- Category: General News
The Google Summer of Code 2008 student application deadline has been extended to Monday, April 7, 2008. GSoC is a great way for talented student developers to do what they love during the summer break and write great code in exchange for a $4,500 USD stipend from Google. This is Joomla!'s fourth year participating and we look forward to welcoming a new set of amazing talent.
Calling all Students
If you are an eligible student interested in this program, take time to read the student guidelines, review project ideas in the forums and on the wiki, and join the Joomla! Skype Discussion where you can ask questions before submitting your proposal. If you are looking for ideas, here are possibilities for which we have not received project proposals, but are very interested in seeing happen this summer.
Joomla! Core Package Distributions
Creating distribution packages is a tedious and critical job for any open source project. We welcome a GSoC project proposal aimed at creating a package distribution tool so that releases can be defined and automated processes build various packages needed. This environment must handle the creation of localized packages, an event which often occurs subsequent to the initial release. Statistical reporting for downloads given various time frequencies and regions of the world is desired. Environment will likely utilize SOAP and Phing.
CiviCRM - Organize your .org
CiviCRM is a PHP web application for non-profits, student organizations, and online communities to assist grassroots supporters, those they serve, and those they hope to influence. By helping integrate this vitally important "people management" tool with a powerful open source CMS like Joomla! v 1.5, you will contribute to initiatives which aim to:
- Stop global warming;
- End poverty all over the world;
- Assist refugees of wars and genocide;
- Organize action for positive social change;
- Help student organizations be more effective on campus.
SEF URLs, URL Migrations, Transliteration, and 404/403 Error Handling
If you are interested in helping ensure Joomla! websites maintain top placement in search engine results, you will enjoy this project. We are interested in seeing a GSoC Project focus on these deliverables: a plugin to offer options for SEF URLs patterns; a plugin to handle URL redirects needed for site migrations; a component to handle HTTP 404/403 error handling; and, a plugin to handle transliteration of aliases for SEF URLs. The Joomla! end user community would get tremendous value from such a project.
Editor for Building Template Override Layouts
A powerful feature introduced in Joomla! v 1.5 provides ability to create new layouts for components through the use of template override files. Now, envision a WYSIWYG editor that lists data elements exposed by the component model for use in a view layout. Further envision Mootools drag and drop capability at play, simplifying the construction of new layouts without requiring knowledge of programming complexity. Site builders could publish these easy to develop layouts to their Web site using this new editor. If building such an environment sounds like fun, imagine what thousands of community members will think this fall when they begin using it!
Thank you, Google!
Thank you to Google and special thanks to Leslie Hawthorn for all you do in support of students and open source projects. This is certainly shaping up to be a great Google Summer of Code 2008!
- Category: General News
Let's get running! The Google Summer of Code 2008 is now underway and students should submit their applications before the March 31, 2008 deadline. Visit the Joomla! Wiki for the GSoC or review the Student Guidelines for more details about the program and how to get a running start.
The most exciting applications we receive are from students who take time to discuss their ideas before submitting. As a student, you can check out the Joomla! Project's proposed ideas or discuss your own ideas in the Summer of Code forum. You will also get some great insight and help on the Joomla! Summer of Code mailing list. We want you to get to know Joomla! even better and increase your chances of a successful project.
As a mentor, you'll join a nice mix of experienced Summer of Code mentors, previous students, professors, and community members. If you aren't a Summer of Code mentor yet and would like to become one, read up on the easy mentor guidelines and how to apply.
Now it's time to spread the word (use this PDF flyer) about the Google Summer of Code. Join Joomla! in making this summer the best ever!
- Category: Project Release News
The Joomla! community is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Joomla! 1.5.2 [Woi]. This is a normal maintenance update. It has been eight weeks since Joomla! 1.5.1 was released. The goal is to provide regular, frequent updates to the Joomla! end user community containing the latest bug fixes and minor enhancements.