There are a couple of matters in the Islandora community that need your feedback through a short survey:
Slack for Islandora
The Islandora Roadmap Committee recently took up a discussion about whether the Islandora community might benefit from having a Slack channel, run by the Islandora Foundation and making use of their free licensing for non-profits. There are a lot of technical details to work out (hosting, maintenance, logging, etc), but before we delve into those, we thought it would be best to start off by surveying the community to see if there's interest in having a Slack channel at all.
Currently we use irc, Skype, Google Hangouts, and FreeConferenceCallHD for voice and text chatting. Slack could be an additional option, or we could try to move meetings from the existing options over to Slack, depending entirely on what the community prefers.
Please let us know if you're interested in having Slack as a channel for the Islandora community by answering this three-question survey. You can also write out your pinions in more details in this listserv discussion.
Support for PHP <5.6
This three-question survey is to capture data about Islandora community needs for PHP version support, without asking people to expose their install details in public. Responses are anonymous.
Why we're doing this:
Under new versions of PHPUnit 6 all of our tests are failing because they started to use namespaced PHP classes. The older version of PHPUnit 5.7 has a compatibility layer with PHPUnit 6, so we can update our tests to use namespaces and run them on PHPUnit 5 & 6. However PHPUnit 5 only supports PHP 5.6+ and PHPUnit 6 only supports PHP 7+. This means that currently we are using PHPUnit 4 for our tests with PHP 5.3, 5.4 and 5.5. So if we want to update to namespaced test classes we need to travis testing of PHP 5.3, 5.4 and 5.5.
PHP 5.6, 7.0 and 7.1 are the only officially Zend supported versions of PHP right now: http://php.net/supported-versions.php
We only use PHPUnit tests in the 7.x version of Islandora in Tuque and Islandora Scholar. Jonathan Green made these pull requests to propose that we only test with 5.6, 7.0 and 7.1 in our tests that rely on PHPUnit:
If you want to give a more detailed opinion, there is further discussion taking place on the listserv here.
Thank you for your feedback!