Some blips in the provision of services on our Forge has provided the Joomla! team with the opportunity to audit the way the developer experience works. Joomla! has grown so quickly that the services of our forge have fallen victim to that exponential growth.
To remedy the situation, we're announcing the coming of a brand spanking new Forge. Bigger, faster and optioned up with a fancy new paint job. While we can't reveal all of the detail or what's coming in the next week, the Core Team feels the solution will further excite the creative development around our framework and set yet another Open Source benchmark.
What's this mean for me?If you're a third-party developer who's been struggling with the old Forge, you will have two options: 1. Wait and see what we can migrate from the old Forge or; 2. You can register and start afresh on the new Forge once it's up and running. Once the new Forge is running and your project is populated, you will need to dovetail links from your project to the Extensions Directory. If you're a user of extensions, you may need to show a little patience while we're taking these very necessary steps to ensure scalability of the project. It'll be worth the wait.
Has this been difficult?For the technical minds out there, considering migrating the Joomla! project alone is probably mindblowing — let alone the entire Forge! Our guys have been working some crazy hours to find out what's possible and what's not. Surprisingly, so far most of our needs have been met if not surpassed by solutions they've found along the way. This could not have happened without the support of VA Software — even through some of the more difficult and painful experiences.
This baby has been 'Pimped by Rochen' — this is going to be an exciting ride. We hope this conjures visions of Chris and Brad pin-striping the bodywork. And given the progress so far, that new ride shouldn't be too long, so stay tuned.
Google has confirmed it will sponsor the Google Summer of Code 2007, and Joomla! will again be participating in this great event. Last year we had six sponsored projects, guided by twelve mentors and six students working on research for the future Joomla! 2.0. This year we will try to be even more productive and more successful than we were in 2006.
For Joomla!, the Summer of Code brings several benefits. It helps bring fresh ideas and talents together in a co-ordinated way and has provided the project with four new development workgroup members who are now active in creating Joomla! 1.5. We expect one of these students to be a mentor within the 2007 Summer of Code Campaign.
Today Drupal announced the release of the long awaited Drupal 5.0, appropriately and symbolically released on Drupal's sixth birthday. We would like to offer our congratulations to the guys and gals making Drupal what it is and to let them know that we are enjoying the celebration as well.
We have met many of the Drupal contributors at various events and consider them friends with common goals. Our two projects are often compared, and there is nothing wrong with comparison... but make no mistake of it, we are all on the same side working to enable people... because we both believe that open source matters.So from one open source project to another: Congratulations!!