Far and wide across this great nation, Joomla! users have been waiting. Waiting for their voice to be heard. Waiting for their vote to count. On October 16th at the footsteps of Washington DC, the wait will be over. We will finally be hearing from the President himself... Mr. Ryan Ozimek, President of Open Source Matters!
For many months now, NoVA Joomla has quietly lobbied from inside the Beltway to build a collation of representatives from across the nation. Delegates are traveling from the District of Columbia, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, Virginia, Nebraska, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas; we're even expecting visitors from England and Greece! Will you be represented? Only if you attend! Come with us and wave the Red, Green, and Blue! (and orangey-yellow too!)
This week JoomStew takes a break between series to tweak and fine-tune our next lineup of shows. What's cooking in September? Extensions and lots of 'em! We'll be covering CCK's (Content Construction Kits), community extensions, and much more, returning on Wednesday, September 1, so come and get it!
Please Mr. Postman
We invite you to use this interlude as an occasion to comment (below), sharing your ideas and reactions. How often does someone ask you what you really think? Please submit your topic ideas to help make JoomStew more interactive. You may also use the contact form. Who knows? Really interesting submissions just might make it into the stew…
Thanks so much for all the support you've shown us, and we look forward to seeing you all again next week!
Look for the new JoomStew Podcast section right here on the site! We will be uploading all of our podcast episodes before Wednesday so you can subscrbe with iTunes, listen here on the site, or download an MP3 to go!
After our inspiring lineup of JoomStew radio guests last week discussing J!UX 1.7 and admin templates, we continue our four part series on templates with this week's topic, Design Trends. Join us with guests Anthony Olsen of JoomlaBamboo, Jonathan Lackey of Zuno Studios, and USAFreelancer's own Matt Lipscomb. Freelancers and developers alike are sure to find it informative and visionary!
JoomStew goes takeout
This week for the first time JoomStew Radio will be pre-recorded, and made available for download at our normal show time, Wednesday August 4. The program format will include the same ingredients as usual: news, our panel of guests, contributor of the week, bad boy of the week, and how to get involved. The same JoomStew you know and love, served up in a sesame seed podcast!
An Urgent Call to Community Action
For everyone who has read the latest Joomla! Developer Working Group notes, there is one thing which instantly became apparent: Joomla! is like a patient on life support.
Let me explain this as best as I can. The last major release of Joomla! was 1.5, made over two years ago. The code base is starting to show its age. There is an immediate need for a new release if Joomla! is not to lose anymore traction. However, there is a shortage of developers who work on the Joomla! 1.6 code base, in order to bring it out of the door any time soon.
How does this affect us? We are all professionals working with Joomla!, building Joomla! sites, developing Joomla! extensions, providing Joomla! training and support or creating Joomla! templates. Like it or not, our core business revolves around the CMS. Bluntly put, if Joomla! becomes irrelevant in the global web market, we become obsolete. Having Joomla! around for a long time to come is in our best interest. Even more, it is absolutely essential to our very existence.
Looks like Joomla! has really improved their approval process response time for Domain Name Use. We submitted the request on Thursday and received our approval back on Monday! Way to go Joomla! Trademark Team!