WPMU-LDAP Plugin, v.1.3.0

I’m really pleased to announce the release of the WPMU LDAP Authentication Plugin, version 1.3.0. It was delayed a few times, and slipped ever so slightly, but it’s now out for the world to enjoy. So, um, enjoy it. :)

This release is more interesting and significant in that it’s the first one where there’s been direct collaboration with outside developers. Since I’ve taken over the project and placed it in SourceForge, I’ve had very little contact with others interested in working on the plugin. Recently, though, Aaron Axelsen has contributed a large amount of code to the project, and basically all the significant new features of 1.3.0 are a result of his efforts. Props to Aaron for that! If he wasn’t so interested and dedicated, this release probably wouldn’t have happened. Hopefully, others will follow, and this plugin can only continue to improve.

On that same note, we’ve been working out some kinks in how we’re doing development on the plugin, and we’re hoping to streamline things a little more. My hope is that releases will more closely follow WPMU’s releases, so that people can upgrade quickly, and the plugin remains compatible. We probably won’t be 0-day releases, but hopefully we can aim for a week or leff after WPMU releases…

Anyway, dreaming aside, this is a nice update to the plugin that addresses some outstanding issues and requests. I hope it works well for everyone!


WPMU-LDAP: WPMU 1.3rc2 Compatibility

I spent some time today hacking away at the most recent revision of the WPMU code from SVN… the bleeding edge (at the time, anyway) revision of 1101. I was in the process of starting to evaluate the WPMU 1.3 release candidate, and to try to get it working with the LDAP plugin. This was to hopefully nip any issues (like this one) in the bud before WPMU 1.3 is released.

Fortunately, it worked beautifully, and it looks like getting the plugin to work with WPMU 1.3 won’t even require any core hacks any more. We won’t have to maintain a hacked copy of pluggable.php anymore! :) There are also some other cool features with WPMU 1.3 that I’m looking forward to, because it will let us simplify the code a bit… it should be a good release.

A couple people have recently expressed interest or submitted code for the plugin, so it’s nice to be able to start thinking about the plugin with support from others. One developer in particular has been working on doing Authorization with the plugin..! I’d really like to include this sort of functionality in a 2.0 release, as I think that most users of the plugin would like to centralize their management of user roles for blogs. Things like department announcement blogs become a lot easier if this was set up…

Wistful thinking. But I would like to take a serious look at the plugin’s glue code, to make it more than just a proxy account creator…

*internal gears turning* hmmm… I already have some other ideas for v2.0. :)