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Coming together to announce a new era...

Written by | Tuesday, 01 February 2011 04:28 | Published in 2011 February
Unless you've been stuck under a REALLY big snowdrift, hopefully you're aware that Joomla! 1.6 was released on January 10, 2011.  Over three years in development, this new version adds many important features, lays a new architectural foundation for future releases, and starts us down a new path of time based release cycles. Joomla! 1.6 marks the beginning of a new era for our project. Here is a story about how our community worked together to announce this new era to the world...
Coming together to announce a new era... illustration by: Yepr

In the final days leading up to the launch of Joomla! 1.6, a call for help went out to quickly create extensive new content that would educate, promote, support, and celebrate the launch of Joomla! 1.6. A large, diverse, and talented group of people answered that call for help, and quickly formed themselves into teams to complete all of that work in only a few days. You can get a great inside look at how all of that came together in Alice Grevet's feature story in this JCM issue: Kyle Ledbetter: King of the launch room. Kyle was in the figurative "eye of the storm" for three days of frenzied activity leading up to the launch of Joomla! 1.6. In this interview, Kyle shares some great insights into how a large volume of outstanding quality work was done in an extremely short amount of time by a diverse group of people. 

The manner in which this Joomla! 1.6 launch work was all completed is in some ways reminiscent of an agrarian tradition in the United States known as a "barn raising". When a member of the community needs a barn, a call for help goes out far and wide. On the appointed day, members of the community all gather at the family's farm that needs a barn. They bring their tools, nails, lumber, paint, and they also bring their skills, knowledge, and diverse experience. These assembled members of the community come together and work together, and in a single day they build together ("raise") a barn for the family. That barn will serve an important purpose for many years to come.

That same spirit of community, hard work, and collaboration exemplified by a "barn raising" is clearly alive and well in our global Joomla! community. What has powered, is powering, and will continue to power Joomla! as one of the world's leading free open source content management systems is nothing more and nothing less than you and me and everyone else who makes up our global Joomla! community. If we can continue to consistently demonstrate that same "barn raising" spirit by helping each other, working with each other, and supporting each other, then there are really no limits to the great things that we can build together that will stand for years to come!

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Thanks to the members of the Joomla! community who are contributing authors in this month's issue: Manolis Markatselas, Peter Bui, Jarrod Nettles, Anh Tuan Bui, and Nicholas Dionysopoulos.

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Joomla! in the Press/Media

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Paul Orwig

Paul Orwig

Paul is a freelance web solutions provider based in Parker, Colorado, USA. He is the President of the board of directors for Open Source Matters, a former member of the Joomla! Community Leadership Team, a former Webmaster for the Joomla! community portal, and he was the founding Lead Editor for the Joomla! Community Magazine.