Happy new year to the Joomla! Community. 2007 has been extraordinary, and 2008 is full of promise of even more. In six months Joomla! 1.5 went from Mapya (new) to Karibu (near by). Joomla! 1.0 continued its mature, steady shine with release 13, SunGlow. How did it happen?
Starting with Australia in January and ending in December with New Zealand , and around the world in between, Joomla! Days brought together the world wide Joomla! Community. As of April there were over 100,000 members of the Joomla! forums and in September the forums went to over a million posts.
In 2007 those people wrote thousands of lines of code , opened 1031 bug reports (and closed all but 117 of them) , created hundreds of pages of documentation, asked and answered tens of thousands of questions, organized events around the world, and translated hundreds of text strings into a huge number of languages.
After long and sometimes painful discussion, Joomla! reaffirmed its commitment to Open Source and GNU GPL .The power of open source and the GPL brings together all those people, to work hard and create all the pieces that make up Joomla!.
Whether the way the Joomla! developers make the magic happen, the amazing work of high school students in the GHOP contest and college students in the Google Summer of Code , the huge number of resources that is the Joomla! Extensions Directory , or the scope of projects on Joomlacode the creativity of the Joomla! Community blossomed.
Most of all, it has been a year of fun, whether being together in person for Pizza, Bugs and Fun or a Joomla! Day, making websites we love, talking (even about the GPL) in the forums, solving problems, writing beautiful code, or taking a 1.5 RC out for a spin.
And for 2008?
Let's make it the same, but even more so. More people from more places, more creative, open source work, and even more fun.
Following on from the huge success of the Joomla! 1.5 bug squashing days, please join us for the first world-wide Joomla! 1.5 documentation days starting on 19th January 2008. We will have tasks for everyone; coders and non-coders alike. Our primary aim is to dramatically increase the volume of documentation available for Joomla! 1.5.
So far we have locations in Vancouver, Canada and Brussels, Belgium and we hope to confirm other locations soon. For the latest information on locations and other arrangements, please visit theJoomla! Doc Camp wiki page. Please note that space at these locations is limited, so don't register unless you are certain you can come.
If you can't join us in person, come join us on IRC (#joomladocs @ freenode.). For even more fun, why not organise your own local Doc Camp by finding a space with room for you and some others to work, and getting some food in. Keep an eye on the wiki and join in on IRC so you know what is happening elsewhere.
In the spirit of open source we will be writing collaboratively using a wiki, but there will also be opportunities to upload standalone documents in other formats. Learning from the success of the ongoing Google Highly Open Participation Contest we will try to present small, easily-managed tasks that can be completed in a single day.
In advance of the event itself, why not help us define the task list? Register on the wiki and make your suggestions there or add your ideas to this forum thread.
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 9AM to 6PM PST (GMT-8) Saturday 19th January 2008
(thanks to "The Network Hub" for the location and free wi-fi)
Brussels, Belgium 10AM to 7PM CET (GMT+1) Monday 21st January 2008
(thanks to the Belgium Local Police for sponsoring the venue)
The challange is to squeeze the exiting priority 1 & 2 bugs and to test as much as we can. If we end up with an empty tracker this would be the perfect result for those events.
The development working group has a dream ... an empty bug tracker and many people intensivly testing 1.5."
Please note that space is limited, so don't register unless you are certain you can come. We will create several groups based on your skills. People with development knowledge in Joomla! 1.5 can help squeezing bugs, people with experience in Joomla! can test and make sure there are no bugs missing.
If you can't join us in person, come join us on IRC (#joomlapbf @ freenode.). For more fun, you can even organize a local bug squashing by finding a space with room for you and some others to work, and getting some food. Just join in the IRC so you know what is happening elsewhere.
All the bugs fixed at these events will go straight into the trunk of 1.5 ready to be released with the upcoming RC4.