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The Right way to fetch media in JomSocial - Developer Blog

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While doing some R & D work while working on J!MailAlert plugins, we realized that majority of extensions were not using the right way. This resulted in broken image links, especially when using Amazon S3. So here's some easy to use code snippets to fetch JomSocial Photo thumbnails, Video thumbnails, Group Avatar thumbnails etc..This is missing...
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Performance Tips: Indexing your Joomla tables

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Once in a while, all of us come across a site that still feels a bit laggy even after doing all the caching & gzipping. Adding appropriate indexes to Joomla's tables can improve query times, effectively decreasing page load times. Depending on your table structure and the amount of data, indexing could mean massive to a slight performance impro...
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How to access Joomla plugin parameters anywhere inside Joomla code?

How to access Joomla plugin parameters anywhere inside Joomla code?
When developing a new Joomla extension or making changes to existing extension, you might need to access plugin parameters of a Joomla plugin outside the plugin code. There can be cases where you want to access plugin parameters in some Joomla module or component. Now the question is - How to get plugin parameters outside the plugin code? Here is a...
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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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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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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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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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Add automatic updates to your extensions with Akeeba Release System (ARS) & Native Joomla updates

Add automatic updates to your extensions with Akeeba Release System (ARS) & Native Joomla updates
Joomla has introduced an awesome update mechanism since Joomla 2.5 and with Joomla 3.0 it has become extremely stable & easy to use. This not only lets you update your Joomla installation with one click, but also makes a method available for extension developers to let you update extensions easily.  If you are a Joomla extension developer &...
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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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Adding a parameter to Joomla component's menu item is as easy as pie!

Adding a parameter to Joomla component's menu item is as easy as pie!
Hey Guys, In this blog we are going to see how to add a parameter to a Joomla component's menu item. This parameter can be used while referring view level in Joomla 2.5.x or 3.x.Following are the steps to achieve this. Step 1: You have to specify parameter / option in your_layout.xml file in your component.Lets say, you have to add “pageLimit” para...
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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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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 f...
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Searching zoo items with field values

Searching zoo items with field values
Note: This Blog is targeted to developers! As Joomla developers, you might have come across an issue wherein you need zoo items which have specific value under specific field? Let's say you have a site where there are some discount offers on some books under different categories. For such books to show up under offers module, you need to have one z...
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Some useful custom validators for Client-side form validation in Joomla!

Some useful custom validators for Client-side form validation in Joomla!
Note: This blog is targeted for Joomla! Developers Doing validation on client side, before form is submitted to server is always recommended. If you have developed a Joomla! extension you might have used some of the validators that Joomla! provides, which are listed below. Joomla! provides these basic form validators which you can use in your Jooml...
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