Jargon

As every industry, software industry also develops a jargon, and each community has it’s own terminology. I’m going to list all the terms and files that I believe are referred normally in our OpenMRS community.

  • WAR: When you build OpenMRS a web archive(war) file is created called openmrs.war. Which consists of all the pages and classes needed by Tomcat to deploy OpenMRS.
  • OMOD: OpenMRS Module file. When you build an OpenMRS module an <modulename>.omod file is created. Which can either be loaded through the web interface of OpenMRS.
  • OpenMRS Demo Server: This is the demo server that you can access directly and explore OpenMRS, even check if the tickets you are searching have those bugs. You can access the demo server from this link.
  • OpenMRS ID: To interact with OpenMRS community you will be needing to create an OpenMRS ID. You can create one at this link.This ID if similar to your github username and your IRC username, will help others identify you easily.
  • JIRA: It is a proprietary issue tracking product, developed by Atlassian, used for bug tracking, issue tracking and project management. And the dashboard of OpenMRS JIRA is at this link.(You can log into this using your OpenMRS ID)
  • Wiki: OpenMRS Wiki has all the data you need to understand about OpenMRS and this blog is just a collection of  items from it. OpenMRS Wiki can be accessed from this link.
  • IRC: Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a form of real-time Internet chat or synchronous conferencing. And OpenMRS channel is on irc.freenode.net. It can be accessed directly from this link.
  • Demo Data: If you would like to have a database filled with values just go to this link and download the zip. Execute the sql file you find in the zip in you mysql installation.
  • Mailing Lists: There are mailing lists for OpenMRS which you can join to learn about the work happening in it. If you are a developer, I recommend you to join both the Developers list and the Implementers list from this link.
  • Developers Call: Each Thursday (excluding holidays) from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Eastern Time, regardless of whether standard or daylight saving time is being observed for any developer working on OpenMRS that is interested in discussing technical aspects around OpenMRS – whether you have a topic to discuss or just want to listen in. More Information can e found at this link.
  • Module Repo: You can directly add any module into OpenMRS to try them out without having to build the Omod file just by downloading it from this link.
  • OpenMRS Source: This is the github account where all the code for OpenMRS is being maintained.You can find almost all the source code for OpenMRS and it’s module from this link.
  • Try out OpenMRS: To just try out openMRS in your System you can download the standalone or the war file directly from this link.

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2 responses

  1. Please correct the OpenMRS demo server access link

    1. Thank you for pointing it out, I’ve updated the link

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