mojoPortal Tips: How to Get a Sneak Peek at New Features

One of the very coolest things about working with an open-source project like mojoPortal is that you don’t always have to wait until the next release to see what new features are going to be available. If you’re clever, you can follow the check-in notes on the repository sites like CodePlex. Let’s see how we can get the latest, and look at what new features are coming soon.

First, let’s go over to the mojoPortal Codeplex site: you can always access it via the mojoPortal “Downloads” area as well. Once you’ve clicked into the Codeplex repository, click the “Source Code” tab. Click on the “History” link below that tab; give it a moment to load, and then you’ll see three columns: the one to the far right, labeled “Comments”, is the one we’re wanting to scan.

As we read through the comments, we can see notes from various check-ins; some elements of particular interest are:

  • Updating mojoPortal skins to work with Artisteer 4.1 – very nice. Some great enhancements in the latest version of Artisteer, and I’m interested in taking advantage of them.
  • Support for the latest version of jQuery – always a good thing, given the ongoing efforts by the jQuery folks to improve the functionality of their terrific library.
  • Incorporation of support for FlexMenu (previously referred to as MegaMenu) – nice. I’ll have to test the new skins to see how that will work.
  • What’s this – a new control to allow “Recent Articles” to be displayed? I’ll download the latest version (see the “Download” link, top right), and play with this a bit. Very pleased with that addition – can’t wait to see it introduced in the next release. Wait – I don’t have to, because I can start playing with it now!

There’s more new bits and pieces here, but I’ll leave that for you to look at and play with. Just remember – since these aren’t official releases yet, it’s best not to incorporate them into a live site, unless there’s a feature you just have to have. Even with that, caveat emptor – it may undergo more changes before being an “official” release.

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