My apologies for the lack of blog posts here over the last few months.
Between the Open Source Matters board and getting a new company off the ground with Open Source Training it’s been a hectic year. In the last few weeks I took a working vacation to Germany for JandBeyond and then back home to England.
I’ve been blogging but my limited time and energy has gone into Joomla.org rather than here. Still, there are quite a few things I’d like to write about that aren’t appropriate for Joomla.org so look for some new articles here in the next few weeks.
Here’s a recap of my Joomla.org posts:
This was the third year of the CMS Expo in Chicago and it took another leap forward. Rather than getting lost in downtown or suburban Chicago they’ve moved to the suburb of Evanston, right on the lake and next to Northwestern University. It’s a good fit for a conference of 300 to 400 people.
Was it worth going? Absolutely. I’ve only missed one Expo out of the four and wouldn’t make that mistake again. Here’s what stood out to me this year:
- More Drupal and other CMSs. Although the people and sponsors were at least 50% Joomla, this was the first time that it became a true CMS event. Drupal was there in a big way. WordPress were disappointingly absent as their Wordcamp San Francisio coincided with the event, but a host of other smaller CMSs attended.
- Cloud, cloud, cloud. We had the sponsors’ booth next to Acquia and I couldn’t help but notice that they promoted Drupal Gardens almost to the exclusion of their other products. I’m not sure whether that’s because they thought it was the best fit for this audience, but it was hard to avoid the cloud everywhere I went. CloudAccess were getting ready to launch demo.joomla.org and lots of other companies had cloud-hosting products.
- CMS Expo broke even for the first time. These events are always expensive and risky so that was a big step forward to ensuring the Expo’s long-term stability.
The Joomla team is happy to announce that they’re moving beyond T-shirts, hoodies and bags.
They’ve decided that the Joomla community needs a sexier and more athletic way to show their love for Joomla.
So say hello to the “Joola-Hoop”.
Joomla has even been lucky enough to launch with a famous celebrity endorsement with Michelle Obama doing the Joola-Hoop dance on the White House lawn.
Oh, and for you male geeks who aren’t sure if this product is right for you, we’ve been able to combine all your favorite things in just one irresistible photo:
Back in mid-2008, Kyle from JoomlaPraise.com approached me about writing a guest post. He was trying to promote AdminPraise, a new design for the Joomla administrator area.
I was sceptical. Very. So sceptical that I asked him to basically defend the need for AdminPraise. His guest post became Are Joomla Admin Templates Worthwhile?.
Fast-forward to early 2009 and I was able to review the next version AdminPraise2 and say: “No-one else is building administrator templates”. I didn’t see the point and it seemed many others didn’t either.
Now in 2010, I’ve got this to say: Kyle, you were right. I was wrong.