Posts tagged with framework

Last month, the team at Delius, one of our Nooku partners, organised the first Nooku Code Jam in Ghent, Belgium. Among the visitors where Sascha and Steffan from YOOTheme, creators of the Zoo extension. The Nooku Framework must have made quite an impression. Not only are they looking into using it for their new extensions, they also agreed to organise a second Nooku Code Jam in Hamburg, Germany on June 27th.

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Today, 08/08/2008, is not only a popular day for getting married, it’s also a great day for the PHP world. PHP4 is no more, it’s expired, it’s pushing up the daisies! PHP4 is an ex-language. From now on, only PHP 5 is supported, the version that turned PHP from an advanced scipting utility into a an enterprise grade, full blown programming language.

A bit of Joomla history

When Joomla! 1.5 (called 1.1 at the time) was planned, it was decided to go for PHP4 compatibility, as PHP5 was not being adopted by ISP’s a lot. In retrospect, it would have been better to go for PHP5 right away, but of course, no-one at the time knew it would take two years before Joomla! was ready for release.

Luckily, in a flash of brilliance it was decided to make Joomla! forward compatible with PHP5. By coming up with some clever tricks here and there, adding the proper docblock comments, and having a clean naming convention, J!1.5 turned into an interim release that could bridge the gap between PHP4 and PHP5. The idea was that it then would be easy to refactor to PHP5-only in the next major Joomla! release.

Funnily though, when the time came to plan J!1.6, there was a general reluctance in the development working group to make the move to PHP 5.2, or even to discuss it. It took a couple of nudges from our end, to get the community to speak up and express the dire need to switch. It was great to see how the community really came together to push what it felt was important! In the end it was announced that 1.6 would be for PHP 5.2 only.

A bit of Joomlatools future

At Joomlatools, we knew early on we couldn’t realize all of our plans for Nooku using PHP4. As some people have begun to notice, Nooku is about more than just translations. A big chunk of the code is written in a way that will make it reusable for other extensions. Some of the API concepts and patterns we implemented (mixins, chain of command, inflection, …) wouldn’t have been possible with PHP4. So for us, PHP5 is the only way forward.

I had a really great time on the Joomladays past two days. I had only expected to hear a bit more from the other projects on the topic of ‘building bridges’. All of the presentations we attended about other projects where mere introductions and feature overviews of their technology. A missed chance if you ask me.

On the business day , I gave a presentation about the Joomla! Application Layer, titled : Quickguide to Joomla! Application Stardom.

In the first part of my talk I discussed how the web is evolving from web 1.0 to 2.0 and 3.0. I concluded that Joomla! 1.5 would be what I would call web 1.5.

In the second part I gave a quick intro in the Joomla! 1.5 Application layer and demonstrated how we used it to create RokBridge, a bridge between phpBB3 and Joomla! 1.5.

In my previous blog post I also hinted about a little surprise. Well, the good news for RokBridge users is that we (thanks Anthony) have found a way to visually integrate the bridge into Joomla! 1.5 without using a component. This means full performance, user bridging and visual integration. Neat isn’t !