Release 0.7.0

Released on 2011-07-28.

New core features

SMTP
Native SMTP support for sending and receiving e-mails in any Zotonic site. We integrated Andrew Thompson’s gen_smtp library which allows us to manage outgoing ánd incoming mails. mod_logging provides a new email log-view for inspecting what mails go in and out.
Commandline
A “zotonic” shell command. The “zotonic.sh” shell command has been replaced by a more generic and more powerful shell command with support for pluggable subcommands.
Module repository
Zotonic now supports installing system-wide modules which are not part of the core repository. We have created a place where externally contributed modules can be linked at http://modules.zotonic.com/. Modules registered on that site can be easily installed through the “addsite” subcommand.
Skeleton sites
The default website has been replaced by the notion of “skeleton” sites. The “zotonic addsite” command lets you create a new Zotonic website based on one of the (currently two) website templates.

New modules

mod_email_relay
Relay received e-mails to an user’s email address. Serving as an example for the SMTP functionality, this module looks up a username by the local part of a received e-mail and forwards the mail to the mail address the user configured.
mod_email_receive
Handle received e-mails, notifies email observers depending on a stored mapping of recipient addresses.
mod_import_csv
Fairly generic module for importing CSV files, updating or creating new content on the fly.
mod_import_wordpress
Basic import module for Wordpress WXR file format, allowing you to migrate a Wordpress blog into Zotonic.

Discontinued modules

To make Zotonic more lightweight and remove some of the build dependencies, some infrequently used modules have been removed from the core and moved to their own repository, at http://code.google.com/p/zotonic-modules/. These modules are mod_search_solr, mod_pubsub, mod_slideshow, mod_broadcast, mod_imageclipper, mod_admin_event and mod_calendar. They can still be easily installed with the help of the “zotonic installmodule” command. The mod_emailer module (and its esmtp library) has been removed in favor of the native SMTP sending/receiving capabilities.

Each module now also can have its own dependencies by including a “deps” subfolder in the module. This is used for example in the mod_pubsub external module which has the exmpp library as a dependency.

Other minor features

  • to_json filter for representing template values as JSON objects
  • split filter for splitting a string
  • slice filter for manipulating lists
  • Added {% raw %}..{% endraw %} support for representing literal code blocks.
  • erlydtl: Added possibility to define atoms using backquoted strings.
  • admin templates are reorganized, allowing to write admin customizations with less code
  • translations of the admin updated and more translations added

Bugfixes

Too many bugfixes to list. However, the base system is becoming more stable and this release aims to be a good step towards the 1.0.

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