Greetings and Happy New Year to all!
This purpose of this letter is just to fill you in on some changes to come in 2006 and to recap our first year with the Joomla! community.
A lot of us have a new sense of freshness, especially since the Joomla/Mambo rebranding and Id like to personally thank the entire community for such a great success on the behalf of JoomlaShack. There are so many success stories I can't even begin to list them individually. Because of you, in just the past 3 months we were able to move our data do a dedicated server, create 8 free templates for the community, 20 variations of commercial templates and assorted modules as well as helping to launch over 60 Joomla powered sites, assist in the development of 3 community sites and donate over $1,000.00 in donations to victims of hurricane Katrina. Again, thank you! This would have never been possible without such a dedicated community and excellent camaraderie among other Joomla! developers..
I just read an interesting post at Molly.com about a conversation Molly had with Bill Gates over web standards and Internet Explorer. The most interesting (or blind to reality) quote of the entire article (in my opinion) came from Mr. Gates, when he said "Who has done more implementation of Web standards than Microsoft?" Granted, Microsoft has been a great innovator in its history, even in terms of web browsers and standards, but that's just it. It's all history. Most of the standards-related initiatives he mentioned were achieved back in the early-to-mid 90's. It's 2007. Things have changed. Things have evolved. Things have improved. Who has done more implementation of Web standards than Microsoft? In recent years, everyone. I believe IE7 is a step in the right direction, but they still have a long way to go to catch up with Firefox.
You can read the transcript of the conversation here.
I was reading a design site called Web Design From Scratch today, and I found confirmation to something I've known all along JoomlaShack is getting it right! In the site's "Web 2.0 how-to design style guide" under the "Strong colours" section, the first site listed as an example of a site that gets it right is TreoMobile.com, a Joomla!-powered site that uses JoomlaShack's Element template.
From the site:
Bright, strong colours draw the eye. Use them to divide the page into clear sections, and to highlight important elements.
When you have a simple, stripped-out design, you can use a bit of intense colour to help differentiate areas of real-estate and to draw attention to items you want the visitor to notice.
The Treo Mobile site uses 3 areas of strong colour to mark out and advertise 3 main areas of the site.
The background colour makes it clear that this isn't main content, and large, bold title text helps you see quickly what's in each one, so you can decide whether it interests you.
Before I joined the JoomlaShack team, I was a long-time admirer of the work produced here. Now I have even further confirmation that JoomlaShack gets it right! Way to go, guys!
Well, another successful week in the Joomla! universe.
In case you didn't hear this week in London Joomla! had bestowed upon it for the second year in succession the Best Linux / Open Source Project award by LinuxUser and Developer Magazine
The event itself was a rip roaring success literally hundreds of (if not a few thousand) people turned up at the booth eager to learn about Joomla! in general and Joomla! 1.5b in particular. The first public unveiling of Joomla! 1.5b had tongues wagging and imaginations soaring, the heartening thing was that people just simply "got it". Day one was spent on our feet, I got to London early afternoon and headed straight to the Exhibition centre suitcase in hand to be met by fellow Joomla! community member Mitchell Annable (Nottingham UK) and Joomla! core developer Johan Janssens (Diest Belgium). I was there five minutes before Johan turned to me and said "Man the booth I need to go hire a tux for tonight" - So in at the deep end for me! From minute one it was non stop I didn't get a breather, not even a drink of water, until late afternoon. By this time Johan's fellow core team members Peter Russell (Leeds, UK) and my buddy Louis Landry (New Orleans, USA) had also returned to the booth, although we didn't get a chance to even say "hello" to each other for at least two hours. Day two was a little quieter (but not much) and it was fun to see Johan holding an impromptu conference over at the Drupal booth sharing ideas and answering questions while Peter and Louis went and did some PR "work" with the LinuxUser and Developer magazine booth babes - check out the pics over at Joomla.org
From a Joomlashack perspective it was great to meet a some of the UK based Joomlashack community that popped by to say hello, it's always nice to meet people in person and hear that we're doing a great job - so a big thanks goes out to those that I met
Out of curiosity I paid a visit to ie7.com to see what kind of marketing they had in place for this %$#@ of a browser. See for yourself. Great stuff!
I stumbled across an interesting site today. At first I thought to myself, $#@* Microsoft is buying Firefox! but it appears to be a very well done parody of how Microsoft once again ripped off what was already there and found a way to screw it up and call it IE7. What's even cooler, is they chose to use Element for their design. Funny stuff.
Check it out: http://www.msfirefox.com/