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How to create widgets for your Shika user dashboard?

How to create widgets for your Shika user dashboard?

In the process of making Shika's user dashboard more user friendly we have made some major changes by adding new widgets to the dashboard. With this you can now build your own widgets and give your users the freedom to choose which widgets he/ she wants to be shown on the dashboard.

We have created a new table #__tjlms_dashboard which contains all the widgets per users. If the users has not set any widgets to be shown or is using the default dashboard, basic dashboard plugins will be shown.

For Shika 1.0, user will not be able to select the widget and hence only the basic widget will be shown. This feature will be implemented in version 1.1.

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JBolo v3.3 Development Update!

JBolo v3.3 Development Update!

Hey all,

A lot of JBolo users asked for a Skype like one page view form where users can access all chat conversations. So here we are with an update regarding JBolo development.

Here is a snapshot of how one page chat-conversations view will look like in JBolo v3.3.

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Update - Canva. Coming soon to a Joomla near you !

Update - Canva. Coming soon to a Joomla near you !

When I saw & used Canva the first time, it was love at first sight !  With its drop dead good looks, super intuitive drag & drop & ability to use free as well as super cheap paid graphic elements including stock photos to create classy graphics, it was extremely powerful. 

To put it simply, Canva had me hooked

Believe me. I am no good at design. I mean i can appreciate good design & give inputs as to what might look good. But hey .. I am no designer. But my job does needs me to come up with graphics all the time. From blog images to newsletter headers & what not. If you can relate with that & don't want to avoid troubling your designer with every other request, then Canva is the tool you want ! 

The first thing that stuck me when I saw Canva was SocialAds. Wouldn't it be awesome to have a 'Banner Ad Designer' powered by canva to design images for Ads in SocialAds ? So i contacted Canva on twitter & they got back immediately with API access. During our discussions with Canva, we realised that Joomla in general as well as extensions like EasyBlog could benefit from a Canva integration. So thats what we decided to do first ! 

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Shika - an awesome new LMS extension for Joomla enters Labs

Shika - an awesome new LMS extension for Joomla enters Labs

Shika in Marathi means 'to learn'. Like with many ideas, this idea started out of frustration of the lack of good LMS systems for Joomla. Sure there are a few but we saw a dire need of something different with a fresh approach.

Shika is a Learning Management System (LMS) for Joomla. Its been in development now for more than a year & is in production use at some of our clients. We are now beginning the process to generalize the development as a plug & play product for Joomla based eLearning.

I know I am blogging pretty late ! Frankly just didn't get the time to do it till now :) 

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Leveraging SocialAds Matching Logic to build better Search for Joomla

While working with SocialAds, we have been working with some really innovative & scalable matching algorithms in order to deliver the best matching advertisements to users based on lots and lots of different variables. Our Current matching logic includes algorithms for Contextual Matching, Geolocation based matching, Profile field matching as well as a scalable plugin interface to add more matching algorithms. 

These matching systems make for a great base for Building a scalable Advanced Search/ Parametric search system for Joomla. Some parts of this system are already developed & in action on some of our client sites using K2. We have also been able to scale the system to support native Joomla content in another case. Currently we are working on bundling these systems together to make a Search platform that can scale, support multiple extensions & also tie in to systems like SOLR.

To give a rough idea, it will allow admins to Define Indexers for various components & decide which fields should be included in the Parametric Index. This part is very similar to the configure targeting part in SocialAds. On the frontend, depending on what extension or more broadly content type you want to seach, advanced search forms will be displayed. A plugin architechture will allow adding support for any extension.. 

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