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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! 1.5 Beta Release Date Announced

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ImageJoomla! lead developer Johan Janssens announced the official Joomla! 1.5 Beta release date at the German Joomla! Day, in Bonn, today.

The announcement marks the most significant milestone in Joomla's short history.  "We've decided to release on the 12th of October — exactly one year since we wrote our first line of Joomla! code," Johan said.  "The coding effort by the 1.5 dev team has been amazing," he added.  "We have built this release from the ground up ... this represents 127,000 lines of code and had this been a commercial venture, about 32 man years of effort equivalent to $1.7 million in wages."  These figures put the value of the core team's work into sharp perspective.

 

The enthusiastic German Joomla! Day attendees listened intently as Johan made his best attempt at a Steve Jobs-style "one more thing" in announcing the release date while previewing the Beta to them.

We caught up with one of the core developers, Louis Landry, who wished everyone well via his mobile phone (Louis had been enjoying a well-deserved day at the beach).  "I hope everyone has as much fun in Bonn as we did in San Francisco (LinuxWorld) and find as many friends as we found," Louis said.  "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," he said.  "It's a simplified but more powerful system.  As a developer, it gives me the freedom and flexibility to build anything I want."

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Upgrade immediately to Joomla! 1.0.11

Image Joomla! 1.0.11 [ Sunbow ] is now available as of Monday 28th August 2006 24:00 UTC for download here. and is being designated a critical security Release.

All existing Joomla! users must upgrade to this version, due to several High Level vulnerabilities that affect all previous versions of Joomla!

We have always been fully committed to a security first principle and new intiatives have and will continue to be started to reinforce and continue this principle.  Joomla! 1.0.11 highlights a redoubled effort to put security at the forefront of everyones lexicon. 

Like any and all software, security is a continually evolving and constant battle between application developers and hackers.  The increased security threats discovered in the Joomla!Universe indicate nothing more than an increasing usuage of Joomla! throughout the world and thus an increasing interest from hackers. 

It does however serve to remind everyone, both application developers and application users that security is an eternal vigil and one cannot rest.

 

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