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One Giant Step for the Joomlasphere - Joomla! 1.5 Beta Released

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ImageExactly one year ago, Joomla! 1.0 was released.  Today, Joomla! releases the next generation framework built from the ground up.  Joomla! 1.5 beta delivers more simplicity for the user and much more power for developers.  The innovation and skill of our development team is clearly setting higher and higher standards.

But before we get into reams of detail about just how good Joomla! 1.5 beta is, remember this is a beta and is not yet ready for use on a production website.  We need the community to roll up its sleeves and seek out bugs (and feed this back to the development working group), before we enter the release candidate phase.

Joomla! 1.5 beta marks the most significant watershed in Joomla's history.  This effort represents a complete refactoring of the Joomla! codebase and leverages a new API that allows developers to deliver more robust and innovative applications than ever before.  Joomla! 1.5 means freedom of choice: you choose how it operates, you choose how it integrates, you choose what the output is ... you choose how users are authenticated.  For both the user and the developer, Joomla! 1.5 beta is a simplified yet more powerful system, and from the developer's perspective, provides them with the freedom and flexibilty to build anything they want.

Lead developer Johan Janssens said 12 October is a giant step for the Joomlasphere!  "Open source projects are delivering incredible power and features to end users — we've taken things a step further by building an opportunity for unlimited extendibility for developers," he said.  "Once developers get to see how easily 1.5 can leverage their own ideas as plugins, they will certainly be a big part of continuing Joomla's incredible growth.  You only need to take a look at the Joomlasphere to understand how amazing the future can be."

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Joomla! at LinuxWorld, London

ImageJoomla! will be exhibiting at its second UK LinuxWorld Conference and Expo.  Last year, the London-based event, saw Joomla! win recognition and awards (if you haven't voted yet, you know what to do).

The conference and expo provides a must see open source event for decision-makers and technical professionals.  The event delivers key information and resources all under the roof of Olympia, London, 25-26 October.

This will be the first LinuxWorld where Joomla's "next-generation" 1.5 framework will be officially on exhibit as a Beta release.  By coming to the show you will have the chance to meet key developers of the project, Johan Janssens and Louis Landry, and community members Mitchell Annabele and Waseem Sadiq.

You will be able to not only see Joomla! 1.5 Beta being pushed to the limit; you may well tap into a wealth of knowlege from the Joomla! pros attending.  Visit the guys at the Joomla!, Open Source Matters stand number OV4.


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Meet Wilco Jansen - The new development workgroup coordinator

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Wilco surrounded by Laurens VandePut and Hannes Pappenberg
Wilco Jansen has joined the Joomla! Core Team.  He has accepted a coordination role of the newly-formed Development Working Group.  The group is made up of core team developers and community members.  Wilco, 39, of The Netherlands, worked as the Joomla! Summer of Code program manager where he mentored a range of projects.

Wilco works as an IT manager for a health care insurance company and lives in Wijhe — and brings a wealth of experience including management, strategy and structure skills.  Wilco said the new workgroup will initially aim at pushing out the Joomla! 1.5 Beta release and then move on to deliver a more cohesive workgroup strategy to further secure Joomla's future.  If you're reading between the lines, this approach frees up key code contributors to concentrate more on code.

We took the time to ask Wilco a few questions:

Where do you think Joomla! will be in 12 months?
"From the development point of view we will be close to the beta of 2.0, and we will have surely developed a 1.6 and 1.7 version. From the end-user point-of view I expect Joomla! to be even more successful than it is now. Third party developers will discover the true power of the framework, and will develop functionality that Joomla! users will use.  I also expect Joomla! to be used by large companies".

 

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