectory PHP code.

CyberSource for PHP Payment Forms (Ian, Travis)

Est. Start/End: June 17 - July 1


Deadline: July 1


Involved: Ian, Travis


Ext. Involved: Chris Norris, Mike Schuster


Dependencies: Confirmation from Chris that we are using the correct accounts.


Dependent: Online Box Office


New WebId for CAS (Adam, Ian)

Est. Start/End: Week of June 22


Deadline: June 26, 2009 (Adam's last day before vacation)


Involved: Adam, Ian


Ext. Involved: Mark Pyfrom, John Morais, Marcy Smith


Dependencies: Generation of new WebId in Banner (John), addition of new WebId to the AD (Mark)


Dependent: MIIS Drupal editing, GO, MediaWiki, CASifying other applications


The current CAS id was decided to be improper for usage in this context so a new dedicated WebId will replace it. CAS needs a configuration change to look for the new id, as does the CAS directory. GO and MediaWiki databases need to be updated to use the new id instead of the old. MIIS content editing can't start until this new id is in place.