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More news about Joomla 1.6 Alpha and download link

joomla-logoFinally, Joomla 1.6 Alpha is ready for download. As I have previously mentioned, this is NOT software to be used on a live site.

Please download and install this on a test site only, and play around with it. The developers need your feedback and bug reports.

As Rob Schley says (see full quote below):

It is important to understand that this is a technology preview, not a final product. There are many issues, rough corners, dripping faucets, and outright broken pipes. We know this and you should too. Many features are still broken or extremely buggy so don’t panic if something doesn’t work as you might expect it to. As I said before, there is still much to be done.

Highlights:

  • ACL
    • Create new user groups, assign users to groups, assign groups to access levels, and assign content viewing permissions to access levels
  • Nested categories
  • MooTools 1.2
  • Refactored com_content, com_users, and com_weblinks to make them easier to maintain, customize, and extend
  • New menu manager and menu system
  • Reduced package size (around 30% reduction)
    • Trimmed legacy code and media
  • More efficient JavaScript code
  • Performance improvements to the menu and plugin systems
  • Change Admin user name during install
  • Many more improvements
Some things are not there yet, like XML-RPC in the core.

I think the core team has done a great job with Joomla 1.6 so far - this will bring the Joomla platform a great step forward!

Download Joomla 1.6 Alpha here

This is what Rob Schley of the Joomla team writes about the latest developments (on this page):

There’s been a lot of activity over the last few week on Joomla 1.6 and I’m pleased to say that we’ve made a lot of progress in that time but there is still much to be done. We’ve made significant progress on the ACL system, nested categories, and countless other improvements.

The new ACL system is well on its way. You can now create new user groups, assign users to groups, assign groups to access levels, and assign content viewing permissions to access levels. We are still working out the details of the user interface and business logic for the advanced access permissions. The upgrade to MooTools 1.2 is complete and we’ve begun cleaning up core JavaScript code to make it more compact and efficient. The menu system and menu manager have been completely rewritten and now feature a number of major improvements that should make them more powerful, efficient, and easier to customize.

We’ve refactored a number of other components including com_content, com_users, and com_weblinks to make them easier to maintain, customize, and extend. We’ve trimmed a lot of legacy code and media from the core which reduced the package size by about 30% or so. We’ve also made a number of performance improvements to the plugin system and the menu system that should create a visible improvement on larger websites.

So, in light of all of that, we’ve put together an alpha build to give people an opportunity to see what we’ve been working on and have a peek at what’s coming in 1.6. It is important to understand that this is a technology preview, not a final product. There are many issues, rough corners, dripping faucets, and outright broken pipes. We know this and you should too. Many features are still broken or extremely buggy so don’t panic if something doesn’t work as you might expect it to. As I said before, there is still much to be done.

You can download a copy of the alpha at http://joomlacode.org/gf/project/joomla/frs/?action=FrsReleaseBrowse&frs_package_id=3585

Lastly, I’d like to thank Hannes, Gergo, Ercan, Louis, Andrew, and Sam for all of their hard work.

Enjoy, Rob Schley

Read 4400 times Originally published on Tuesday, 23 June 2009 08:29
Last modified on Saturday, 31 October 2009 11:26
 
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