As a part of the Joomla Day in Melbourne, Australia, Andrew Eddie will be running a workshop for Joomla developers (seats are limited and filling fast!). Joomla 1.5 has been built with the developer in mind and affords an incredible degree of freedom for customisation. The participant will receive an overview of the new Joomla Framework that ships with Joomla 1.5, how it is laid out and what is relevant to the developer on a day to day basis. Each extension type will be look at from a high level, particularly the Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern is used in Component development. The use of layout overrides will be looked at in depth as a way of addressing sites with otherwise challenging expectations.

This Joomla layout override tutorial shows you how to modify the blog style views for articles to show the “day” date above all the articles posted in the same day. After that, each article on the same day will just display the time they were posted as shown in the screenshot from

Welcome to Part 3 of my series for converting an existing component to work natively in version 1.5 without using legacy mode. Last time we looked at configuration variables, dug into JRequest and also had a look at a few other things. This time we are hit the administrator component hard to see if we can actually get some output happening.

Welcome to Part 2 of my series on converting an existing component to work natively in Joomla version 1.5 without using legacy mode. Last time we looked at Legacy Mode, fixing the constant that prevents direct access to files and solved some database problems. We also had a quick look at what to do down the track with translations. So let’s continue and find out what our next error is.

Joomla 1.5 provides a “Legacy Mode” to allow most developers a way to get up-and-running easily. However, you really want to get off the dependence on Legacy Mode as soon as you can. The new Joomla framework in version 1.5 provides a far richer environment in which to build extensions.

It’s been a while since I attended to this site, mostly because of work or Joomla busy-ness, but I think it’s about time to start things up again. I’m repurposing this site to be a developer/customiser only resource rather than trying spread myself too thin over the whole range of Joomla topics available. I’m also dropping the magazine style because, honestly, it’s too hard for one person to write a suite of articles on a regular basis. So bring on the blogging I say. I’m going to prime the blog with a few old favourites from the magazine and then we’ll get into an interesting article or two a month. Well, that’s the plan anyway :)

We have two new Magazine sites launching: BeON Living and The Art of Joomla.