|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.
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.
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.