We were delighted to attend the Joomla forum for the future event in marbella in Spain over the last few days. The format of the event is something new for the Joomla community, an invitational sort of retreat for around 50 volunteers, contributors and stakeholders, mainly consisting of forum and discussion type sessions. There was quite a lot of self analysis and introspection to try to understand where the project is, and where it's going. We'd really like to thank the organizers and facilitators for making this brave concept a practical and productive reality.

One of the strengths, and occasionally weaknesses, of the Joomla community is the wide spread of interests and perspectives of its members. As such it is important to remember not everyone will always be happy all the time, so events like this really help everyone better understand each other's views and perspectives.

There was, on the whole, a tangible feeling of greater clarity, direction and understanding by the end of the event.

On a more personal level, we really enjoyed meeting old friends and new in the joomla community. The opportunity to exchange ideas and learn from each other is always invaluable. Despite a busy schedule and not a huge amount of sleep we return home energised and buzzing with inspiration.

There were attendees from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Guatemala, Holland, Italy, India, Indonesia, Namibia, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, and probably some other places too. This is a great testament to the wide appeal of Joomla and the passion of it's diverse community.

Looking forward I think 2020 will be an exciting year for Joomla, with the release of version 4, J & beyond returning in May and lots of plans and ideas to get stuck into from the forum for the future. We must not forget that software is only limited by ambition and expectation, we, as the Joomla community, must step forward with an abundance of both.

We were delighted to be attending our 4th ScotlandPHP conference this weekend, it's been a consistently excellent conference over the years, so it must be challenge to keep the level so high, but the team totally nailed it again.

We're excited to see the opening of ONE CodeBase, Aberdeen's new tech hub.  Hopefully it'll have a hugely positive effect on Aberdeen's disparate tech scene.


We were delighted to be doing a talk about App development with Flutter and Dart at AberdeenPHP user group in June.

The slides are online at http://ssofb.co.uk/slides/flutter.

Of course, Joomla makes a great backend for Apps built with Flutter and Dart.

We were delighted to help out at the careers fair at school, talking to year 6 and year 7 students.  The hall was set-up with a couple of dozen stations, each to explain a separate profession.  We explained about what it's like to be a software engineer or developer. 

Having been back from J & Beyond for a few days, we're keen to reflect was a great conference it was. We'd like to say a huge thanks to Robert, David and the team for all of their work for the event. It is such a great opportunity to join together with the wider Joomla community and share knowledge, ideas and inspiration.

J & Beyond 2018 is this week, and we're as excited as ever to be heading to the annual Joomla conference.  As usual, there is a great program of talks and workshops to enjoy.  Aside from the program it's a great change to meet up and chat with the rest of the Joomla family, swap tips, create ideas and work together on the Joomla project.

 J and Beyond 2018 | An International Joomla! Conference - Mai 10 - 13, 2018, Cologne, Germany

This wednesday we're looking forward to presenting a talk about AWS Lambda & PHP at AberdeenPHP User Group.  Wednesday, 7th of February 2018, from 18:30 to 21:30 at Fifth Ring Ltd - 47-49 Huntly Street Aberdeen.

We will cover...

  • An introduction to AWS Lambda
  • Positives and negatives of AWS Lambda
  • Use cases of AWS Lambda
  • Options for running PHP on AWS Lambda
  • LambdaPHP workflow
  • LambdaPHP demo

There is usually pizza and beer on offer.  Thanks, as ever, to Danny Wilson for organising the meetup.

Last weekend we were at the Joomla World Conference in Rome, which was a fantastic event.

Over the three days there were some great talks, workshops and sessions from members of the Joomla! community and beyond.

Of course, aside from that, it was lovely to meet up with the worldwide Joomla! community.

We'd like to say a huge thanks to Rowan, Ronni and the team who put the conference together.

We're really looking forward to this Saturday's ScotlandPHP conference in Edinburgh.  Last year's inaugural event was a fantastic day and this year's looks to be bigger and better.


The line-up of speakers looks great...