Ep44 - Writing a Book About Joomla! with Tim Plummer
This week I have a look at writing a book about Joomla! extension development with Tim Plummer who recently has released a new book called "Learning Joomla! 3 Extension Development".
News from the Joomla! Industry
The Joomla project at the moment is putting out a lot of requests at the moment, mainly for nominations for particular working groups in various spaces.
So firstly a reminder about the call for nominations for new members of the Community Leadership Team and you can find out more about that in the blog post by Peter Martin, but essentially they are looking for more people to join the team to help, maintain the community websites, lias and help various working groups around the community, rolling out new websites as things come along and help create and maintain a health and positive atmosphere in the working groups and community in general.
The second call out is for members to join the Joomla marketing work group.
This is a newly formed working group in the Joomla space and is being formed to help with various marketing aspects for the Joomla! project.
Now this is and extract from Ruth Cheesley's post about it:
The Marketing Working Group is a newly formed group which will interface with the Leadership Team and the Marketing Advisory Group to provide marketing support to all areas of the Joomla! project.
The aim of the group is: "To raise awareness and promote the adoption of the Joomla! CMS and Framework within the Joomla community and around the world"
So if you know anyone that is suitable for that role OR if you think you're worthy of being a part of the Joomla Marketing Working Group then jump on the blog post and nominate yourself or something to be a part of the group.
The Joomla Events team is looking for more people to help out with the events side of Joomla. The events team looks after approving all of the official Joomla events around the world and with the increasing number of Joomla events, they're struggling to keep up. So if you have what it takes, or know someone that would be interested, then nominate away and help out on the events team.
So as you can see, if you use Joomla, and want to connect with more people or just want to help out and volunteer some of your time, there are quite a few ways you can get onboard and help out.
There are more and more calls and requests for volunteers all the time as well so if you're listening to this podcast episode in the future and you've missed out on these opportunities to give back to the Joomla project, just check out the latest blog posts on the Joomla.org website and there may very well be more ways or requests for nominations in regards to getting onboard and helping out with the project.
The Request for Proposals has been announced for the Marketing and communication support services for Joomla. This is an official request from Open Source Matters to seek professional marketing and communication advice from an external supplier to help better communicate Joomla to the world and hopefully increase its usage in different countries and target markets.
This one is just worth reading and finding out what is happening even if you don't have anything to do with marketing. It'd just interesting to see how OSM go about putting out a request for proposal and how the whole process works when it comes to and open source project engaging with and external service provider to make things happen.
So if you happen to own, run or be a part of a marketing and communications company, or advertising agency, perhaps this might be of interest to you. Or maybe you know someone that does that for a living. Pass this opportunity on to them. As far as I understand, this is a paid gig, paid job to putting it together and putting in a proposal would be well worth it.
Check out the post again by Ruth Cheesley on the Joomla.org website, I'll also post links to this in the show notes for this episode.
Interview with Tim Plummer - Learning Joomla! 3 Extension Development
You can get a copy of Tim's book on Amazon.com Learning Joomla! 3 Extension Development.
If you do purchase a copy of the book from Amazon, make sure you give him a rating and review of the book as well so that others can find the book.
If you want to check out some of the extensions that Tim has built over the years, check them out at http://tamlynsoftware.com/. Use the coupon code JOOMLABEAT to get 25% discount on any subscription. (Thanks for that Tim!!!)
Enter the competition to win a copy of Tim's book!
Just jump onto the special landing page that we've created and sign up! That's it!