Sakai 1.5 Release Notes

Michael Elledge, University of Michigan

Lance Speelmon, Indiana University

March 4, 2005

 

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Overview

System Improvements

New Features

Enhancements

Enhancement Detail--Non-JIRA Items

Enhancement Detail--JIRA Items

Fixes for Sakai 1.5

Verified Fixes

Non-Verified Fixes

Known Issues


Overview

Sakai 1.5 introduces a number of significant improvements to Sakai 1.0, in addition to numerous bug fixes. Enhancements, fixes, and known issues can be found in the Sakai JIRA database, either through the general address (http:// bugs.sakaiproject.org/), or by clicking on the Sakai Project (SAK) for specific issues.

 


System Improvements

1.      Scalability – Sakai 1.5 is much more scalable than the 1.0 release as we have reduced the memory footprint and normalized objects into a relational database.

2.      Improvements in database performance

3.      Improved JSF support

4.      Established HSQLDB as the default database

5.      Improved Realm APIs

6.      Improved Site Service APIs

 


New Features

  1. The ability for user to disable auto-refresh in Preferences

  2. Addition of grader role to Assignments

  3. Database conversion tool

  4. Context sensitive Help system

  5. Introduction of a Syllabus tool, with the following missing attributes:

    1. User access is not controlled by the Permissions tool

    2. Title bar does not include icons for Help and Restart

    3. Attachments cannot be made

  6. Partial Integration of the Tests & Quizzes Tool (SAMigo)

  7. More options for flagging copyright materials

  8. URLs that better reflect site content

  9. Better compliance with the Sakai Style Guide

  10. The ability to configure whether resources will be stored in a database or file system server

  11. The ability to enable User Presence in the UI (User Presence is disabled by default)

  12. Addition of Calendar Date Entry Widget

  13. Addition of WYSIWYG Editor

  14. Ability to query server to identify current user sessions

  15. Foreign Language Support for non-Roman characters

    Note: At present, characters can only be entered from left to right

  16. Export/Import tool for courses

 

Enhancements

Enhancement Detail--Non-JIRA[1] Items

  1. Improved JSF support

  2. Improved Realm APIs

  3. The ability to disable auto-refresh

  4. Database conversion tool

  5. URLs that better reflect site content

  6. Better compliance with the Sakai Style Guide

  7. The ability to store resources in either a database or file system server

  8. Calendar Date Entry Widget

  9. WYSIWYG Editor

  10. Ability to query server to identify current user sessions

  11. Foreign Language Support for non-Roman characters

    Note: At present, characters can only be entered from left to right

Enhancement Details--JIRA Items >>


[1] Enhancements made to Sakai 1.5 but not tracked in the JIRA database. Compiled from entries into CVS.