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How to access Module parameters anywhere inside Joomla code?

How to access Module parameters anywhere inside Joomla code?
In Joomla, Module configurations are stored as Module parameters. Typically you only need to use parameters in the module itself. However, sometimes you might need to access them from other places like your component or a plugin. And this can get especially tricky when you have multiple copies of the module.  A live case example for this is So...
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How to provide live updates for extensions in Joomla?

How to provide live updates for extensions in Joomla?

As a Joomla extension provider, we are always rolling out updates for our extensions. Whether they are minor bug fixes or major feature releases, its always recommended that customers stay up-to-date so that they get the best of features, bug fixes as well as security fixes.

Normally the only way to notify them would be via Blogs and Newsletters. However this needs the customer to do the process of updation manually. 

With Joomla however, there is a much easier and smarter way of doing this using the Updates system. This is already baked into the core of Joomla and can be used by any Joomla extension. There is a core way to achieve both notifications and automatic updates which you can read about here. It works pretty well for free extensions but needs you to manually maintain the updates manifest. We have updated the blog with some inputs from weebler to also demonstrate how you can do this with core Joomla. 

The Akeeba Release System from the awesome Akeeba team however can give this system a major shot in the arm by completely automating Manifest generation and maintenance and also support updates for commercial extensions

Here’s a quick tutorial on how you can use ARS to automate extension update notifications and live updates in your extensions.

In fact since Joomla 3x has become the standard, your end users might be completely missing your updates if you are not using the Joomla 3x notification system and rely on your own ‘In extension notifications’ Read more about this in our earlier blog.

Note: This Blog is purely targeted to developers!

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Extend your Zoo's functionality using some awesome applications!

Extend your Zoo's functionality using some awesome applications!
Joomla - CMS AS we already know Joomla is one of the most widely used content management system. We can easily manage the content of the site using Joomla's Article manager, ACL etc features. Content management extensions Third party extensions makes Joomla even more powerful. There are many widely used extensions like K2, Zoo, etc. These makes the...
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Joomla Extension Devs ! Not using Joomla Update can cost you and your users !

Joomla Extension Devs ! Not using Joomla Update can cost you and your users !
 Not using the native Joomla Update mechanism could be a Major security issue as newer Joomla users are seen to be relying more and more on the active method to keep track of updates. Not having the latest version of extensions can be a major security issue as users might keep using old insecure versions without knowing that a new update has b...
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Passing filter values via the url to Joomla Admin List Views

Passing filter values via the url to Joomla Admin List Views
We have already seen how you can introduce filters to list views in the Joomla admin & collate them under the Search tools menu previously in our Blog  last year.  The Search tools filters are extremely useful to admins especially if your extension manages a lot of data. As a usability feature, Joomla retains the s...
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How to access Joomla menu parameters anywhere inside Joomla code?

How to access Joomla menu parameters anywhere inside Joomla code?
  Screenshot shows menu item parameters for Joomla - Content - Featured Articles Menu   Here are two code snippets inside Joomla that lets you access menu parameters anywhere inside Joomla!   1. To access Current Menu parameters $app = JFactory::getApplication();// Get active menu$currentMenuItem = $app->getMenu()->getActi...
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Make the Joomla Modal Popup Responsive

Make the Joomla Modal Popup Responsive
Today, its critical that your site is mobile friendly. More and more people are accessing the web via their mobile devices. The Joomla native Joomla modal popup is not responsive by default. Here’s how you can make it responsive.  The Code to make it happen ! 1. Import following library at the start of the page. Please make sure you embed this...
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Adding validation in Joomla for post_max_size and memory_limit

Adding validation in Joomla for post_max_size and memory_limit
Hey Guys, In this blog we will see how to handle validation for ‘post_max_size’ and 'memory_limit' in Joomla for file uploads. Sometimes when dealing with file uploads in Joomla or in any PHP frameworks, form post size can exceed the max allowed ‘post_max_size’ (set in php.ini in your server configuration). If the size of post data exceeds post_max...
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Our experiments with quality

Our experiments with quality

Last year was quite fruitful for us in terms of setting up several systems and processes to make sure our releases are more sharp and our code is much better. After several great suggestions and some oops! moments, we decided to pull up our socks and kicked off the slow but disciplined process of code review and infusing good quality into our products and projects. These are experiments and we are of course measuring what works best and will continue to tweak our quality process to further strengthen it

We've taken some great steps and implemented several automated checks which will reject bad code. We also thought of sharing them with everyone so everyone can benefit. Here's a list of things that are already implemented or are in the process of being implemented

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Jomsocial gets DISQUS'ed

Jomsocial gets DISQUS'ed
In a recent project we had to implement a uniform commenting system across the site, Jomsocial included. Now obviously, Jomsocial comes with it’s own commenting system, and to make matters worse, there were already thousands of comments already present that needed to be migrated to the new platform. We suggested the use of Disqus, which is a cloud ...
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Techjoomla and Bootstrap 3

Techjoomla and Bootstrap 3
The Bootstrap 2.3 vs Bootstrap 3 Problem As of now Joomla uses Bootstrap 2.3 as the officially supported library. However template developers have started adopting Bootstrap 3 in their frameworks & templates. Originally it was hoped that Bootstrap would help get a unified user interface for Joomla. Currently Joomla extension developers are...
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