Google's Summer of Code application window is fast closing.  Talented developers who want the chance participate in the prestigious program "need to get their skates on".

Joomla! was involved with the program in 2005 and it was a huge success — generating several high-value projects.  Much of the work from last years' developers is likely to appear in the future evolution of Joomla!  Three of the students who were mentored by Joomla! Core Developers in 2005 are now core members themselves.

Lead developer Johan Janssens believes the success of the Google Summer of Code has created further momentum in the Open Source world.  "The calibre of coders and the buzz around Google's sponsorship created a great place for creative minds to prosper," Johan said.  "I'm extremely pleased that Google taken up the opportunity to support the Summer of Code once again."

As was the case last year, students participating in Joomla!’s summer of code 2006 will be mentored by a great team of core and community developers. All projects will need to be based on the upcoming Joomla! 1.5 which is going into beta soon. This new version of Joomla! has a completely refactored codebase and runs a full PHP application framework under the hood. Students will get the chance to either create interesting extensions for the Joomla! CMS or write framework libraries. Our developer network ( will be used for community communication about the projects.

As of May 1, Google is now accepting applications from students.

If you are interested, you’ve only got until May 8th to send in your proposal, so you’d better get on it.

Boris Karnikowski and Alex at LinuxTag

Joomla! has been enjoying a lot of attention at Europe's biggest Linux and Open Source event, LinuxTag.

Core team member Alex Kempkens has been representing Joomla! at the event, held in Wiesbaden, Germany.  Alex reported back today to describe how Joomla! and other popular and emerging Open Source projects were not only able to present their respective offers but provides the opportunity for collaboration, brainstorming and networking.

Alex said the various Open Source CMS teams and speakers will meet this evening for a get together under the patronage of the OSCom, which is a global association that is providing services such as the CMS Matrix.

Alex is extremely pleased with the amount of interest in Joomla! and Open Source overall.  He said that tomorrow will see a feature of the event — "Web Talk Discussions" — of which Alex will be attending and making himself available as a panelist.

Other project members such as Typo3, ezPublish, Drupal, Magnolia are also involved in the presentations which are on tomorrow.

Joomla! is sharing space at the show kindly provided by Boris Karnikowski, of Addison-Wesley (Pearson).

Alex has also posted on his developer blog on Joomla's Developer Portal.

Joomla! Goes NuclearJoomla! is software; that we all know.  But if its popularity was rated in radioactivity, it would well-and-truly be considered as having reached critical mass.  The world's most-popular, award-winning, Open Source CMS (Content Management System) has topped One Terabyte (1024 Gigabytes) of data transfer for the month of April (excluding the Forge).  This is enormous, and it reflects the exponential growth the project has been enjoying in recent times.

Sure, we know the metaphor defies nuclear physics, but you should appreciate the humour.

Core Team member Brad Baker cracked open the statistics package during the weekend to notice "all the dials were glowing".  In fact, Brad and Chris Adams, of Rochen, have had to upgrade our servers to deal with amazing loads they've not seen before.  Traffic to Joomla! sites has doubled since February.

"To cope with the server load, we increased the server RAM to 4 Gig," Brad said.  "We knew that Joomla! was popular but it's a shock to see such huge demands and user growth.  A lot of the traffic increase is due to the popularity of our unique Extensions site — as far as we know there is nothing as comprehensive as this anywhere in the Open Source CMS world."

"Smashing into the Terabyte zone is a milestone for Joomla!  Moreover, we've had more than 130 million hits and about 1 million unique visitors during the last month.  The Forum continues to grow: we've got 33,000 members (4,500 joining in April) and last month alone 37,000 posts."

We all remember the Intel advertisements with technicians in Intel "bunny" flame-proof suits; perhaps we'll have to buy Brad a Joomla! "bunny" radiation-proof suit.  We will have further updates about other exciting Joomla! news this week.