Parth's Blogs @Techjoomla

On paper, Parth does the Sales & is the CEO of Techjoomla so to speak.. But he loves getting his hands dirty with code, innovating & helping the team come up with new stuff !

Working in Joomla since the times when it was called Mambo, Parth is passionate about everything opensource. A Mechanical Engineer by profession, Parth was working with content management systems like PHP nuke while doing some voluntary work for non profits when he stumbled upon Joomla & was completely hooked 

Parth has been involved in the Joomla project as part of the Joomla Bug Squad, was a mentor for Joomla at Google Summer of code & plays a key role in managing Joomla User Group Pune & organising Joomla Day India. Currently, he is serving on the Joomla Marketing working group leadership as the Strategic Marketing Manager. 

When not in the office, you will find Parth in the mountains hiking or cycling, reading a book , cooking or gardening ..

Tekdi Enters its Teens !

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Teens is that time between being a child and an adult when you start experiencing freedom & start liking the taste of it. It's that time when you slowly start taking the controls of your life into your own hands. It is like the first time you drive a car on a learner’s license with an adult riding shotgun. It's that time when your parents slowly start transitioning to being ‘guardians’ and helping you take control.

Depending on the nature of the business and the experience of its leaders, companies will most likely go through similar phases. When the company is just getting started, it needs careful nurturing & constant care from its leaders.

As it grows more people are added to the team, a culture starts to form and systems are put in place to allow the company to function in some areas ‘on its own’. This independence will free its leadership to start nurturing various aspects of the company to help it grow bigger and better in its areas of focus. It is a time to dream, experiment and go after aspirations with a passion and hunger. It is a time to explore, a time to build on the experience and guidance and grow.

As Tekdi turns 13, it is a time for us to reflect and a time to look forward.

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13 years ago a CMS was Born. Today it powers an entire industry. Happy Birthday Joomla !

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13 years ago on this day, the core Mambo development team in a letter to the community announced its intention to fork away from the Mambo project. This letter was the seed that led to Joomla becoming a reality. However the name Joomla was not announced till the 1st of September 2005 . It was a time of change. Head to these early posts on the Jooml...
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Joomla! is participating in the SEO contest Siebtlingsgeburt 2017 !

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When it comes to CMS comparisons between the popular content management systems, 'Out of the box SEO Capabilities' are always a very important factor. Now for those who have used Joomla! know that Joomla's SEO capabilities have steadily improved over the years and the new router in Joomla 3.8 takes it up several levels.  To prove Joomla's mettle in...
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iSpring SCORM officially supported in Shika !

Shika now supports ISpring SCORM content
We are happy to announce that Shika now has official support for iSpring SCORM content. Shika developers and technical experts at iSpring recently conducted compatibility tests to ensure that iSpring content works well with Shika . Authoring good quality SCORM content can be a long and exhausting process. iSpring makes this a breeze ! With iSpring’...
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Shika 1.1.9 is out with hierarchy based assignments

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We are happy to announce the release of Shika 1.1.9 which is a feature and maintenance release. We have consciously made a decision to do releases in the 1.1x series that move away from the ideal principle of semantic versioning in order to fill feature gaps in the 1.1x series before embarking on the next true major release which will be 1.2. So expect to see more feature releases in the 1.1x branch that make the extension more solid and enterprise ready. 

This release introduces a new feature that has been a horizontal extension for Techjoomla but wasn't released as yet - com_hierarchy. This lets you set context specific hierarchy relations between users. The utilisation for this is mainly to set training managers for users. These 'Managers' shall be able to assign & enrol courses to users under them from the frontend with the new Assignment workflow that is also released in this version. This is also a dependency to our migration to TJ reports which will allow for features like Teacher reports and Manager reports in v1.1.10. 

Besides this major feature, we have also introduced a configuration for Certificate orientation & introduced a spent time column in the attempts view on the frontend. 

Read on for the full change log

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Shika 1.1.7 is here

Shika 1.1.7 is here

We are happy to bring you Shika 1.1.7 with some usability enhancements, improvements in permission handling & some bug fixes. We now auto create the first module when you create a new course. There are now finer grained permissions for intra course operations - in this case Manage training material.We recommend you upgrade as soon as possible ! 

You can read on for the complete change log

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JTicketing 1.9 is here with better URL routing and more !

JTicketing 1.9 is here with better URL routing and more !
While our team works on the big and beautiful JTicketing 2.0, we bring you an interim update in version 1.9 with PHP 7.1 compatibility, a better URL router as well as improvements in field based advanced filtering with TJ Fields integration. Besides this we have fixed quite a few bug fixes and added a default Zoom value for the Google Map display o...
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Roadmap for Shika 1.2

Roadmap for Shika 1.2

The latest major release for Shika, our Learning management system (LMS) for Joomla -  version 1.1 introduced 20+ new features and a host of bug fixes and improvements. While we continue to improve on the 1.1x release with minor release, development on the next major release has already started !

Read on to see what you can expect in the next major release - version 1.2. 

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Joomla World Conference is going to Vancouver! Are you ?

Joomla World Conference is going to Vancouver! Are you ?
Over the years, 2 conferences have become the mecca for Joomla users worldwide. The J&Beyond Conference that happens around the middle of the year in Europe and the Joomla World conference which happens in November and since the last 2 years has been travelling the world with the latest editions being held in India last year. This year the Worl...
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Shika 1.0.8 released

Shika 1.0.8 released

Shika 1.0.8 has been released with some critical bug fixes. We encourage updating as soon as possible. While the team gears up for the next Alpha release of 1.1 and move steadily towards a feature rich stable release, we are continuing to do minor releases of the 1.0 branch and ensure you get a rock stable version of Shilka. 

If you are not using the most ground breaking LMS in the Joomla space yet, get onboard now ! 

For the complete changelog, read on. 

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Shika 1.0.7 released

Shika 1.0.7 released

We are happy to announce the release of Shika 1.0.7. This is a maintenance release and fixes some bugs in the previous version. 

We suggest upgrading to the latest release. The release is available in the downloads area. Click on read more for the full changelog. 

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Shika 1.0.6 released

Shika 1.0.6 released

We are happy to announce the release of Shika 1.0.6. This is a maintenance release and fixes some bugs in the previous versions. We have also solved the package size issue in v1.0.5.

We suggest upgrading to the latest release. The release is available in the downloads area. Click on read more for the full changelog. 

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Lets vote for Joomla at the CMS Critic Awards!

Lets vote for Joomla at the CMS Critic Awards!
Its that time of the year again when you vote for your favorite CMS at the CMS Critic Awards! A regular at the Awards Joomla has made it once again and has been nominated under the "Best Free CMS" category. Lets show our love and make Joomla a winner again this year! Head over to the Awards Page  and cast your vote today!  Vote Now ! Image Credits ...
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Shika 1.0.5 Released

Shika 1.0.5 Released

We are happy to announce the release of a new version of Shika. As announced earlier, we are following a parallel release strategy allowing us to keep working on new features that a lot of users are asking for while maintaining a stable branch with regular updates & faster updates. 

In this release of the 1.0.X branch we bring you new set of bug fixes. Subscribers are encouraged to update immediately. Please read on to for the complete change log. 

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Shika 1.0.4 released

Shika 1.0.4 released

We are glad to announce the release of Shika 1.0.4. In this release we have fixed over 40 bugs in the maintenance branch. We have also introduced quite a few usability improvements. We have introduced a Ajax based export for CSV to allow exporting large volumes of data. Currently only supported in the attempt report, in future versions the same will be made available for all exports. 

Current subscribers can download the new release immediately. 

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