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Opinions sought:
============
A prospective client wants customizations to Joomla using PHP. I have not
done anything with Joomla. Is it worth my while to invest the time to set
it up and learn it? If it is, where would you recommend as a starting
place. I looked quickly on the web, but not found anything directly to the
point, and as I am busy right now I thought I would solicit opinions from
fellow professionals.

Shelly
Nov 8 '07 #1
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Shelly wrote:
>
Opinions sought:
============
A prospective client wants customizations to Joomla using PHP. I have not
done anything with Joomla. Is it worth my while to invest the time to set
it up and learn it? If it is, where would you recommend as a starting
place. I looked quickly on the web, but not found anything directly to the
point, and as I am busy right now I thought I would solicit opinions from
fellow professionals.

Shelly
The most obvious starting points would be:

http://www.joomla.org for general information on Joomla
http://dev.joomla.org for developer information on Joomla
http://api.joomla.org for a reference on the Joomla API
Nov 8 '07 #2
NC
On Nov 8, 9:17 am, "Shelly" <sheldonlg.n... @asap-consult.comwrot e:
>
A prospective client wants customizations to Joomla using PHP.
I have not done anything with Joomla. Is it worth my while to
invest the time to set it up and learn it?
Setup will take you all of ten minutes. Be aware though that Joomla!
exists in two flavors. The current release is 1.0, but it is being
replaced with 1.5, which is a complete rewrite. Almost everything,
from administration to developing extensions, is different in 1.5
compared to 1.0. So you might want to discuss this with your
prospective client.

As to learning, it is entirely up to you. If you are a fast learner
and expect to handle similar requests in the future, you should
consider it. If not, it probably doesn't make a lot of sense, unless
you enjoy learning for the sake of learning.
If it is, where would you recommend as a starting place.
joomla.org

Cheers,
NC

Nov 8 '07 #3
On Nov 8, 7:55 pm, NC <n...@iname.com wrote:
On Nov 8, 9:17 am, "Shelly" <sheldonlg.n... @asap-consult.comwrot e:
A prospective client wants customizations to Joomla using PHP.
I have not done anything with Joomla. Is it worth my while to
invest the time to set it up and learn it?

Setup will take you all of ten minutes. Be aware though that Joomla!
exists in two flavors. The current release is 1.0, but it is being
replaced with 1.5, which is a complete rewrite. Almost everything,
from administration to developing extensions, is different in 1.5
compared to 1.0. So you might want to discuss this with your
prospective client.

As to learning, it is entirely up to you. If you are a fast learner
and expect to handle similar requests in the future, you should
consider it. If not, it probably doesn't make a lot of sense, unless
you enjoy learning for the sake of learning.
If it is, where would you recommend as a starting place.

joomla.org

Cheers,
NC
I understood that Shelly wanted to customize Joomla, not just use it?
Sorry if
I'm wrong.

Darko

Nov 8 '07 #4
Darko wrote:
On Nov 8, 7:55 pm, NC <n...@iname.com wrote:
>On Nov 8, 9:17 am, "Shelly" <sheldonlg.n... @asap-consult.comwrot e:
>>A prospective client wants customizations to Joomla using PHP.
I have not done anything with Joomla. Is it worth my while to
invest the time to set it up and learn it?

Setup will take you all of ten minutes. Be aware though that Joomla!
exists in two flavors. The current release is 1.0, but it is being
replaced with 1.5, which is a complete rewrite. Almost everything,
from administration to developing extensions, is different in 1.5
compared to 1.0. So you might want to discuss this with your
prospective client.

As to learning, it is entirely up to you. If you are a fast learner
and expect to handle similar requests in the future, you should
consider it. If not, it probably doesn't make a lot of sense, unless
you enjoy learning for the sake of learning.
>>If it is, where would you recommend as a starting place.

joomla.org

Cheers,
NC

I understood that Shelly wanted to customize Joomla, not just use it?
Sorry if
I'm wrong.

Darko
Correct, but actually I wouldn't be able to customize it unless I learned it
first. Is this something that goes on the server, or is it like Dreamweaver
that goes on the developer's machine? That is a big question that I didn't
readily find online.

Shelly
Nov 8 '07 #5
On Nov 8, 8:09 pm, "Shelly" <sheldonlg.n... @asap-consult.comwrot e:
Darko wrote:
On Nov 8, 7:55 pm, NC <n...@iname.com wrote:
On Nov 8, 9:17 am, "Shelly" <sheldonlg.n... @asap-consult.comwrot e:
>A prospective client wants customizations to Joomla using PHP.
I have not done anything with Joomla. Is it worth my while to
invest the time to set it up and learn it?
Setup will take you all of ten minutes. Be aware though that Joomla!
exists in two flavors. The current release is 1.0, but it is being
replaced with 1.5, which is a complete rewrite. Almost everything,
from administration to developing extensions, is different in 1.5
compared to 1.0. So you might want to discuss this with your
prospective client.
As to learning, it is entirely up to you. If you are a fast learner
and expect to handle similar requests in the future, you should
consider it. If not, it probably doesn't make a lot of sense, unless
you enjoy learning for the sake of learning.
>If it is, where would you recommend as a starting place.
joomla.org
Cheers,
NC
I understood that Shelly wanted to customize Joomla, not just use it?
Sorry if
I'm wrong.
Darko

Correct, but actually I wouldn't be able to customize it unless I learned it
first. Is this something that goes on the server, or is it like Dreamweaver
that goes on the developer's machine? That is a big question that I didn't
readily find online.

Shelly
server, as much as I know. You install it, set parameters, fill the
database, and it works.
I never used it, so don't rely on me, it's just a clue. I bet there
are people here who know it
better than I do.

Nov 8 '07 #6
Shelly wrote:
Darko wrote:
>On Nov 8, 7:55 pm, NC <n...@iname.com wrote:
>>On Nov 8, 9:17 am, "Shelly" <sheldonlg.n... @asap-consult.comwrot e:

A prospective client wants customizations to Joomla using PHP.
I have not done anything with Joomla. Is it worth my while to
invest the time to set it up and learn it?
Setup will take you all of ten minutes. Be aware though that Joomla!
exists in two flavors. The current release is 1.0, but it is being
replaced with 1.5, which is a complete rewrite. Almost everything,
from administration to developing extensions, is different in 1.5
compared to 1.0. So you might want to discuss this with your
prospective client.

As to learning, it is entirely up to you. If you are a fast learner
and expect to handle similar requests in the future, you should
consider it. If not, it probably doesn't make a lot of sense, unless
you enjoy learning for the sake of learning.

If it is, where would you recommend as a starting place.
joomla.org

Cheers,
NC
I understood that Shelly wanted to customize Joomla, not just use it?
Sorry if
I'm wrong.

Darko

Correct, but actually I wouldn't be able to customize it unless I learned it
first. Is this something that goes on the server, or is it like Dreamweaver
that goes on the developer's machine? That is a big question that I didn't
readily find online.

Shelly
It's goes on the server.
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Nov 8 '07 #7
On Nov 8, 12:17 pm, "Shelly" <sheldonlg.n... @asap-consult.comwrot e:
Opinions sought:
============
A prospective client wants customizations to Joomla using PHP. I have not
done anything with Joomla. Is it worth my while to invest the time to set
it up and learn it? If it is, where would you recommend as a starting
place. I looked quickly on the web, but not found anything directly to the
point, and as I am busy right now I thought I would solicit opinions from
fellow professionals.
Why is the client insisting on Joomla? Do they already have a Joomla-
based site? If not, have they considered the full range of options?

Nov 8 '07 #8
lawrence k wrote:
On Nov 8, 12:17 pm, "Shelly" <sheldonlg.n... @asap-consult.comwrot e:
>Opinions sought:
============
A prospective client wants customizations to Joomla using PHP. I
have not done anything with Joomla. Is it worth my while to invest
the time to set it up and learn it? If it is, where would you
recommend as a starting place. I looked quickly on the web, but not
found anything directly to the point, and as I am busy right now I
thought I would solicit opinions from fellow professionals.

Why is the client insisting on Joomla? Do they already have a Joomla-
based site? If not, have they considered the full range of options?
When a client says "I want A", you don't try to sell him B. You sell him A.

Shelly
Nov 8 '07 #9
"Shelly" <sh************ @asap-consult.comwrot e in message
news:13******** *****@corp.supe rnews.com...

Correct, but actually I wouldn't be able to customize it unless I learned
it first. Is this something that goes on the server, or is it like
Dreamweaver that goes on the developer's machine? That is a big question
that I didn't readily find online.
It's just a bunch of PHP files.
No .exe's; no .dll's; just a bunch of PHP.
Nov 8 '07 #10

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