- Created on Friday, 20 July 2007 15:30
"This release candidate is more than one small step for Joomla!," Louis said. "It's a massive technology step for open source as a whole. This release candidate marks a defining moment in Joomla! history ... our progression away from old legacy code into a more powerful, flexible modern framework."
Wilco Jansens, who has been co-ordinating the release, anticipates great things. "We hope to go to RC2 (Release Candidate Two) early August and Stable should follow very quickly after," he said. "While working in the engine room over recent weeks, we knew we were on the brink of something great. Let the fireworks begin," he said.
Joomla! Sells Out!
Joomla!Day Central USA (Austin) organiser Chris Justice described the timing of the 1.5 release as 'highly appropriate'. "The Joomla!Day has been sold out for some time and unfortunately we've had to turn people away," he said. "We're elated with the massive response and we're already planning a potential event in the Fall."
Lead developer Johan Janssens, who was unable to attend Austin, described the release candidate as proof of the health and activity of the Joomla! project. "We have an incredible team with some of the brightest coding minds in open source, "he said. "I am obviously biased but I'll say it anyway ... Joomla! 1.5 is the finest software release I've had the pleasure to be involved with. What's more, the team has continued to stay focused when other distractions have been in the wind. This is testimony to the strength of the core team, ensuring good things happen."
We've codenamed Joomla! 1.5 RC1 "Mapya" which is Swahili for "new".
The goals for the Joomla! 1.5 release are to:
Substantially improve usability, manageability, and scalability far beyond the any Mambo origins, hybrids or incantations.
Expand accessibility to support internationalisation, double-byte characters and Right-to-Left support for Arabic and Hebrew languages.
Extend the integration of external applications through Web Services and remote authentication such as the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP).
Enhance the content delivery, template and presentation capabilities to support accessibility standards and content delivery to any destination.
Achieve a more sustainable and flexible framework for component and extension developers.
Deliver considerable backwards compatibility with previous releases of components, templates, modules and other extensions.
1.5 is the Future ... What about 1.0?
Now let's share some legacy news. Today also marks an incremental bug fixing and security update for Joomla! 1.0 series software. Quality and Testing Coordinator Robin Muilwijk has been doubly busy preparing packages for an update for Joomla! 1.0.12 to 1.0.13. "We wanted to send out a clear message that we will continue to support the 1.0 series," he said. Wilco Jansens added that Joomla! would continue to support the legacy code for the old codebase for quite some time.
- Created on Friday, 04 May 2007 17:59
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-2We'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!
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!
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.
- Created on Monday, 30 April 2007 19:12
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!
This 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.