Regional Open Data Programs
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Code Across America: Dallas Brigade
Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 6:00 PM - Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 5:00 PM (CST)
We will meet online to coordinate finishing up Enlist, a Free & Open Source web application to manage volunteers and their efforts at community and civic events. The application tracks their hours, rewards and communications, and can be easily deployed by non-technical users to cloud hosting providers, often for free.
Enlist is the product of the 2011 http://OpenCFSummit.org conference hackfest. The application was conceived by Peter Farrell after a volunteer event with Team Ortho, during which he noticed volunteers being tracked on spreadsheets. The application has three primary goals:
Enlist is a fully-functional application, but it was originally written to run on Google App Engine (GAE) since GAE offers relatively liberal cost-free hosting. Unfortunately several months ago a bug was introduced in the GAE Java platform that causes issues with running the OpenBD CFML engine on GAE and this bug does not seem to be a high priority for GAE engineers.
Since Enlist was first created Cloud Computing has exploded, and since CFML-based applications are deployable as standard Java WAR files there is now have a wealth of Java PaaS cloud hosting companies from which to choose (CloudBees, Jelastic, and many others). In addition, since the application will be a standard WAR file it can easily be deployed to any standard Java servlet container such as Tomcat or Jetty.
This year’s http://OpenCFSummit.org Conference Hackfest’s primary objective will therefore be to remove the dependency on Google App Engine and make Enlist deployable as a 100% standard Java web application (WAR). This will open up many more deployment options for the application.
Additional objectives for the 2012 Hackfest are:
GitHub Codebase: http://EnlistApp.org
Google Group: https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!forum/enlist-app
Please direct any questions or concerns to email@example.com
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