It is with a heavy heart that today I am officially announcing the end of support for all BabDev resources. Unfortunately, for a multitude of reasons, I no longer have the time or desire to dedicate to maintaining these resources.
Earlier, I posted a tweet thread indicating this decision is partially dictated by the manner in which the Joomla culture and community have been changing and morally not agreeing with this shift in direction. That is only part of the story. In truth, since leaving the Army two and a half years ago and taking on full time work, my efforts here have been severely neglected and though I've tried to continue working on my extensions, it's just something I don't have a passion for anymore. It has shown in the number of releases over the last couple of years and the slow progress of new versions of the extensions.
In truth, this endeavor has always been a "passion project", something I did on the side because I enjoyed it. I've never used this brand or my efforts as a means to make a living, it has solely been to give back to the Joomla community by providing some resources. Two of the three extensions I offer are a dime a dozen anyway while the podcasting suite is slowly finding competition as more individuals get into the field.
I will continue support of my Transifex API library as this is a low maintenance resource and remains the only complete PHP implementation of their API. My Joomla extensions however are to be considered abandoned in their current state. This doesn't mean they will stop working though; the downloads and minimal documentation will remain available on this site for the foreseeable future and the code (including all work going into new versions) will remain available at https://github.com/BabDev until the account gets deleted. With that said though, if there is any interest from anyone taking over these projects, feel free to reach out to me and I'd be willing to help with a transition to the best of my abilities.
Likewise, the blogging content will remain here for the foreseeable future. However any new posts will be at my personal website, https://michaels.website and will gradually focus less on Joomla related content.
The last six years have been fun, but it is time for me to let go of some things I'm no longer passionate about or able to devote the proper amount of time into and sadly this is one of the resources that I'll be letting go of.
Joomla! 3.5 was recently released and includes 34 new ways to Do More (or new features). The marketing material covers a lot of user facing changes but doesn't quite get into some of the under the hood features that were added too. So after you've upgraded your site, take a glance at some of these additional changes.
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.