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Joomla! Announces Its First Ever In-Person Code Sprints for CMS

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Jul 16, 2013) - Joomla, one of the world's most popular open source content management systems (CMS) used for everything from websites to blogs to Intranets, today announced its first ever in-person code sprints. The initial code sprints will be used to help build the newest version of Joomla, which more than 3 percent of websites now use for their CMS. Joomla 3.2 is expected to be released this September.

"With half a million volunteer contributors to the Joomla core spread around the world, traditionally we have held structured code sprints virtually because logistically that's what worked best," said Paul Orwig, President, Open Source Matters, a non-profit created to provide organization, legal and financial support to the Joomla project. "However, there's no substitute to face-to-face collaboration and that's why we are launching these in-person sprints."

The biggest goals that coders partaking in the sprints are being tasked with is making improvements to the user interface (UI) for developers building Joomla sites and simplifying how developers create Joomla extensions. Joomla extensions allow users to add nearly any feature to their website that are not included in the core Joomla CMS (such as a photo gallery). Currently there are thousands of Joomla extensions.

"The Joomla UI is good and our extension catalog is robust, but we are not resting on our laurels," said Michael Babker of the Joomla Production Leadership Team (PLT). "These code sprints are an essential step to making UI improvements and allowing developers to create new extensions more quickly a reality."

Previously, Joomla community members typically collaborated to help build code for the Joomla core either remotely or in small, informal in-person groups. These new in-person sprints will also allow people to participate virtually.

Joomla already hosted its first formal in-person code sprint (with a focus on UI improvements) for helping build Joomla 3.2 in early July in Machester, England. The upcoming code sprints are located in and will take place on:

To participate in one of the upcoming code sprints, go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cTTu9oQVSdJpCOt3h1ZrUAUdW5YwYXqbYx7_l2IoTlw/viewform.

About Joomla!
Joomla is one of the world's most popular software packages used to build, organize, manage and publish content for websites, blogs, Intranets, and mobile applications. With more than 3 percent of the Web running on Joomla, the free open source Content Management System (CMS) powers the web presence of hundreds of thousands of small businesses, governments, non-profits and large organizations worldwide like Citibank, eBay, General Electric, Harvard University, Ikea, McDonald's and Sony. The award-winning CMS is led by an international community of more than a half million active contributors, helping the most inexperienced user to seasoned web developer make their digital visions a reality. Joomla's power and extensibility has resulted in its software being downloaded more than 40 million times.