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  • Business Pizza, Bugs, and Fun October 17, 2014

     

    You're Invited

    Please consider this your personal invitation to join us next week, Friday, the 17th of October, for our 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 October 17th

    We've dubbed the event as a Business PBF, since it's on a weekday (Friday) and we'd like to get more businesses involved. Last year's event was a huge success and we'd love it if you join us for this year's. 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.

  • Joomla will be at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing - Come and join us!

    Joomla at Grace Hopper

    Image credit: Chiara Aliotta

    The Joomla! project recently announced their support for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing as a Silver sponsor. The event, which attracts around 8,000 women from around the world, is being held in Phoenix, Arizona (USA) between 8-10 October 2014.

    There will be a booth representing Joomla at the event. Ruth Cheesley from the Community Leadership Team will run a session within the Student Opportunities Lab entitled ‘Getting involved with Joomla’. This session will showcase the opportunities for women to get involved with Open Source projects such as Joomla during their academic career and beyond.

    The event is an incredibly inspirational opportunity for any women with an interest in computing and we would really encourage you to attend if you’re able to do so.

    Call for mentors

    We expect to receive a lot of interest at the conference. We are setting up clear channels through which people can get involved with the Joomla project. Through our experience with various teams within the project, we have found this works best by setting up an ‘on-boarding’ process.

    To facilitate this, we are currently recruiting mentors who would be willing to assist with bringing new volunteers on board, helping them find their feet in the community, putting them in touch with the right teams, and supporting them in the early days of their Joomla journey.

    If you have great communication skills, are actively involved within any area of the project, and feel you would like to dedicate some time to help new volunteers get started, please add your details via this form.

    Come and join us!

    We would really love to meet up with community members at Grace Hopper, so if you’re planning to attend do let us know, and drop past the booth to say hello!

    Sarah Watz and Ruth Cheesley will also be speaking at a Joomla User Group Phoenix meetup so if you’re local to the area why not come along?

    To discuss this post please use the following forum thread: http://forum.joomla.org/viewtopic.php?f=704&t=860228&p=3222374

  • JED 3 Nearing Completion: Call for Beta Testers

    We’re really excited to share that the development process for the new Joomla Extension Directory (JED) getting close to the finish line. As of right now, the front-end and back-end development is approximately 90% complete, and the JED Team is seeking beta testers to locate bugs and provide detailed feedback.

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    Call for Volunteers

    Once Fabrik is finished with the development phase, the JED Team will conduct internal testing for roughly one week, ending on October 3, 2014.

    After we conduct these initial tests, we’ll conduct testing with the following groups for a two week period of time:

    • 10 normal JED users (with no extensions listed on the current site)
    • 10 extension developers that have listings in the current site

    After the limited beta round we will open up testing for all volunteers interested in helping test functionality. If you would like volunteer to beta test, please use this application form.

    Important Dates

    Please note that each of the dates listed below is subject to change if any major bugs are found. Any changes will be updated on the JED3 Project Status page here.

    27 Oct 2014 The Current JED site will stop accepting listing submissions. The submission process wil be closed until the new JED 3 site is live.
    29 Oct 2014 All pending submissions will be screened.
    31 Oct 2014 All corrected submissions will be re-screened. Any submissions that still have errors will be rejected.
    31 Oct 2014 The current JED site will stop accepting new review submissions.
    03 Nov 2014 All data from the existing site will be transferred to the new site.

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