Scotland is having it's first ever PHP conference, and we'll be there.  Announced last week at PHP South Coast 2016, it's sure to be a great event, bringing together the PHP and web development community.

Scotland PHP is a one day conference in Edinburgh on the 29th October, 2016.

The Scotland PHP group umbrella community for the PHP user groups in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Joomla! is a fantastic platform, with so many great resources online.  We thought we'd spend a few minutes jotting down some of our favorite sources of Joomla goodness.

@Joomla, the fantastic Open Source CMS released a new version yesterday, 3.5.  It includes lots of enhancements and fixes, and some great new features.

Next week, we're looking forward to presenting a talk about Joomla! at AberdeenPHP User Group.  Wednesday, 6 January 2016 from 18:30 to 21:30 at Fifth Ring Ltd - 47-49 Huntly Street Aberdeen.

The talk will be about how and why PHP developers should use Joomla!  This is great, as it it a lovely venn diagram of things we care about, Joomla, PHP and Aberdeen.

Here at SSOFB we're always focused on security, so, of course, we've been keeping an eye on the Let’s Encrypt project from the Linux Foundation.

As stated on the project's website, "Let’s Encrypt is a new Certificate Authority, It’s free, automated, and open."  Previously SSL certificates ranged in cost from £50 to £150, depending on the option taken, however, now the Let’s Encrypt project has taken the cost down to zero, enabling SSL use on websites to be ubiquitous.

We've been trialing Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates for a few months on our servers, and we're delighted that it is now pretty much ready for mainstream roll-out.

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Great to say, it's a big month for PHP.  Not only was it recently PHP's 20th birthday, but also PHP7 has just been released.

Additionally, on a more local level, tomorrow there is a ScotlandPHP meetup in Dundee. ScotlandPHP is the informal umbrella for PHP user groups from across Scotland.  We'll be traveling down from Aberdeen with the rest of the AberdeenPHP user group, and there will be user groups from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee there also.

We were delighted to be involved in DevBar 2015. It is the inaugural DevBar event, organised by Szymon Szymczyna to great effect.

We were in a team with Angela, Keith Radcliffe and Danny Wilson. Three of us are members of AberdeenPHP usergroup, so it was quite a dev-centric skill set in the team.

The diversity of skills backgrounds of those involved was really refreshing and the venue made for a really relaxing environment to create in.

Surprisingly, due to our relaxed approach, our team won, which was a nice bonus.

Huge thanks to Szymon for organising the event, as well as his team, the judges and sponsors. We're looking forward to the next DevBar already.

We are active and keen members of AberdeenPHP User Group. It's on the first Wednesday of the month, starting 6:30 for 7 at Fifth Ring, conference room, 47-49 Huntly Street.

This evening there is a talk on Continuous Development by Frédéric Dewinne from ContinuousPHP which should be really interesting.

There is usually pizza and beer on offer.

Thanks, as ever, to Danny Wilson for organising the meetup.


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We've been proud to be involved in the Joomla for quite a few years, and the project and community around it have always been amazing to be part of.

So, and it is a bit of a milestone, Joomla is now 10 years old, as of a couple of days ago.  From the first time we downloaded Joomla maybe 9 years ago, to the first Joomla Day we went to in 2009, it been a great journey. 

So, just a quick post to say, happy birthday joomla, here's to another 10 years!

For those unfamiliar with Joomla...

Joomla is an award-winning content management system (CMS), which enables you to build Web sites and powerful online applications. Many aspects, including its ease-of-use and extensibility, have made Joomla the most popular Web site software available. Best of all, Joomla is an open source solution that is freely available to everyone.

We're delighted to see the new, updated Joomla! road-map released this week.

There are some great new features and changes for 3.5, due in October, and further improvements due in 3.6 and 3.7, in Q1 and Q3 respectively.

We're particularly excited about the move of less used components to the core-supported extension directory, and, in the longer term, the Hypermedia API and new Media Manager.

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