Extension Updates

Tweet Display Back 3.0.0 Released

Tweet Display Back 3.0.0, the first stable release of the 3.0 release series, has been released today and is now available for download.  This is a maintenance release of the module.

Changes since 2.1

The biggest changes with the 3.0 release series is that Joomla! support for versions earlier than 2.5 has been removed and the code has been updated to work with Twitter's API version 1.1.  This allows for future development to focus solely on compatibility with current code and make use of new Joomla! Platform features.  Changes that have been made thus far in this release series:

  • Refactored helper class to follow OOP development pattern versus static helper methods
  • Refactored cache logic, making the annoying "user reached API limit" message a rare occurrence
  • Changed queries to Twitter API to use API 1.1
  • Removed support for versions of Joomla! earlier than 2.5
  • Removed JElement classes (supporting Joomla! 1.5)
  • Removed Joomla Color Picker extension in favor of the Joomla's built-in color selection field
  • Removed internal relative date processing in favor of the equivalent Joomla! Platform code
  • Improved version notification field to add support for checking Joomla! version compatibility
  • Added support for showing version updates for all stability levels
  • Added support for displaying a user's favorited tweets
  • Added support for additional PHP connectors via Joomla's HTTP Platform package, replacing the previous internal logic
  • Resolved numerous bug reports

Contributors

Tweet Display Back has a unique team of contributors.  Contributions have come in the form of provided code, translations, or external products.  I'd like to thank Open Translators for contributing the additional translations that are available in the module, enhancing international support.  Next, I'd like to thank Jurian Even of Twentronix for helping develop version 2.0 and implementing the filtering feature.  Lastly, the version check code is based on the original version found in the Construct Template Framework developed by Matt Thomas.

Future Development

As previously announced, future development for Tweet Display Back has shifted to only supporting Joomla! 2.5 and beyond.  Earlier versions of Joomla! are no longer supported..  The 3.0 series of Tweet Display Back will use new features introduced into the Joomla! Platform that will require Joomla! 2.5 or newer.  Also, lessening the support requirements for new versions means that additional features can be added without needing to be compatible with multiple versions of Joomla! and its supporting code (such as MooTools).

Development is driven by user request and API support.  If the Twitter API or Joomla! Platform can support the request, and it is a logical inclusion in this module, then it will more than likely be included in a future release.  Links with additional information about requesting or contributing features can be found in the documentation linked below.

Documentation & Support

As always, further information about the module is available in the Tweet Display Back section of the site, including information about the module's parameters, available translations, FAQ's, and more! Be sure to check out the Tutorials as well with tips on optimizing your module configuration and customizing the module's templates.

Translations

As of this release, Tweet Display Back is distributed in a total of twelve languages.  If you would like to update an existing translation or add a new translation, you may do so by visiting the project page on Transifex.

Download & Upgrade

Users wishing to upgrade from previous releases may do so by downloading the release from the downloads repository.  You can also use the core update system of Joomla! to download the updated package. Go to the Extension Manager's Update view and "Find Updates"!

Download the newest posted release from the Latest Releases listing. Don't see this specific release listed? Check the Archived Releases listing for all of the installation packages that are available.