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Sat

01

Sep

2012

Help Us Test Joomla 3
Written by Elin Waring   
Saturday, 01 September 2012 01:03

We're getting ready for the release of Joomla 3.0 and we appreciate you helping us find and fix problems as we work.

You can download a copy of the current codebase from Github.

If you haven't done testing before here are some tips.

  • Don't delete the installation folder when you finish installing! While we're working we turn that security feature off to make it easier to test.
  • Go to global configuration and set Error Reporting to Development (that's on the server tab) and enable both debugging and language debugging (those are on the system tab). Don't worry when you see ** around words --that means Joomla translation is doing its job.

How to test

  • First, do the things you normally do and see if you spot any problems.
  • Look at all of the front end views and record any problems
  • Look at all of the front end back end views and record any problems
  • See more ideas below

What to look for

  • Any error messages that say things like Fatal Error or Strict or similar things that indicate that something is not working correctly.
  • Untranslated strings. You will know these because they look like this: ?STRING_HERE?
  • Problems of rendering--items not aligned correctly, missing or wrong images, pages that just don't look right.
  • Unexpected behavior--anything that is working differently than it did in 2.5.

Report problems

If you find a problem please report it to the CMS Issue Tracker. You will need to register for a joomlacode.org account if you don't have one.

More Testing Ideas

  • Pick one module or view and test all of the parameters.
  • Install an extension and see if anything breaks (report to the developer unless you are positive it is a core bug).
  • Turn on caching with different options
  • Try different session options
  • Install a language and test all the layouts.
  • Try different environments (like different servers which may have different version of PHP) or try you have IIS with MySQLi or SqlSrv. With millions of users Joomla needs to be ready for unusual environments.
  • Try different combinations of browsers (Chrome, IE, FireFox, Opera to start) and operating systems (Mac, Windows, Linux).
  • Yes grammar and spelling errors are bugs too -- just keep in mind that we use British spelling.
  • Visit the Feature Tracker and test a new feature.

Thanks for helping make Joomla! great :).

 

Updated: Corrected list of places to check.

 

Fri

17

Aug

2012

Joomla 3.0 Alpha 2 Notes
Written by Kyle Ledbetter   
Friday, 17 August 2012 17:55

3.0-notes
Joomla 3.0 Alpha 2 has just been released and here’s what you need to know.

Read more...
 

Thu

16

Aug

2012

We Need Your Help to Explain Joomla 3
Written by Steve Burge   
Thursday, 16 August 2012 11:01

Joomla 3 is coming up at the end of September.

Joomla 3 is going to be a wonderful, revolutionary release. However, we have a problem and need your help.

Read more...
 

Wed

15

Aug

2012

Joomla!Day New York City-September 22-23
Written by Paul Orwig   
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 19:23

JoomlaDay New York City 2012 is coming soon, on September 22 and 23! This event is great for those that are interested in learning a little more about Joomla, and also those that have been developing with Joomla for many years, and want to learn more.  The cost for this event is $90 for a single day or $160 for both days.  Please sign up soon, as after 8/31 the rates will increase by $10 a day, and there will no longer be a dual day discount.  Your entry fee includes all workshops, breakfast and lunch!

Workshops on Saturday highlight the power of Joomla. There will be a Developer Track, a Component Track, a Template Track, and A Joomla Core Track designed for those new to Joomla. The session speakers, all experts and fantastic speakers, come from our New York City User Group, from around the country, and from around the world!  I will give a keynote address and probably share some stroopwafels, and then later in another session I'll lead a discussion about what's coming in Joomla 3.0.

On the second day of the conference, Sunday, technologies needed to make Joomla sites run well and succeed in the marketplace will be highlighted.  Sessions will focus on everything from email marketing to programming in PHP.

Look over the information on the JoomlaDay New York City 2012 website - it is updated daily with additional details about speakers and their presentations. This is truly an international event!

If you own a small business that would like to get a little more visability at the event, you can sponsor this event. Sponsorships begin as little as $350 which includes 1 dual day ticket.  For the extra money you get your logo on our website, 1/2 page advertisement in our program booklet and an invite to the  sponsor/speaker dinner for friday night before the event.  This dinner will be a great networking opportunity for you!

Some of the highlighted workshops for Saturday are:

For Sunday - Beyond Joomla

 

Wed

15

Aug

2012

First time in Joomla! history!
Written by Jean Marie Simonet   
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 11:30

All right, all right, we said no new features in a stable release... Lots of talks on this.
I swear though this one will not create any issue but help spread Joomla! even more. 

For the first time in Joomla! history, a GSOC project makes its way into a current release!

This was worth our congratulations to Javier Gomez (Open Source Matters) who proposed the project and brought it to its logical conclusion. (He has cool mentors too... )

The new feature will be available in the 2.5.7 and 3.0 releases.

 

First a little history, as this project would not have succeeded without these steps:

A. Sam Moffat (Production Leadership Team) introduced in 1.6 the possibility to update extensions by adding in the package a simple code and some xml files on a server, one of them linking to the updated package.

B. The Translation Teams wanted to allow this functionnality for their language packs, but this was reserved, on one hand, to communities owning servers and, on the other hand, required manually creating and updating the custom xmls. Complex and time consuming...

C. Here comes Jan Erik Zassenhaus (German Translation Team Coordinator). Jan created a cron job picking the last available language packs from the Registered Translations repository on joomlacode.org and creating from the list the necessary xmls, automatically.

D. Mark Dexter (Production Leadership Team) then made a crontab to run each night and update the xmls on update.jomla.org.
--> Since 2.5.4, Language packs who follow the necessary format are proposed for update in Joomla! administration. This is how the xml looks like: http://update.joomla.org/language/translationlist.xml


Remained to use these xmls to propose directly to users the possibility to install any compliant language pack through the Extension Manager. This has now been accomplished by Javier Gomez as a GSOC project (which also includes a second part to let users install any language when installing a new Joomla instance. We will for sure get that second part in the 3.x series).

How does it work? Can't be simpler...
1. A new tab is now displayed in the Extension Manager: Install Languages.
When clicking on it (and if internet is available), Joomla! will download the list of languages and display them in the Manager. The packs proposed are only the ones compatible with the Joomla! version running.

 

2. Then just tick on the language(s) you want to install, click on the Toolbar Install button and here we are.

3. A new Toolbar icon in the Language Manager redirects to the Install Languages Manager.


 

A  few things to remember:

1. Do not try to install too many lang packs at the same time. This to avoid transfer issues on some hosts.
2. If you do not find the language you look for in the list, then it means:
--- either that this language pack is not available for this version of Joomla (you may want to contact the Translation Team Coordinator for this language. Contacts for 2.5 Coordinators are here: http://community.joomla.org/translations/joomla-16-translations.html  and/or download and older pack from the links provided on the same page and Install the normal way);
--- or that you already have installed that language and it will not show in this Manager, but in the Update Manager if a new pack is available for your version of Joomla;
3. Purge and Find Languages will clear and update the list.

NB: Did you know that in the last weeks we added 3 registered languages? Hindi, Esperanto and Vietnamese got in.
Time for 1.5 users to switch to 2.5.x !

 


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