Archive for May, 2008

China Sahana/VM Deployment–Day 4

We had two meetings today and Giovanni, Trishan, and Antonio spent much of the day fixing various problems. An updated look at the VM Module:

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The 9:30 AM meeting was a Skype voice conference with our IBM-NYC team contact, Gang Chen, originally from Sichuan province.  (He told us that he has been in touch with relatives in China and all of his family are safe.)   We gave him an overview of our efforts so far and discussed some of the problems we encountered. He was able to login through VPN to test the current Sahana demo on the China server. He agreed to conduct a thorough test of VM module, focusing on missing or erroneous translations and get back to us at this evening’s team meeting.

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China Sahana/VM Deployment–Day 3

The Monday night conference call consisted of the same cast of players: the project leader from IBM-China and his assistant, three members of the Sahana core team, and the Trinity VM team.

One problem has been finding a suitable way to work collaboratively on a common code base–i.e., CVS control. The Sahana team has been committing bug fixes and customizations to rel_0_6 on their CVS repository. But the China team is making direct changes to the codebase and doesn’t have (easy?) access to Sahana’s CVS. For now, the solution has been the China team develops “fix lists” and transmits them to the Sahana team, which commits them to the repository–not the most efficient operation.

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China Sahana/VM Deployment–Day 2

For the Sunday night conference call, the VM development team consisted of Trishan, Antonio, Giovanni, and yours truly. The other participants included the IBM-China team leader and assistant and three members of the Sahana core team in Colombo. Here’s a look at the team’s efforts so far:


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The head of the IBM-China team set up working protocols so that all communications would go between team leaders. Trishan was designated the team leader for the VM development team.

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China Sahana/VM Deployment–Day 1

Starting last Saturday, May 17th, a Trinity Sahana team consisting of Trishan de Lanerolle, Antonio Alcorn, Ernel Wint, and Vinit Agrawal got called into action to help prepare the VM module for deployment in China.

We should have blogged this on Saturday, as it was happening, but here’s a recap of the story. The team was in D.C. for the IBM/Sahana traning and planning to visit the Air and Space Museum before heading back to Hartford when they got a call from Chamindra da Silva asking them to come over to his hotel to help internationalize the VM module. That was 8:30 AM. Antonio and Ravith worked together on modifying the VM template engine (Whiz) to get it to process text through Sahana’s localization functions. That took until 3:30 PM.

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Sahana/IBM Training

This past week an H-FOSS team attended a week-long, IBM-supported Sahana training session at IBM offices in Washington D.C. The team consisted of H-FOSS Project Director, Trishan de Lanerolle and summer interns Antonio Alcorn (UConn ‘10), Ernel Wint (Conn College ‘09) and Vinit Agrawal (Trinity ‘10). I attended the Thursday and Friday sessions. Antonio and Ernel worked on our Volunteer Management (VM) module last summer.

The workshop was organized by Diane Melley and Rebecca Curzon of the IBM Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs office and conducted by Chamindra da Silva and Ravith from Sahana. IBM brought in 10-12 members of its crisis management team from Milwaukee, San Francisco, San Diego, and other locations in the U.S. as well as a developer from the IBM office in Poughkeepsie.

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