Here are some interesting Joomla blog posts I found during week 9:
- Joomla Certification?
- Pizza, Bugs, and Fun March 16th, 2013.
- OSM 2012 Actual to Budget Review
- 2013 Production Goals Published
- So Long RokTwittie
- Blanko Joomla 3 template now available
- sh404SEF and Joomla 3
- Joomla! 3.0 Made Easy – A perfect start for Joomla! novices
- Cory's Responsive Web Design Presentation from Joomla Day North Carolina
Written by Brian Teeman
As a trainer I am occasionally asked if there is any Certification available after the training and all I can offer is a certificate of completion or attendance. (There is definitely a cultural difference where some countries and cultures place a high value on formal qualifications.) In the final days of Mambo I was excited about the possibility of the project offering a more formal "official" certification process. That never happened and today I am glad it didn't as I do not believe that there is any real value in certification or that it can work in the real world.
Why have a certificate?
The inference of a certificate is that in some way the holder of the certificate can prove that they have achieved a certain level of knowledge. Training alone can not provide that, there must be a form of examination to ensure that the trainee has absorbed the knowledge. If I was to receive a certificate in Joomla web site development that will by its vary nature indicate to others that I have certain skills and abilities. Training alone can not do that without examination.
Written by Nick Savov
Consider this your invitation to join us on Saturday, the 16th of March, for Pizza, Bugs, and Fun. It's an all-day global event that's open to all virtual participants that are interested. There will also be local venues wherever they are organized, including at Joomla!Day Boston. The key goal is to fix as many Joomla 3 and Joomla 2.5 bugs as possible before Joomla 3.1's, which will be on or around the 25th of March, and Joomla 2.5.10's release.
This Bug Squash event is a great opportunity for intermediate to advanced users to learn how to contribute to Joomla bug fixes within the community. You do not have to be an expert coder or even a coder to contribute; all we ask is that you are familiar with running Joomla on your localhost before the event and that you consider yourself at least an intermediate user. We will provide you with the help and documentation that you need to test the Joomla patches (i.e. fixes), so please join us this weekend and help us to make Joomla better!
Written by Thomas Hampton
One of the primary roles of Open Source Matters (OSM) is to manage financial matters for the Joomla! project. It is our role to make sure that the project is financially secure and able to support the Joomla! community. The numbers below are a high level breakdown of OSM's 2012 actual finances compared to the 2012 Budget, along with some thoughts on what this all means to you as a member of the Joomla! community.
Comparing 2012 Actuals to Budget:
Written by Michael Babker
The Production Leadership Team (PLT) is pleased to announce that it has published its production goals for 2013. These goals are based on feedback from the Joomla! Community and areas that the PLT have identified as places we wish to focus and improve upon. The goals have been published on the Joomla! Developer network at http://developer.joomla.org/news/552-production-goals-for-2013.html.
Written by Andy Miller
We originally developed RokTwittie in May of 2009 when Twitter was in full swing. It was created as a very configurable and highly customizable Joomla module with many advanced features. We wrote an in-depth blog post on some of its capabilities and over the years RokTwittie has become the staple of many a Joomla and WordPress site. Unfortunately Twitter is making changes that mean we can no longer effectively develop this extension.
What's changing with Twitter?
Over the past year, Twitter has refocused its business model and made it much harder for 3rd party application developers to integrate with the Twitter service via their API. Towards the end of 2012, Twitter announced much more restrictive changes in the use of their API with version 1.1. These included every request to be authenticated via OAuth,and much more severe rate limiting. In short, Twitter made a drastic change that made it much harder for 3rd party developers to integrate as they moved to pushing people back to the twitter.com website and their own clients.
The minimal Joomla template called Blanko, released as a part of the Zen Building Block collection is now available as a Joomla 3 Template. Blanko is a the simplest of the five Joomla templates released in the package and is a clean slate for you to start creating your site from.
Written by Vic Drover
For the last 3 months we’ve been working quietly behind the scenes on a new version of our Joomla SEO tool — sh404SEF® — and today we have published version 4.0.1.
Joomla 3 support
The main feature in this release is support for Joomla 3. As you can see on the JED, there is very little compatibility for Joomla SEO extensions and the latest version of the CMS, so we are happy to provide additional options for our customers. As you can see in the screenshot below, we’ve also started supporting some mobile devices such large-format tablets.
Written by Huyennt
All Joomla! newbies should have a good book which shows them an overall view about Joomla! world. Thanks to it, there are no more worries about creating and customizing a Joomla! website; and all secrets about the ways to use Joomla! easily are revealed.
If you start to find out one, now you can stop at our latest free ebook - Joomla! 3.0 Made Easy. There is everything a novice should know about Joomla! 3.0 – The latest version of Joomla!. This is an update from the previous free ebook Joomla! 2.5 Made Easy which got 50.000+ downloads and a lot of thanks from readers.
What do you get from this ebook? Let’s check it out the main content of Joomla! 3.0 Made Easy:
Written by Manos
Cory had the opportunity to present on Responsive Web Design at Joomla Day North Carolina this past weekend. You can download his slides at SlideShare, or see them embedded below.