Quick questions Daniel Dimitrov
Hey Kristian thank you for the quick question interview. To be honest – I think that this this is the first time I’m being interviewed! I normally try to stay away from the projectors light, but I’ll make an exception for you :) I’m the founder and lead developer at compojoom.com . I started this adventure 5 years ago and it is getting more and more exciting every day. When I’m not fixing bugs, doing support or just fiddling around I like to do sports and travel.
Why did you choose to develop for Joomla?
I cannot pinpoint a single reason. Back in 2004 I somehow found mambo and managed to install it on my computer. I was really fascinated by what I could do with my limited knowledge back then. Then Joomla came along and I started using it. But what really fascinated me was the community. Back in 2005 I couldn’t speak English well and despite that whenever I was asking questions people were not mocking me, but giving me concrete answers. I like to be treated with respect and I like to treat people with respect – this is what I saw in the community and that really hooked me up.
Hotspot is a pretty unique extension at JED - what is the purpose with Hotspot?
One should think of Hotspots as a directory component. You can have different categories of locations – restaurants, hotels etc and you can put the relevant locations for your city, country. Users can then search for locations, get directions to those locations etc. I think that this is the essence of what Hotspots is
Did Joomla 1.7/2.5 releases force you to make big changes in your 1.5 code?
Yes and no. I’m closely following the development of the Joomla CMS and Platform and I’m aware what gets changed and why. When I had to make my components work with 1.7 – it wasn’t that big of a problem. In fact – once I made the component compatible with 1.7 I didn’t need to make any change to them in January 2012 when Joomla 2.5 came out
What can we expect from Compojoom this year (like releases, new features, new extensions)?
We are working hard on a lot of projects. A new Hotspots release is around the corner, CComment will see a complete rewrite. We have a new event management extension – Matukio that is actively developed and is already one of the best available out there.
Yesterday, I’ve released another new component, that should be interesting to a lot of Joomla developer – the JEDchecker – this extensions checks other Joomla components, modules, plugins for possible problems for submission to the JED. But the thing that I’m by far most excited about is dothewebinar.com. I really love to teach and this would be a wonderful opportunity to spread the Joomla passion to other PHP developers.