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Over the years, we have found that the best way to learn any open source software & attempt to be good at it is best achieved by being as active in its community as possible & by contributing in any way you can.
Over at Techjoomla as well as Tekdi Web Solutions, we have always believed in the power of Open Source & are always looking for ways to give back. Some time back, we had started helping out in 5 posts per day on the Joomla forums in a bid to help out regularly. I fell out of the habit sometime back.. But Ashwin still does it.. & i plan to start again soon as well :)
At Techjoomla at all the Joomla trainings we conduct, we always encourage trainees to get on to the forums & help out there.. Its the easiest way to contribute & it is actually easy for anyone to help as there are questions of the most basic level to the most advanced ones on the forums. So its a great way to learn.
This year, we decided to give a challenge to 4 new trainees who have joined our team at Tekdi Web Solutions a month back & have just completed a Joomla Training course.
The Joomla Community Support Challenge I !
- Each trainee starting the 20th of June shall aim for Posting 30 useful posts on the Joomla forums per day.
- The trainees have a collective goal to contribute 3000 useful posts to the Joomla forums by the 20th of July.
- The trainees shall be paid their regular salaries but will work for the Joomla community during this period.
Watch out for our trainees on the Joomla forums with the following signature !
My Name is. Trainee @ Tekdi Web Solutions. http://www.tekdi.net | Techjoomla. http://techjoomla.com
TWS's Community Support Goal: Contribute 3000 useful posts to the Joomla forums by July 20
*Note I am a Joomla Trainee trying to help! I am not an expert..Yet !
Wish us luck with the project & welcome Amita, Pallavi, Mayuri, Kshama to the Joomla Community !
If this project proves useful, we shall make it a standard practice !
Hey Everyone !
We'd like to take this opportunity to invite you all to JUG Pune's Joomla 1.6 release party which is being hosted by Techjoomla & Tekdi Web Solutions.
Its a great pleasure to announce that Tekdi Web Solutions has been recognized as one of the top 100 businesses in India by 'Franchise India & Zee Business' .All of us here are very grateful for this recognition & to all our team at Tekdi Web Solutions & Techjoomla as well as all our customers & supporters who have made this possible.
A big thank you to all the communities of open source technologies like Joomla, Magento, Wordpress, Drupal who form a large part of our offerings !
Our CTO, Ashwin Date was interviewed by the Magazine . The full interview can be read here http://bit.ly/9iokWr
Something about the Survey
Franchise India and Ernst & Young presents the country's most prestigious awards in the micro, small and medium businesses. The awards aim to recognize and felicitate Achievers, Innovators and Suppliers who have contributed significantly towards the development of Small and Medium Enterprises in India. The magazine has recognized the top 100 business in the small business category.
Joomla turned 5 on the 1st of September 2010. We had a short celebration in the office today. Here are some snaps of the same.
Today, on the 1st of September 5 years ago Joomla was unveiled to the world for the first time. Its time for celebrations for the Joomla community world wide which is one of the most diverse communities in the Open Source world. With the least entry barriers , here anyone can come in & take leadership & make change happen. It is this marvelous community of users, developers, designers, documentation creators , bug reporters & fixers, evangelists & every single person that has touched & been touched by this piece of software.
Joomla has come a long long way since that 5 years ago. Today it feeds many mouths in more ways than one & i am sure that all together, the jobs it has created can compete with any of the top fortune 500 companies in the world. It runs close to 2.5% of the sites on the web today. It is used by organizations as large as Apple, McDonald’s and the United Nations and by millions of people for their companies, hobbies and charities.
Today as we look back, we are hit with a wave of nostalgia..so today, we'll tell you our Joomla Story.
At Tekdi we've been using SugarCRM since long to manage all the customers leads and other possible data. The part after that - a solid project management system has always been a point of contention and we've switched to and fro with many systems, notably dotproject (DP). Recently I got to know about redmine and since then have shifted over to the same.
To ease things, previously I had created a small bridge between Sugar and dotproject that automagically creates a project in DP once an opportunity is marked as 'closed won'. This was easily managed since both systems are PHP.
Enter redmine and I was looking at a something written in ruby/rails - hieroglyphics to me ! I soon realised that it had a rest api that allowed creating projects. However when I tried to use the API it kept on giving errors and I was left with directly dealing with the MySQL db. Upon seeing that redmine uses the Nested set model to store data I simply gave up the idea of creating a bridge.
Redmine then released v1.0.0in late July and the API is dramatically improved and works well. Now I could get my bridge to work. Creating a custom override in Sugar did the trick and I was now able to create projects in redmine.
To use the bridge, place the Opportunities folder in the following folder in SugarCRM
In the past few months, there have been some major announcements that have rocked the world of Social Networks. NING's announcement of phasing out free Social Networks have got many network admins worrying about what to do next. With the only way out being to pay to upgrade to NING's premium plans , admins have no other option than migrating to either a different system or a platform of their own.
Other SAAS options include KickApps , SocialGO which include a free solution besides their premium services. The other alternative that some might prefer would be to move to your own platform. If you are looking at going this route there are solutions like Elgg, BuddyPress , JomSocial available.
With JomSocial going GPL this month, it looks like a really promising alternative.
This blog will talk mainly about migrating from Ning to JomSocial & the options you have for the features that Ning has in this approach.
With JomSocial going GPL, we have been getting a large number of requests for converting CB & NING based Social Networks to JomSocial. So much so that we even released a few migration extensions for CB. These plugins make it easier to move some of the CB data to JomSocial.
We are now offering a migration service for people who want to move from NING or CB to JomSocial.
With JomSocial going GPL it's the best time to move ! Interested ? Send us an inquiry & we'll get back to you with an estimate.
SOBI2 Dropdown Module 1.1 for Joomla 1.5 has been released. A bug which led to the following warning being shown
"Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in components/com_sobi2/config.class.php" has been fixed.
The new version can be downloaded from SOBI2 Dropdown Module for Joomla 1.5
Sorry we have taken time in coming out with this.. But its finally here. The much appreciated SOBI Claims plugin has been released today.
Many of the known issues have been sorted out. Also native Joomla Validation & Mootools ajax has been used. To download, Please login to the site & go to :