JCM January 2014

The January issue of the Joomla Community Magazine is here! Our stories this month:

Editors Introduction

Looking to the Future, by Alice Grevet

Feature Stories

Joomla!-Based New Year's Resolution Ideas, by Jennifer Gress

Project News

Roundup from JUG Corner - December 2013, by Ruth Cheesley
More About Joomla! Certification, by Irene López

Designers

Do You Know Who You Are?, by Ian Nelson

Events

First Joomla! User Group Meeting in Poland, by Danuta Idzik

Developers

Review: Component Creator for Joomla!, by Carlos Rodríguez
Lessons in Good Coding Practices: Don't Repeat Yourself, by David Hurley

Sitebuilders

Explaining Joomla! for Non-Techies (Part II), by Pedro F. Vidal Lopez
Go that Extra Mile to Deliver Simplicity!, by Gene Page
Using Joomla! as a Help Development Tool, by Matt Majeske

Administrators

Facebook And Your Joomla! Website, by Nicole Ouellette

Google Summer of Code

Google Summer of Code 2013 Summary, by Chad Windnagle

International Stories

Browse the international articles submitted this month.

In our next issue

We want to publish your Joomla! story in the next JCM issue! So take a look at our Author Resources content to get a better idea of what we are looking for, and then register to become a JCM author and submit your Joomla! story!

Joomla! 3.2 - Something new for everyone

The Joomla! Project and the Production Leadership Team are proud to announce the release of Joomla! 3.2.1 which resolves a significant number of issues and bugs.

If you are currently running Joomla! 3.2, we recommend that you apply this update immediately via either the one-click update or the update downloads available at www.joomla.org/download.html. For other versions of the 3.x series, applying the update is recommended at the next convenient opportunity.

Joomla! 2.5.17 Released

The Joomla! Project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Joomla 2.5.17.

Joomla 2.5.17 is a maintenance release. Most notably this release fixes errors that have been reported including:

  • Registration emails in multilingual websites
  • The 2.5.14 to 2.5.16 update errors
  • Recaptcha function updated after Google’s API update causing broken captcha

The update process is very simple, and complete instructions are available here. Note that there are now easier and better ways of updating than copying the files with FTP.

Download

New Installations: Click here to download Joomla 2.5.17 (Full package) »

Update Package: Click here to download Joomla 2.5.17 (Update package) »

Note: Please read the update instructions before updating.

Instructions

*Please clear your browser's cache after upgrading

Want to test drive Joomla? Try the online demo. Documentation is available for beginners.

Joomla! Framework

The Joomla! Project and Community is excited to announce the release of the Joomla Framework! The Joomla Framework is a major step forward in the evolution of the Joomla! Project. Taking advantage of years of experience in creating the Joomla! CMS and later the Joomla! Platform, the development team has extracted and refactored many of the essential functions necessary to create, manage and deploy a modern PHP web application and compiled them into a library of modular packages that can be easily mixed and matched with other PHP frameworks and packages using Composer for dependency management.

This step enables two major areas of growth for the Joomla! project:

First, it makes several packages, inspired by the demanding needs of the Joomla! CMS, available to the larger PHP developer community, paving the way to build new web applications and services. These packages are distributed via Packagist.org for use with Composer and can be combined with packages from other best-of-breed PHP frameworks such as Symfony, Zend, and Laravel. Web Applications built on a server with the Joomla! Framework will have the advantage of creating, managing and authenticating user accounts; retrieving, managing and displaying content retrieved from one or more databases; and taking advantage of many social media integration features. For example, the social media packages for Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter are well executed. They have a common API that interacts with each of the services, and offers good coverage of each service’s program interface.

Second, it allows a future version of the Joomla! CMS to be built upon this Framework and thereby benefit from the broader base of PHP developers that adopt and can contribute back to the Framework, as well as the dependency management features of Composer. The Framework will bring new rapid development tools to CMS extension developers that will allow them to create and maintain more sustainable and robust extensions.

Together these areas of growth combine to increase the development velocity of the Joomla! project and facilitates project collaboration and growth for the Open Source community as a whole.

What does this mean for the typical user of the Joomla! CMS for their website? Not much at this moment as the Framework is a toolkit for software designers and developers. Downloading the Framework will do nothing to enhance your current Joomla! website. It is, however, a great promise of things to come for future versions of the Joomla! CMS.

A new era of rapid web application development is ahead and the many lightweight, modular and decoupled packages within the Joomla Framework positions the Joomla! Project to be an even more prominent leader in the larger community of Open Source PHP solution developers.

For more information about the Joomla! Framework, please visit framework.joomla.org.

JCM December 2013

The December issue of the Joomla Community Magazine is here! Our stories this month:

Editors Introduction

JWC13: Signed, Sealed and Delivered, by Dianne Henning

Feature Stories

So a Joomla! Guy Walks in to a WordCamp..., by Jon Neubauer
Dropping the Joomla! Torch, by Gene Page
WordPress and Drupal at the Joomla! World Conference, by Steve Burge

Administrators

10 Arguments That Threaten the Security of Your Website, by Peter Martin

Sitebuilders

Introduction to the Power of Bootstrap in Joomla!, by Alice Grevet

Developers

Joomla! 3.2 New Features: Post-Install Messages, by Nicola Galgano

Events

One Year of Joomla! Events, by Sigrid Suski
Yeah Baby, I Went to Harvard!, by Helvecio da Silva
Fires were Lit at the First Joomla!Ignite, by Duke Speer

Business Matters

Joomla! Web Development: A Game Changer for Young Entrepreneurs, by Abdulkadir Shehu

Project News

Leadership Highlights - December 2013, by Alice Grevet
Roundup from JUG Corner - November 2013, by Ruth Cheesley

International Stories

Browse the international articles submitted this month.

In our next issue

We want to publish your Joomla! story in the next JCM issue! So take a look at our Author Resources content to get a better idea of what we are looking for, and then register to become a JCM author and submit your Joomla! story!

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