It's been about a year since I joined Joomla's Production Leadership Team, and I can certainly say there have been a lot of ups and downs with the job. It's also made me grow as a developer, a team leader, community leader, and Soldier. Through my experiences and conversations, especially at the Joomla World Conference, I'm pretty sure I've got a grasp on who I am today and where I need to grow, including where I want to take the Joomla project while I'm moving forward.
So after an amazing five days in Boston for Joomla's Leadership Summit and World Conference, I wanted to try and get my thoughts on paper about my impressions of the event while the emotions are still fresh on my mind. As I sit in the lobby of the Marriott as we all begin our journeys back home (eventually moved over to Logan Airport), my first thought is that it's eerily quiet here without the Joomla crowd here partying, but just loud enough with having Peter Bui, Brian Teeman, and Jon Neubauer hanging around for a chat.
There comes a point in the military career of every service member where their time wearing the uniform and serving their country comes to a close. For me, I've reached that time, and as my days in the military start to dwindle down, it's time to start planning my transition.
Something you often see asked around the internet is how you can contribute to Joomla!. Whether it be code, docs, support, or marketing, folks always seem to want to offer something. So, we'll take a look at the 15-month journey to get a not-so-typical feature request merged into Joomla.
As Joomla! celebrates its eighth birthday, a very special opportunity exists to celebrate the successes of the project and highlight its future to developers in the Nashville area in the month of August.