[Koha] Introduction

Joann Ransom jransom at levin.library.org.nz
Wed Aug 30 05:15:54 NZST 2000

Hi Mark,

I am one of the library staff who helped define what kind of 'things' we would
like koha to do, and I use koha everyday. Regarding a wishlist of stuff to do
next, I am personally  keen to see a user-friendly (for the non-programmer,
average, garden variety librarian) report writer facility on koha.

Currently we have a perfectly good 'longhand' method. We tell Chris (our
programmer)  what we want, he writes a report which he emails us, we copy it into
urbansql, run the report, export it to excel then manipulate the results using all
excels features. Works fine - but would be heaps better if we could write the
reports ourselves.

We are pretty excited by koha, but being so close to the coal face it is easy to
take for granted what we are achieving. This makes it especially neat having
feedback from other people. Thanks.

reagards - Jo..

Really great you are
Mark Tearle wrote:

> On Mon, 28 Aug 2000, Rachel Hamilton-Williams wrote:
> > HI Mark - thank you and welcome - and too everyone else too.
> >
> Glad to be here.
> > We've been quite overwhelmed by the positive feedback and enthusiasim for
> > Koha, and are really excited about the possibilities that syncing up with
> > other systems offers.
> >
> Koha is quite unique so far :
>         a) it's actually in use
>         b) it's not daunting to developer or the lay user - as Avanti
>            is with it's development in Java or pytheas with it's concentration
>            on metadata.
>         c) built on top of an SQL database (okay, maybe not that unique)
>             but it means the backend can remain relatively stable in
>             relation to the amount of work going on elsewhere in the code.
> > Unfortunatly Chris our mainprogrammer is away on bereavement leave at the
> > moment, so there will be a short halt in proceedings for a week or so - but
> > I'm sure he'll be keen to touch base once he gets back.
> >
> > Cheers
> > Rachel
> >
> Nod, I'll fire a few questions off anyhow:
> 1) Is there an anonymous CVS repository setup for Koha?
> 2) Is there a ROADMAP style document explaining the design so far?
>     Looking at Koha's table layout and my abandoned projects I notice
>     many similarities and a couple of differences.
> 3) How do you see Koha evolving?
> 4) Is there a feature/wish list for Koha?
> There are undoubtedly more, but that's a start.
> Yours
> Mark
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