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How the JoomFish team developed for Joomla development releases
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Written by Alex Kempkens   
Tuesday, 17 January 2012 07:17

Many people asked about the JoomFish project recently. It looked like the project is not existing anymore. It looked like we are not supporting Joomla the way we did. Yes it looked like this, but actually it is all wrong.

The Joomla project made a tremendouse shift in its release and development strategy lately. With focusing on two different products (Plattform and CMS) and with time based releases the project now builds a plannable and predictable skeleton for professional 3rd party teams to build on their work on it. In the past each single release of Joomla was a major milestone and your update was not fast enough you have been lost in space. In the last year we saw two updates of the same kind and many, many people thought that they build their new website on a new stable version. My personal opinion is that both releases 1.6 and 1.7 had been pretty stable and perfectly for developers to test, learn and develop their extensions against them - however I have never recommended any of these versions to a client as a stable, long term reliable and not changing version. And this was excatly what the Joomla team said too. They have been very predictable in their work and now 2.5 is about to be released and with this we get a new long term, stable release for Joomla CMS including a stable plattform 11.4 - great!

Did we as JoomFish team waited all way long? No. We tested, we contributed to the core to help to overcome some issues we encountered and we prepared our next version for this new plattform and CMS. As stated all day long we have not released anything for 1.6 or 1.7 as this was pure development testing and not meant for any production usage. We shared our new github repository that allows very simple usage of the jf-future package and also worked on the new 2.2 release, the last one for Joomla 1.5 series.

To sum up, the JoomFish project is not dead, it still supports Joomla and even stronger now and of course we will release a version for Joomla 2.5!

First we will release JoomFish 2.2 with some additional enhancements for the general public. This build will be our transfer build to the new Joomla CMS 2.5 code based. This release is planned for this week.

Second we will release a Beta build of JoomFish 2.5 to our club members. This beta build is tested against Joomla CMS 2.5 B2 and should work in general. From eairly adopters we know already some bugs and will fix them on our way to the stable release. I personally assume that we will provide a stable version of the core features within a few weeks.

Last but not least we will provide updates to all our own add-ons and some new addtional features for easy migration and management of your translations. And of course to an update on our own website - as usual this comes last as it is not as important as your code.