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Dada Mail 6.x to Dada Mail 7.x Guide

Dada Mail 6 to Dada Mail 7 Upgrade Guide

PlainText Backend - DEPRECATED

The stable release of v7.0.0 has the PlainText backend marked as DEPRECATED and will be fully removed at a later date.

This will help make the app more streamlined by removing a good chunk of the codebase that's rarely used. Most new features of Dada Mail cannot be utilized when using the PlainText backend anyways, which leads to confusion with users, as well as complicating the codebase, as checks have to make on what exactly the backend supports.

Database Schema

Small changes have been made to the database schema, from v6 to v7, all of which should be changed by Dada Mail, on the first run, after an installation. The following should describe these changes, if you would like to apply them maually (always make a backup)

The dada_subscribers table has a new timestamp column.

MySQL/PostgreSQL:

    ALTER TABLE dada_subscribers ADD timestamp TIMESTAMP DEFAULT NOW();

SQLIte:

    ALTER TABLE dada_subscribers ADD timestamp TIMESTAMP DEFAULT CURRENT_TIMESTAMP';

The dada_profile_fields_attributes table has a new, required column:

    ALTER TABLE dada_profile_fields_attributes ADD required char(1) DEFAULT 0 NOT NULL

Template Changes

Oldstyle Template Tag Support: Dropped

Oldstyle template tags looked like this:

    [tag]
    

Support for this style has been dropped. Please use any style that's supported by HTML::Template (the underlying template engine used by Dada Mail), like htis:

    <!-- tmpl_var tag -->
    
    HTML that can be edited in the B<Appearance and Templates >> HTML Screen Templates> list control panel had their default values stored in the Config.pm file. 

    This hinders customization and internationalization, testing, as well as adding extra bulk to the already-too large Config.pm file. The values of these variables have now been templated out into their own files                        located in the, I<dada/templates/list> directory

Config.pm default variables of email messages have been removed, templated out

Email messages, that can be edited in the, Appearance and Templates > Email Message Templates> screen (as well as other email messages, that can be customized in various other places) had their default values stored in the Config.pm file.

This hinders customization and internationalization, testing, as well as adding extra bulk to the already-too large Config.pm file. The values of these variables have now been templated out into their own files located in the, dada/templates/email directory.

The removal of these variables (as well as HTML screens) has removed over 1,100 lines from the Config.pm file.

New Deprecated Plugins/Extensions

None!

Even Beatitude (Scheduled Mailer) will still be around for v7.0.0, and should be able to support the new partial mailing list features (timestamp date range!) Beatitude is still listed as deprecated, but will not be removed (or rewritten), until its features (or similar) are available in another form.


 

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