Unless you've been living under a rock, then you're aware that support for Joomla! 2.5 is ending this week. With that means no new releases of 2.5 and you should already be planning your upgrade to Joomla! 3. Unfortunately, because of the difficult migrations that came about between Joomla! 1.0 and 1.5, then again from 1.5 to 2.5, this isn't exactly a topic many enjoy discussing, but the truth of the matter is that with proper planning, it is quite simple to upgrade an actively maintained site from 2.5 to 3 with little hassle.
Having a long term plan and goals for yourself can be a great guiding principle for your life, but we often find that things don't quite go according to plan or we don't like where the current plan is taking us. Had someone told me in August 2009 that I would be where I am today, I would have laughed; at that time my plan was to remain focused on a 20-year military career and how I could advance my career or find new challenges to keep my interest in that plan, but things obviously didn't work out that way. In my case, trying to plan long term is rather difficult as I've become accustomed to constant change and have a hard time sitting still for too long. So, how does someone come up with a long term plan, roll with the punches when things don't go according to plan, and not become bored with everything?
One month ago yesterday, I left a military installation for what will be the last time as a member of the United States Army. Though in all technicality I'm still a servicemember for another week, I can't help but to reflect on what will equate to 9 years and 19 days of active federal service and all the highs and lows that came with it. It's also a perfectly timed reflection as the Army itself celebrates its birthday on June 14.
The 3.3 release of the Joomla! CMS is close, and included in it are some great improvements to enable users to Do More. Some of the most obvious changes are highlighted in the great marketing materials, but there are also a couple of hidden gems that site administrators and developers may also enjoy.
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.