Only a few days to go till J and Beyond in Prague, and preparation for our talk, "Joomla as a mobile App backend" is all ready and set

We'll be talking through a recent project for large scale App backends using Joomla.  For the project we used the Joomla front-end, combined with the Fields Attach and jBackend extensions.  There was a lot of RESTful JSON, DevOps, CI/CD, UI and agile work involved.  The session will cover the project from a holistic point of view, diving into details where appropriate.

We're on Sunday morning, in the "Integrator" stream, just after Jessica Dunbar's keynote.

Also really looking forward also to catching up with the Joomla community and soaking up the JAB vibe.

We are delighted to be speaking at TechMeetup Aberdeen this evening.

This is our second time taking the stage at TechMeetup Aberdeen, and this week we'll be talking Apps.  The talk will be about Apps and web back-ends.  It is a development story and covers an wide range of issues and disciplines.


For more details, see

TechMeetup Aberdeen is on every 3rd Wednesday.

Is in in...

Meston Building
Meston Walk
University of Aberdeen
AB24 3UE

There is also info on Aberdeen TechMeetup Facebook page

Just two weeks to go till J and Beyond in Prague, and preparation for our talk, "Joomla as a mobile App backend" is going well. 

This talk will describe ideas, principles and methods related to building mobile App backends in Joomla. The Joomla front end it an ideal tool to provide app content administrators the ability to control their app. We'll look at several examples of this process for Apps developed for the UK education sector. The Apps typically use RESTful JSON interfaces to pull and push data to and from the Joomla backend.

We're on Sunday morning, in the "Integrator" stream, just after Jessica Dunbar's keynote.


Also really looking forward also to catching up with the Joomla community.

We are really looking forward to J and Beyond this year.  It is from the 29th to 31st of May in Prague.

J and Beyond 2015 | An International Joomla! Conference - May 29 - 31, 2015, Prague, Czech Republic

Joomla conferences and events are provide a great opportunity for the wider Joomla community to meet in person, and there is always a vibrant and creative atmosphere.

See you in Prague...

J2Store We're please to see the new version of J2Store, our favorite Joomla shop extension has been released.

The latest release in the v3 series now signifies it is a release candidate and can now be used on Live sites.

We'd like to thank and congratulate Ramesh, Jayshree and the rest of the J2Store team on this milestone. 

Code the City 3

Code the City 3

Code the City 3

Code the City 3

We had a great weekend at Code the City 3, it was an interesting and productive event all round.

The first day kicked off with a good warm up up session, to get us thinking.  Then it opened into groups to tackle various issues, new an previous.  I worked with Rob (@ormiret), Sadiq (@yayasadiq) and Stuart (@stuart_foy) on a FOI search engine.  This involved screen-scrapers to collect data from Scottish council websites, and a front-end interface.  The skill sets in the team were a good fit, Rob doing the backend and OCR, Stuart doing UI and visual design, Sadiq writing scrapers in Python and myself coding up the font-end.

Some outcomes...

All-in-all it was a great event, friendly and creative atmosphere and we saw some really cool things made.

Big thanks to Ian, Bruce, Steven and Andrew for organising the event.

Also, thanks to Eventifier, Aberdeen City Council, Fifth Ring and Aberdeen Uni for support and sponsorship.

This time code the city was taking the theme of Community Information.

We're really excited to be involved in Code the City 3, in Aberdeen this weekend.

This time code the city is taking the theme of Community Information.

We attended the first civic hack, Aberdeen Culture Hack, in April 2013, and have been a keen follower of these events ever since.

You can find out more and book a free ticket here.



The Joomla! Resources Directory is a new initiative for Joomla, a directory of Joomla resources listed by type, location and background. It should make it easier to find and choose Joomla solution providers generally. 

To quote the introductory blurb...

the Joomla! Resources Directory™ (JRD) of registered service providers for the Joomla! community. This is a place where you can quickly find professional service providers  to help you achive greater success with your Joomla! CMS.

So, obviously we are delighted to have our JRD listing live on the Joomla! Resources Directory!

SSOFB on the Joomla! Resources Directory

Joomla has a great track record on security. In the period of the rapid evolution of 1.7 to 3.3 (Aug 2011 till now) security has been treated as a priority, and as new features have been added, security has not suffered, as can be the case.  Good design patterns and a strong platform have be a huge help with this progress.

Whilst WordPress has always struggled with security, and Drupal has also had issues, Joomla has fared well generally.

You can keep up-to-date with the Joomla Security News Feed.

The Joomla Extention Directory (JED) is a huge resource for Joomla administrators and developers.  The new version has been under construction for the last few months and we've been following progress keenly.  So we're looking forward to the immanent release of the new system, sounds like it is just about a week away now.

A huge thanks to all involved in the project and process, it sounds like the new system will be a fantastic step forward.