- Category: General News
- Created on Tuesday, 03 June 2008 14:13
The Joomla! Project is evolving. What started with a more closed, small organization is developing into the much larger and more open organization that produces, protects and supports the Joomla! Project today. This month is filled with events reflecting that evolution.
This last December we had a Pizza, Bugs and Fun event that was key to getting Joomla! 1.5 ready for its phenomenal release in January. It also provided an opportunity for us as a community to get to know each other a little better and build relationships that will continue to drive the Joomla! project into the future. If you can, you should consider participating in the second PBF coming up this month. It will be even bigger than the first.
In our continuing effort to lower barriers to participate in the project and improve communication, we've recently relaunched the Joomla! developer section with a series of blogs so that the various development related teams can keep everyone updated on what is going on and provide another format for people to discuss ideas. We have also started development on Joomla! 1.6 after a public process requesting features and receiving input on specific improvements to the next minor release of Joomla!.
With the huge growth of the Joomla! project and its community, there is much to be discussed and worked on with respect to sites and infrastructure. Because of this, the Joomla! Sites and Infrastructure Working Group will be having their first ever meeting this summer in Vancouver just before the first Joomla! Day Vancouver. This is a big event for the Joomla! project and a great opportunity for everyone involved to discuss new ways of supporting the Joomla! project and its community through our sites and infrastructure. We hope to see as many of you working group members as possible there and hope that everyone who can attend the Joomla! Day will come out and participate.
Next week, the Joomla! Core Team and Board of Directors of Open Source Matters, Inc. will be holding their next summit in Pfronten, Germany. The primary focus of this four-day summit will be to discuss how to steer the Joomla! Project into the future. Teams will be blogging from the summit to share items of discussion and get your direct feedback.
We want to thank and honor everyone that has helped guide the Joomla! Project through these last few years. Four Joomla! Core Team members who have done just that and recently moved on to focus on other endeavors are Johan Janssens, Shayne Bartlett, Peter Russell and Rob Schley. Rob continues to serve the Project by sitting on the Board of Directors of Open Source Matters, Inc. We thank each of them for their years of dedicated service and wish them all the best for the future.
The re-launch of the developer section is aimed at improving communication and lowering barriers to entry in Joomla! development. But, the Joomla! Project requires more than development skill to innovate and run efficiently. We are also looking to do this in other areas. There is a new site we are working on which aims to accomplish those same things on a much larger scale. You won't want to miss the juicy details and inside discussion at the Sites and Infrastructure meeting during Joomla! Day Vancouver.
As previously announced, the second Joomla! PBF is happening soon. This new event is geared towards getting Joomla! 1.5.4 ready for release and squashing as many bugs as possible. Anyone and everyone can participate in helping make Joomla! better. Working all together there is no limit to what we can achieve so come be a part of the magic.
- Category: General News
- Created on Wednesday, 21 May 2008 09:41
The developer.joomla.org Web site has been re-launched using Joomla! 1.5. You are invited to frequently visit and enjoy a steady stream of information shared by approximately 50 bloggers, each of whom are actively involved with Joomla! development. Reading their blogs and providing your feedback is an excellent way to stay in touch with Joomla!.
Keep up-to-date on what is new in Joomla! Development
On developer.joomla.org, you will find posts from Joomla!'s Development Working Group Coordinators, Andrew Eddie and Wilco Jansen. Here, the coordinators share key development directions such as the decision to raise the Joomla! 1.6 minimum requirement to PHP 5.2 and discussions on community issues such as how best to lower the barriers for participation. In addition, presentation material of interest to developers will frequently be shared following Joomla! Day events and technical conferences.
Developer.joomla.org is the place that Joomla! Bug Squad members keep the community apprised of their efforts. Joomla! has adopted a release early, release often model as evidenced by the three maintenance releases already made available since the January 22, 2008 release of Joomla! 1.5. If you are interested in helping with Joomla! development, a great way to get started is to participate with the Joomla! Bug Squad. If you want to get involved, talk to Andrew or Wilco.
In mid-February the Joomla! Developer Team called for white papers for Joomla! 1.6 consideration. Nearly 150 white papers were submitted and 50 were accepted for Joomla! 1.6. This work is now underway. Team members will share their progress and requests for community feedback on the Joomla! Developer Team blog. Often, developers will share other great news, such as the announcement by Nur Aini Rakhmawati regarding the Joomla! 1.5 Debian package.
Google Summer of Code Project Blogs
The 2008 Joomla! Google Summer of Code project teams are blogging on the Joomla! Developer Web site. Nakul Ganesh S expressed the gratitude of the entire group when he thanked PackT for sharing copies of James Kennard's book Mastering Joomla! 1.5 Extension and Framework Development with each GSoC participant. That book will help these talented developers build what promises to be a great list of extensions for Joomla! 1.5. It will be worth your effort to follow these blogs and provide your input on those extensions that hold promise for your site development needs.
As you can see, developer.joomla.org is already a great way to stay up-to-date with Joomla!. You are invited to join these conversations and provide your feedback. We also encourage you to consider how you can contribute to help improve Joomla!.
- Category: General News
- Created on Wednesday, 30 April 2008 10:34
The Joomla! community is pleased to announce that Google is sponsoring 15 amazing projects in our fourth Google Summer of Code. Students and mentors from all over the world will work together this summer to bring great things to Joomla!. This year, Joomla! is honored that CiviCRM is also part of the team. Sincere thanks to Google for their continued support of Joomla! and the 175 other free and open source organizations participating.
Congratulations to the Joomla! Google Summer of Code 2008 Students
Your proposals were selected from a very competitive pool of nearly 100 applications. Thank you to the mentors willing to share time for this important effort. Projects that held the most promise were selected and we look forward to seeing this work shared with the community this fall.
This summer, each GSoC project team will share their progress on the developer.joomla.org site. Community members are invited to use the links below to join these conversations as the blogging begins over the next few weeks. End user feedback is an integral part of building useful solutions. If you have questions, please contact Wilco Jansen or Ian MacLennan, Joomla!'s GSoC project managers.
Joomla! Google Summer of Code 2008 Projects and Students
Advanced Media Manager, Nakul Ganesh S, Mysore, India
CiviCRM: Aesthetics and Usability, Jon Volkman, Seattle, Washington
CiviCRM: Multi-language Support, Piotr Szotkowski, Warsaw, Poland
Contact Directory, Chantal Bisson, Quebec City, Canada
Content Type Management, Ercan Özkaya, Konya, Turkey
Custom Content Layouts, Jaap Woltjes, the Netherlands
Forms, Mostafa Muhammad, Cairo, Egypt
Multi-DB Support, Alex de Azevedo, Brazil
Multimedia Portal, Marcelo Eden, Recife, Brazil
OpenSocial, Shannon Quinn, Atlanta, Georgia
Research Management, Luis Galárraga, Guayaquil, Guayas Ecuador
Semantic Web, Danh Le Phuoc, Vietnam, studying in Ireland
Tags, Jacek Zielinski, Poznan, Poland
Unit Testing, Scot Inscore, Whitewater, Wisconsin
Version Control, Flavio Kubota, Campinas, Brazil.