Monday, April 25, 2011

New Features for Version 1.7

Now that version 1.6.3 is released, the development focus for Joomla can shift gears and we can focus on new features for version 1.7. This is a very exciting time for the project, and the Production Leadership Team (PLT) thought it would be helpful to outline our ideas about the process for adding new features.

First a couple of caveats. As you may know, we have just switched to a time-based release cycle. So version 1.7 will be our first version that is released at a specific point in time – July 10, 2011 – instead of when a given set of features is complete. So we know when version 1.7 will release, but we don't know what new features it will contain. Because this is our first cycle of this type, we will be figuring some stuff out as we go along. We have the general outline of the process, as will be explained here, but there will no doubt be things that we need to adjust or change.

A second wrinkle is that, on or about 30 April 2011, we will split off the Joomla Platform (the libraries folder more or less) as a separate project. This will change the way in which we fix bugs and add features that affect the platform. Again, this is all new, so again we will be learning as we go along.

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Monaco Yacht Show Uses Joomla

The Monaco Yacht Show is the most presitigious superyacht show in the world.
Superyacht are yachts from 25 meters to over 90 meters long.

This year will be the 21st year of the event which attracts over 30,000 participants to Moncao, the small principality in the south of France.

Their new website for the event runs in Joomla:

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Barnes & Noble Uses Joomla

Barnes & Noble is the largest book retailer in the United States with over 1300 stores. Their company history goes back to 1873.

They're also known for the Nook e-book reader that was launched in 2009. The company is encouraging developers to create apps for the Nook and as part of that effort they've just launched a new Nook Developer site, built on Joomla.

The site was built with help from the team at and can be found at

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Introducing Adobe Flex 4.5 SDK

Required Adobe products


Adobe Flash Builder 4.5 (includes Adobe Flex 4.5 SDK)
Note: The downloads currently available on Adobe Labs are early preview releases – final releases of Flash Builder 4.5 and Flex 4.5 SDK will be available for download in early May.

Note: Flash Builder 4.5 provides support for building Flex and ActionScript applications for Google Android, as well as support for building ActionScript applications for BlackBerry Tablet OS and Apple iOS. An update to Flash Builder 4.5 and Flex 4.5, scheduled for June 2011, will add support for building Flex applications for BlackBerry Tablet OS and Apple iOS.

Flex is ready to take a big leap forward with its next release, Flex 4.5 SDK. Flex 4.5 SDK delivers many exciting new components and capabilities, along with integrated support in Flash Builder 4.5 and Flash Catalyst CS 5.5. With the Adobe Flex 4.5 SDK release, we are introducing three major initiatives:
  • Allow developers to use Flex for multiscreen application development
  • Further mature the Spark architecture and component set which was introduced in Flex 4
  • Make incremental improvements to core Flex infrastructure to ease large application development
This article aims to introduce you to the variety of new features available in the Flex 4.5 SDK release and provide you with additional resources and documentation such that you can start building applications leveraging the Flex 4.5 framework.

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Call for April 2011 Open Source Matters Board Nominees

Open Source Matters (OSM) is pleased to announce the April 2011 call for board member nominees.

OSM is entrusted with providing organizational, legal, and financial support for the Joomla! project. You can find out more about the organization at  In November 2010, OSM decided to create guidelines for nominating new board members and published those guidelines here.  One of the decisions made was to hold nominations, if needed, every April and October.

Today marks the start of the April 2011 nomination period and we are looking for your nominations for a new OSM board member. Separately, we are also looking for a person to serve in an important non-board member role as well.

We acknowledge that the greater worldwide Joomla! community can help us a great deal in this election process, and make us aware of potential qualified candidates.

Assistant Treasurer

We are looking for one new board member to fill a critical role on the board:
  • Assistant Treasurer: OSM is looking for someone with accounting or booking experience. They will be responsible for helping our current Treasurer ensure that all verify expenditures are explained, prepare budget and maintain financial records.
Please see the OSM nomination guidelines for the criteria that OSM uses in evaluating nominees.
Please click here to nominate someone for the Assistant Treasurer role. You are welcome to nominate yourself.

Marketing Team Lead

OSM is also looking to fill a key non-board member role. This person will not need to be elected to the board.
  • Marketing Team Lead: OSM is looking for someone with marketing, P.R. and branding experience. They will be be responsible for leading Joomla’s marketing efforts.
Please click here to nominate someone for the Marketiing Team Lead. You are welcome to nominate yourself.

Nominations for both positions close on April 20, 2011 at 23:59 UTC

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Adobe Supports Microsoft IE 9 Launch at SxSW

With today’s launch of Internet Explorer 9, the Adobe Flash Player team is excited to highlight the results of our collaboration around both hardware acceleration and end-user privacy. Both companies believe that the best experience with the web is achieved when browsers and web runtimes like Flash Player are tightly integrated to ensure that the web browsing experience is seamless and highly interactive.

As part of the South by Southwest conference, we shared a demo that highlights the work we’ve done together in terms of hardware acceleration. In this case, 3D content in Flash directly participates in Internet Explorer’s hardware rendering pipeline, as exposed through the ISurfacePresenter API. For web developers, this means that hardware accelerated features in Flash, such as stage video and 3D graphics, will directly leverage the power of the GPU in the presentation process. This translates to a more responsive and efficient web browsing experience.

If you’d like to learn more about the new features coming in Flash Player, check out this post on the team blog. If you’re interested in learning about the new 3D capabilities, called project “Molehill”, you can read about them as part of our new Incubator program. I encourage you to check out the demos to get a feel for the power of Flash and tell us what you think.

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Joomla Day India a great success !

Joomla Day India 2011 saw people from All over India & in fact even some from UK grace the event. With over 180 people coming to attend some really cool Joomla sessions spread over 2 days, this was India's Biggest Joomla Day till now.

The best part was that people came from all corners of India making it a true Joomla Day "India". The event schedule catered to people from all types of backrounds - from beginners to Joomla end users to developers. The sessions were spread over 2 Days with Brian taking a total of 4 talks !

Adding a truely international flavour to the event were speakers like Brian Teeman, Klas Berlic (Molajo) & Azrul from the JomSocial team who all came all the way to India. They were well complemented by several Indian speakers like Parth Lawate, Ashwin Date From Techjoomla & Tekdi Web Solutions, Irfan, Saurabh Shah from Cloud Access, Ajay Lulia from Synergy, Aditee Rele & Aviraj from Microsoft, Vineet from Viprasoft & Shyam from Ready Bytes who all added an Indian flavour & context to the sessions..

Day 1 started off with a hearty breakfast in the Level 9 canteen. The first session saw Brian getting the audience on their feet & rocking the entire MCCIA Building with "I Say Joomla you Say Rocks" & an Indian version of the same "Joomla Ki Jay !". Brian took the audience through a great presentation on "Why Joomla". It was a fresh perspective especially to people deep into Joomla !

This was followed by "Deploying PHP / Joomla Applications on IIS and IIS Extentions for PHP/Joomla" by Aviraj Ajgekar( MicroSoft) after which "Shyam Verma (ReadyBytes) told the developer audience about Joomla Code Quality Control by Automation Tools. Next up Ajay Lulia from Synergy took the stage to tell the crowd about nuances in Joomla Security. The post lunch sessions saw Ashwin Date from Techjoomla announce the GPL release the Joomla REST API & take us through its cpabilities. Next Brian took the stage again for the much awaited "Watch Brian make a Joomla Site in 45 mins"

This was followed by "Indian Web Standards and Technical approach" by Vineet Khurana. Post Tea Saurabh Shah from Cloud access did a Comparison of Joomla Template Frame works & the day was wrapped up with Aditee Rele taking the stage to tell us about Joomla with Webmatrix.

Day 2 was all about Joomla 1.6, Molajo, Social Networks, Community & Prizes ! Brian started off with a cool presentaiton on 1.6 which ended up showing us a lot of secrets. Next Klas Berlic set the stage on fire showing off Molajo & the cool stuff it brings to Joomla. This was followed by Irfan telling telling the audience about common issues & mistakes one can make in working with Joomla. Parth Lawate came up next to tell the Audience about Joomlart's T3 framework.

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