Of all the Joomla Extension types available, plugins are the simplest to implement, but can be the most powerful with regards to customising your Joomla! website. Built into Joomla! are a number of events that trigger the execution of plugins, which essentially allow us to highjack the standard Joomla! code or output and insert our own code.
Third in a series of articles on practical development. The advantages of dealing with your Project through an in Integrated Development Environment (IDE) such as PHP Storm. Consult previous articles in this series.
The second in a series of articles on practical development, dealing with your working environment in developing for Joomla! Consult last month's introduction for what to expect.
Whether you are writing PHP code or styling a website with cascading style sheets (CSS), there are a range of tools which can make your life much easier and allow you to focus on writing good quality code quickly and efficiently. This "practical development" series of articles will focus on using PhpStorm as a development environment and will consider seven topics.
I'm a parent. That tends to sound a bit like a confession. But most people who know me also know that I love kids. I have three children right now, and hope to add more in the near future. I've learned many things from being a parent. I learned there is a strange phenomenon with children where they cannot hear something they are told unless I tell them multiple times. It's interesting because it doesn't seem to be all the time, only certain times, and usually only those times when they need to do something they don't particularly want to do. And I really get tired of repeating myself. It gets quite annoying after a while.
Among the many new features released with version 3.2 of Joomla!, the one that most caught my interest, and perhaps one of the less publicized but certainly very useful for administrators and interesting for developers, is the so-called "post-installation messages". These inform the site administrator about features that require your attention after the successful installation of an extension.