- Business Pizza, Bugs, and Fun July 12th, 2013
Please consider this your personal invitation to join us on Friday, the 12th of July, for our first Business Pizza, Bugs, and Fun event. 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. The key goal is to fix as many Joomla 3 and Joomla 2.5 bugs as possible before the next maintenance releases.
Friday July 12th
We've dubbed the event as a Business PBF, since it's our first PBF on a weekday (Friday) and we'd like to get more businesses involved. We've created badges that you can use on your sites to spread awareness of the event and get recognition for your participation. For more information, check out our landing page at http://developer.joomla.org/pbf.
- Improvements to Joomla! Documentation
If it has been a while since you have seen the Joomla! Doc’s Wiki, you should take a look at all of the improvements made over the past few months. The Documentation Team has been hard at work organizing, adding features and cleaning out the clutter. We’ve even made it easier to contribute with the new wiki editor, including buttons to help insert code snippets into wiki pages.
What we need now is more involvement from the Joomla! Community. You don’t have to be a developer, on the Documentation Team or even a Joomla! expert, just five minutes a day or a half an hour on a Saturday morning can help improve the Joomla! Docs for everyone.
Some of the improvements are:
- Searching the Wiki - The Doc’s Wiki has integrated Google's Custom search for web sites. You can search the Docs Wiki as you would normally search; the difference is Google does all the work now. What does this mean? You will get search results more relevant and precise. As an added bonus, we even added a results tab at the top of the search results for the Joomla! Forum. If you can't find an answer in a wiki article, it might be found on the Joomla! Forum.
- Navigation - One thing a user will notice now is visual clues on a page. Some of them include tagging icons, title prefixes, such as J2.5 or J3.1, color schemes and page notices. These clues are used to at least let readers know the version of Joomla! an article refers too. Navigation is an area we are continuing to work on and improve.
- Archiving - We’ve also been busy archiving Joomla! 1.0 and 1.5 articles. A large part of improving navigation was cleaning out and cleaning up content.
- Landing pages - We are making and plan on making more useful landing pages and easy to find links for different versions of how to articles.
- Editing - We’ve made editing a wiki page simpler. All users should have as their default editor the new Wiki Editor. There are buttons to perform common tasks such as bolding text, creating lists and insert code snippets. There really are just a few wiki markup syntaxes to learn for creating a professional looking article and the new editor makes it even easier. As an added bonus the WikiEditor teaches the simple wiki markup while you’re editing.
- Watching articles - For logged in users, watching articles on the wiki is simple now too. Just click the ‘star’ icon at the top of a page to quickly add it to your watch list of articles.
- Tutorial page layouts - The installed extension called Headertabs makes longer pages easier to read. Here is an example of Headertabs in use, http://docs.joomla.org/J3.1:Installing_Joomla!.
Looking forward, there is still a lot of work to do on the Docs Wiki.
- Clean up continues - While there has been a noticeable reduction in incomplete, uncategorized, unlinked, redundant or out of date articles, the Docs Team still is working hard to find other articles of these types.
- Localisation - Many of our community members have expressed a desire for some time at Localising Joomla! Documentation. The Docs Team is getting closer to this realization and as soon as our “Clean Up” is complete, we can proceed with translations. The Docs Wiki will use a special extension to aide in tagging pages to translate, tracking translation percentages of a page and provide some automatic translations which can be improved with human interaction.
- Documentation projects - The Docs Team realizes the Joomla! Code Contributors and Extension Developers have done a lot of work writing and helping improve Joomla! Documentation in the past. We need your continued help! There has been a downward slide in participation, just take a look at our Docs Wiki Activity. The Docs Team needs your help and is trying to make it easier to contribute. With perpetual JDOC Projects you can share the work and at the same time keep our documentation organized. Here is our first project, JDOC Developer Tutorial Project of many more to come. These types of projects will also help with translation, just imagine seeing your contribution in multiple languages! The Docs Team will be adding more.
Documentation has a Docs Wiki Roadmap with short and long term goals, please post constructive suggestions and ideas on the Roadmap’s discussion page. Joomla! Community members can also participate in the Documentation discussions on the Joomla! Docs Mail List.
What? You want to get involved and find out how to help improve Joomla! Documentation? Read the article, How to Contribute to Joomla! Documentation. The Docs Team is looking forward to seeing your contributions!
Please discuss this blog here: http://forum.joomla.org/viewtopic.php?f=704&t=806532
- Now Always Open for PLT Nominations
The Joomla! Production Leadership Team (PLT) is responsible for leading and coordinating the development of the Joomla! CMS and Framework. This includes releasing new versions, fixing bugs, adding new features, and creating documentation and translations.
We are looking for your nominations for new PLT members. We acknowledge that the greater worldwide Joomla! community can help us a lot in this election process, and make us aware of potential candidates we may overlook.
Since we will be adding new people one by one throughout the year, we have decided to put the nomination form up permanently on the developer site at http://developer.joomla.org to continuously gather suggestions. You can nominate yourself or someone else at any time. If you nominate someone else, please ask them first if they are interested and have the time available.
Useful areas of experience and expertise for nominees include:
- Coding and code design
- User interface and design
- Student and developer outreach
We are looking for people with a track record of positive contributions to Joomla. Some of the criteria that will be used when evaluating nominations include:
- Contributions to the development process - Candidates should have a demonstrated track record of participating in and contributing to the Joomla development process. This can be in the form of coding, documentation, localization, or helping with communications and facilitation.
- Ability to work with others - Candidates should have the demonstrated consistent ability to work constructively and positively with the wide variety of people in the Joomla community.
- Ability to devote time to the project - Candidates should be able to devote enough time to the project to be effective. This includes the possibility of travel to Joomla events.
The link to the nomination form is listed under Resources on the home page of the Joomla Developer site.