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JoomlaEXPO ’08 wrap up

The first JoomlaEXPO was held this past Friday in Chicago. We had a full house with 251 people attending.

We had three sessions on Joomla! coding (including mine) that each focused on a different aspect of Joomla! programming. My session was on the differences between coding in Joomla! 1.0 and 1.5, highlighting some of my new favorite features. (You can download the PowerPoint slides here.) Azrul then followed up with a full presentation on how to create SEF URLs for your component while avoiding some common SEF URL pitfalls. Steve talked about different framework features and debugging tools, then unveiled his Community ACL component.

I was also able to hear Victor Drover’s session on GPL software business models. He’s currently using a hybrid model where he sells access to his site and also does consulting work. His main point was that chasing down software pirates is a waste of time, so make it a moot point by offering your software under the GPL.

The one thing that struck me about this event was that the third-party developer community was very well represented. However, no one group totally dominated the conference: we a had a good mix of template designers, website producers, system admins, hosts, programmers, and Joomla! users. At the beginning of the event, we were given a set of color-coded stickers to identify ourselves. In a community as diverse as Joomla!’s, this was definitely helpful!

Special thanks goes out to the conference organizers. I know firsthand that putting together an event of this type takes a lot of effort and persistence. This one was very well attended for a first (or even a third) year conference and I’m already looking forward to the next!

UPDATE: Now you can see the presentation below:

Slot open in Creating Joomla! Extensions class

Quick Joomla! University update: there is a slot available in my Creating Joomla! Extensions session on May 17th in Chicago. I’ll be covering the basics of how to create a component, a module, and a plugin. We’ll then get into Model-View-Controller style components and go over some commonly performed Joomla! programming tasks. Sign up today!

UPDATE: The course is now filled.

Room for 50 more!

JoomlaEXPO 2008 recently registered its 200th attendee. To celebrate, fifty more seats have been added! Get them before they’re gone!

Joomla EXPO early bird rate ends March 25th

Quick reminder: the early bird rate for Joomla EXPO 2008 ends tomorrow night; register now as tickets are selling very quickly!

UPDATE: it appears that the early bird rate has been extended through Saturday the 29th.

JoomlaEXPO 2008

The first JoomlaEXPO will be held in Chicago on May 16th. Speakers include Barrie North ( and, Tom Canavan ( podcast), Victor Drover PhD (JCal,, Steve Pignataro (, Azrul Rahim (JomComment and MyBlog,, Steve Burge (SEO Expert,, and some guy named Joseph LeBlanc. The local JoomlaChicago will also be on hand with Mike Carson (online training, and John and Linda Coonen (web consulting and marketing,

This promises to be the largest gathering of Joomla! professionals to date; you won’t want to miss it! Tickets are $100 at the early bird rate and seating is capped at 200, so register now!