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Creating your own ajax popups and actions in Jomsocial


Everyone using Jomsocial like how they show those nice popup windows when you add friends, send a message or join a group.

In a project where you integrate more features or other extensions into Jomsocial, it's important to use the same look and feel for the popups so that there is a consistent look throughout the site. With Jomsocial's plugin architecture it is possible to add your own popups and actions. We're demonstrating here an example, which allows you to group your friends as Friends/Family/Acquaintances etc

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How to use two layouts from the same view for two submenus

Have you ever came across a situation, when working on a Joomla component- you need two sub-menus to be shown in admin backend which belong to same view and different layouts?
If yes, then you must have noticed that this does not work as expected. 
Here's the solution for the same 
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Automating multiple extension translation management using the Transifex client and a shell script


We've been using Transifex for more than a year now, and quite happy with the way crowdsourcing can help enrich the reach of your extensions. However, updating all the resources for all the extensions was a painful task and something everyone wanted to avoid. The tx-client eases some pain by allowing easy pushes & pulls of source files & translations. However, the tx-client relies on a 'config' file to be updated with all the resource slugs. With so many extensions and also with so many plugin language files getting added regularly, it's a tough task to keep on updating the config file.

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JBolo 3.0 beta 1 is here for Testing & it's free to download!


JBolo Beta 1 with Group Chat is here!  This version brings most awaited group chat feature to current JBolo. This blog will give you a quick overview of what to expect from JBolo 3.0 beta release. There's this & plenty more under the hood including an API based architecture which will allow us to release mobile apps for JBolo in the near future.

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Sneak peek at the upcoming JBolo 3.0 dashboard


Check out new dashboard for upcoming JBolo 3.0 that will be supporting group chat! 

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Zoo - Creating an address field element


Here's a short tutorial on creating a Zoo element that has multiple sub-fields. A good example for the same, which we've also used as a sample is an address field. An address field will typically have different parts such as city, zip, state etc. I assume you have already gone through the zoo documentation on creating a new custom element - http://...

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Developing with Zoo - Programmatically creating "Edit Item" links for Zoo CCK



Zoo - Techjoomla Blog to programativally insert links,

Zoo from the YooTheme guys is a pretty awesome CCK for Joomla with some mind-blowing features. Whats more, they have made it extremely easy to use for the end user. It can be easily scaled to handle all kinds of content management situations that you might encounter.

It's so flexible, in fact.. that we have used it for Variety of applications using Shopping Carts (with Quick2Cart Integration), Online Product Catalogs, Download Managers, Business directories & what not

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Rolling out CSS/JavaScript changes with heavy browser caching


Most of us have been in this scenario. We have spent hours tweaking our Joomla site using numerous tools like Google Page Speed, YSlow and made those adjustments to shelve those important milliseconds from page load times. You've added gzip, Joomla caching and also enabled month long caching via the .htaccess file. The site now works fast. Cool!

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Search.. the way LinkedIn does


I think all of us admire the User Experience improvements all of the social networks are continuously doing. Facebook keeps pushing these tiny things and so does LinkedIn. One thing that LinkedIn has had probably from day 1 is the fantastic search. You can choose what to search - People/Companies/Jobs etc

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Invalid Token Errors in Joomla 1.5.X & 1.6.X


Invalid Tokens- I had been seeing this error on & off on some of the sites we were building both in Joomla 1.5 & 1.6. This error has caused a silent but significant furor on the Forums. Not just at but on the sites of quite a few Template & extension Developers as well. In this Blog, I hope to finally lay the question of why this error occurs to rest.

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Joomla Day Malaysia a big success!


Hey there, Malaysia! We want to take this opportunity to congratulate you on organizing such an amazing Joomla Day! We really enjoyed it there. A special thanks to the Joomla Day Organising team & the folks at JomSocial for their superb hospitality. Meriza, Azrul, Irwan, Fuqaha & the gang - Keep it up, guys! Joomla Day Malaysia 2011 was an ...

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Techjoomla- The Road to Joomla 1.6


Hey All,

All of you have been asking us about where we stand on Joomla 1.6 compatibility so I thought its time we give you an update of the status.

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Syndicated: 5 Fantastic years with Joomla. A nostalgic look back...


Today, on the 1st of September 5 years ago Joomla was unveiled to the world for the first time. It's time for celebrations for the Joomla community worldwide which is one of the most diverse communities in the Open Source world. With the least entry barriers, where anyone can come in & take leadership & make change happen. It is this marvelous community of users, developers, designers, documentation creators, bug reporters & fixers, evangelists & every single person that has touched & been touched by this piece of software.

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How to Copy Zoo Items programmatically


In our last Post in the Zoo series, we looked at deleting records programmatically. Copying zoo item is not as easy as deleting records. You should have all the details including the zoo category of the zoo item which you want to copy. First, you should have all data of a zoo record. We have used the item API which gives zoo item's data & getRelatedCategoryIds which tells the relation of a zoo item to the categories.

Let's get the zoo records data first

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Programatically delete Zoo items


While developing a custom frontend for Authors to manage their own content, we needed to let them delete their own items. The Quick & Dirty way of doing this is by executing some delete queries on zoo related tables. But that's not the right & elegant way to do it.

The right way is to use the Zoo API & do this in 3-4 lines of code against 20-30 lines of the dirty code.

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