Another step to a new Joomla

Joomla brought out the new Beta two version. This is the new version of the Open Source Content Management System that grew from the great Mambo split of a year or two back. It has been rewritten extensively with a much more flexible approach. This will make it far easier for developers to develop to modern css standards and release us from the table designs of the past. The designers should love that, but although they say that the current templates will work, we’ve had some issues. Standard templates might work easily, but where the boudaries have been pushed a little, there may be some fine tunign to do. It has search engine optimisation well to the fore, so sites should benefit from the transition. The developers have thought through internationalisation so multi language sites will be relatively simple to produce.

There is a new API and framework that is more flexible and powerful but there has been much discussion on the forums to debate where the positionng of third party commercial interests should lie. This is an issue that needs thought through. We cannot give everything away, as it is useful to have commercial components where you can rely on the long term development and support. Even Joomla developments can break a site. It can be dangerous to rely on open source developers who might not have the time to update their code in the same timescale as you need; they may be talented and very generous, but they still have to make a living. There should be room for both and we should have that the balance point.

The new version has a few basic changes that mean that it’s not just a simple upgrade. The database has been restructured a little with this beta, so data will have to be dumped out and re-imported. Not a major hassle, but something to think about. It’s still not ready for a release candidate (probably another two to three months) but it is now feature complete so we can assume that any effort we put in will not be wasted. There was a lot of discussion on the forums around the Ajax theme and there is no over-riding methodology. We are able to use whatever framework suits us at the time. Is this a benefit? After hearing all the arguements, I’m still not sure. We shall try it and see. We are heavily into the Flex/javascript framework at the moment so Cairngorm might be the way forward for us; the lightweight Ajax toolkits are good for simple front ends but we need to put some effort into designing around an mvc base for the more complex sites. The new version will now be double checked for all the security holes and will have the database routines optimised. A bit of performance optimisation and the release candidate will be there. I look forward to it.

Joomla! 1.5 Beta 2 - Red Barchetta

I love the Red Barchetta theme. Banned motor cars, illicit outings, a chase by the Alloy Air cars – it all conjures up a vision of excitment. We will press on with renewed energy.

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