Here is a recap of OpenCraft’s March 2021 newsletter.
Open edX Conference
The 2021 Open edX Virtual Conference has officially been announced! The event is structured as a half day event and will occur on Thursday, May 27th, between 1PM and 5PM (UTC). Our CTO Braden will be hosting a talk on LabXChange and Open edX’s next-generation learning content storage system, Blockstore. OpenCraft is proud to contribute to the organization of the event, as well as being its main sponsor. Tickets are on sale now, and we hope to see you there!
Branding and Theming Improvements
The Build-Test-Release group, steered by Adolfo from OpenCraft, has been hard at work preparing for the next release of Open edX, Lilac. The codebase has already been made available for testing, and the working group is now busy making sure that not only is everything behaving as one would expect, but is also documented! Which is to say, this time around we’re aiming for the release notes to be available on release day, which is a nice improvement. Stay tuned, and please write back if you would like to help!
Learning To Contribute
Have you ever wanted to contribute a feature or a bugfix to the official version of Open edX, but didn’t know how? Would you like to avoid the recurring headache at each release upgrade, caused by changes made only on your local installation that need to be adapted? There should be a MOOC for that, right?! OpenCraft is now proud to be working with several organizations (edX, Mines-Telecom, OpenStack, Wikimedia) to co-produce a reference course on how to contribute to open source software (“upstreaming”).