New PLT members
The Joomla! Production Leadership Team (PLT) is pleased to announce the addition of two new members: George Wilson and Roland Dalmulder.
The PLT is responsible for leading and coordinating the development of the Joomla CMS and the Joomla Framework. This includes releasing new versions, fixing bugs, adding new features, translating and creating documentation.
In November 2014, the PLT announced that they were seeking nominations from the community for several new members to join the team, the original article can be seen here: http://developer.joomla.org/news/598-call-for-production-leadership-team-nominations.html. Many are being nominated and the PLT is in the process of incorporating new members to the team apart for the two people being added today.
The addition of George and Roland brings the total of current PLT members to seven:
- Chris Davenport
- Javier Gomez
- Thomas Hunziker
- David Hurley
- Tom Hutchison
- George Wilson
- Roland Dalmulder
Roland started developing extensions for Joomla on 2006. He is a very active member Joomla project being co-organisor of the Joomla! User Group Rotterdam, the Dutch PBF (Pizza, Bugs & Fun), Dutch Joomla! Day events, and recently taking the coordination of the Joomla Bug Squad Team.
George slowly entered of web design during school in 2010 and shortly after he started developing Joomla extensions. In 2011 George found a really annoying Joomla bug which he submitted a fix for and the rest as they say is history. Since then George has been part of the documentation team, the bug squad team and have helped out in many sub groups focussing on code in the CMS and Framework.
The Production Leadership Team would also like to take the chance to say a very heartfelt thanks to Michael, Roberto, David, Nick and Matt who have chosen to step down from the PLT. Fortunately, they are not going far and will continue contributing to the project:
Michael Babker will continue at the Framework Team, managing servers and participating in the Automated Testing working groups.
Roberto Segura will be the release leader for Joomla 3.5 version.
David Hurley is going to continue serving at the PLT until the release of Joomla 3.4 and afterwards he will focus his time in Managing the Joomla Developer Community and outreaching new members in the broad PHP community.
Nick Savov passes the coordination of the Joomla Bug Squad to Roland Dalmulder, but will continue participating in the Joomla Bug Squad.
Matt Thomas will continue participating as a CMS maintainer.
The five of them have been key members of the Joomla project and their contributions are too numerous to detail. If you would like to congratulate the new members or say thanks to the ones steping down, you can do so in the following forum topic: http://forum.joomla.org/viewtopic.php?f=704&t=867855
The New Joomla Extensions Directory
Back in March of 2013 the Joomla Extensions Directory (JED) Team began drafting a list of requirements to upgrade the JED to Joomla 3.x and improve several areas of the directory. We simply out-grown the system in place. The request for proposal was announced in August 2013 and a vendor, Fabrik, was selected to build the new JED in March 2014. Since March, the Fabrik team has been diligently working and building a completely new, custom extension to meet our needs.
Some of the new key features include:
- An improved extensions submission process that will automatically screen new submissions for common errors.
- Improved search functionality.
- A new review and scoring system.
- A new ticket system that wraps support and reports into one.
- A new take on categorization and the use of tags.
- Improved backend management and auditing.
Over the past 6 weeks we've held a few rounds of beta testing which has helped us identify a number of issues and improve workflows. Thanks to all that contributed their time and effort.
Although we still have a few remaining bugs to fix, the most important show-stopping issues have been resolved.
After months of hard work and countless hours we are please to announce the roll-out of the new site.
Beginning December 8th we will hold a "pre-access" phase for developers to login, update listings and submit new listings on http://dev.extensions.joomla.org
On December 15th we will transfer the http://extensions.joomla.org domain over to the new site.
Between December 15th and 18th we will be holding a small doc-sprint to update documentation to reflect the changes.
As with any big development project there may still be some lurking issues that have yet to be found and could cause dates to shift which will be announced as soon as possible.
You can discuss this blog post here.
Call for Production Leadership Team Nominations
The Joomla! Production Leadership Team (PLT) is responsible for leading and coordinating the development of the Joomla CMS and Framework. This includes releasing new versions, fixing bugs, adding new features, and creating documentation and translations.
We are looking for your nominations for new PLT members. We acknowledge that the greater worldwide Joomla community can help us a lot in this election process, and make us aware of potential candidates we might otherwise overlook.
Although the nomination form is available permanently to continuously gather suggestions, a number of PLT members are stepping down this month and we are additionally looking to fill some gaps in our skills base. Consequently we are blogging this reminder that we need your nominations because we are actively looking to recruit new PLT members soon.
You can nominate yourself or someone else at any time. If you nominate someone else, please ask them first if they are interested and have the time available.
Update On the Proposed Structure Changes
A Little Background
As shared in the blog post “A new organizational structure and methodology to empower the growth of Joomla!” a group of representatives from each leadership team put forth the plan for proposed leadership changes.
According to the Roadmap in that blog post, this Joomla structure proposal was shared with the Joomla Working Groups and teams on October 21. Once the feedback and input from the working groups has been collected, and incorporated into a revised proposal, the next phase will be to share the revised proposal with the community.
The combined Joomla leadership teams are meeting in Cancun this week for a joint leadership summit prior to the Joomla World Conference (JWC). The structure change plans are on the agenda for these meetings.
JED 3 Nearing Completion: Call for Beta Testers
We’re really excited to share that the development process for the new Joomla Extension Directory (JED) getting close to the finish line. As of right now, the front-end and back-end development is approximately 90% complete, and the JED Team is seeking beta testers to locate bugs and provide detailed feedback.