Dear LimeSurvey user,
We would like to inform you about important changes behind the LimeSurvey project.
In this article:
LimeSurvey.org: Behind the scenesThe LimeSurvey project has for a long time been a project driven only by great volunteers - they put in alot of work, all spent from their free time. In later years LimeService (the hosting service) and the LimeSurvey Partners network were created.
However, more and more maintenance is required, not only for the project itself but also for the source code due to its sheer size.
LimeSurvey is now so big and successful that coding new functions/features and redesigning existing features takes usually too much time for a single volunteer coder, who usually can not spare more than a few hours per week.
So we founded the company 'LimeSurvey GmbH' and we are happy to announce that we now hired two full-time coders, Louis Gac and Olle Härstedt, who will work together with our volunteers to speed up LimeSurvey development and create new great features!
New service: ComfortUpdate - 50% OFFComfortUpdate is a module in LimeSurvey which helps you to update LimeSurvey to the latest version with a few mouse clicks instead of downloading the files and uploading them to your server.
We rewrote the code behind ComfortUpdate to make it much safer to use & update and ComfortUpdate is now part of a premium package that you can buy at LimeSurvey.org. We offer one month of trial use so you can test it out thoroughly and see if it is useful for your future updates.
Also when buying the ComfortUpdate package we currently offer a 50% discount - just use the coupon code 'DISCOUNT50' at the checkout.
Upcoming features & changes for the LimeSurvey 2.x branchOur immediate goals are now to change two things. At the moment we are coding to give the existing LimeSurvey 2.06 administration a more contemporary design.
If you want to sneak a peak please visit preview.limesurvey.org - your feedback is welcome - please note that we are updating the preview version as we go.
On top of that we are working on a responsive template so any survey can easily be used on mobile and desktop devices at the same time. The new template system will be primarily based on the bootstrap framework and this new responsive template also will be the new default template.
To make it fully compatible and completely responsive some changes to the template system will be required which our coders are currently working on.
The long run: LimeSurvey 3One of our long time team members and volunteers, Sam Mousa, is currently the main developer on LimeSurvey 3 and we are proud that a big part of this development is backed by the World Health Organization. Sam Mousa invested a huge amount of time on this rewrite and our full-time developers will step in soon.
This version is largely a complete rewrite of the 2.0 codebase, with the Central Participant Database completely rewritten, lots of new feature and better performance. We expect to release a stable Version 3.0 by early 2016.
A LimeSurvey user story - Dr. Grieger & Cie. Market ResearchThe market research firm Dr. Grieger & Cie. Market Research from Germany is using LimeSurvey since 2010. They run online access panels in more than 50 countries on their website www.mobrog.com. They conduct surveys with more than 100.000 participants each month using LimeSurvey. “For us LimeSurvey has always been the preferred choice among so many survey systems out there”, says Gunnar Grieger, founder and owner of Dr. Grieger & Cie. Market Research. “We tested many commercial tools in the past. However, LimeSurvey always met our needs. What we like most is the dedicated support and the continuous development of new features. Good luck, going professional, LimeSurvey!”
Although sometimes it looks quiet on the outside there are exiciting things happening here. We have hired two full-time coders now (the second one is starting in August). We are working hard on new features and in the course of this we created a redeisgned web interface based on the current 2.06 version. We invite everyone to have a look here:
To login just click the login button. Please play around with it and let us know if you like it or not. We appreciate any kind of constructive feedback on the shortcomings of the preview version. Note that not all dialogs are finished as it is a work in progress - please bear with us!
On 04.11.2014 and 05.11.2014 the first LimeSurvey seminar will be held in Hamburg / Germany.
During the 2-day seminar you will be prepared for your daily routine with LimeSurvey.
On the first day the basics of LimeSurvey will be presented, and in the second part the advanced features (expression managers, etc) for use in projects will be taught. Problems can also be handled in "Training on the job".
The lecturer Kai Ravesloot is an authorized LimeSurvey Partner and has been working closely with LimeSurvey and the LimeSurvey Project. Among other things he is involved in LimeSurvey in the area
Features and Code Cleaning. Through the new site, www.lime-support.com, he offers "360 ° Support" for LimeSurvey. This includes consulting, support, implementation of surveys and programming of individual plugins.
If interested in these and other training for more information and registration see www.lime-support.com.
In LimeSurvey there existed a vulnerability (CVE-2014-6227) that allows an attacker to gain superadministrator access to the LimeSurvey application. This issue affects all 2.00 versions and all 2.05 versions before build 140821. All newer builds of 2.05 (starting with build 140821) are not affected.
Although there is currently no known exploit in the wild we strongly recommend to update all older versions to the latest LimeSurvey version immediately. After update you should check for unknown administrator accounts in LimeSurvey.
Note: If you are a LimeService user you don't need to worry as we make sure (before anything else) that LimeService always uses the latest build/security patches.
Are you living within the EU? Do you want to live and work in a big and beautiful German city? We are an established and growing open source software development company that has been developing the open source software LimeSurvey since 2003. LimeSurvey is currently the world's most widely used open-source software for surveys with an estimated 70,000 active installations. To speed up the continued development of LimeSurvey in the future, we are looking for dedicated individuals to join our small team of developers who are true believers in free open source software, ideally with past experience on open source projects.
What you will do:
- Further development of the LimeSurvey software by developing new modules
- Refactoring the existing code and frontend
- Modularization of the software
- Maintenance and development of existing LimeSurvey services, such as developing a payments gateway, relaunching existing services, etc.
- Creating and launching new services related to LimeSurvey
What you need to bring:
- Sound knowledge of PHP (with emphasis on Yii Framework and OOP) and MySQL
- Practical experience with Apache, nginx, Cherokee, Joomla desired
- Ideally experience in open source software
- Solid spoken and written skills in English
- Independent, reliable and structured way of working
- Dedicated, accountable work style
What we offer:
- Varied, interesting and challenging tasks, the chance to work with a growing team, room for creativity and your own ideas, as well as an appropriate salary package
- Great office in Hamburg-Winterhude
- Sufficient space and opportunities for development
- Planned as a full-time position, but we are open to other arrangements
The Semester of code event was created by a number of European universities and the purpose of the Semester of Code is to develop students engagement with and appreciation of being a part of the free software and open source communities.
We are looking forward to any students applications from the VALS organizations.
Sounds interesting? Check out the VALS Semester of Code homepage.
Most of you might have already noticed that we starting releasing 2.05+ builds recently. LimeSurvey 2.05 is a strong step forward regarding plugin-capability to extend your LimeSurvey with your own functions. The whole plugin concept is still in its childhood and some function might be missing still but we are looking forward to any community contributions which help to extend the current functionality. Also the new version will set new limits on question codes to ensure integrity and prepare for bigger changes to come with 2.1 and 2.2.
Please note that 2.05+ is not yet available on ComfortUpdate as we are ironing out the some minor upgrade issues. It will become automatically available once we are certain that everything update-related is working well enough. Hints and help (bug reports) are always welcome!
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