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200 000 Members On Our Forum
Written by Brad Baker   
Tuesday, 08 July 2008 21:48

We did it!
Today our 200 000th member joined the forum. It's just another milestone, and doesn't tell the whole story. Suffice to say though, it is a reflection on how popular Joomla! is.

As a side note, all members of our forum who register and do not activate their account within 2 weeks are removed from our database. So unlike other sites, our membership figures are accurate in that sense. We also don't allow duplicate accounts.


PS Have you seen the excellent tutorials that have started up here: ? I am sure someone else will blog about them soon enough to give them some more publicity. 






Help screens SQL dump file now available
Written by Chris Davenport   
Monday, 07 July 2008 15:41

The Documentation Working Group is pleased to announce the availability of the recently completed Joomla! 1.5 help screens in the form of an SQL dump of the live help screens hosted on  The file is available here:

With this file you can quickly and easily set up a local help server to

  • Serve help screens from a server on your local intranet instead of
  • Customise the appearance of the help screens, for example, by adding a corporate logo or using a template that matches your own site style.
  • Use the English help screens as a starting point for a translation of the help screens into another language.

Please read the instructions for setting up a local help server.

The Joomla! 1.5 help screens and the SQL dump file are made available under the terms of the Joomla! Electronic Documentation License.






Closing Issue 8369
Written by Elin Waring   
Monday, 07 July 2008 03:46

For a long time the oldest unresolved issue in the tracker was # 8369 "Issues with Page Title and Menu Item Layouts." It went into the tracker on December 12, 2007 and  and was actually based on a forum report from June 2007.  I look at the oldest issues in the tracker pretty regularly and this one was really bothering me. Leandro Bergantiños had done a tremendous amount of work just to write the report which makes it just the kind of report that is usually easy to deal with. In the forum Johan said it was important for it to be dealt with before RC2 and then according the the tracker Louis was going to deal with it in January, so plenty of coding power there. Why wasn't it fixed?

So, I decided to really try to understand what Leandro was showing with his spreadsheet. It took me a while to understand what he had discovered. It turned out that there was a tremendous amount of inconsistency in how the menu title parameters were  being handled. In some cases they were being completely ignored.

So then I thought that maybe the issue had been fixed piecemeal, and it was the case that there were a number of reports about issues relating to titles and specific types of menu links. So I recreated Leandro's spreadsheet by looking at each core menu link type. Wow did that give me an appreciation for the work Leandro had done. There are 25 core views and each one had to tested with the 4 possible combinations of "Show Title" (yes or no) and Page Title (blank or not blank). And you had to look two places, at the page title and at the browser or blue bar title. Strangely enough, not that many people volunteered to help me with this.

Once that was done, I realized that before any code was changed what was actually needed was to decide what the intended behavior was. This is an issue that is really important to people like me who are webmasters, but maybe not so very interesting to others, so for a while I felt like I was waving my hands and no one was paying attention. Except, Ian was, so finally I had someone to discuss it with. We looked the spreadsheet over together and came up with some proposed rules. For example, when Show Page Title is set to no, no title should show on the actual page.  Also, when text is entered in the Page Title field and Show Page Title is set to yes, that text should be used.  When the page title is shown, the browser title and the page title should be the same.

Then Ian began to look at the code. Well to make a very long story short, the final patch file has 1199 lines in it. Creating that was a huge job and Ian should get at least an extra week's pay as a bonus for doing it. :)  Third party developers will want to look at that file to see how to make changes so their components behave in the same way as the core components.

Then JBS started testing like crazy. Again, this was really time consuming because of the 100 possible combinations of links and parameters. Thanks especially to Amy for helping with this multiple times as fixes were made to the patch.

Then, we thought we were done, but we realized that because some of the layout over rides in Beez and JA Purity used the old code, we had to decide whether to make changes in those. The whole point of a layout over ride is that a designer can change how the parameters (among other things) work. After some consultation with Jennifer who besides bug squading spends a tremendous amount of time moderating and helping people in the template forums, we decided that they should behave in the same way on this as the core.  So, off to make two more patch files, test them, and we were finally done.

Never was I so happy to see an issue marked "Fixed in SVN."

Amazingly, the next oldest open  issue (9701) was submitted February 10, more than two months after 8369. Wow.

Thanks to everyone who helped to put this one to bed.







We baked new pizza, and it's name is Naiki
Written by Wilco Jansen   
Sunday, 06 July 2008 22:55
So close to the holiday season, and so many people helped out during the second Pizza Bug and Fun event. Let me start by thanking all contributers that helped out during both weekends, we solved numerous issues and also some documentation was written. Best of all is that Airton Torres, Arno Zijlstra, Ben Cessa, Esban Bahnsen, James Anastasios, Jeetu Kataria, Omar Ramos, Robin Muilwijk, and Witchakorn Kamolpornwijit joined the Bug Squad and that is simply mind blowing!

During this PBF event we saw more people joining in remotely this time. There where also venues reserved by people. Italy (Ravanna), United Stated (New York, Atlanta and New Orleans), Netherlands (Wijhe), Canada (Vancouver) and Australia (Sydney) where some of the locations that joined in. As with the previous PBF event collaborating with so many people remotely still amazes me. This cannot be done without proper preparations, and for that I want to thank the Pizza Couriers for the very good work on the preparations.

All of this has lead to another stable release. The newest Joomla! version 1.5 will be named Naiki (version 1.5.4) and could not be released that fast without the help of all volunteers of the second PBF event! Keep an close eye on the announcements on the website, this version is around the corner :-D





CS Teachers and Me
Written by Elin Waring   
Saturday, 05 July 2008 13:39

Last Saturday while lots of people were working on issues in the tracker as part of PBF, I was giving a talk to computer science teachers in San Antonio, Texas at the CS/IT symposium. It was a great coincidence that PBF was going on at the same time since so many students were making important contributions by fixing bugs and creating documentation and my talk a was all about how encouraging their students to participate in free and open source software projects would help them learn computer science.

It was a great event, and it was great to meet so many passionate teachers.  I was stunned to learn that the number of college computer science majors in the United States has been declining. Well, I hope Joomla! can help do something about that, whether through GHOP or just by having a community that is welcoming to students. It was also fun for me to combine my interest in pedagogy with my interest in Joomla! :).

My session had a full house with lots of knowlegable people. The focus of my talk was on how participating in a real project, with hundreds of thousands of users and in which you have to work in a collaborative manner can teach things that are hard to get out of even the best book. It was so hard to chose, but I highlighted two GHOP projects, Marieke van der Tuin's Digg module and Michael Casha's  Narellan Rural Fire Brigade website and the report he wrote on it. I said that I thought these were reasonable kinds of projects for high schools students to undertake.  I also talked about how Miarieke and Michael have become such important contributors to Joomla!.

So why am I posting this in the bug squad blog? Well, we do have a lot of high school and college students in th JBS and we would love to have more. So, come on and join us.

 Here are the slides from my presentation. Thanks to the Computer Science Teacher's Association for inviting me to speak and Leslie Hawthorn from Google for putting them in touch with me.



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