JoomlaSverige (JoomlaSweden) is a Swedish resource portal for Joomla users in Sweden.

• The site is nonprofit
• All information and articles are available for free
• We strive to highlight the developers that build extensions and contribute to the Joomla core
• We want to raise awareness about Joomla in Sweden

Quick questions Marco Barbosa

sweden
Hi Marco, tell us about yourself!

Marco is my name and I come from Brazil. I am a passionate web developer and have worked with Joomla for a few years.

You have designed something really beautiful - Minima, can you tell us what Minima is?

Minima is an admin template built on open source that you can use with Joomla! 1.6. I have a vision of how an admin template would look like and I started experimenting with it. The idea is that an admin template must be "minimalist" and it should be very easy to do things. A little innovation is also welcome. Back-ends should not be boring!

It appears that you have lots of things going on, you are also involved in Molajo - what is Molajo?

Molajo is an application built on top of the Joomla framework. We want to give a strong Joomla foundation that you can build on. You could say molajo is a "distro" but without the Joomla CMS (framework only). It comes with a few additions and a much "lighter" Joomla. Many fixes and improvements are also there (as Minima!).

What plans do you have for this year?

Right now I am very impressed with my job. I work at Fantasy Interactive as a developer and we have many exciting projects. Has been there for 2 months now (http://fi.com).

I have plans for Molajo too. New things I want to build: a completely new installation process, a component builder guide and a molajo package builders so you can choose what you want to have in your molajo package.

Molajo and minima are very exciting projects that I like to spend some of my free time (when I have it). I also want to take it easy the next months and hope that Sweden will be warmer soon (summer)!

marco_barbosa

Quick questions Daniel Nordahl

sweden
Hi Daniel, tell us about yourself and your business

Hello! I was born and raised in Västeras, therefore, an inveterate Västerås. I have always had a keen interest in computers, internet, entrepreneurship and marketing. 2003 I started a shop that sold consumer electronics and that's when I came in contact with Mambo, OsCommerceoch other CMS / guide. 2005 I began studying business administration with emphasis on law and marketing at Mälardalen University. I then started my company (now Mediastrategi Sweden AB) to earn a little extra on the side of the studies. At first it was with most assignments in online marketing such as search engine optimization and search engine marketing. After a while I also got asked for making websites. It was then, that I again began to look at the various CMS and settled for Joomla because of the ease of use for end users.

Today, we are still developing 99% of our sites in Joomla, it happens that we use other CMS but Joomla is still the favorite. In addition to web development work, Media Strategy work with design, web strategy, search engine marketing (search engine optimization and sponsored links) and web analytics. The goal is to offer our customers a complete solution from design to finished production and marketing. We are growing all the time so it is really fun right now.

You've just got your first extension published on JED - how was it to develop an extension for Joomla?

It was really fun to see the interest around Shadow Media, the first week we had over 500 downloads. In this case (with the extension Shadow Media) it was in fact no major problems. It all began with one of our customers (VSK Bandy) wanted a solution tailored to display advertising to its visitors. Instead of making a "takeover" or use ex index.html to "force" visitors to see ads, we chose to use a lightboxsolution where they could set how often the visitors would be forced to see advertising. By parameters, they can now set how often it will turn up.

Shortly after we presented the solution, other businesses got in touch. It turned out that the interest for such a solution was great. That's when we decided to release it on JED. The only thing we had to do was, clean up the code a bit and write documentation. We also did a small film to show the actual installation process.

Thanks to our talented programmers, it was actually never any major problems with making the solution. Sure, we had a few small bugs that needed to be adjusted, but nothing serious.

Why did you choose to work with Joomla?

It was for our customers' sake. We wanted that they could update the websites we delivered and Drupal with others was simply too difficult to manage our time. Moreover, there was (and is) the amounts of extensions to download and adapt for their own or customers' needs, which means a lower development cost and thus a lower cost to the customer.

Today, Drupal has improved itself, but personally I still do not like Drupal, it does not feel logical. Wordpress has come and is very popular and easy to work with. It happens that we work with these CMS also but as I said, Joomla is still the favorite. Joomla is easy to work with both designers may, programmers och retail. Moreover, the Joomla Community is great, we have a good and active forum, there are many who are involved and helps to keep Joomla ahead. If you got problems, someone quickly guides you.

Will we see any more extensions from you?

Yes, absolutely. We are working on Shadow Media for Joomla 1.6 and 1.7 and we hope to introduce them soon. Then we have some other extensions coming up, but it remains to be seen if placed on the JED. In most cases, is when we see an interest in a particular solution, and as more and more people are asking it, we will post it on JED. But it is sure will be more extensions from the Mediastrategi.

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Quick questions Michael Babker

sweden
Hi Michael Babker tell us about your self

I am 24 years old and currently serve in the United States Army as an Information Technology Specialist.  On top of my job, I am a part-time college student, and I've been teaching myself programming.  Since I started using Joomla! In February 2010, I've been consistently trying to learn better programming techniques and help others.  For the better part of 2010 and right after the Joomla! 1.6 release, I was fairly active in the official Joomla! Forums trying to help others with basic issues, issues that I found interesting and wanted to better understand a way to fix, or questions about topics I had some familiarity with.  There's a lot of developers who came into Joomla! and are thoroughly familiar with the 1.5 framework; I think I'm unique in that I learned the 1.6 framework first.

You are a big contributor for the Joomla! Bug Squad - often, regular Joomla users is not aware of all work that is performed "behind the scene", can you tell us what you do?

Since the first 1.6 beta, I've been active with the Joomla! Bug Squad helping to troubleshoot and resolve bugs in the code.  I've been directly involved in the resolution of several hundred issues either through writing the code myself to solve the issue, testing a proposed fix, or discussing methods to resolve issues.  As Andrew Eddie credited in a tweet during the beta phase, one of the bigger issues I had a hand in working on was the issue of users being unable to edit content they created, which brought about the "Edit Own" permission.  Although the military has drawn me away from being able to contribute as much as I'd like, as well as me now having my own code to support (which wasn't the case when I first started with the Bug Squad), I still try to test patches for existing issues, contribute fixes for existing issues, and now that we have a Feature Tracker, hopefully I can contribute to the addition of new features.

What do you think we can expect to see from Joomla within a year?

Now that the Joomla! Framework is being branched off as a separate project, I think we'll begin to see some new innovation within the community.  I think we'll start to see replacements for some of the core components with alternative solutions, and perhaps full blown distributions of projects based on the Joomla! Framework.  This separation alone brings great opportunity that hasn't previously existed.  Also, I think it will be interesting to follow the development of Nooku Server and Molajo.  Both projects are bringing new innovation into the Joomla! community, which I believe is a good thing.

How can non-coders in the community support Joomla?

There are several ways that non-coders can support the community.  I wrote a blog last year about how I believe the entire Joomla! community is a part of the Joomla! Bug Squad.  If you are a user of Joomla!, you can report bugs.  Reporting bugs is just as important as fixing them, because without reports, the bugs cannot be fixed.  Aside from bug reporting, there is the forums where users can help answer questions.  We have the documentation portal which can occasionally be difficult to maintain, but can also be very helpful if the information is current.  Of course, there is the magazine, where anyone is welcome to contribute articles.  And lastly, I highly encourage users to leave feedback about extensions they use with the developers.  A quick review on the JED lets developers know what the user thinks of their extension.  If users find a component difficult to manage, developers should use this as constructive feedback to simplify their processes.  I've personally communicated with a reviewer of one of my extensions about the suggestions of his review and incorporated his ideas into my core code.

Whats your personal Joomla plans for this year?

Right now, I maintain two extensions: Tweet Display Back, a module that allows users to display user or list feeds on their 1.5 or 1.6 sites; and Podcast Manager, which is a suite of extensions for Joomla! 1.6+ to allow users to manage podcast feeds off their sites.  Neither of those projects will go away any time soon, although development may slow down depending on bugs or feature requests.  I've been testing frequently on the Joomla! Bug and Feature Trackers in preparation for the 1.7 release scheduled for around July 10, including filling a feature request for batch copy/move processing (a feature that was left out of 1.6 and brought a lot of questions as to why).  I've recently started working on a couple of small websites for friends of mine, so I've been expanding my familiarity with the various extensions available.  I'm going to continue to monitor Nooku and Molajo development, and as I've done with so many other projects, will test them, try to break them, and fix what I've broken.

Michael_Babker

Quick questions Barnaby Dixon

sweden
Tell us about you and your company

I am a PHP 5.3 Zend Certified Engineer and I have been writing code professionally for over 10 years. I now work almost exclusively for corporate clients in the UK, but I also develop code for systems like Joomla! in my spare time, and also take on additional freelance contracts when possible.

What is HTML 2 Articles?

HTML 2 Articles is a Joomla! component that I developed to take existing HTML pages and upload them directly to Joomla. During upload the HTML files are also very extensively processed to validate the HTML, transfer images, convert the encoding to UTF-8 and to optionally remove certain elements such as classes.

Why have you choose to develop for Joomla?

Joomla is used by several of my clients, and it was a natural progression from developing Joomla components for my clients, to developing components for the wider Joomla community. I find developing for Joomla is very rewarding; the community is fantastic

Do you have any thing in the "pipe"?

I am currently developing a new Joomla plugin called YouTube 2 Articles; when active this will automatically create a new article with the embedded YouTube video, description, keywords and title when a specific user uploads a new video on YouTube. I hope to have that released by the end of June!

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Quick questions Alexandru Lamba

sweden
Tell us about RS Joomla - how are you?

We're doing great! A lot of stuff going on lately. In february a designer and a programmer joined in, and we are focusing now on new projects, such as Joomla! Templates and a revolutionary extension to manage these themes. There is a lot of work to do, but we're having a lot of fun doing it.

RS Joomla is providing lots of extensions for Joomla - is it hard to maintain them all?

The TODO list of our extensions is always full. However, having a lot of clients using them comes at a price. People always ask for new features and we try to satisfy them as quickly as possible. The good thing is that our products now have reached a level of maturity that cover the majority of the clients needs.

How did you feel about Joomla 1.6 from a developer perspective - was it hard to adjust the extensions for the 1.6 version?

We developed our extensions following the Joomla! MVC and it really helped us when making them 1.6 compatible. It took a month or so, but it wasn't that hard.

How come that you choose to develop for Joomla?

Back in 2007 I was creating websites using Mambo and Joomla! and I always had difficulties making them because of the lack of extensions of that time. So I started making the extensions that I needed and slowly started sharing them with the Joomla! community.

What will we see from RS Joomla during this year?

The next thing that you'll see is a nicer website and hopefully easier to navigate. We also started working on Joomla! Themes and hopefully in the next couple of months we'll release it.

The greatest thing will probably be the revolutionary extension that will let you manage these extensions which should really make it easier for users changing them.

We're also working on a new interface for our RSForm!Pro that I'm sure you will enjoy.

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