International PHP Magazine

Core team member Mitch Pirtle has hit the virtual newsstands in a big way as the cover story author of this month's International PHP Magazine.

Mitch was invited to put pen to paper about forthcoming Joomla! technologies and proved a more than worthy scribe, as evidenced by landing the front page.  He manages to encapsulate a lot of technical terms into a very good read for Joomla! users of all levels of expertise.

If you're wanting to know what's changing in Joomla! or what advantages there are in the new version over the 1.0 series, Mitch takes all of this in his stride covering the power of the API, new templating system, internationalisation and much more.

Sure, some of you already know all this and that Joomla! is the best open source CMS on the planet, but you can always use a high-quality feature such as this in your Joomla! brag book.

International PHP Magazine has provided this download link for a FREE sample of the entire article.

Google's Summer of Code

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."

Boris Karnikowski and Alex at LinuxTag
Boris Karnikowski & 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.

Joomla! Goes Nuclear

Joomla! 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.

Boston LinuxWorld WebCam
Final LinuxWorld Boston WebCam Image
Mitch Pirtle, Andy Miller, Louis Landry

Core Team Member Andy Miller wanted everyone to see the buzz at the Boston LinuxWorld, so he's set up a webcam for us to check things out.

Andy, Mitch Pirtle and Louis Landry are attending the Joomla! stand at the show.  They guys have been inundated with visitors who want to know more about Joomla!

The guys have been giving presentations to users of all skill levels — beginners to experts.  On Monday night, they presented at the Boston PHP User Group.  The presentation included a Skype with the Joomla! Lead Developer Johan Janssens for a quick question and answer session — where there was considerable interest in the forthcoming Joomla! 1.5 beta release.

Update 06/04 : Read Mitch's blog post about 'Day Zero' and see Mitch rubbing shoulders with Miguel de Icaza of GNOME here.

Update 08/04 : Download the podcast from the Boston PHP User Group presentation

Update 09/04 : Read Mitch's summaries of each days activities: 'Day One', 'Day Two ' and the 'Final Day'.

Update 12/04 : Read the Ars Technica interview with the gang at Boston Expo.

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