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Keep Calm and Meditate, the Joomla will happen !
Monday, 07 April 2014 16:43

Hey #Joomla ! How's everything going ? 

Joomla is a community project with lots of people & lots of opinions. So a few fights now & then are not uncommon - especially when everyone is so passionate about their love - Joomla !  If Joomla is anything its Passion. At the same time Joomla is about people, about friendships (yes and about beer). So passionate discussions are all fine . Its the Passion that keeps the project alive . There's a simple solution to such fights usually. So how about we all keep calm & meditate a little bit ? Introspect ? 

Joomla is a big project with many directions & decisions to make. We need a sustainable way to make them. Fighting a lot wont help. A little is needed though ! 

Lets all keep calm & meditate. The Joomla will happen !

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Joomla 3.3 is on its way to let you do more with less !
Thursday, 27 March 2014 13:27

The Joomla Production leadership team has just announced the revised release schedule for Joomla 3.3 with a RC expected by 15th April & a stable release by the 22nd of April. But hey you don't have to wait that long to try Joomla 3.3 & get your hands dirty ! The first Beta will be available on April 1st ( April Fools day i know but it is actually true !) 

Do More with Joomla 3.3 !

If you cant wait & want to see what it offers right away, then you might as well help the community test this release & make it the most stable Joomla release ever !  Testing features & patches has been made super easy by the Patcher extension & you don't need to be a coder by far to help with testing. Testing, one thing it gives you a sneak peek into whats coming & at the same time helps the project ! Read this Blog to help test Joomla 3.3 . So Go ahead & help Do More testing !

Joomla 3.3 is All about Doing More !

Joomla 3.3 continues the tradition set by the Joomla 3X series of getting great backward compatible releases out with awesome new features that are rock stable. One of the great things about this releases is that a lot of these features were built as part of Google Summer of Code in 2013 ! Yay for the Community & three Cheers for the participating students !

So What are all these cool features in Joomla 3.3 ? 

 

Microdata Library & implementation in the CMS

The history of micro data goes back a few years when major search engines including arch rivals - Google & Bing agreed to collaborate on a data format for handling semantic data on the web. As the content on the web grows by leaps & bounds, it gets harder to provide context to data. Microdata & semantics aims at letting you create webpages having semantic data in a structured format making it easy to provide context.  To make it simple , when you say "Ratatouille" are you talking about the dish or the movie ? Microdata lets you tell that to search engines. Cool eh ? The current Joomla implementation of microdata follows the syntax given by http://schema.org/ 

This should quieten the critics who said Joomla's out of the box SEO sucked. The 3X series has added awesome SEO capabilities to Joomla & gone the extra mile with microdata ! 

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Bye bye MooTools, Welcome jQuery

This has been a major debate on various Joomla forums & has been a pain for a while now. Joomla has been supporting Mootools in the core for a while now. However JQuery is much more popular with developers & it was common to see Mootools & JQuery conflicts on various levels on major sites. Resolving these was a major issue for developers. With Joomla natively supporting JQuery now, hopefully we will soon see all developers stop loading multiple copies of JS libraries & produce a cleaner & swifter Joomla !

Joomla is on Cloud 9 with Cloud Storage APIs

Joomla i think is easily the first CMS to provide Cloud storage capabilities out of the box for extension developers. Now for version 3.3 at least it doesn't look like the CMS itself will have a core plugin that will utilize the cloud APIs for any media or asset storage from the CMS. However the APIs will be available for developers to use in their own extensions. Hopefully future versions will see a native plugin in the CMS for this. 

Improved Front end Editing !

Till Joomla 3.2 you were redirected to the backend to edit Modules. Joomla 3.3 brings it all to the frontend. Its now super easy to edit stuff on the frontend , saves a ton of time and mainly makes it so much more intuitive ! 

Taking Security to the next level

Joomla has taken center stage in being the market leader in pushing web application security to new levels. It was the first CMS to introduce 2 factor authentication for instance. In Joomla 3.3, we will see introduction of improved password hashing with Bcrytpt as well as an improved remember me functionality. 

What Else ? 

Well as you guessed, it doesn't stop there ! Designers are sure to love the new JLayouts improvements putting more power in their hands. Improved Router performance & tons of Bug fixes are sure to make this the Best & most stable Joomla release ever ! 

Jump on & Start the conversation ! 

What do you think of this Joomla release  ? Whats the feature you love the most ? Where does this put the Joomla product in comparison with the other major CMS Products out there ?

Thanks to the Joomlart guys for the awesome Promo image !  

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Let's Collaborate
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 14:37

Joomla as we all know was derived from the Swahili word which means 'All together' . Being part of the Joomla community, its natural that extension developers come together & collaborate to build tight integrations between their products. Supporting each other's extension in a value add for both - the extension developers as well as customers who will get more tightly integrated products reducing the efforts on their end.

 Techjoomla

In order to accelerate integration of our products with other extension developers, we are doing a concentrated effort to reach out to other popular extension developers to come together & do integrations with our products. We are looking at setting aside some development time every 2 months where we will have a 'Featured Partner' promotion & we will work with the partner to tightly integrate our extensions together. We hope to integrate in this way with 4-6 new partners this year. 

How Do Partner, What to Integrate & How ? 

All our extensions have extensive developer APIs & plugin hooks which means integrating need not be a lot of work at all ! Integrations could also be as easy as writing a plugin for your own extension for J!MailAlerts for digest emails or doing a promotion plugin for SocialAds which allows users to quickly create ads for your extension. Our Broadcast extension also supports a 'Add to Stream' API that any extension can call in order to schedule a push to Social Networks. These are just a few examples ! Contact us & lets work together to extend our horizons !

How can template developers Integrate ? 

We have several extensions that could do with some UI love. Several of our extensions like Quick2Cart, JTicketing, JGive can be integrated tightly in templates focussed on ECommerce, Events & Non Profits respectively. 

We also have several extensions that do emails like Invitex, J!MailAlerts, Email Beautifier. We are looking to partner with template clubs who can package email templates with their own templates supporting our extensions. 

Interested ? 

If you are interested, do drop us an email on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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Our Experiments with Agile & Status of current sprints for SocialAds & JTicketing
Monday, 17 March 2014 13:55

If you have been following our blogs, you'll know that we are experimenting with use of Agile for our Product development process & as a test are having two scrum teams each working on a release of SocialAds & JTicketing.  So far the progress has been great & we have learnt a lot of things along the way.

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Many of you have been participating in the feedback & testing process as well ! Thanks a lot for that. Early feedback on the Alpha's is helping us close the gap between expectations & actual development. 

Where we Are

The agile teams on each product have worked for approximately 3 sprints on each of these releases so far. At this point the alphas contain 80% of the features you can expect in the final release. The current sprints will focus on code re factoring , UI improvements & bug fixes besides getting the feature set complete.

The Agile effect

We have found that in agile mode we have been much more efficient and detail oriented and the same is already reflecting in the products. Special emphasis is being given on taking the UI/UX of our extensions to the next level. We have had a dedicated QA on each team for the last 2 sprints and that's making an impact.

We hope to bring you two of the most stable & beautiful releases ever from Techjoomla when we get to the stable versions !

What to expect from the Alpha releases ?

As promised , we are pleased to announce the availability of two alphas this week for the community to test. Well as in the name, they are still Alpha releases. So please only use them on test sites. The Current Alphas are more or less feature complete. Our focus is now on Stability & better UI & UX along with bug fixes. 

So Join us in making these releases awesome !

Read the Blog about the SocialAds 3.0 Alpha 2 Release

Read the Blog about the JTicketing 1.5 Alpha 1 Release

 

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