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Joomla! 1.5 Beta 2: The Developers' and Designers' Revolution!

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Joomla! proudly presents its most important coding adrenaline surge to the development and designer community.  With today's release of Joomla! 1.5 Beta-2, we're shifting gears into turbo mode; an entirely re-factored core, internationalisation, FTP layering, next-generation API and framework that's so flexible and powerful and, of course, a designer's dream for unparalleled templating flexibility.


The Red Barchetta — Beta-2

Red Barchetta logoWe've dubbed Beta-2 'Red Barchetta', in keeping with the spirit of freedom, power, simplicity and flexibility unknown in an Open Source framework.  Besides Red Barchetta conjuring up triumph through coding revolution, this baby provides developers and designers with unequaled tools.  This makes Joomla! 1.5 Beta-2 the ultimate enabler for your projects.  Now is the time for you to take it for a serious drive to help our team refine the software for our release candidate goals.  It's also probably the best time for you to start learning the nuances of the new system to enable you to migrate your extensions and templates to the next generation CMS.


How you can Fuel the Red Barchetta?

Thowing real energy at 1.5 by jumping into the codebase — making your current extenstions and templates compatible, creating new extensions, new templates and making use of all the wonderful features in 1.5.  Joomla! 1.5 Beta-2 is feature complete so dive in under the hood and lets see what you can create.  There never has been a better time to get motivated as this is the last beta prior to release candidate.

What's the best way community users can contribute?

While our primary focus on this release is for developers and designers, if users have questions or want to report a bug, our forum is the place to be. We want to move forward to the release candidate as soon as possible. For this it is important to be as specific as you can be if you file a bug report, and before you file a report please take the time to check whether this problem has been reported before.

What is the difference between a beta and a release candidate?

The difference between a beta version and a release candidate is best described in terms of code maturity. A beta version is not considered to be ready for production sites. With a release candidate out the development workgroup says that they are almost done, and consider it production ready.


Why should I use Joomla! 1.5?

With Joomla! 1.5 the Joomla! project really starts firing on all cylinders.  The difference between our current 1.0.12 and the forthcoming 1.5 Beta-2 are not easy to describe, but in essence Joomla! 1.0.x was based upon the Mambo codebase, whereas Joomla! 1.5 has been completely rewritten from scratch. Joomla! 1.0.x was written with "freedom of use" in mind; with Joomla! 1.5 we expanded on this and added "ease of use". This all sounds very nice, but what does it mean? Freedom of use refers to the unlimited possibilities you have when building web-sites, and with ease of use we have tried to make life simpler for the end user, the web administrator and of course the third party developers.
 

How do 3PD developers get to learn how to develop for 1.5?

This is the moment you all have been waiting for to dive into Joomla! 1.5 and discover the new framework. The code is fully feature complete and feedback from early adopters has been very positive. If you're interested in developing extensions on the new Joomla! Framework this is the time to jump on board!

Developer Resources:


Where do I find information on templating for Joomla! 1.5?

Before we point to an excellent piece of documentation it is important to realise that all templates for Joomla! 1.0.x can be used in Joomla! 1.5. A lot of features have been added to the templating system in Joomla! 1.5, but all 1.0.x templates can be used within Joomla! 1.5. There are several resources that describe the new template features, a great resource is the template tutorial and of course the BEEZ template that we included in Beta-2.


The Red Barchetta

And the Red Barchetta?  A catchy code name for Beta-2 with a hint of metaphor about open source.

The "Red Barchetta" is a futuristic song about a wise uncle who keeps a Red Barchetta in his barn long after automobiles are outlawed (Before the Motor Law). A kid takes the car for a ride and ends up being chased by a Gleaming Alloy Air car. He outruns and ditches the law and returns to the barn, hides the car and goes off to dream about freedom with his uncle by the fireside. The Red Barchetta symbolises the spirit of freedom and freewill.  Stories like this manifest in true open source spirit.  But what has it to do with Joomla?  Quite simply, we are one step closer to celebrating the new levels of freedom, by offering the second beta of Joomla!

Official Beta Testers For many of us, participating in open source is about as close as we'll ever get to being revolutionaries. Go on, we dare you ... jump in the Red Barchetta and take it for a serious spin.  Be part of something that creates dramatic, wide-reaching change.

Let the revolution begin and show your spirit by displaying our Beta-2 Badges.

Building a Stronger Community

The Joomla! Core Team takes this opportunity to announce it will be holding a Core Team Summit prior to the Joomla!Day USA (West), at the Googleplex, in California.  Meeting over three days, both the core team and the Open Source Matters Board of Directors will be tackling many issues pertaining to the future of Joomla!

Intensive workshops will be undertaken by a professional facilitator, to provide a vehicle for ideas and issues to be openly discussed and thrashed out if necessary.  Most recently, discussion about GPL and commercial extensions has fuelled heartfelt debate on the forums.  The Joomla! Core Team and Open Source Matters Board of Directors invites those interested in having their thoughts, concerns, and ideas floated at the Summit to write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Joomla! 1.5This allows all interested parties to fully explain how they would like to see the Joomla! 1.5 framework and its relationship with third party developers function in the future.  We have endeavoured to let everyone have a voice by letting the thread run on the forums.  As is the nature of forums, flames and inaccurate information abound.  The Joomla! Core Team recognises the wonderful impact third party developers have had in our community, and we're looking forward to helping the community find the right legal path to continue this unique aspect of our community.  With the great advent of Joomla! 1.5, we are seeking to ensure from the outset that Joomla! 1.5 stands on a solid legal footing, and we're looking forward to exploring this in more depth to continue to support our community.

Feedback

All feedback from the forum thread as well as emails sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , will be integral to review and consideration for the greater good of the project and the community.

Joomla's 100k Ain't Bad!

100k ReasonsIt's official — Joomla! has the largest Open Source CMS focused forum on the planet. In fact, by reaching 100,000 users signed up (validated), Joomla! contends with some of the biggest forums on the Internet.  We reckon forum.joomla.org is in the top 10 of all comers.

Reaching this 100k watershed is significant as the heart of this reveals true Open Source source spirit with many of these members sharing their knowledge and experience.   And this strength — the backbone of the project in many ways — manifests in a mature 'eco-system' that's self-supporting. Thousands of helping hands and minds.

"Joomla's success rides on the support available to end users through (among other places) our community forum," said Core Team member Brad Baker.  "Time and time again, we hear users thanking us for the software, yet, without the active community Joomla! would not be where it is today ... one of the world's most popular Open Source projects.  You are all a part of this and deserve a hearty thanks."

What's particularly heartening is that despite Joomla's phenomenal growth, the forum continues to engender friendly, helpful advice.  When we started Joomla! back in September 2005 there were  naysayers, and plenty of them.  In fact one so-called industry expert said Joomla! would "be a niche CMS".  There's something rather gratifying in proving people wrong.  Everyone who's taken the time to answer a question, solve a problem or submit a bug report is part of this success.

We could start quoting the ever-increasing statistics in this story however a quote from a pragmatic new user sort of sums up how things are working:

"To make my decision, I finally decided to look at the community that surrounded and supported each product. As a test, I made an inquiry into the general support message boards of each product. My Joomla post received a number of helpful responses in a relatively short time frame. My ****** (another Open Source software) post languished for days, and even after asking a second time for feedback, was still unanswered. As I'm going to be learning each system, and relying on others to help me, this experience ultimately swung the pendulum to Joomla."

Okay, we couldn't resist, here's some numbers:

  • An average of 172 new user sign-up each day
  • 765,000 posts
  • More than 1200 posts daily

Again, congratulations particularly to those of you who've taken the time to extend a helping hand.  We are made stronger by those helpful souls around us.

Free A3 Poster

To celebrate this special occasion, download this high-resolution A3-size PDF poster (for personal, non-commercial use only).

 

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