How to Learn from a Joomla! lead developer

OK, I admit it. This isn't exactly a "How-To" article, but I wanted to draw everyone's attention to an upcoming event in Austin, TX that I will be attending. It is called "Joomla! 1.5 Bootcamp," and it will be held on Friday, July 18 from 8am to 4pm CST (GMT -6) at the Doubletree Hotel Austin. I want to strongly encourage anyone who can make it to come to this event. The keynote speaker/teacher for this event will be none other than Johan Janssens, one of the lead developers of Joomla! The event is being put on by Chris Justice (a.k.a. MegaJustice) from

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The following information was pulled from the Autin Joomla! 1.5 Bootcamp page on

Joomla! 1.5 Bootcamp - By Joomla Professionals for Professionals
Austin, Texas

Do you want to:

  • get productive with Joomla! 1.5?
  • develop killer Joomla! 1.5 extensions using the new Joomla! framework?
  • design Joomla! 1.5 templates using the new override system?
  • migrate you current Joomla! 1.0 site to 1.5 ?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then you don't want to miss out on the Austin Joomla! 1.5 Bootcamp on July 18th, 2008. We will get you up and running with Joomla! 1.5 in no time.

The keynote speaker is Joomlatools' own Johan Janssens. Johan is a lead developer of Joomla! and the principal architect of the new Joomla! Framework. Who better to teach you the ins and outs of Joomla! 1.5.

Johan is one of the original Joomla! Founders. He was project manager for 2 years (2006/2007) and held a position on the Board of Directors of Open Source Matters, Inc. Currently Johan is still active as core team member and lead developer.

Technology is a natural fit for Johan, something he has enjoyed for many years. At the young age of 10, he began programming simple games on his Commodore 64. He continued creating games on his first x86, a few years later. He taught himself how to program in C/C++, Java and PHP. His interest in electronics and programming led him to a obtain a Masters Degree in computer science specializing in game development and interactive media from GroepT University, Belgium.

Initially, Johan planned a career in game development. But, he discovered open source and realized working with free software was something he wanted to do. Johan has invested many years contributing to the open source community. He joined Mambo in 2004, participating as a developer and core team member, and moved with the entire core team to help found Joomla!.

Today, Johan has over 3,000 commits helping to create Joomla! v 1.5, a refactored MVC application architecture. He is hopeful and confident that with Joomla!'s strong and growing community, Joomla! will continue to help more and more people all over the world connect with others.


Looking to get that extra X-factor out of Joomla! 1.5? Theevolution of Joomla! into a re-factored API with more power than everseen before is a developer's dream. Now's your chance to dive into the full feature set of Joomla! 1.5 with professional tuition and guidance from some of Joomla's leading lights.


Professional web publishers, editors, developers and administrators who want to learn more about the Joomla! 1.5 CMS and delve deeper into the Joomla! Framework, guided by expert developers from the Joomla! community. We will inform you about all the major features of Joomla! 1.5. After the Bootcamp you will be able to set up a Joomla! 1.5 site professionally and start building your own extensions.


Friday, July 18th, 2008: 8am-4pm


The event will be held at the Doubletree Hotel Austin, self parking is available for a discounted rate of $4. If you require overnight accommodations at the Doubltree, please contact them at 512-454-3737 for reservations or visit their website.

If you have other questions, just call us at 512-493-2070.