Here are some interesting Joomla blog posts I found during week 20, 2013:
- New team forming to improve understanding of our users
- App Store study group forming
- LOGman 1.0 RC4 released
- JCal Pro 184.108.40.20656 Released
- Safe Travels on your journey to J and Beyond
- Joomla Tags and the Joomla Calendar
New team forming to improve understanding of our users
Written by Paul Orwig
One of Joomla’s 2013 overall project goals is to improve our understanding of our users. This overall project goal supports our three year vision statement which is to improve adoption of the CMS and Framework. The better we understand our users (including what they want and what they don’t want), the better we will be able to know what areas to focus our resources on. And the better we know what areas to focus our resources on, the more effective we can be to improve adoption of the CMS and Framework.
Written by Paul Orwig
One of Joomla’s 2013 overall project goals is to create a Joomla "app store" that will allow users to search for and install extensions directly from the backend administrator interface. This overall project goal supports our three year vision statement which is to improve adoption of the CMS and Framework.
Members of Joomla’s Production Leadership Team (PLT), Community Leadership Team (CLT), Open Source Matters (OSM), and the Joomla Extension Directory (JED) agreed that the initial step for this goal should be to form a small group to study the issues and provide some recommendations for the best way to move forward. Some of those issues include creating a system that will:
Written by Johan Janssens
It’s with great excitement that we officially announce the immediate availability of LOGman 1.0 RC4. This release adds 7 major new features and tons of smaller optimisations and fixes.
A lot of work has been done for ironing bugs and improving the user experience (changelog) as a whole, plus the following exciting new features :
1. Improved Joomla! core extensions support
We have worked very hard in order to provide you with the most complete list of core events that can be logged. LOGman is now capable of logging more than 60+ different user actions!
Written by Ron van Schaik
Today we are proud to announce the immediate availability of JCal Pro® 3.2.6 (build 2856), which is fully compatible with Joomla! 2.5 and 3.1! This is a maintenance release. This release includes fixes for various reported issues and adds several features.
Included are refinements in the responsive Inspired theme and locations layout, and fixes related to language and category filters as well as email tags. Be sure to check our blog for JCal Pro® related blog post exploring some of the advanced features of JCal Pro® 3 so that you will be able to take full advantage of your subscription.
Safe Travels on your journey to J and Beyond
Written by Jessica Dunbar
J and Beyond 2013
J and Beyond is back for the fourth year, and so is Anything Digital as we pack our bags for Joomla at the Beach, 31 May – 2 June 2013 in Noordwijkerhout, Netherlands. As in past J and Beyond conferences, we are thrilled to meet our users, show our products and services, and network with our colleagues.
The J!OSCAR Awards
Open Source Creative and Artistic Recognition awards (J!OSCARs)
Back for the 4th year, the J!OSCARS are a highlight of J and Beyond. Similar to the Academy awards for film, they are given out for excellence in Joomla products, services and design. The nominations are first voted on by the Joomla community. Then JAB attendees vote for the winners once they arrive at the conference from a shortlist prepared by an international panel. To win an J!OSCAR Award is considered one of the greatest honours for Joomla Developers, designers, and community members in general. Previous winners include JCE, ACL Manager, cloudaccess.net, Akeeba Backup, Brian Teeman and Amy Stephen.
Joomla Tags and the Joomla Calendar
Written by Ron van Schaik
In April Joomla 3.1 was released with the Tags feature that many in the Joomla community have been waiting for with great anticipation. At Anything Digital we were excited to see this feature implemented and felt it was important we integrate the Joomla tags core feature into JCal Pro® 3, the Joomla Calendar, immediately.
What are Joomla Tags?
Tags are a simple method of organizing content without the need to provide additional categories. This provides a less formal method of classifying data without changing the inherent structure of the data.
Great, Joomla Tags simple and informal, why do I care?
In Jcal Pro 3 there already is an informal method close to Joomla Tags which is the ability to attach Secondary Categories to events. The Secondary Categories provide a way to organize events within JCal Pro® for navigational purposes. The categories method of organizing the events can be someone more complex, since Calendar Categories function as Primary and Secondary Categories, but serve different functions.