MDL-65746 libraries: Remove pear/RADIUS lib
[moodle.git] / lib / upgrade.txt
690a55f6 1This files describes API changes in core libraries and APIs,
ee362526 2information provided here is intended especially for developers.
1cb5c7b3 3
4=== 3.8 ===
5* The yui checknet module is removed. Call \core\session\manager::keepalive instead.
b71e734b 6* Remove lib/pear/auth/RADIUS.php (MDL-65746)
7aeeb444 7
b91ddd16 8=== 3.7 ===
9df03b19 9* Nodes in the navigation api can have labels for each group. See set/get_collectionlabel().
b91ddd16 10* The method core_user::is_real_user() now returns false for userid = 0 parameter
11* 'mform1' dependencies (in themes, js...) will stop working because a randomly generated string has been added to the id
12attribute on forms to avoid collisions in forms loaded in AJAX requests.
13* A new method to allow queueing or rescheduling of an existing scheduled task was added. This allows an existing task
14 to be updated or queued as required. This new functionality can be found in \core\task\manager::reschedule_or_queue_adhoc_task.
ef96eb02 15* Icons are displayed for screen readers unless they have empty alt text (aria-hidden). Do not provide an icon with alt text immediately beside an element with exactly the same text.
d940855f 16* admin_settingpage has a new function hide_if(), modeled after the same functionality in the forms library. This allows admin settings to be dynamically hidden based on the values of other settings.
17* The \core_rating provider's get_sql_join function now accepts an optional $innerjoin parameter.
18 It is recommended that privacy providers using this function call rewrite any long query into a number of separate
19 calls to add_from_sql for improved performance, and that the new argument is used.
20 This will allow queries to remain backwards-compatible with older versions of Moodle but will have significantly better performance in version supporting the innerjoin parameter.
21* /message/defaultoutputs.php file and admin_page_defaultmessageoutputs class have been deprecated
22 and all their settings moved to admin/message.php (see MDL-64495). Please use admin_page_managemessageoutputs class instead.
23* A new parameter $lang has been added to mustache_template_source_loader->load_with_dependencies() method
24 so it is possible for Mustache to request string in a specific language.
05a5d547 25* Behat timeout constants behat_base::TIMEOUT, EXTENDED_TIMEOUT, and REDUCED_TIMEOUT have been
26 deprecated. Please instead use the functions behat_base::get_timeout(), get_extended_timeout(),
27 and get_reduced_timeout(). These allow for timeouts to be increased by a setting in config.php.
28* The $draftitemid parameter of file_save_draft_area_files() function now supports the constant IGNORE_FILE_MERGE:
29 When the parameter is set to that constant, the function won't process file merging, keeping the original state of the file area.
30* Introduced new callback for plugin developers '<component>_pre_processor_message_send($procname, $proceventdata)':
31 This will allow any plugin to manipulate messages or notifications before they are sent by a processor (email, mobile...)
f7b52799 32* New capability 'moodle/category:viewcourselist' in category context that controls whether user is able to browse list of courses
33 in this category. To work with list of courses use API methods in core_course_category and also 'course' form element.
34* It is possible to pass additional conditions to get_courses_search();
35 core_course_category::search_courses() now allows to search only among courses with completion enabled.
bf9f2555 36* Add support for a new xxx_after_require_login callback
37* A new conversation type has been created for self-conversations. During the upgrading process:
38 - Firstly, the existing self-conversations will be starred and migrated to the new type, removing the duplicated members in the
39 message_conversation_members table.
40 - Secondly, the legacy self conversations will be migrated from the legacy 'message_read' table. They will be created using the
41 new conversation type and will be favourited.
42 - Finally, the self-conversations for all remaining users without them will be created and starred.
43Besides, from now, a self-conversation will be created and starred by default to all the new users (even when $CFG->messaging
44is disabled).
45* New optional parameter $throwexception for \get_complete_user_data(). If true, an exception will be thrown when there's no
46 matching record found or when there are multiple records found for the given field value. If false, it will simply return false.
47 Defaults to false when not set.
cb28132d 48* Exposed submit button to allow custom styling (via customclassoverride variable) which can override btn-primary/btn-secondary classes
49* `$includetoken` parameter type has been changed. Now supports:
50 boolean: False indicates to not include the token, true indicates to generate a token for the current user ($USER).
51 integer: Indicates to generate a token for the user whose id is the integer value.
52* The following functions have been updated to support the new usage:
53 - make_pluginfile_url
54 - file_rewrite_pluginfile_urls
e240a000 55* New mform element 'float' handles localised floating point numbers.
b91ddd16 56
437ffc9f 57=== 3.6 ===
59* A new token-based version of pluginfile.php has been added which can be used for out-of-session file serving by
60 setting the `$includetoken` parameter to true on the `moodle_url::make_pluginfile_url()`, and
61 `moodle_url::make_file_url()` functions.
62* The following picture functions have been updated to support use of the new token-based file serving:
63 - print_group_picture
64 - get_group_picture_url
65* The `user_picture` class has a new public `$includetoken` property which can be set to make use of the new token-based
66 file serving.
9411beb3 67* Custom AJAX handlers for the form autocomplete fields can now optionally return string in their processResults()
2dd33840 68 callback. If a string is returned, it is displayed instead of the list of suggested items. This can be used, for
9411beb3 69 example, to inform the user that there are too many items matching the current search criteria.
f8d15c66 70* The form element 'htmleditor' has been deprecated. Please use the 'editor' element instead.
350d7b06 71* The print_textarea() function has been deprecated. Please use $OUTPUT->print_textarea() instead.
437ffc9f 72* The following functions have been finally deprecated and can not be used any more:
73 - external_function_info()
74 - core_renderer::update_module_button()
75 - events_trigger()
76 - events_cron()
77 - events_dispatch()
78 - events_is_registered()
79 - events_load_def()
80 - events_pending_count()
81 - events_process_queued_handler()
82 - events_queue_handler()
83 - events_trigger_legacy()
84 - events_update_definition()
85 - get_file_url()
86 - course_get_cm_rename_action()
87 - course_scale_used()
88 - site_scale_used()
89 - clam_message_admins()
90 - get_clam_error_code()
91 - get_records_csv()
92 - put_records_csv()
93 - print_log()
94 - print_mnet_log()
95 - print_log_csv()
96 - print_log_xls()
97 - print_log_ods()
98 - build_logs_array()
99 - get_logs_usercourse()
100 - get_logs_userday()
101 - get_logs()
102 - prevent_form_autofill_password()
f2cdf993 103 - prefixed_tablenode_transformations()
104 - core_media_renderer
105 - core_media
8d2432f5 106* Following api's have been removed in behat_config_manager, please use behat_config_util instead.
107 - get_features_with_tags()
108 - get_components_steps_definitions()
109 - get_config_file_contents()
110 - merge_behat_config()
111 - get_behat_profile()
112 - profile_guided_allocate()
113 - merge_config()
114 - clean_path()
115 - get_behat_tests_path()
116* Following behat steps have been removed from core:
117 - I set the field "<field_string>" to multiline
118 - I follow "<link_string>"" in the open menu
119* The following behat steps have been deprecated, please do not use these step definitions any more:
120 - behat_navigation.php: i_navigate_to_node_in()
121 - theme/boost/tests/behat/behat_theme_boost_behat_navigation.php: i_navigate_to_node_in()
122 Use one of the following steps instead:
123 - I navigate to "PATH > ITEM" in current page administration
124 - I navigate to "PATH > ITEM" in site administration
125 - I navigate to course participants
126 - I navigate to "TAB1 > TAB2" in the course gradebook
127 If some items are not available without Navigation block at all, one can use combination of:
128 - I add the "Navigation" block if not present
129 - I click on "LINK" "link" in the "Navigation" "block"
130* The core\session\util class has been removed. This contained one function only used by the memcached class which has
131 been moved there instead (connection_string_to_memcache_servers).
512a1d31 132* Removed the lib/password_compat/lib/password.php file.
133* The eventslib.php file has been deleted and its functions have been moved to deprecatedlib.php. The affected functions are:
134 - events_get_cached()
135 - events_uninstall()
136 - events_cleanup()
137 - events_dequeue()
138 - events_get_handlers()
139* coursecat::get() now has optional $user parameter.
140* coursecat::is_uservisible() now has optional $user parameter.
2dd33840 141* Removed the lib/form/submitlink.php element which was deprecated in 3.2.
142* The user_selector classes do not support custom list of extra identity fields any more. They obey the configured user
143 policy and respect the privacy setting made by site administrators. The list of user identifiers should never be
144 hard-coded. Instead, the setting $CFG->showuseridentity should be always respected, which has always been the default
145 behaviour (MDL-59847).
146* The function message_send() in messagelib.php will now only take the object \core\message\message as a parameter.
147* The method message_sent::create_from_ids() parameter courseid is now required. A debugging
148 message was previously displayed, and the SITEID was used, when not provided.
149* The method \core\message\manager::send_message() now only takes the object \core\message\message as the first parameter.
df536ab1 150* Following functions have been deprecated, please use get_roles_used_in_context.
151 - get_roles_on_exact_context()
152 - get_roles_with_assignment_on_context()
7d7d3b17 153* New functions to support the merging of user draft areas from the interface; see MDL-45170 for details:
154 - file_copy_file_to_file_area()
155 - file_merge_draft_areas()
156 - file_replace_file_area_in_text()
157 - extract_draft_file_urls_from_text()
158* Class coursecat is now alias to autoloaded class core_course_category, course_in_list is an alias to
159 core_course_list_element, class coursecat_sortable_records is deprecated without replacement.
160* \core_user_external::create_users() and \core_user_external::update_users() can now accept more user profile fields so user
161 creation/update via web service can now be very similar to the edit profile page's functionality. The new fields that have been
162 added are:
163 - maildisplay
164 - interests
165 - url
166 - icq
167 - skype
168 - aim
169 - yahoo
170 - msn
171 - institution
172 - department
173 - phone1
174 - phone2
175 - address
176* New function mark_user_dirty() must be called after changing data that gets cached in user sessions. Examples:
177 - Assigning roles to users.
178 - Unassigning roles from users.
179 - Enrolling users into courses.
180 - Unenrolling users from courses.
181* New optional parameter $context for the groups_get_members_join() function and ability to filter users that are not members of
182any group. Besides, groups_get_members_ids_sql, get_enrolled_sql and get_enrolled_users now accepts -1 (USERSWITHOUTGROUP) for
183the groupid field.
184* Added $CFG->conversionattemptlimit setting to config.php allowing a maximum number of retries before giving up conversion
185 of a given document by the assignfeedback_editpdf\task\convert_submissions task. Default value: 3.
186* The following events have been deprecated and should not be used any more:
187 - message_contact_blocked
188 - message_contact_unblocked
189 The reason for this is because you can now block/unblock users without them necessarily being a contact. These events
190 have been replaced with message_user_blocked and message_user_unblocked respectively.
191* The event message_deleted has been changed, it no longer records the value of the 'useridto' due to
192 the introduction of group messaging. Please, if you have any observers or are triggering this event
193 in your code you will have to make some changes!
194* The gradebook now supports the ability to accept files as feedback. This can be achieved by adding
195 'feedbackfiles' to the $grades parameter passed to grade_update().
196 For example -
197 $grades['feedbackfiles'] = [
198 'contextid' => 1,
199 'component' => 'mod_xyz',
200 'filearea' => 'mod_xyz_feedback',
201 'itemid' => 2
202 ];
203 These files will be then copied to the gradebook file area.
204* Allow users to choose who can message them for privacy reasons, with a 'growing circle of contactability':
205 - Added $CFG->messagingallusers, for enabling messaging to all site users. Default value: 0.
206 When $CFG->messagingallusers = false users can choose being contacted by only contacts or contacts and users sharing a course with them.
207 In that case, the default user preference is MESSAGE_PRIVACY_COURSEMEMBER (users sharing a course).
208 When $CFG->messagingallusers = true users have a new option for the privacy messaging preferences: "Anyone on the site". In that case,
209 the default user preference is MESSAGE_PRIVACY_SITE (all site users).
210 - Added $CFG->keepmessagingallusersenabled setting to config.php to force enabling $CFG->messagingallusers during the upgrading process.
211 Default value: 0.
212 When $CFG->keepmessagingallusersenabled is set to true, $CFG->messagingallusers will be also set to true to enable messaging site users.
213 However, when it is empty, $CFG->messagingallusers will be disabled during the upgrading process, so the users will only be able to
214 message contacts and users sharing a course with them.
215* There has been interface and functional changes to admin_apply_default_settings() (/lib/adminlib.php). The function now takes two
216 additional optional parameters, $admindefaultsettings and $settingsoutput. It also has a return value $settingsoutput.
217 The function now does not need to be called twice to ensure all default settings are set. Instead the function calls itself recursively
218 until all settings have been set. The additional parameters are used recursively and shouldn't be need to be explicitly passed in when calling
219 the function from other parts of Moodle.
220 The return value: $settingsoutput is an array of setting names and the values that were set by the function.
160e77f9 221* Webservices no longer update the lastaccess time for a user in a course. Call core_course_view_course() manually if needed.
0616f045 222* A new field has been added to the context table. Please ensure that any contxt preloading uses get_preload_record_columns_sql or get_preload_record_columns to fetch the list of columns.
f7115c2e 223
224=== 3.5 ===
226* There is a new privacy API that every subsystem and plugin has to implement so that the site can become GDPR
227 compliant. Plugins use this API to report what information they store or process regarding users, and provide ability
228 to export and delete personal data. See for guidelines on how to implement the
229 privacy API in your plugin.
cd305dc2 230* The cron runner now sets up a fresh PAGE and OUTPUT between each task.
231* The core_renderer methods notify_problem(), notify_success(), notify_message() and notify_redirect() that were
232 deprecated in Moodle 3.1 have been removed. Use \core\notification::add(), or \core\output\notification as required.
233* The maximum supported precision (the total number of digits) for XMLDB_TYPE_NUMBER ("number") fields raised from 20 to
234 38 digits. Additionally, the whole number part (precision minus scale) must not be longer than the maximum length of
235 integer fields (20 digits). Note that PHP floats commonly support precision of roughly 15 digits only (MDL-32113).
236* Event triggering and event handlers:
237 - The following events, deprecated since moodle 2.6, have been finally removed: groups_members_removed,
238 groups_groupings_groups_removed, groups_groups_deleted, groups_groupings_deleted.
239* The following functions have been finally deprecated and can not be used any more:
240 - notify()
241* XMLDB now validates the PATH attribute on every install.xml file. Both the XMLDB editor and installation will fail
242 when a problem is detected with it. Please ensure your plugins contain correct directory relative paths.
caae0820 243* Add recaptchalib_v2.php for support of reCAPTCHA v2.
244* Plugins can define class 'PLUGINNAME\privacy\local\sitepolicy\handler' if they implement an alternative mechanisms for
245 site policies managements and agreements. Administrators can define which component is to be used for handling site
246 policies and agreements. See
247* Scripts can define a constant NO_SITEPOLICY_CHECK and set it to true before requiring the main config.php file. It
248 will make the require_login() skipping the test for the user's policyagreed status. This is useful for plugins that
249 act as a site policy handler.
250* There is a new is_fulltext_search_supported() DML function. The default implementation returns false. This function
251 is used by 'Simple search' global search engine to determine if the database full-text search capabilities can be used.
252* The following have been removed from the list of core subsystems:
253 - core_register
254 - core_publish
255 Following this change, \core_register_renderer and \core_publish_renderer have been removed and their methods have been
256 moved to \core_admin_renderer and \core_course_renderer respectively.
521252d6 257
8cf36e9c 258=== 3.4 ===
521252d6 259
d3882ea4 260* oauth2_client::request method has an extra parameter to specify the accept header for the response (MDL-60733)
261* The following functions, previously used (exclusively) by upgrade steps are not available
262 anymore because of the upgrade cleanup performed for this version. See MDL-57432 for more info:
263 - upgrade_mimetypes()
264 - upgrade_fix_missing_root_folders_draft()
265 - upgrade_minmaxgrade()
266 - upgrade_course_tags()
268* Added new moodleform element 'filetypes' and new admin setting widget 'admin_setting_filetypes'. These new widgets
269 allow users to define a list of file types; either by typing them manually or selecting them from a list. The widgets
270 directly support the syntax used to feed the 'accepted_types' option of the filemanager and filepicker elements. File
271 types can be specified as extensions (.jpg or just jpg), mime types (text/plain) or groups (image).
272* Removed accesslib private functions: load_course_context(), load_role_access_by_context(), dedupe_user_access() (MDL-49398).
273* Internal "accessdata" structure format has changed to improve ability to perform role definition caching (MDL-49398).
274* Role definitions are no longer cached in user session (MDL-49398).
275* External function core_group_external::get_activity_allowed_groups now returns an additional field: canaccessallgroups.
276 It indicates whether the user will be able to access all the activity groups.
bef201c7 277* file_get_draft_area_info does not sum the root folder anymore when calculating the foldercount.
278* The moodleform element classes can now optionally provide a public function validateSubmitValue(). This method can be
279 used to perform implicit validation of submitted values - without the need to explicitly add the validation rules to
280 every form. The method should accept a single parameter with the submitted value. It should return a string with the
281 eventual validation error, or an empty value if the validation passes.
3b1eba06 282* New user_picture attribute $includefullname to determine whether to include the user's full name with the user's picture.
283* Enrol plugins which provide enrolment actions can now declare the following "data-action" attributes in their implementation of
284 enrol_plugin::get_user_enrolment_actions() whenever applicable:
285 * "editenrolment" - For editing a user'e enrolment details. Defined by constant ENROL_ACTION_EDIT.
286 * "unenrol" - For unenrolling a student. Defined by constant ENROL_ACTION_UNENROL.
287 These attributes enable enrol actions to be rendered via modals. If not added, clicking on the enrolment action buttons will still
288 redirect the user to the appropriate enrolment action page. Though optional, it is recommended to add these attributes for a
289 better user experience when performing enrol actions.
290* The enrol_plugin::get_user_enrolment_actions() implementations for core enrol plugins have been removed and moved to
291 the parent method itself. New enrol plugins don't have to implement get_user_enrolment_actions(), but just need to
292 make sure that they override:
293 - enrol_plugin::allow_manage(), and/or
294 - enrol_plugin::allow_unenrol_user() or enrol_plugin::allow_unenrol()
295 Existing enrol plugins that override enrol_plugin::get_user_enrolment_actions() don't have to do anything, but can
296 also opt to remove their own implementation of the method if they basically have the same logic as the parent method.
297* New optional parameter $enrolid for the following functions:
298 - get_enrolled_join()
299 - get_enrolled_sql()
300 - get_enrolled_with_capabilities_join()
301 Setting this parameter to a non-zero value will add a condition to the query such that only users that were enrolled
302 with this enrolment method will be returned.
303* New optional parameter 'closeSuggestionsOnSelect' for the enhance() function for form-autocomplete. Setting this to true will
304 close the suggestions popup immediately after an option has been selected. If not specified, it defaults to true for single-select
305 elements and false for multiple-select elements.
4d068a67 306* user_can_view_profile() now also checks the moodle/user:viewalldetails capability.
307* The core/modal_confirm dialogue has been deprecated. Please use the core/modal_save_cancel dialogue instead. Please ensure you
308 update to use the and ModalEvents.cancel events instead of their yes/no counterparts.
309* Instead of checking the 'moodle/course:viewparticipants' and 'moodle/site:viewparticipants' capabilities use the
310 new functions course_can_view_participants() and course_require_view_participants().
b1eb6dd7 311* $stored_file->add_to_curl_request() now adds the filename to the curl request.
312* The option for Login HTTPS (authentication-only SSL) has been removed
313* $CFG->loginhttps is now deprecated, do not use it.
4b501ec9 314* $PAGE->https_required and $PAGE->verify_https_required() are now deprecated. They are no longer used and will throw a coding_exception.
672f4836 315* $CFG->httpswwwroot is now deprecated and will always result in the same value as wwwroot.
316* Added function core_role_set_view_allowed() to check if a user should be able to see a given role.
317 This should be checked whenever displaying a list of roles to a user, however, core_role_set_assign_allowed may need to override it
318 in some cases.
64cd4596 319* Deprecated allow_override, allow_assign and allow_switch and replaced with core_role_set_*_allowed to avoid function names conflicting.
8cf36e9c 320
321=== 3.3.1 ===
323* ldap_get_entries_moodle() now always returns lower-cased attribute names in the returned entries.
324 It was suppposed to do so before, but it actually didn't.
3be09119 326=== 3.3 ===
1cb5c7b3 327
328* Behat compatibility changes are now being documented at
330* PHPUnit's bootstrap has been changed to use HTTPS wwwroot ( from previous HTTP version. Any
331 existing test expecting the old HTTP URLs will need to be switched to the new HTTPS value (reference: MDL-54901).
332* The information returned by the idp list has changed. This is usually only rendered by the login page and login block.
333 The icon attribute is removed and an iconurl attribute has been added.
151b0f94 334* Support added for a new type of external file: FILE_CONTROLLED_LINK. This is an external file that Moodle can control
141ee541 335 the permissions. Moodle makes files read-only but can grant temporary write access.
336 When accessing a URL, the info from file_browser::get_file_info will be checked to determine if the user has write access,
337 if they do - the remote file will have access controls set to allow editing.
338* The method moodleform::after_definition() has been added and can now be used to add some logic
339 to be performed after the form's definition was set. This is useful for intermediate subclasses.
340* Moodle has support for font-awesome icons. Plugins should use the xxx_get_fontawesome_icon_map callback
341 to map their custom icons to one from font-awesome.
342* $OUTPUT->pix_url() has been deprecated because it is was used mostly to manually generate image tags for icons.
343 We now distinguish between icons and "small images". The difference is that an icon does not have to be rendered as an image tag
344 with a source. It is OK to still have "small images" - if this desired use $OUTPUT->image_icon() and $OUTPUT->image_url(). For
345 other uses - use $OUTPUT->pix_icon() or the pix helper in mustache templates {{#pix}}...{{/pix}}
c266d256 346 For other valid use cases use $OUTPUT->image_url().
3e6adcd6 347* Activity icons have been split from standard icons. Use $OUTPUT->image_icon instead of $OUTPUT->pix_icon for these
c2dde7ee 348 type of icons (the coloured main icon for each activity).
349* YUI module moodle-core-formautosubmit has been removed, use jquery .change() instead (see lib/templates/url_select.mustache for
350 an example)
351* $mform->init_javascript_enhancement() is deprecated and no longer does anything. Existing uses of smartselect enhancement
352 should be switched to the searchableselector form element or other solutions.
7620746f 353* Return value of the validate_email() is now proper boolean as documented. Previously the function could return 1, 0 or false.
354* The mcore YUI rollup which included various YUI modules such as moodle-core-notification is no longer included on every
355 page. Missing YUI depdencies may be exposed by this change (e.g. missing a requirement on moodle-core-notification when
356 using M.core.dialogue).
357* Various legacy javascript functions have been removed:
358 * M.util.focus_login_form and M.util.focus_login_error no longer do anything. Please use jquery instead. See
359 lib/templates/login.mustache for an example.
360 * Some outdated global JS functions have been removed and should be replaced with calls to jquery
361 or alternative approaches:
362 checkall, checknone, select_all_in_element_with_id, select_all_in, deselect_all_in, confirm_if, findParentNode,
363 filterByParent, stripHTML
364 * M.util.init_toggle_class_on_click has been removed.
365* The following functions have been deprecated and should not be used any more:
366 - file_storage::try_content_recovery - See MDL-46375 for more information
367 - file_storage::content_exists - See MDL-46375 for more information
368 - file_storage::deleted_file_cleanup - See MDL-46375 for more information
369 - file_storage::get_converted_document
370 - file_storage::is_format_supported_by_unoconv
371 - file_storage::can_convert_documents
372 - file_storage::send_test_pdf
373 - file_storage::test_unoconv_path
374* Following behat steps have been removed from core:
375 - I click on "<element_string>" "<selector_string>" in the "<row_text_string>" table row
376 - I go to notifications page
377 - I add "<filename_string>" file from recent files to "<filepicker_field_string>" filepicker
378 - I upload "<filepath_string>" file to "<filepicker_field_string>" filepicker
379 - I create "<foldername_string>" folder in "<filepicker_field_string>" filepicker
380 - I open "<foldername_string>" folder from "<filepicker_field_string>" filepicker
381 - I unzip "<filename_string>" file from "<filepicker_field_string>" filepicker
382 - I zip "<filename_string>" folder from "<filepicker_field_string>" filepicker
383 - I delete "<file_or_folder_name_string>" from "<filepicker_field_string>" filepicker
384 - I send "<message_contents_string>" message to "<username_string>"
385 - I add "<user_username_string>" user to "<cohort_idnumber_string>" cohort
386 - I add "<username_string>" user to "<group_name_string>" group
387 - I fill in "<field_string>" with "<value_string>"
388 - I select "<option_string>" from "<select_string>"
389 - I select "<radio_button_string>" radio button
390 - I check "<option_string>"
391 - I uncheck "<option_string>"
392 - the "<field_string>" field should match "<value_string>" value
393 - the "<checkbox_string>" checkbox should be checked
394 - the "<checkbox_string>" checkbox should not be checked
395 - I fill the moodle form with:
396 - "<element_string>" "<selector_string>" should exists
397 - "<element_string>" "<selector_string>" should not exists
398 - the following "<element_string>" exists:
399* get_user_capability_course() now has an additional parameter 'limit'. This can be used to return a set number of records with
400 the submitted capability. The parameter 'fieldsexceptid' will now accept context fields which can be used for preloading.
ed0a1cd7 401* The caching option 'immutable' has been added to send_stored_file() and send_file().
37d0c7c7 402* New adhoc task refresh_mod_calendar_events_task that updates existing calendar events of modules.
ca75ec4f 403* New 'priority' column for the event table to determine which event to show in case of events with user and group overrides.
fb41d2f0 404* Webservices core_course_search_courses and core_course_get_courses_by_field will always return the sortorder field.
e9dfeec9 405* core_course_external::get_activities_overview has been deprecated. Please do not call this function any more.
e03d5d47 406* Changed the pix mustache template helper to accept context variables for the key, component and alt text.
407* New auth_plugin_base helper methods:
408 - get_identity_providers() - Retrieves available auth identity providers.
409 - prepare_identity_providers_for_output() - Prepares auth identity provider data for output (e.g. to templates, WS, etc.).
2fa2ed50 410
411=== 3.2 ===
413* Custom roles with access to any part of site administration that do not use the manager archetype will need
414 moodle/site:configview capability added.
ba5c5083 415* Admin setting "Show My courses expanded on Dashboard" has been removed.
416* Some backwards and forwards compatibility has been added for different bootstrap versions.
417 This is to allow the same markup to work in "clean" and "boost" themes alot of the time. It is also to allow user text
418 with bootstrap classes to keep working in the new theme. See MDL-56004 for the list of supported classes.
ff392efc 419* MForms element 'submitlink' has been deprecated.
420* Searchable selector form element is now a wrapper for autocomplete. A "No selection" option is automatically
421 added to the options list for best backwards compatibility - if you were manually adding a "no selection" option you will need
422 to remove it.
2ce91090 423* Node.js versions >=4 are now required to run grunt.
424* JQuery has been updated to 3.1.0. JQuery migrate plugins are no longer shipped - please read
425 and update your javascript.
af6a4240 426* New option 'blanktarget' added to format_text. This option adds target="_blank" to links
427* A new webservice structure `external_files` has been created which provides a standardised view of files in Moodle and
428 should be used for all file return descriptions.
429 Files matching this format can be retrieved via the new `external_util::get_area_files` method.
430 See MDL-54951 for further information.
431* The parameter $usepost of the following functions has been deprecated and is not used any more:
432 - get_max_upload_file_size()
433 - get_user_max_upload_file_size()
434* The following classes have been removed and should not be used any more:
435 - boxclient - See MDL-49599 for more information.
436* The following functions have been removed and should not be used any more:
437 - file_modify_html_header() - See MDL-29738 for more information.
aa7e371a 438* core_grades_external::get_grades has been deprecated. Please do not call this function any more.
64064315 439 External function gradereport_user_external::get_grade_items can be used for retrieving the course grades information.
6fb1a717 440* New option 'escape' added to format_string. When true (default), escapes HTML entities from the string
441* The following functions have been deprecated and are not used any more:
442 - get_records_csv() Please use csv_import_reader::load_csv_content() instead.
443 - put_records_csv() Please use download_as_dataformat (lib/dataformatlib.php) instead.
444 - zip_files() - See MDL-24343 for more information.
445 - unzip_file() - See MDL-24343 for more information.
446 - print_log() - See MDL-43681 for more information
447 - print_log_csv() - See MDL-43681 for more information
448 - print_log_ods() - See MDL-43681 for more information
449 - print_log_xls() - See MDL-43681 for more information
450 - print_mnet_log() - See MDL-43681 for more information
451 - build_logs_array() - See MDL-43681 for more information
452 - get_logs() - See MDL-43681 for more information
453 - get_logs_usercourse() - See MDL-43681 for more information
454 - get_logs_userday() - See MDL-43681 for more information
ac157b0b 455 - prevent_form_autofill_password() Please do not use anymore.
21e8b48d 456* The password_compat library was removed as it is no longer required.
457* Phpunit has been upgraded to 5.4.x and following has been deprecated and is not used any more:
458 - setExpectedException(), use @expectedException or $this->expectException() and $this->expectExceptionMessage()
459 - getMock(), use createMock() or getMockBuilder()->getMock()
460 - UnitTestCase class is removed.
461* The following methods have been finally deprecated and should no longer be used:
462 - course_modinfo::build_section_cache()
463 - cm_info::get_deprecated_group_members_only()
464 - cm_info::is_user_access_restricted_by_group()
465* The following methods in cm_info::standardmethods have also been finally deprecated and should no longer be used:
466 - cm_info::get_after_edit_icons()
467 - cm_info::get_after_link()
468 - cm_info::get_content()
469 - cm_info::get_custom_data()
470 - cm_info::get_extra_classes()
471 - cm_info::get_on_click()
472 - cm_info::get_url()
473 - cm_info::obtain_dynamic_data()
474 Calling them through the magic method __call() will throw a coding exception.
475* The alfresco library has been removed from core. It was an old version of
476 the library which was not compatible with newer versions of Alfresco.
7a05bc92 477* Added down arrow: $OUTPUT->darrow.
478* All file_packer implementations now accept an additional parameter to allow a simple boolean return value instead of
479 an array of individual file statuses.
e259795c 480* "I set the field "field_string" to multiline:" now end with colon (:), as PyStrings is supposed to end with ":"
481* New functions to support deprecation of events have been added to the base event. See MDL-46214 for further details.
482* A new function `get_name_with_info` has been added to the base event. This function adds information about event
483 deprecations and should be used where this information is relevant.
484* Following api's have been deprecated in behat_config_manager, please use behat_config_util instead.
485 - get_features_with_tags
486 - get_components_steps_definitions
487 - get_config_file_contents
488 - merge_behat_config
489 - get_behat_profile
490 - profile_guided_allocate
491 - merge_config
492 - clean_path
493 - get_behat_tests_path
494* behat_util::start_test_mode() accepts 3 options now:
495 - 1. Theme sute with all features: If behat should initialise theme suite with all core features.
496 - 2. Parallel runs: How many parallel runs will be running.
497 - 3. Run: Which process behat should be initialise for.
498* behat_context_helper::set_session() has been deprecated, please use behat_context_helper::set_environment() instead.
9b9afffe 499* data-fieldtype="type" attribute has been added to form field default template.
500* form elements extending MoodleQuickForm_group must call $this->createFormElement() instead of
501 @MoodleQuickForm::createElement() in order to be compatible with PHP 7.1
502* Relative paths in $CFG->alternateloginurl will be resolved to absolute path within moodle site. Previously they
503 were resolved to absolute path within the server. That means:
504 - $CFG->wwwroot:
505 - $CFG->alternateloginurl : /my/super/login.php
506 - Login url will be: (moodle root based)
507* Database (DML) layer:
508 - new sql_equal() method available for places where case sensitive/insensitive varchar comparisons are required.
509* PostgreSQL connections now use advanced options to reduce connection overhead. These options are not compatible
510 with some connection poolers. The dbhandlesoptions parameter has been added to allow the database to configure the
511 required defaults. The parameters that are required in the database are;
512 ALTER DATABASE moodle SET client_encoding = UTF8;
513 ALTER DATABASE moodle SET standard_conforming_strings = on;
ce7863ba 514 ALTER DATABASE moodle SET search_path = 'moodle,public'; -- Optional, if you wish to use a custom schema.
f834a8f5 515 You can set these options against the database or the moodle user who connects.
516* Some form elements have been refined to better support right-to-left languages. In RTL,
517 most fields should not have their direction flipped, a URL, a path to a file, a number, ...
518 are always displayed LTR. Input fields and text areas now will best guess whether they
519 should be forced to be displayed in LTR based on the PARAM type associated with it. You
520 can call $mform->setForceLtr($elementName, true/false) on some form fields to manually
521 set the value.
370e7637 522* Action menus do_not_enhance() is deprecated, use a list of action_icon instead.
523* The user_not_fully_set_up() function has a new $strict parameter (defaulting to true) in order to decide when
524 custom fields (and other checks) should be evaluated to determine if the user has been completely setup.
525* profile_field_base class has new methods: get_field_config_for_external() and get_field_properties().
526 This two new methods should be implemented by profile field plugins to make them compatible with Web Services.
527* The minifier library used by core_minify has been switched to - there are minor differences
528 in minifier output.
8b99e163 529* context_header additional buttons can now have a class attribute provided in the link attributes.
530* The return signature for the antivirus::scan_file() function has changed.
531 The calling function will now handle removal of infected files from Moodle based on the new integer return value.
532* The first parameter $eventdata of both message_send() and \core\message\manager::send_message() should
533 be \core\message\message. Use of stdClass is deprecated.
534* The message_sent event now expects other[courseid] to be always set, exception otherwise. For BC with contrib code,
535 message_sent::create_from_ids() will show a debugging notice if the \core\message\message being sent is missing
536 the courseid property, defaulting to SITEID automatically. In Moodle 3.6 (MDL-55449) courseid will be fully mandatory
537 for all messages sent.
d6a25bc4 538* The send_confirmation_email() function has a new optional parameter $confirmationurl to provide a different confirmation URL.
539* Introduced a new hook for plugin developers:
540 - <component>_course_module_background_deletion_recommended()
541 This hook should be used in conjunction with the existing '<component>_pre_course_module_delete($mod)'. It must
542 return a boolean and is called by core to check whether a plugin's implementation of
543 <component>_pre_course_module_deleted($mod) will take a long time. A plugin should therefore only implement this
544 function if it also implements <component>_pre_course_module_delete($mod).
545 An example in current use is recyclebin, which performs what can be a lengthy backup process in
546 tool_recyclebin_pre_course_module_delete. The recyclebin, if enabled, now returns true in its implementation of
547 tool_recyclebin_course_module_background_deletion_recommended(), to indicate to core that the deletion (and
548 execution of tool_recyclebin_pre_course_module_delete) should be handled with an adhoc task, meaning it will not
549 occur in real time.
af6a4240 550
551=== 3.1 ===
553* Webservice function core_course_search_courses accepts a new parameter 'limittoenrolled' to filter the results
554 only to courses the user is enrolled in, and are visible to them.
555* External functions that are not calling external_api::validate_context are buggy and will now generate
556 exceptions. Previously they were only generating warnings in the webserver error log.
e02e7f5a 557 See
221bfffd 558* The moodle/blog:associatecourse and moodle/blog:associatemodule capabilities has been removed.
559* The following functions has been finally deprecated and can not be used any more:
560 - profile_display_badges()
561 - useredit_shared_definition_preferences()
562 - calendar_normalize_tz()
563 - get_user_timezone_offset()
564 - get_timezone_offset()
565 - get_list_of_timezones()
566 - calculate_user_dst_table()
567 - dst_changes_for_year()
568 - get_timezone_record()
569 - test_get_list_of_timezones()
570 - test_get_timezone_offset()
571 - test_get_user_timezone_offset()
572* The google api library has been updated to version 1.1.7. There was some important changes
573 on the SSL handling. Now the SSL version will be determined by the underlying library.
574 For more information see
575* The get_role_users() function will now add the $sort fields that are not part
576 of the requested fields to the query result and will throw a debugging message
577 with the added fields when that happens.
578* The core_user::fill_properties_cache() static method has been introduced to be a reference
579 and allow standard user fields data validation. Right now only type validation is supported
580 checking it against the parameter (PARAM_*) type of the target user field. MDL-52781 is
581 going to add support to null/not null and choices validation, replacing the existing code to
582 validate the user fields in different places in a common way.
583* Webservice function core_course_search_courses now returns results when the search string
584 is less than 2 chars long.
585* Webservice function core_course_search_courses accepts a new parameter 'requiredcapabilities' to filter the results
586 by the capabilities of the current user.
587* New mform element 'course' handles thousands of courses with good performance and usability.
588* The redirect() function will now redirect immediately if output has not
589 already started. Messages will be displayed on the subsequent page using
590 session notifications. The type of message output can be configured using the
591 fourth parameter to redirect().
592* The specification of extra classes in the $OUTPUT->notification()
593 function, and \core\output\notification renderable have been deprecated
594 and will be removed in a future version.
595 Notifications should use the levels found in \core\output\notification.
597 \core\output\notification have been deprecated in favour of NOTIFY_ERROR,
598 NOTIFY_WARNING, and NOTIFY_INFO respectively.
599* The following functions, previously used (exclusively) by upgrade steps are not available
600 anymore because of the upgrade cleanup performed for this version. See MDL-51580 for more info:
601 - upgrade_mysql_fix_unsigned_and_lob_columns()
602 - upgrade_course_completion_remove_duplicates()
603 - upgrade_save_orphaned_questions()
604 - upgrade_rename_old_backup_files_using_shortname()
605 - upgrade_mssql_nvarcharmax()
606 - upgrade_mssql_varbinarymax()
607 - upgrade_fix_missing_root_folders()
608 - upgrade_course_modules_sequences()
609 - upgrade_grade_item_fix_sortorder()
610 - upgrade_availability_item()
611* A new parameter $ajaxformdata was added to the constructor for moodleform. When building a
612 moodleform in a webservice or ajax script (for example using the new fragments API) we
613 cannot allow the moodleform to parse it's own data from _GET and _POST - we must pass it as
614 an array.
615* Plugins can extend the navigation for user by declaring the following callback:
616 <frankenstyle>_extend_navigation_user(navigation_node $parentnode, stdClass $user,
617 context_user $context, stdClass $course,
618 context_course $coursecontext)
c917b53a 619* The function notify() now throws a debugging message - see MDL-50269.
620* Ajax calls going through lib/ajax/* now validate the return values before sending
621 the response. If the validation does not pass an exception is raised. This behaviour
622 is consistent with web services.
623* Several changes in Moodle core, standard plugins and third party libraries to
624 ensure compatibility with PHP7. All plugins are recommended to perform testing
625 against PHP7 as well. Refer to for more
626 information. The following changes may affect you:
627 * Class moodleform, moodleform_mod and some module classes have been changed to use
628 __construct() for the constructor. Calling parent constructors by the class
629 name will display debugging message. Incorrect: parent::moodleform(),
630 correct: parent::__construct()
631 * All form elements have also changed the constructor syntax. No changes are
632 needed for using form elements, however if plugin defines new form element it
633 needs to use correct syntax. For example, incorrect: parent::HTML_QuickForm_input(),
634 HTML_QuickForm_input::HTML_QuickForm_input(), $this->HTML_QuickForm_input().
635 Correct: HTML_QuickForm_input::__construct() or parent::__construct().
636 * profile_field_base::profile_field_base() is deprecated, use parent::__construct()
637 in custom profile fields constructors. Similar deprecations in exsiting
638 profile_field_* classes.
639 * user_filter_type::user_filter_type() is deprecated, use parent::__construct() in
640 custom user filters. Similar deprecations in existing user_filter_* classes.
641 * table_default_export_format_parent::table_default_export_format_parent() is
642 deprecated, use parent::__construct() in extending classes.
643* groups_delete_group_members() $showfeedback parameter has been removed and is no longer
644 respected. Users of this function should output their own feedback if required.
645* Number of changes to Tags API, see tag/upgrade.txt for more details
646* The previous events API handlers are being deprecated in favour of events 2 API, debugging messages are being displayed if
647 there are 3rd party plugins using it. Switch to events 2 API please, see
648 Note than you will need to bump the plugin version so moodle is aware that you removed the plugin's event handlers.
649* mforms validation functions are not available in the global JS namespace anymore, event listeners
650 are assigned to fields and buttons through a self-contained JS function.
651* Added $CFG->urlrewriteclass option to config.php allowing clean / semantic urls to
652 be implemented in a plugin, eg local_cleanurls.
653* $CFG->pathtoclam global setting has been moved to clamav antivirus plugin setting of the same name.
654* clam_message_admins() and get_clam_error_code() have been deprecated, its functionality
655 is now a part of \antivirus_clamav\scanner class methods.
656* \repository::antivir_scan_file() has been deprecated, \core\antivirus\manager::scan_file() that
375223c6 657 applies antivirus plugins is replacing its functionality.
d84a657d 658* Added core_text::str_max_bytes() which safely truncates multi-byte strings to a maximum number of bytes.
b5e6ec44 659* Zend Framework has been removed completely.
322f3141 660* Any plugin can report when a scale is being used with the callback function [pluginname]_scale_used_anywhere(int $scaleid).
529ea77b 661* Changes in file_rewrite_pluginfile_urls: Passing a new option reverse = true in the $options var will make the function to convert
296ab1e2 662 actual URLs in $text to encoded URLs in the @@PLUGINFILE@@ form.
e891c838 663* behat_util::is_server_running() is removed, please use behat_util::check_server_status() instead.
664* Behat\Mink\Selector\SelectorsHandler::xpathLiteral() method is deprecated use behat_context_helper::escape instead
665 when building Xpath, or pass the unescaped value when using the named selector.',
9df4ae41 666* table_sql download process is using the new data formats plugin which you can't use if you are buffering any output
667 * flexible_table::get_download_menu(), considered private, has been deleted. Use
668 $OUTPUT->download_dataformat_selector() instead.
669 when building Xpath, or pass the unescaped value when using the named selector.
670* Add new file_is_executable(), to consistently check for executables even in Windows (PHP bug #41062).
b858b161 671* Introduced new hooks for plugin developers.
672 - <component>_pre_course_category_delete($category)
673 - <component>_pre_course_delete($course)
674 - <component>_pre_course_module_delete($cm)
675 - <component>_pre_block_delete($instance)
676 - <component>_pre_user_delete($user)
b858b161 677 These hooks allow developers to use the item in question before it is deleted by core. For example, if your plugin is
678 a module (plugins located in the mod folder) called 'xxx' and you wish to interact with the user object before it is
679 deleted then the function to create would be mod_xxx_pre_user_delete($user) in mod/xxx/lib.php.
0ddc7e55 680* pear::Net::GeoIP has been removed.
20dde5e6 681
682=== 3.0 ===
4eeea2cb 684* Minify updated to 2.2.1
7fa6b587 685* htmlpurifier upgraded to 4.7.0
df098760 686* Less.php upgraded to
f77cd371 687* The horde library has been updated to version 5.2.7.
80af92f0 688* Google libraries (lib/google) updated to 1.1.5
ec2d33df 689* Html2Text library has been updated to the latest version of the library.
690* External functions x_is_allowed_from_ajax() methods have been deprecated. Define 'ajax' => true in db/services.php instead.
691* External functions can be called without a session if they define 'loginrequired' => true in db/services.php.
692* All plugins are required to declare their frankenstyle component name via
693 the $plugin->component property in their version.php file. See
694 for details (MDL-48494).
b80b35d0 695* PHPUnit is upgraded to 4.7. Some tests using deprecated assertions etc may need changes to work correctly.
988592c5 696* Users of the text editor API to manually create a text editor should call set_text before calling use_editor.
4e8afd56 697* Javascript - SimpleYUI and the Y instance used for modules have been merged. Y is now always the same instance of Y.
f4864c1c 698* get_referer() has been deprecated, please use the get_local_referer function instead.
303936aa 699* \core\progress\null is renamed to \core\progress\none for improved PHP7 compatibility as null is a reserved word (see MDL-50453).
700* \webservice_xmlrpc_client now respects proxy server settings. If your XMLRPC server is available on your local network and not via your proxy server, you may need to add it to the list of proxy
701 server exceptions in $CFG->proxybypass. See MDL-39353 for details.
702* Group and groupings idnumbers can now be passed to and/or are returned from the following web services functions:
703 ** core_group_external::create_groups
704 ** core_group_external::get_groups
705 ** core_group_external::get_course_groups
706 ** core_group_external::create_groupings
707 ** core_group_external::update_groupings
708 ** core_group_external::get_groupings
709 ** core_group_external::get_course_groupings
710 ** core_group_external::get_course_user_groups
711* Following functions are removed from core. See MDL-50049 for details.
712 password_compat_not_supported()
713 session_get_instance()
714 session_is_legacy()
715 session_kill_all()
716 session_touch()
717 session_kill()
718 session_kill_user()
719 session_set_user()
720 session_is_loggedinas()
721 session_get_realuser()
722 session_loginas()
723 js_minify()
724 css_minify_css()
725 update_login_count()
726 reset_login_count()
188458a6 727 check_gd_version()
728 update_log_display_entry()
729 get_recent_enrolments()
730 groups_filter_users_by_course_module_visible()
731 groups_course_module_visible()
732 error()
733 formerr()
734 editorhelpbutton()
735 editorshortcutshelpbutton()
736 choose_from_menu()
737 update_event()
738 get_generic_section_name()
739 get_all_sections()
740 add_mod_to_section()
741 get_all_mods()
742 get_course_section()
743 format_weeks_get_section_dates()
744 get_print_section_cm_text()
745 print_section_add_menus()
746 make_editing_buttons()
747 print_section()
748 print_overview()
749 print_recent_activity()
750 delete_course_module()
751 update_category_button()
752 make_categories_list()
753 category_delete_move()
754 category_delete_full()
755 move_category()
756 course_category_hide()
757 course_category_show()
758 get_course_category()
759 create_course_category()
760 get_all_subcategories()
761 get_child_categories()
762 get_categories()
763 print_course_search()
764 print_my_moodle()
765 print_remote_course()
766 print_remote_host()
767 print_whole_category_list()
768 print_category_info()
b164e2ec 769 get_course_category_tree()
770 print_courses()
771 print_course()
772 get_category_courses_array()
773 get_category_courses_array_recursively()
b164e2ec 774 blog_get_context_url()
775 get_courses_wmanagers()
776 convert_tree_to_html()
777 convert_tabrows_to_tree()
778 can_use_rotated_text()
779 get_parent_contexts()
780 get_parent_contextid()
781 get_child_contexts()
188458a6 782 create_contexts()
783 cleanup_contexts()
784 build_context_path()
785 rebuild_contexts()
786 preload_course_contexts()
787 context_moved()
788 fetch_context_capabilities()
789 context_instance_preload()
790 get_contextlevel_name()
791 print_context_name()
792 mark_context_dirty()
793 delete_context()
794 get_context_url()
795 get_course_context()
796 get_user_courses_bycap()
797 get_role_context_caps()
798 get_courseid_from_context()
799 context_instance_preload_sql()
800 get_related_contexts_string()
801 get_plugin_list_with_file()
802 check_browser_operating_system()
803 check_browser_version()
804 get_device_type()
805 get_device_type_list()
806 get_selected_theme_for_device_type()
807 get_device_cfg_var_name()
188458a6 808 set_user_device_type()
809 get_user_device_type()
810 get_browser_version_classes()
811 generate_email_supportuser()
812 badges_get_issued_badge_info()
813 can_use_html_editor()
814 enrol_cohort_get_cohorts()
815 enrol_cohort_can_view_cohort()
816 cohort_get_visible_list()
817 enrol_cohort_enrol_all_users()
818 enrol_cohort_search_cohorts()
eee9e47d 819* The never unused webdav_locks table was dropped.
820* The actionmenu hideMenu() function now expects an EventFacade object to be passed to it,
821 i.e. a call to M.core.actionmenu.instance.hideMenu() should be change to M.core.actionmenu.instance.hideMenu(e)
40a15455 822* In the html_editors (tinyMCE, Atto), the manage files button can be hidden by changing the 'enable_filemanagement' option to false.
82f0f5e3 823* external_api::validate_context now is public, it can be called from other classes.
824* rss_error() now supports returning of correct HTTP status of error and will return '404 Not Found'
825 unless other status is specified.
826* Plugins can extend the navigation for categories settings by declaring the following callback:
827 <frankenstyle>_extend_navigation_category_settings(navigation_node, context_coursecat)
828* The clilib.php provides two new functions cli_write() and cli_writeln() that should be used for outputting texts from the command
829 line interface scripts.
830* External function core_course_external::get_course_contents returned parameter "name" has been changed to PARAM_RAW,
831 this is because the new external_format_string function may return raw data if the global moodlewssettingraw parameter is used.
182d9990 832* Function is_web_crawler() has been deprecated, please use core_useragent::is_web_crawler() instead.
303936aa 833
834=== 2.9.1 ===
836* New methods grade_grade::get_grade_max() and get_grade_min() must be used rather than directly the public properties rawgrademax and rawgrademin.
837* New method grade_item::is_aggregate_item() indicates when a grade_item is an aggreggated type grade.
839=== 2.9 ===
5472f9f4 841* The default home page for users has been changed to the dashboard (formely my home). See MDL-45774.
9bdcf579 842* Support for rendering templates from php or javascript has been added. See MDL-49152.
adeb96d2 843* Support for loading AMD javascript modules has been added. See MDL-49046.
cf02542d 844* Webservice core_course_delete_courses now return warning messages on any failures and does not try to rollback the entire deletion.
a74d4743 845* \core\event\course_viewed 'other' argument renamed from coursesectionid to coursesectionnumber as it contains the section number.
91fed57a 846* New API core_filetypes::add_type (etc.) allows custom filetypes to be added and modified.
847* PHPUnit: PHPMailer Sink is now started for all tests and is setup within the phpunit wrapper for advanced tests.
848 Catching debugging messages when sending mail will no longer work. Use $sink = $this->redirectEmails(); and then check
849 the message in the sink instead.
c9bd4e41 850* The file pluginlib.php was deprecated since 2.6 and has now been removed, do not include or require it.
9802bd61 851* \core_component::fetch_subsystems() now returns a valid path for completion component instead of null.
7d0d3b36 852* Deprecated JS global methods have been removed (show_item, destroy_item, hide_item, addonload, getElementsByTagName, findChildNodes).
853* For 3rd party plugin specific environment.xml files, it's now possible to specify version independent checks by using the
854 <PLUGIN name="component_name"> tag instead of the version dependent <MOODLE version="x.y"> one. If the PLUGIN tag is used any
855 Moodle specific tags will be ignored.
3451a51c 856* html_table: new API for adding captions to tables (new field, $table->caption) and subsequently hiding said captions from sighted users using accesshide (enabled using $table->captionhide).
857* The authorization procedure in the mdeploy.php script has been improved. The script
858 now relies on the main config.php when deploying an available update.
45a1a16b 859* sql_internal_reader and sql_select_reader interfaces have been deprecated in favour of sql_internal_table_reader
9fe26fb8 860 and sql_reader which use iterators to be more memory efficient.
861* $CFG->enabletgzbackups setting has been removed as now backups are stored internally using .tar.gz format by default, you can
862 set $CFG->usezipbackups to store them in zip format. This does not affect the restore process, which continues accepting both.
863* Added support for custom string manager implementations via $CFG->customstringmanager
864 directive in the config.php. See MDL-49361 for details.
70be2642 865* Add new make_request_directory() for creation of per-request files.
866* Added generate_image_thumbnail_from_string. This should be used instead of generate_image_thumbnail when the source is a string.
867 This prevents the need to write files to disk unnecessarily.
868* Added generate_image_thumbnail to stored_file class. This should be used when generating thumbnails for stored files.
869 This prevents the need to write files to disk unnecessarily.
3004a923 870* Removed pear/HTTP/WebDav. See MDL-49534 for details.
d6e7a63d 871* Use standard PHP date time classes and methods - see new core_date class for timezone normalisation methods.
872* Moved lib/google/Google/ to lib/google/src/Google. This is to address autoloader issues with Google's provided autoloader
873 for the library. See MDL-49519 for details.
874* The outdated lib/google/Google_Client.php and related files have been completely removed. To use
875 the new client, read lib/google/readme_moodle.txt, please.
b19cc4ef 876* profile_display_badges() has been deprecated. See MDL-48935 for details.
877* Added a new method add_report_nodes() to pagelib.php. If you are looking to add links to the user profile page under the heading "Reports"
878 then please use this function to ensure that the breadcrumb and navigation block are created properly for all user profile pages.
879* process_new_icon() now does not always return a PNG file. When possible, it will try to keep the format of the original file.
880 Set the new argument $preferpng to true to force PNG. See MDL-46763 and MDL-50041 for details.
a74d4743 881
882=== 2.8 ===
884* Gradebook grade category option "aggregatesubcats" has been removed completely.
885 This means that the database column is removed, the admin settings are removed and
886 the properties from the grade_category object have been removed. If any courses were
887 found to be using this setting, a warning to check the grades will be shown in the
888 course grader report after upgrading the site. The same warning will be shown on
889 courses restored from backup that had this setting enabled (see MDL-47503).
4051685b 890* lib/excelllib.class.php has been updated. The class MoodleExcelWorkbook will now only produce excel 2007 files.
891* renderers: We now remove the suffix _renderable when looking for a render method for a renderable.
892 If you have a renderable class named like "blah_renderable" and have a method on a renderer named "render_blah_renderable"
893 you will need to change the name of your render method to "render_blah" instead, as renderable at the end is no longer accepted.
d25c41fb 894* New functions get_course_and_cm_from_cmid($cmorid, $modulename) and
895 get_course_and_cm_from_instance($instanceorid, $modulename) can be used to
896 more efficiently load these basic data objects at the start of a script.
897* New function cm_info::create($cm) can be used when you need a cm_info
898 object, but have a $cm which might only be a standard database record.
061e6b28 899* $CFG->enablegroupmembersonly no longer exists.
900* Scheduled tasks have gained support for syntax to introduce variability when a
901 task will run across installs. When a when hour or minute are defined as 'R'
902 they will be installed with a random hour/minute value.
903* Several classes grade_edit_tree_column_xxx were removed since grades setup page
904 has been significantly changed. These classes should not be used outside of
905 gradebook or developers can copy them into their plugins from 2.7 branch.
906* Google APIs Client Library (lib/google/) has been upgraded to 1.0.5-beta and
907 API has changed dramatically without backward compatibility. Any code accessing
908 it must be amended. It does not apply to lib/googleapi.php. See MDL-47297
909* Added an extra parameter to the function get_formatted_help_string() (default null) which is used to specify
910 additional string parameters.
b9ba26b2 911* User settings node and course node in navigation now support callbacks from admin tools.
a7888487 912* grade_get_grades() optional parameteres $itemtype, $itemmodule, $iteminstance are now required.
4051685b 913
915* completion_info->get_incomplete_criteria() is deprecated and will be removed in Moodle 3.0.
d6caf637 916* grade_category::aggregate_values() is deprecated and will be removed in Moodle 3.0.
061e6b28 917* groups_filter_users_by_course_module_visible() is deprecated; replace with
918 core_availability\info::filter_user_list. Will be removed in Moodle 3.0.
919* groups_course_module_visible() is deprecated; replace with $cm->uservisible.
920* cm_info property $cm->groupmembersonly is deprecated and always returns 0.
921 Use core_availability\info::filter_user_list if trying to determine which
922 other users can see an activity.
923* cm_info method $cm->is_user_access_restricted_by_group() is deprecated and
924 always returns false. Use $cm->uservisible to determine whether the user can
925 access the activity.
926* Constant FEATURE_GROUPMEMBERSONLY (used in module _supports functions) is
927 deprecated.
928* cohort_get_visible_list() is deprecated. There is a better function cohort_get_available_cohorts()
929 that respects user capabilities to view cohorts.
930* enrol_cohort_get_cohorts() and enrol_cohort_search_cohorts() are deprecated since
931 functionality is removed. Please use cohort_get_available_cohorts()
932* enrol_cohort_enrol_all_users() is deprecated; enrol_manual is now responsible for this action
80f98467 933* enrol_cohort_can_view_cohort() is deprecated; replace with cohort_can_view_cohort()
83988eb1 934
2b55cb1b 935=== 2.6.4 / 2.7.1 ===
83988eb1 936
937* setnew_password_and_mail() and update_internal_user_password() will trigger
938 \core\event\user_password_updated. Previously they used to generate
939 \core\event\user_updated event.
940* update_internal_user_password() accepts optional boolean $fasthash for fast
941 hashing.
942* user_update_user() and user_create_user() api's accept optional param
943 $triggerevent to avoid respective events to be triggred from the api's.
945=== 2.7 ===
9e00d46b 947* PHPUnit cannot be installed via PEAR any more, please use composer package manager instead.
948* $core_renderer->block_move_target() changed to support more verbose move-block-here descriptions.
950Events and Logging:
951* Significant changes in Logging API. For upgrading existing events_trigger() and
952 add_to_log() see
e2cb3ffa 953 For accessing logs from plugins see
954* The validation of the following events is now stricter (see MDL-45445):
955 - \core\event\blog_entry_created
956 - \core\event\blog_entry_deleted
957 - \core\event\blog_entry_updated
958 - \core\event\cohort_member_added
959 - \core\event\cohort_member_removed
960 - \core\event\course_category_deleted
961 - \core\event\course_completed
962 - \core\event\course_content_deleted
963 - \core\event\course_created
964 - \core\event\course_deleted
965 - \core\event\course_restored
966 - \core\event\course_section_updated (see MDL-45229)
967 - \core\event\email_failed
968 - \core\event\group_member_added
969 - \core\event\group_member_removed
970 - \core\event\note_created
971 - \core\event\note_deleted
972 - \core\event\note_updated
973 - \core\event\role_assigned
974 - \core\event\role_deleted
975 - \core\event\role_unassigned
976 - \core\event\user_graded
977 - \core\event\user_loggedinas
978 - \core\event\user_profile_viewed
979 - \core\event\webservice_token_created
1480f6ea 980
a4582a51 981DEPRECATIONS:
994e5662 982* $module uses in mod/xxx/version.php files is now deprecated. Please use $plugin instead. It will be removed in Moodle 2.10.
3345e24f 983* Update init methods in all event classes - "level" property was renamed to "edulevel", the level property is now deprecated.
c4b0d6dc 984* Abstract class \core\event\course_module_instances_list_viewed is deprecated now, use \core\event\instances_list_viewed instead.
e1b16f97 985* Abstract class core\event\content_viewed has been deprecated. Please extend base event or other relevant abstract class.
986* mod_book\event\instances_list_viewed has been deprecated. Please use mod_book\event\course_module_instance_list_viewed instead.
987* mod_chat\event\instances_list_viewed has been deprecated. Please use mod_chat\event\course_module_instance_list_viewed instead.
988* mod_choice\event\instances_list_viewed has been deprecated. Please use mod_choice\event\course_module_instance_list_viewed instead.
989* mod_feedback\event\instances_list_viewed has been deprecated. Please use mod_feedback\event\course_module_instance_list_viewed instead.
990* mod_page\event\instances_list_viewed has been deprecated. Please use mod_page\event\course_module_instance_list_viewed instead.
8d1f33e1 992* Conditional availability API has moved and changed. The condition_info class is
993 replaced by \core_availability\info_module, and condition_info_section by
994 \core_availability\info_section. (Code that uses the old classes will generally
995 still work.)
996* coursemodule_visible_for_user() has been deprecated but still works - replaced
997 by a new static function \core_availability\info_module::is_user_visible()
998* cm_info::is_user_access_restricted_by_conditional_access has been deprecated
999 but still works (it has never done what its name suggests, and is
1000 unnecessary).
1001* cm_info and section_info property showavailability has been deprecated, but
1002 still works (with the caveat that this information is now per-user).
1003* cm_info and section_info properties availablefrom and availableuntil have been
1004 deprecated and always return zero (underlying data doesn't have these values).
1005* section_info property groupingid has been deprecated and always returns zero,
1006 same deal.
1007* Various cm_info methods have been deprecated in favour of their read-only properties (get_url(), get_content(), get_extra_classes(),
1008 get_on_click(), get_custom_data(), get_after_link, get_after_edit_icons)
af64bc61 1009* The ajaxenabled function has been deprecated and always returns true. All code should be fully functional in Javascript.
52dc1de7 1010* count_login_failures() has been deprecated, use user_count_login_failures() instead. Refer MDL-42891 for details.
c4b0d6dc 1011
8d1f33e1 1012Conditional availability (activities and sections):
1013* New conditional availability API in /availability, including new availability
1014 condition plugins in /availability/condition. The new API is very similar with
1015 regard to checking availability, but any code that modifies availability settings
1016 for an activity or section is likely to need substantial changes.
1019 * The lightbox attribute for moodle-core-notification-dialogue has been
1020 deprecated and replaced by the modal attribute. This was actually
1021 changed in Moodle 2.2, but has only been marked as deprecated now. It
1022 will be removed in Moodle 2.9.
1023 * When destroying any type of dialogue based on moodle-core-notification, the relevant content is also removed from
1024 the DOM. Previously it was left orphaned.
5947ab33 1025
1027 * The findChildNodes global function has been deprecated. Y.all should
1028 be used instead.
1029 * The callback argument to confirm_action and M.util.show_confirm_dialog has been deprecated. If you need to write a
1030 confirmation which includes a callback, please use moodle-core-notification-confirmation and attach callbacks to the
1031 events provided.
a4582a51 1032
9843e5ec 1033* New locking api and admin settings to configure the system locking type.
1034* New "Time spent waiting for the database" performance metric displayed along with the
1035 other MDL_PERF vars; the change affects both the error logs and the vars displayed in
1036 the page footer.
1037* Changes in the tag API. The component and contextid are now saved when assigning tags to an item. Please see
1038 tag/upgrade.txt for more information.
9843e5ec 1039
9e19a0f0 1040=== 2.6 ===
8e8891b7 1041
cc8fecb5 1042* Use new methods from core_component class instead of get_core_subsystems(), get_plugin_types(),
1043 get_plugin_list(), get_plugin_list_with_class(), get_plugin_directory(), normalize_component(),
1044 get_component_directory() and get_plugin_list_with_file(). The names of the new methods are
1045 exactly the same, the only differences are that core_component::get_plugin_types() now always returns
1046 full paths and core_component::get_plugin_list() does not accept empty parameter any more.
d534708f 1047* Use core_text::* instead of textlib:: and also core_collator::* instead of collatorlib::*.
af578aec 1048* Use new function moodleform::mock_submit() to simulate form submission in unit tests (backported).
85b38061 1049* New $CFG->localcachedir setting useful for cluster nodes. Admins have to update X-Sendfile aliases if used.
1050* MS SQL Server drivers are now using NVARCHAR(MAX) instead of NTEXT and VARBINARY(MAX) instead of IMAGE,
1051 this change should be fully transparent and it should help significantly with add-on compatibility.
1052* The string manager classes were renamed. Note that they should not be modified or used directly,
1053 always use get_string_manager() to get instance of the string manager.
aae18d2a 1054* The ability to use an 'insecure' rc4encrypt/rc4decrypt key has been removed.
1055* Use $CFG->debugdeveloper instead of debugging('', DEBUG_DEVELOPER).
1056* Use set_debugging(DEBUG_xxx) when changing debugging level for current request.
d55f05ef 1057* Function moveto_module() does not modify $mod argument and instead now returns the new module visibility value.
1058* Use behat_selectors::get_allowed_text_selectors() and behat_selectors::get_allowed_selectors() instead of
1059 behat_command::$allowedtextselectors and behat_command::$allowedselectors
ac2b2713 1060* Subplugins are supported in admin tools and local plugins.
71ab7e51 1061* file_packer/zip_packer API has been modified so that key functions support a new file_progress interface
1062 to report progress during long operations. Related to this, zip_archive now supports an estimated_count()
1063 function that returns an approximate number of entries in the zip faster than the count() function.
d872881f 1064* Class cm_info no longer extends stdClass. All properties are read-only and calculated on first request only.
44ddd2a1 1065* Class course_modinfo no longer extends stdClass. All properties are read-only.
1066* Database fields modinfo and sectioncache in table course are removed. Application cache core/coursemodinfo
1067 is used instead. Course cache is still reset, rebuilt and retrieved using function rebuild_course_cache() and
1068 get_fast_modinfo(). Purging all caches and every core upgrade purges course modinfo cache as well.
1069 If function get_fast_modinfo() is called for multiple courses make sure to include field cacherev in course
1070 object.
1071* Internal (noreply and support) user support has been added for sending/receiving message.
1072 Use core_user::get_noreply_user() and core_user::get_support_user() to get noreply and support user's respectively.
1073 Real users can be used as noreply/support users by setting $CFG->noreplyuserid and $CFG->supportuserid
137885b7 1074* New function readfile_allow_large() in filelib.php for use when very large files may need sending to user.
e87214bd 1075* Use core_plugin_manager::reset_caches() when changing visibility of plugins.
1076* Implement new method get_enabled_plugins() method in subplugin info classes.
1077* Each plugin should include version information in version.php.
723a6e56 1078* Module and block tables do not contain version column any more, use get_config('xx_yy', 'version') instead.
5fed8433 1079* $USER->password field is intentionally unset so that session data does not contain password hashes.
38fc0130 1080* Use core_shutdown_manager::register_function() instead of register_shutdown_function().
c858655d 1081* New file packer for .tar.gz files; obtain by calling get_file_packer('application/x-gzip'). Intended initially
1082 for use in backup/restore only, as there are limitations on supported filenames. Also new packer for
1083 backups which supports both compression formats; get_file_packer('application/vnd.moodle.backup').
1084* New optional parameter to stored_file::get_content_file_handle to open file handle with 'gzopen' instead
1085 of 'fopen' to read gzip-compressed files if required.
6c679d15 1086* update_internal_user_password() and setnew_password_and_mail() now trigger user_updated event.
b2858b91 1087* Add thirdpartylibs.xml file to plugins that bundle any 3rd party libraries.
1088* New class introduced to help auto generate zIndex values for modal dialogues. Class "moodle-has-zindex"
1089 should set on any element which uses a non-default zindex and needs to ensure it doesn't show above a
1090 dialogue.
1091* $CFG->filelifetime is now used consistently for most file serving operations, the default was lowered
1092 to 6 hours from 24 hours because etags and x-sendfile support should make file serving less expensive.
1093* Date format locale charset for windows server will come from calendar type and for gregorian it will use
1094 lang file.
1095* The library to interact with (class boxclient) is only compatible with their APIv1 which
1096 reaches its end of life on the 14th of Dec. You should migrate your scripts to make usage of the
1097 new class boxnet_client(). Note that the method names and return values have changed.
1098* Settings pages are now possible for Calendar type plugins. Calendar type plugins that require a settings page to
1099 work properly will need to set their requires version to a number that is equal to or grater than the 2.6.1 release version.
1100* The admin/tool/generator tool was overhauled to use testing data generators and the previous interface to create
1101 test data was removed (it was not working correctly anyway). If you were using this tool you will probably need to
1102 update your code.
1105Various previously deprecated functions have now been altered to throw DEBUG_DEVELOPER debugging notices
1106and will be removed in a future release (target: 2.8), a summary follows:
1109 * get_context_instance() -> context_xxxx::instance()
1110 * get_context_instance_by_id() -> context::instance_by_id($id)
1111 * get_system_context() -> context_system::instance()
1112 * context_moved() -> context::update_moved()
1113 * preload_course_contexts() -> context_helper::preload_course()
1114 * context_instance_preload() -> context_helper::preload_from_record()
1115 * context_instance_preload_sql() -> context_helper::get_preload_record_columns_sql()
1116 * get_contextlevel_name() -> context_helper::get_level_name()
1117 * create_contexts() -> context_helper::create_instances()
1118 * cleanup_contexts() -> context_helper::cleanup_instances()
1119 * build_context_path() -> context_helper::build_all_paths()
1120 * print_context_name() -> $context->get_context_name()
1121 * mark_context_dirty() -> $context->mark_dirty()
1122 * delete_context() -> $context->delete_content() or context_helper::delete_instance()
1123 * get_context_url() -> $context->get_url()
1124 * get_course_context() -> $context->get_course_context()
1125 * get_parent_contexts() -> $context->get_parent_context_ids()
1126 * get_parent_contextid() -> $context->get_parent_context()
1127 * get_child_contexts() -> $context->get_child_contexts()
1128 * rebuild_contexts() -> $context->reset_paths()
1129 * get_user_courses_bycap() -> enrol_get_users_courses()
1130 * get_courseid_from_context() -> $context->get_course_context(false)
1131 * get_role_context_caps() -> (no replacement)
1132 * load_temp_role() -> (no replacement)
1133 * remove_temp_roles() -> (no replacement)
1134 * get_related_contexts_string() -> $context->get_parent_context_ids(true)
1135 * get_recent_enrolments() -> (no replacement)
1138 * get_course_participants() -> get_enrolled_users()
1139 * is_course_participant() -> is_enrolled()
1142 * current_theme() -> $PAGE->theme->name
1143 * skip_main_destination() -> $OUTPUT->skip_link_target()
1144 * print_container() -> $OUTPUT->container()
1145 * print_container_start() -> $OUTPUT->container_start()
1146 * print_container_end() -> $OUTPUT->container_end()
1147 * print_continue() -> $OUTPUT->continue_button()
1148 * print_header() -> $PAGE methods
1149 * print_header_simple() -> $PAGE methods
1150 * print_side_block() -> $OUTPUT->block()
1151 * print_arrow() -> $OUTPUT->arrow()
1152 * print_scale_menu_helpbutton() -> $OUTPUT->help_icon_scale($courseid, $scale)
1153 * print_checkbox() -> html_writer::checkbox()
1156 * print_navigation() -> $OUTPUT->navbar()
1157 * build_navigation() -> $PAGE->navbar methods
1158 * navmenu() -> (no replacement)
1159 * settings_navigation::
1160 get_course_modules() -> (no replacement)
05226d76 1161
1162Files and repositories:
1163 * stored_file::replace_content_with() -> stored_file::replace_file_with()
1164 * stored_file::set_filesize() -> stored_file::replace_file_with()
1165 * stored_file::get_referencelifetime() -> (no replacement)
1166 * repository::sync_external_file() -> see repository::sync_reference()
1167 * repository::get_file_by_reference() -> repository::sync_reference()
1168 * repository::
1169 get_reference_file_lifetime() -> (no replacement)
1170 * repository::sync_individual_file() -> (no replacement)
1171 * repository::reset_caches() -> (no replacement)
2a68ee0e 1172
05226d76 1173Calendar:
1174 * add_event() -> calendar_event::create()
1175 * update_event() -> calendar_event->update()
1176 * delete_event() -> calendar_event->delete()
1177 * hide_event() -> calendar_event->toggle_visibility(false)
1178 * show_event() -> calendar_event->toggle_visibility(true)
1181 * filter_text() -> format_text(), format_string()...
1182 * httpsrequired() -> $PAGE->https_required()
1183 * detect_munged_arguments() -> clean_param([...], PARAM_FILE)
1184 * mygroupid() -> groups_get_all_groups()
1185 * js_minify() -> core_minify::js_files()
1186 * css_minify_css() -> core_minify::css_files()
64501eee 1187 * course_modinfo::build_section_cache() -> (no replacement)
3bcf6b3c 1188 * generate_email_supportuser() -> core_user::get_support_user()
c3d2fbf9 1189
1191 * session_get_instance()->xxx() -> \core\session\manager::xxx()
1192 * session_kill_all() -> \core\session\manager::kill_all_sessions()
1193 * session_touch() -> \core\session\manager::touch_session()
1194 * session_kill() -> \core\session\manager::kill_session()
1195 * session_kill_user() -> \core\session\manager::kill_user_sessions()
1196 * session_gc() -> \core\session\manager::gc()
1197 * session_set_user() -> \core\session\manager::set_user()
1198 * session_is_loggedinas() -> \core\session\manager::is_loggedinas()
1199 * session_get_realuser() -> \core\session\manager::get_realuser()
1200 * session_loginas() -> \core\session\manager::loginas()
1202User-agent related functions:
1203 * check_browser_operating_system() -> core_useragent::check_browser_operating_system()
1204 * check_browser_version() -> core_useragent::check_browser_version()
1205 * get_device_type() -> core_useragent::get_device_type()
1206 * get_device_type_list() -> core_useragent::get_device_type_list()
1207 * get_selected_theme_for_device_type() -> core_useragent::get_device_type_theme()
1208 * get_device_cfg_var_name() -> core_useragent::get_device_type_cfg_var_name()
1209 * set_user_device_type() -> core_useragent::set_user_device_type()
1210 * get_user_device_type() -> core_useragent::get_user_device_type()
1211 * get_browser_version_classes() -> core_useragent::get_browser_version_classes()
9e19a0f0 1212
1214 * moodle-core-notification has been deprecated with a recommendation of
73b4c1da 1215 using its subclasses instead. This is to allow for reduced page
1216 transport costs. Current subclasses include:
1217 * dialogue
1218 * alert
1219 * confirm
1220 * exception
1221 * ajaxexception
1223Event triggering and event handlers:
1224 * All existing events and event handlers should be replaced by new
1225 event classes and matching new event observers.
1226 * See for more information.
1227 * The following events will be entirely removed, though they can still
1228 be captured using handlers, but they should not be used any more.
1229 * groups_members_removed -> \core\event\group_member_removed
1230 * groups_groupings_groups_removed -> (no replacement)
1231 * groups_groups_deleted -> \core\event\group_deleted
1232 * groups_groupings_deleted -> \core\event\grouping_deleted
63deb5c3 1233 * edit_module_post_actions() does not trigger events any more.
f0f0e1fe 1234
a2602457 1235=== 2.5.1 ===
1237* New get_course() function for use when obtaining the course record from database. Will
1238 reuse existing $COURSE or $SITE globals if possible to improve performance.
1240=== 2.5 ===
1242* The database drivers (moodle_database and subclasses) aren't using anymore the ::columns property
1243 for caching database metadata. MUC (databasemeta) is used instead. Any custom DB driver should
1244 apply for that change.
1245* The cron output has been changed to include time and memory usage (see cron_trace_time_and_memory()),
1246 so any custom utility relying on the old output may require modification.
1247* Function get_max_file_sizes now returns an option for (for example) "Course limit (500MB)" or
1248 "Site limit (200MB)" when appropriate with the option set to 0. This function no longer returns
1249 an option for 0 bytes. Existing code that was replacing the 0 option in the return
1250 from this function with a more sensible message, can now use the return from this function directly.
9a36be73 1251* Functions responsible for output in course/lib.php are deprecated, the code is moved to
1252 appropriate renderers: print_section(), print_section_add_menus(), get_print_section_cm_text(),
1253 make_editing_buttons()
1254 See functions' phpdocs in lib/deprecatedlib.php
1255* Function get_print_section_cm_text() is deprecated, replaced with methods in cm_info
1256* zip_packer may create empty zip archives, there is a new option to ignore
1257 problematic files when creating archive
1258* The function delete_course_module was deprecated and has been replaced with
1259 course_delete_module. The reason for this was because the function delete_course_module
1260 only partially deletes data, so wherever it was called extra code was needed to
1261 perform the whole deletion process. The function course_delete_module now takes care
1262 of the whole process.
1263* curl::setopt() does not accept constant values any more. As it never worked properly,
1264 we decided to make the type check stricter. Now, the keys of the array pass must be a string
1265 corresponding to the curl constant name.
1266* Function get_users_listing now return list of users except guest and deleted users. Previously
1267 deleted users were excluded by get_users_listing. As guest user is not expected while browsing users,
1268 and not included in get_user function, it will not be returned by get_users_listing.
1269* The add_* functions in course/dnduploadlib.php have been deprecated. Plugins should be using the
1270 MODNAME_dndupload_register callback instead.
1271* The signature of the add() method of classes implementing the parentable_part_of_admin_tree
1272 interface (such as admin_category) has been extended. The new parameter allows the caller
1273 to prepend the new node before an existing sibling in the admin tree.
1274* condition_info:get_condition_user_fields($formatoptions) now accepts the optional
1275 param $formatoptions, that will determine if the field names are processed by
1276 format_string() with the passed options.
689096bc 1277* remove all references to $CFG->gdversion, GD PHP extension is now required
1278* Formslib will now throw a developer warning if a PARAM_ type hasn't been set for elements which
1279 need it. Please set PARAM_RAW explicitly if you do not want any cleaning.
4e0b6025 1280* Functions responsible for managing and accessing course categories are moved to class coursecat
1281 in lib/coursecatlib.php, functions responsible for rendering courses and categories lists are
1282 moved to course/renderer.php. The following global functions are deprecated: make_categories_list(),
6e1d1ee0 1283 category_delete_move(), category_delete_full(), move_category(), course_category_hide(),
8db5dcb7 1284 course_category_show(), get_course_category(), create_course_category(), get_all_subcategories(),
1285 get_child_categories(), get_categories(), print_my_moodle(), print_remote_course(),
1286 print_remote_host(), print_whole_category_list(), print_category_info(), get_course_category_tree(),
1287 print_courses(), print_course(), get_category_courses_array(), get_category_courses_array_recursively(),
1288 get_courses_wmanagers()
1289 See
0e2ca62e 1290* $core_renderer->block_move_target() changed to support more verbose move-block-here descriptions.
1291* Additional (optional) param $onlyactive has been added to get_enrolled_users, count_enrolled_users
1292 functions to get information for only active (excluding suspended enrolments) users. Included two
1293 helper functions extract_suspended_users, get_suspended_userids to extract suspended user information.
e87214bd 1294* The core_plugin_manager class now provides two new helper methods for getting information
d7d48b40 1295 about known plugins: get_plugins_of_type() and get_subplugins_of_plugin().
e87214bd 1296* The get_uninstall_url() method of all subclasses of \core\plugininfo\base class is now expected
1297 to always return moodle_url. Subclasses can use the new method is_uninstall_allowed()
1298 to control the availability of the 'Uninstall' link at the Plugins overview page (previously
1299 they would do it by get_uninstall_url() returning null). By default, URL to a new general plugin
1300 uninstall tool is returned. Unless the plugin type needs extra steps that can't be handled by
1301 plugininfo_xxx::uninstall() method or xmldb_xxx_uninstall() function, this default URL should
1302 satisfy all plugin types.
9a36be73 1303
4efcfaa3 1304Database (DML) layer:
1305* $DB->sql_empty() is deprecated, you have to use sql parameters with empty values instead,
1306 please note hardcoding of empty strings in SQL queries breaks execution in Oracle database.
1307* Indexes must not be defined on the same columns as keys, this is now reported as fatal problem.
1308 Please note that internally we create indexes instead of foreign keys.
9a36be73 1309
1310YUI changes:
1311* M.util.help_icon has been deprecated. Code should be updated to use moodle-core-popuphelp
1312 instead. To do so, remove any existing JS calls to M.util.help_icon from your PHP and ensure
1313 that your help link is placed in a span which has the class 'helplink'.
1315=== 2.4 ===
1317* Pagelib: Numerous deprecated functions were removed as classes page_base, page_course
1318 and page_generic_activity.
704533fc 1319* use $CFG->googlemapkey3 instead of removed $CFG->googlemapkey and migrate to Google Maps API V3
b874d5c6 1320* Function settings_navigation::add_course_editing_links() is completely removed
1321* function global_navigation::format_display_course_content() is removed completely (the
1322 functionality is moved to course format class)
1323* in the function global_navigation::load_generic_course_sections() the argument $courseformat is
1324 removed
1325* New component and itemid columns in groups_members table - this allows plugin to create protected
1326 group memberships using 'xx_yy_allow_group_member_remove' callback and there is also a new restore
1327 callback 'xx_yy_restore_group_member()'.
1328* New general role assignment restore plugin callback 'xx_yy_restore_role_assignment()'.
1329* functions get_generic_section_name(), get_all_sections(), add_mod_to_section(), get_all_mods()
1330 are deprecated. See their phpdocs in lib/deprecatedlib.php on how to replace them
ee362526 1331
1332YUI changes:
1333* moodle-enrol-notification has been renamed to moodle-core-notification
3542e01a 1334* YUI2 code must now use 2in3, see
1335* M.util.init_select_autosubmit() and M.util.init_url_select() have been deprecated. Code using this should be updated
1336 to use moodle-core-formautosubmit
d2a27ab0 1337
1338Unit testing changes:
1339* output debugging() is not sent to standard output any more,
1340 use $this->assertDebuggingCalled(), $this->assertDebuggingNotCalled(),
1341 $this->getDebuggingMessages() or $this->assertResetDebugging() instead.
1343=== 2.3 ===
1345Database layer changes:
1346* objects are not allowed in paramters of DML functions, use explicit casting to strings if necessary
1349* DDL and DML methods which were deprecated in 2.0 have now been removed, they will no longer produce
1350debug messages and will produce fatal errors
e618cdf3 1351
796495fe 1352API changes:
daefd6eb 1353
796495fe 1354* send_stored_file() has changed its interface
daefd6eb 1355* deleted several resourcelib_embed_* functions from resourcelib.php
796495fe 1356
1357=== 2.2 ===
1359removed unused libraries:
1360* odbc, base32, CodeSniffer, overlib, apd profiling, kses, Smarty, PEAR Console, swfobject,, md5.js
1362API changes:
1363* new admin/tool plugin type
1364* new context API - old API is still available
8e470797 1365* deleted users do not have context any more
1366* removed global search
1369=== 2.1 ===
1371API changes:
1372* basic suport for restore from 1.9
1373* new mobile devices API
1374* new questions API
1377=== 2.0 ===
1379API changes:
1380* new DML API -
1381* new DDL API -
1382* new file API -
1383* new $PAGE and $OUTPUT API
1384* new navigation API
1385* new theme API -
1386* new javascript API -
1387* new portfolio API
1388* new local plugin type
1389* new translation support -
1390* new web service API
1391* new cohorts API
1392* new messaging API
1393* new rating API
1394* new comment API
1395* new sessions API
1396* new enrolment API
1397* new backup/restore API
1398* new blocks API
1399* new filters API
1400* improved plugin support (aka Frankenstyle)
1401* new registration and hub API
1402* new course completion API
1403* new plagiarism API
1404* changed blog API
1405* new text editor API
19526d91 1406* new my moodle and profiles API