Joomla! Lead Developer Johan Janssens has been in a coding pressure-cooker for almost a year now. With a free day on offer before Sunday's UK Joomla! Day, we took him away from all the code to enjoy the Yorkshire countryside, some pub grub ... and the gentle game of cricket.
Yorkshire is synonymous with cricket — think Geoffrey Boycott; earnest, stoic, stubborn and occasionally downright cantankerous. In fact, Johan spent his first nightat an old coal mining village, near where Mr Boycott was born.
We hooked up with Chris Adams, of Rochen, in Leeds, and travelled due west by train to World Heritage Site, Saltaire.After some good food at a real Yorkshire pub, we ventured down to Saltaire's cricket ground. In keeping with our olde-worlde theme, we used the oldest means of transport available to reach the cricket pitch, the Shipley Glen Tramway.
PacktPub.com this week launched its inaugural Content Management System Award with a prize of US $5000 to the winning project, second prize $3000 and third prize $2000.
The award demonstrates Packt's commitment to the open source community and its users. Packt has a long and successful history of publishing user-friendly technical books for software users. They were one of the first, if not the first, publishers to create an English version Joomla! web tutorial and guide.
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 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."
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.