Nur Aini Rakhmawati

We are pleased to announce Google has accepted Joomla!'s application to participate in the 2008 Google Summer of Code (SoC) program. This is Joomla!'s fourth season and we are eager to welcome another group of contributors with fresh ideas.

With the Summer of Code, Google sets up a win-win situation for students and open source projects. Instead of flipping burgers during summer break, talented student developers can do what they love and write great code in exchange for a $4,500 USD stipend. Even open source projects benefit with improvements to the code base and a $500 USD stipend per participant.

Perhaps the most important benefit is the long term involvement that can result. Both Nur Aini Rakhmawati and Hannes Papenberg were invited to join the Joomla! Development Team after successful SoC projects.

If you are a student interested in participating, consider Joomla!

Drupal 6.0 Released

The Joomla! community congratulates the Drupal community on their release of Drupal 6.0. It is a great accomplishment and shows the strength and creativity of their free and open source community. Their hard work has paid off and again shown the power of open source collaboration to produce great software. We are especially thrilled for the many Drupal community members who we have gotten to know, most recently when both projects participated in the Google GHOP Contest .

Drupal like Joomla! makes it possible for millions of people to be creators of rich and complex web content without having to be coders. We celebrate Drupal's achievement in this, just as we celebrated our release of Joomla! 1.5.

Well done Drupal, and congratulations.

Google Highly Open Participation Contest Logo

The Google Highly Open Participation Contest for pre-university students (high school and secondary school students) aimed at encouraging young people to participate in open source projects. Joomla! is proud to have been invited to join with nine other open source organisations for this pilot program. Tomasz DobrzyDski was unanimously selected as Joomla!'s 2008 Grand Prize Winner of the Google Highly Open Participation Contest. Tomasz completed seven tasks during the competition.

  1. Translate part of the Installation Manual to a non-English Language - forum thread
  2. Create a Blog Entry Date Calendar Icon Plugin for Joomla! v 1.5 - forum thread
  3. Create a Joomla! v 1.5 Plugin to update Twitter status with article title when published - forum thread
  4. Carry out GHOP unit test on the Joomla1 1.5 Test Package for the Front Page Manager - forum thread
  5. Carry out GHOP unit test on the Joomla1 1.5 Test Package: Template Manager - forum thread
  6. Carry out GHOP unit test on the Joomla1 1.5 Test Package: Menu Manager - forum thread
  7. Implement Avatar/Gravatars for Joomla! v 1.5 - forum thread