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New website features (Release 9)

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New website features (Release 9)

We've just pushed a load of new features and bugfixes to the site, thanks to @pozorvlak for deploying, as well as all our coders - we had several new contributors this time.

New Features

  • Thumbnails of crops should now show on a post where you reference a crop
  • You should be able to unsubscribe from notification or community emails with one click
  • When posting, the focus (where your cursor is) should automatically move to the subject field. If the post is a reply or a comment, it should go straight to the main content.
  • When you delete a photo, you should now get a message flash up, instead of not knowing whether it had succeeded or not
  • When replying to a private message, you now see the message you're replying to for handy reference
  • You can now search from the places index page
  • We're now starting to track how long a seed takes to grow to a mature plant. This is in the early stages of collecting data at the moment - eventually you'll be able to see a prediction based on other people's experience with that crop. For now, there's a pretty progress bar.
  • Posts and comments now show when they were edited, if they're edited
  • Member profile page now shows date of last login
  • Add placeholder to harvest screen's plant part select box
  • Display available seed count on crop pages
  • Redesigned navbar
  • Sunniness icons on planting pages, for partial shade, sun, etc.
  • Places pages show nearby seeds and plantings, not just members
  • Added link to owner's profile from seeds', plantings', and harvests' index page
  • Harvests, seeds and gardens have a new card-based design

Bug Fixes

  • Limit the vertical space taken by crop varieties in sidebar
  • Display only the active plantings on the garden page, where finished plantings aren't helpful
  • Photo view page now links back to the harvest or garden it is a photo of
  • Thumbnails now have a background so we don't get odd effects with transparency
  • When signing out, you get redirected to the last page you were on, if it's something public, rather than always to the homepage
  • We've supported alternative and scientific names for a while, but you had to add them after creating a crop, not at the same time. Now you can do it all in one go.
  • Make it clearer which fields are required and which are optional when filling in various forms
  • The members page didn't flow very well on different sizes of screen - it now does so better
  • A link to Open Service has been added to the footer
  • Notifications are now paginated, using our new trial pagination gem
  • Posts at the bottom of the homepage were all saying they were "1 minute ago", because they got cached straight after posting. They now say the right date.
  • We added tracking seeds as organic, heirloom or GMO in the last release. Now this information is added to the CSV and RSS output, so other apps can use it.

Technical Improvements

  • Automated testing improved with poltergeist
  • Robots are now discouraged from visiting our staging site
  • Switching to a new way of handling secret keys that makes it easier to progress from dev to staging to live
  • More automated tests added
  • Our test data (database seeding) is now improved, so our testing will be more realistic
  • Maco is now a committer! Update the docs accordingly
  • Performance improvements of some database calls
  • Developer improvements (tweaks to .gitignore)
  • Refactored some automated tests to make them faster
  • New versions of various gems and other upgrades

Let us know of any issues you find! We hope to make releases a bit more frequent in the future. Search is also now working much better, with Elasticsearch turned on.

1 comment

Posted by Cesy on May 22, 2016 at 15:41

We've just put some more new code live. This time it's mostly back-end fixes that only developers see, but it'll make it easier for the next improvements.

New Features

  • Mark private messages as read automatically when you reply to them

Bug Fixes

  • None this time

Technical Improvements

  • New versions of many gems, including a security fix for paperclip
  • Changed over to new hash syntax to match the newer version of Ruby
  • Switched our CSS engine from less to sass - both of them compress files and make everything neat, but less's toolchain is older, hasn't been updated for a while and no longer works on Mac OS X.

Let us know of any issues you find!