Here are some interesting Joomla blog posts I found during week 32:
• JoomlaDay South Africa Cape Town 17-18 Aug 2012
• Joomla.org migrated to Joomla! 2.5
• 2012 goals and budget for the Joomla! project
• Open Source Matters Second Quarter 2012 Goals Update
• Targetting featured items in Zentools
Written by Jacques Rentzke
The beautiful City of Cape Town will again be the venue for JoomlaDay South Africa. The event will take place from the 17-18 August 2012 at the Pavilion Conference Centre in the V&A Waterfront. 2 Days and 2 tracks of sessions where the local Joomla! community, and International guests, can learn from each other.
Community Leadership Team member, Peter Martin will be the keynote speaker, and will open the event with a session on How to contribute to the Joomla community. Kyle Ledbetter will join us via video link-up from the USA to share with us what progress was made with the new Joomla! 3.0 UX.
Written by Sander Potjer
When you visit www.joomla.org you might not notice any differences, but last weekend the website was successfully migrated from Joomla 1.5 to Joomla 2.5. This fall Joomla 1.5 will reach the 'end of life' status and the version will no longer be supported by the Joomla project. So it is important to join us in upgrading your Joomla websites to the latest version this summer!
You can upgrade your Joomla 1.5 website by using one of the available migration extensions in the Joomla Extensions Directory. Migrating the Joomla 1.5 core to version 2.5 is not that hard, it mostly depends on the extensions and template you are using on your website. Check carefully if 2.5 versions are available, if you can migrate the extension during the core migration or if you need to replace the extension.
Written by Thomas Hampton
Continuing with the new elements introduced in last year's planning and budget process, each Joomla! leadership team (Production Leadership Team, Community Leadership Team, and Open Source Matters) has set major goals for 2012. This goal setting effort has the following benefits:
\Allows our project’s budget to be a more effective tool for supporting the project's planned priorities for the upcoming year.
Allows each leadership team to better understand what the other leadership teams are planning to work on, which will improve inter-team collaboration and support.
Allows the community to be aware of goals and priorities for the upcoming year, which will improve transparency and openness and enable increased support and volunteer contributions.
Will make it easier to bring in more sponsorship contributions, due to prospective sponsors having a better understanding about what initiatives their contributions will be supporting.
Written by Paul Orwig
The final part of the 2012 goal setting/budget planning process suggests that each leadership team publish quarterly updates on progress for each of their major goals. Following through on this part of the process is important-it promotes increased openness and transparency, it strengthens accountability and trust between the project's leadership and the community, and it recognizes the volunteer contributors who are the most important resource for our project's continued growth and success.
Here is a summary of progress that was made during the first quarter for Open Source Matters' (OSM) four major 2012 goals, along with the names of key contributors for each of the items. Sincerest thanks go out to everyone who contributed to the progress that was made on these goals during the second quarter! Steady progress on these goals has continued during the third quarter, and we hope to publish another blog with those updates by early November.
Written by Anthony Olsen
I'm currently in the midst of finalising our next Joomla template release and have just updated one of the document pages related to Zentools. You can see the new doc on targetting featured items in Zentools here. For a sneak peek at some sneaky dribbble shots check out the Highline project page on Dribbble. As of Zentools 1.5.5 it is now possible to target featured items in any zentools layout. The update adds no inherent styling to the module but creates a hook for us to target in our themes and for those of you who are building your own. For a full run down on the new functionality check out the document over at the Zentools documentation area.