This is the second year running, the Joomla! team has won the prestigious award. Louis Landry, Johan Janssens and Peter Russell accepted the award from LinuxUser and Developer magazine publisher Maggie Meer.
Johan described the win for Joomla! as "one for the community". "The buzz around the Joomla! project is driven by our huge user base and this translates into what is fast becoming the most popular open source framework going," Johan said.
Chris Adams, of Rochen, who is a major sponsor of the Joomla! project was nominated as Best Linux Open Source ISP / Internet Host. Unfortunately, Rochen missed out this year but it was great to have Rochen with us to celebrate. "Chris and the Rochen guys are part of the Joomla! family ... this is as much Rochen's award as it is the developers and the communities."
The Joomla! open source content management project unveiled its speakers and panelists for the SYSTEMS 2006 conference in Munich Germany on October 23rd – 27th at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre in Munich/Riem.
SYSTEMS is the leading Business-to-Business Trade Fair for IT, Media and Communications and is held in Munich, Europe's largest high-tech and media location. This year, the conference expects over 1000 exhibitors and 50,000 visitors.
Joomla! core development team members Alex Kempkens, Marko Schmuck and Wilco Jansens will present in Munich on a variety of Joomla! topics and provide detailed demonstrations of the forthcoming release of Joomla! 1.5. Specifically, Marko Schmuck will present his new Search-Engine-Optimization extension openSEF (www.j-prosolution.com), Alex Kempkens (www.thinknetwork.com ) will introduce a new version of the multilingual component Joom!Fish and the recent book "Joomla! 1.5", finally Robert Deutz (www.rdbs.de ) will demonstrate how to take advantage of the advanced template and accessibility features within Joomla! 1.5.
Attendees can interact with the Joomla! team and get receive demonstrations of Joomla! 1.5. in Hall A3, Booth 542. The Joomla! project would like to personally thank Messe Munich for support and the invitation to attend the conference.
On May 23rd, 2006, the Joomla! team joined the Google Summer of Code program which enables student developers to create new open source applications or to assist already established open source projects. Project management was done by Wilco Jansen and Louis Landry with background support of Johan Janssens. Beside them, a team of mentors selected six projects and six students to participate in the development of specific functionality which will be important for future releases of Joomla!. Development was performed using the pre-released version of Joomla! 1.5. For their effort, the students earned $4,500 USD and participated in the development of new functionality for future releases of Joomla!
The selected projects were centered around Web services, integration, security, database abstraction and Web accessibility. This effort exploited some of the exciting new capabilities which are coming in Joomla! 1.5 due later in 2006.