Monday, January 31, 2011

Joomla!Day The Netherlands 2011

The Dutch Joomla Community is proud to present you the sixt JoomlaDays in The Netherlands.

Hundreds of open source experts, business users, developers, and community users are expected to come to Conference Center Kaap Doorn, in the wooded area of Doorn. Together they will spotlight Joomla! and its features, community, and resources. An ideal opportunity to get to know others around The Netherlands and Belgium using Joomla!

Date: Saturday, April 2nd & Sunday, April 3rd 2011
Venue: Kaap Doorn, Doorn

Registration is limited, so make sure that you get your tickets soon! For more information, follow @joomladagen on Twitter, check out the #jd11nl hashtag, and visit

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Joomla!Day Chile 2011 Recap

From the highest point in the tallest building in Santiago, Chile, Joomla!Day Chile provided South America's Spanish-speaking community the first Joomla!Day of it's kind on January 18, 2011.  With sweeping views of Santiago and the great Andes mountains, Joomla users, developers, and designers from across Chile participated in one of the largest Joomla!Days I've ever attended.  Guest speakers arrived from across the country, the United Kingdom, Spain, and the US to share in this special occassion.

Nearly 500 attendees packed the auditorium at Telefonica Chile in downtown Santiago during a beautiful summer's day.  While the main auditorium hosted the morning's events, the afternoon's sessions took place at the top of the skyscraper, with gorgeous views of Santiago while soaking in the Joomla love.

Best yet, this was the first Joomla!Day ever to showcase the distribution of diplomas to the students of Universidad de Chile, whom successfully completed 160 hours of coursework to receive their certificates.  It would be great to see other universities around the world follow in the footsteps of the Universidad de Chile, and I hope that future Joomla!Days can highlight the success of students around the world studying our community's software.

After the event, I had a chance to spend time with two of my Joomla friends, Javier Gomez from the OSM Board of Directors and Brian Teeman.  On the day after the event, we met with the good folks at TVN, one of Chile's most popular television networks, where we learned how they're using Joomla inside their network.  Additionally, we had a chance to stop by the Microsoft Chile office to chat about ways our teams can work together to help university students in Chile learn to use Joomla as a development platform.


We had quite a variety of presentations at this event, covering everything from building businesses with Joomla to trainings on using Joomla for beginners.  Here's a sampling of what was presented.
  • Open Source Business Models - Ryan Ozimek
  • Joomla! 1.6 and the future - Brian Teeman
  • Joomla, a collective project - Javier Gomez
  • Creating a Joomla template - Frank Denis
  • 10 ways to increase your Joomla site's security - Hugo Baronti
  • Introducing Community - Guillermo Bravo
  • Using Joomla in corporate intranets, a case study from Telefonica Chile - Christian Morales and Alejandro Morgado
  • Management of web development through wireframes - Christopher Pino and Gonzalo Suez
  • Creating a Joomla Web site in minutes - Brian Teeman
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Monday, January 24, 2011

Adobe releases Flash Builder 4 update, and Flex 4.1

Just a little over 3 months after the release of Flash Builder 4.0, Adobe has released the first update to it’s IDE Flash Builder 4.0.1.

The latest updates bring with it the latest Flex 4.1 SDK, the open source compiler and SDK which can be used even without the Flash Builder IDE to compile Flash applications. Flex 4.1 brings one major new feature: layout mirroring. With layout mirroring Adobe aims to make it simpler to adapt applications built for a left-to-right locale for use with right-to-left locales.

Since Flash Builder 4 and Flex 4.0 were released before the release of Flash Player 10.1 and AIR 2.0, Flex 4.1 is their first stable release to support the new features provided by there runtimes.

More interesting are their plans for a future release of the Flex SDK code-named “Hero”. The goals for the Hero release are juicy indeed.

First of all, Hero will be based on a version of Flash Player and AIR that has yet to be released, as such Adobe will be a little quiet in releasing updates, releasing only those parts which are independent of the new features to come in those releases.

Earlier Adobe had decided to create a new lighter SDK code-named Slider for creating content targeting mobiles, however with the increasing power of mobile devices, and with sufficient performance thanks to optimizations, Adobe believes that the same SDK could used, with touch-optimized, mobile-centric skins built for the highly skinnable Spark architecture.

Adobe will continue to evolve Flex 4’s new Spark architecture in an effort to bring it to parity with the feature-set of Flex 3’s Halo. The “Hero” build of Flex will bring a Spark Form, Spark DataGrid and Spark Image, three of missing components in the new architecture.

Hero will also be better optimized in terms of compiling performance, memory consumption, load time etc for large scale applications which are spread over multiple modules with multiple skins.

Also it seems future versions of Flex will be more coupled with Flash Player releases. Currently there is lack of synchronization between releases of the runtimes and the SDK, with Flash Player 10.1 support coming in this update. Whatever versions lie ahead for the Flash Player and AIR, the next Flex SDK will support them at the get-go.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

The Path Forward: Migration and the Future

So we're now about one week into the stable cycle for Joomla! 1.6 and it seems that the biggest question that is on people's minds is upgrading/migration. There is a great deal of interest from people who want to keep their existing sites, but who also want to try out the latest and greatest features that Joomla! 1.6 has to offer.
When the Production Leadership Team met in San Francisco last September, the release of Joomla! 1.6 was one of the big topics we had to grapple with.  We had made good progress already, but there was still a good amount of work to be done.

Given the situation we found ourselves in, together with the fact that there was already a community member (Matias Aguirre) who was working on a migration tool, we decided that it was better to support the effort already in progress than to spend time duplicating what was already in progress.

So, the bottom line is this:
  • Migration to Joomla! 1.6 - We recommend people interested in migrating to use Matias Aguirre's jUpgrade extension.  Testing and feedback from the community will play an important role in perfecting this extension.
  • Migration to the July 2011 release - We are planning to implement a site importer in this release that will allow you to import your data from either Joomla! 1.5 or Joomla! 1.6.
  • As per the Development Strategy, we intend to manage change much more carefully moving forward. This, combined with our shortened release cycle means that upgrades and migrations will go a lot smoother. 
  • Joomla! 1.5 is a Long Term Support (LTS) release. This means that it will be supported for approximately 15 more months. That makes the estimated date for End of Life of Joomla! 1.5 to be April 11, 2012.
  • The next LTS release will take place in January of 2012.
Joomla! 1.6 not only marks the introduction of major features that people have been waiting for (granular access control, unlimited category depth), but also the shift to a new development strategy that will enable us to release continual updates on a regular basis while making the upgrade process as painless as possible.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Joomla Day Chile: Joomla Uses By Santiago Times

This weekend is Joomla Day Chile in Santiago. Click here for more information on the event. Congratulations to the organizers: 470 people are going and more than 150 more are on the waiting list.

They are the first event to take part a new tradition we're starting here on before each Joomla Day around the world we're going feature a great local Joomla site.

For Santiago and Chile we have The Santiago Times: The newspaper is the most credible and well-established English-language news source in Chile. It is also part of a larger network of sites, all built on Joomla, that include newspapers for other parts of Chile: The Patagonia Times ( and The Valparaios Times (

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Joomla! Day Chile to be broadcast LIVE!

On Tuesday, 18 January 2011, for the first time ever from the Joomla Community Livestream channel, a Joomla! Day will be broadcast live.  Joomla! Day Chile has requested the ability to provide free access world-wide to the event.  Starting at 7am EST and continuing to 4:30pm EST the sold-out crowd will be accessible anywhere in the world!  Visit the channel and subscribe for alerts to this event today:  If you are an event coordinator for an upcoming Joomla! Day and would like your event broadcast as well on this channel, please post your request in this forum.

All times are EASTERN STANDARD TIME.  Look for the icon in the chart below for the portions of the even that will be broadcast live!

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Joomla! 1.6 arrives

It is with great pleasure and pride that the Joomla Production Leadership Team (PLT) announces the release of Joomla!® 1.6. Our community has been anticipating this milestone for many months. As we celebrate the arrival of the new version, we wish to recognize the many people who have made this day possible.
The PLT would like to thank everyone who contributed time, code and patches to make 1.6 happen. We covered the full spectrum of emotion while taking the 1,000-plus day journey, but in the end, all the hard work and commitment has paid off. With heartfelt appreciation, we would like to thank the following people for their efforts:

It is impossible to name each contributor without whom 1.6 would not exist. So many individuals have given freely and selflessly to an amazing project for the benefit of its community of users, administrators, developers and designers.
Thanks also goes to those who contributed to the development of the help screens for Joomla 1.6: We thank the hundreds of people who made changes or additions to the documentation wiki during the 1.6 release cycle.

We’d also like to thank, in advance, all the people who will make implementing 1.6 a success. With the release of General Availability (GA) comes the enormous effort of compiling new language packs. We express our thanks and appreciation to the translation teams who will put a staggering number of hours into producing the required files. Thanks in advance to all the people that will assist with support on the forums and other sites and we bestow on you a blessing of wisdom and patience. We’d also like to honour all of the Joomla extension developers who will be furiously upgrading their code for compatibility with 1.6. We eagerly anticipate the amazing extensions and the innovation in both form and function.

Finally, we cannot pass up this opportunity to thank the Community Leadership Team (CLT), responsible for the web sites that keep the Joomla universe in orbit (the JED, JRD, JCM and more). Likewise we’d like to thank Open Source Matters for their continued support and stewardship of the project and the 1.6 release.
The hard work does not stop with this release. The PLT will continues the responsibility of overseeing the maintenance of both Joomla 1.5 and 1.6, and also coordinating the efforts for the production of the next version of Joomla, codenamed Bowerbird.

Monday, January 10, 2011


This module shows a list of (ordered/related/upcoming) articles with title, id,introtext, image (thumb), author, category, hits, rating, comments, facebook and twitter share buttons... It can be used with standard Joomla's content, but some options will only be available with FLEXIcontent.

The module automatically detects if FLEXIcontent has been installed on the site and shows you different parameters accordingly, so you can use it on "normal" Joomla sites too without any problem.

Do you use K2? Get the version compatible with K2 here:

* Show article's title, introtext, hits, rating (total or average), image (thumbnail), date, author(name or username), category, comments, id
* {youtube} and {gallery} plugins are supported, and the module can automatically grab the video's thumb or the first image in the gallery to display next to the article
* Limit to Category(/ies), Section(s), Author(s), FLEXIcontent TAGs, Frontpage
* It can be used as a "Related Articles" module, without losing any of its capabilities. (You can combine the options, so you can order the articles related to the one shown, limit them by category, section... or even show articles written in the last X days only!)
* Possibility of toggling and styling (CSS) every part of the module for a custom output
* Ready to go, as the default options already give you a nice look that can be used on any site
* Possibility of adding a custom link at the bottom of the module
* Different ordering methods: Creation Date, Last Modified, Hits, Rating, Alphabetically, Reverse Alphabetically, Custom Order, Random, Most Commented and "Upcoming Events", that displays articles based on the date (or the FLEXIcontent date field) they will be unpublished. Mostof the methods can be reverted
* Possibility of limiting the output to the last X days, or to skip the first X articles (to avoid article repetitions on the page or to pile more than one module with different display options)
* Multi-Language backend (Italian, English and French supported at the moment - send me a translation if you want!). The frontend can be changed from the module's backend
* JoomFish support (only if FLEXIcontent is installed). Language files supported on frontend.
* Possibility of shortening the title or the introtext if it's too long.
More... just check out my site for the full list and to get support!