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TJ UCM - Yet another Joomla Universal Content Manager

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Joomla has tried to create a content manager / CCK for several years now. Though the project has been inactive, there are a few database tables that Joomla still uses, mainly for storing content history. Although the original UCM in its spirit isn’t part of Joomla, similar functionality has been introduced by article fields. 

So, with com_content already there what purpose does a new UCM extension serve you'll ask? A UCM gives the flexibility of defining multiple "types" of content. This is very useful so you could create types like Films, Actors, Banners all on the same site. Each type has its own fields, and a list of records from each type can be fetched. You could even relate these items together to build an IMDb clone!

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The right way to build a Joomla site - Part I

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I recently happened to have a client approach us to build a mobile app. What should have been a fairly quick job turned out into a mid sized development project. The reason ? They had created almost half a dozen custom components where articles could have served the purpose.

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TJ Queue - A message queue for Joomla

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As we go on in our pursuit to use Joomla in never-seen-before use cases a few interesting problems came forth.

  • A web-hooks implementation: Similar to how plugins can declare triggers they want to listen to, webhooks allow external applications to register URLs that can receive a JSON payload when an action happens in an application. Since there could be multiple webhooks, each webhook call is queued as a message and happens asynchronously.
  • In Shika: Recalculating user progress in the background. When a new lesson is added to a course, Shika recalculates each enrolled user’s progress to take into account the newly added lesson. When there are a lot of lessons and a large number of users enrolled in the course, this recalculation cannot happen in real time. In this case, a recalculation job does this in the background once the lesson is saved.
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Some JavaScript code snippets in Joomla worth keeping in your stash

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In this blog, I will be explaining some JavaScript snippets which are very useful while developing extensions in Joomla. Let’s start one by one.

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Building Chatbots with Joomla

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Chatbots are a great new way to engage with clients. A chatbot allows for a more "conversational" style of interaction as opposed to the traditional "transactional" way of interacting with web applications. A well-designed conversation experience can keep users hooked and increase the time spent with your applications. In this blog, we write about how we used FlowXO to create a quizzing bot for Shika

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Hierarchy Management is here!

Hierarchy Management is here!

For the past couple of months, we have released couple of blogs on some of our infrastructure extensions like TJ vendor and TJ notifications and we thank you for the feedback. We are happy to introduce yet another infrastructure extension-Hierarchy Management.

Hierarchy Management is an horizontal(Infrastructure) extension for Joomla that allows setting up general or context specific hierarchical relations between users which can be further be used by other extensions for a variety of purposes like allowing special access control, reports generation and so on. Hierarchy is currently supported out of the box by TJ Reports for manager reporting and JLike for assignments. Read on for the features.

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TJ Reports-Universal reporting engine for Joomla is here!

TJ Reports-Universal reporting engine for Joomla is here!

We are super excited to introduce TJ Reports - our Infrastructure extension that allows developers to easily develop reporting plugins and get extensive reporting capabilities in their extensions. Features include extension specific and multi extension reports, Report default configuration, Report customisation and CSV exports to name a few.

Let’s look at the features it offers in detail as well as how the integration with extensions works. Continue reading for the feature list.

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TJ Notifications is here!

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Over the years we have received numerous requests to create a 'real manager’ or a way to edit system email notifications. We decided to go one step further. Enter TJ Notifications, our next 'horizontal’ or 'infrastructure’ extension.

This extension will eventually allow all our products and any other products who integrate it to centrally manage all notifications in your Joomla site. While we will start with emails, eventually we shall be adding support for SMS/Text notifications, Web Push (browser notifications) as well as native site notifications.

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TJ Vendor - The infrastructure extension for unified vendor management & payouts

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You might have wondered at our blogs being a little silent. Well a lot has been happening behind the scenes. In the past several months our teams have been working on a host of ‘Infrastructure’ extensions that will add immense value and decrease development time for our extensions as well as custom projects.  

Infrastructure extensions are like Joomla’s core com_categories. Other extensions can use it without having to recreate the wheel. The below diagram should give you just a little bit of an idea as to what all is coming !

 

In this blog we shall be talking about one such extension - TJ Vendor. Techjoomla today already has several extensions like Quick2Cart, JGive, JTicketing that support a multi vendor mode. Soon Shika will have the same functionality. The core of the multi vendor system that supports Vendor Management, Fees management, Payouts to name a few have been abstracted into a reusable extension.

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Using custom field of jform create textcounter

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Joomla already has powerful form management libraries - jform, supported by jfield. There is plenty of built-in field types (text, textarea, integer, file, calendar and several more). However, once in a while you come across a special field that is not present. Or maybe extending the existing field types to add more features. These are perfect cand...
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Using sub-forms to create repeatable fields

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Forms are everywhere on the web. From a simple sign up form to complicated application forms you’ve seen various forms with varying validation and fields. A very popular way to ask users to input multiple values for similar data is to use the “Add More” type field where the user can add any number of entries. Examples are Educational Qualification,...
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How to make a URL SEF when triggered from Joomla backend?

How to make a URL SEF when triggered from Joomla backend?
Any Joomla developer worth his salt knows to use JRoute::_() to ensure he produces SEF URLs. This is an important SEO thing! However, if you’re writing code that does things from the Joomla Admin, the URLs turn out to be non-SEF. No I’m not talking about the URLs of the Joomla Admin itself. For Instance, Shika sends a notification email with a link...
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Send Joomla email via Amazon SES

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Reliable email delivery is key in web applications, you don't want your customers to miss that order confirmation email or skip that very important Social Network notification. When using a service like Amazon SES, that additionally helps you improve your email sending quota if your web host gives you a rather small quota. It's fairly easy to get u...
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Supporting custom module positions in your Joomla extension

Supporting custom module positions in your Joomla extension
Note: This Blog is targeted to developers! Sometimes the module positions that come with your template are just not enough, or if you’re a developer you might want to allow your users to load modules inside various parts of your component. A good example is if you want to publish Ads coming from SocialAds on your EasySocial stream without changing ...
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A developer's guide to Use Dates in the right way in Joomla!

A developer's guide to Use Dates in the right way in Joomla!
When you are handling date and time, its likely that a developer might get confused on what is the right way to handle multiple timezones. Let’s make this Crystal Clear! As you can see in the Image below, the date selected is 2015-08-26 05:30:00 , This is the user’s timezone date and time. If we save the same date in our database it would mismatch ...
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