Yesterday, it was announced in Joomla!'s favourite communication channel (Google Groups, where else) that Andrew Eddie is resigning from the PLT. Andrew Eddie, who had just recently rejoined the PLT, stepped down from his position because of "personal reasons." It is unclear whether / to what degree Andrew Eddie will remain active in Joomla!'s development, although most of his attention had recently been shipped to the fork-of-a-fork of the CMS, the Joomla Framework, of which he was one of the front men.
We wish him the best of luck, and would like to thank him for all the work he has put into Joomla!.
Saying that updating a Joomla! site can be a hassle, is an understatement. Despite the new updater mechanism, many developers still take things in their own hands.
AkeebaBackup has always been a trend setter in Joomla! land, so they started offering the option of updating their components with a few clicks from within your site. For Pro extensions, this required a download ID. Until now, if you wanted to use the update functionality on client sites, you needed to use your main download ID - something I personally was never eager of.
OpenTranslators, an initiative of Joomla community members to bring translators and extension developers together, has just reached a new mile stone in it's short existence.
Today, a "proposal" to create a Joomla Hub on Stackexchange has been generating some interest in the Joomla Community. Having a Q&A Hub on Stackexchange, which is probably by far the most popular platform for Q&A sites, would be a good thing for Joomla.
But we aren't there yet. Before we can turn this "wishfull thinking" into reality (Or a Beta-version of that reality) the proposal is in need of people willing to "Commit". Commiting basically means promising that you would use the hub for 3 months while it's in beta, and answer (at least) 10 questions.
Before the hub can go into beta, it needs a certain number of these "commits". We're only at 30% of the goal and could use a lot more commits. So if a Joomla Hub on Stackexchange is something you'd like to see (and use), find your way to Area51 on Stackexchange and "commit" yourself to support the Hub!
AdminTools, the ever growing Security & Utilities tool for Joomla might just become a bit more secure in the future. We overheard on Google+ (of all places) that Nicholas is working on adding Two-Step Verification by Google, which has just recently been made available for developers.
Two-step authentication adds another layer of security to your site. The feature is already available in Gmail. The concept goes like this: First, you log in providing your username and password. But you're not logged in yet! You'll need to also enter the pin code, which is send to you by SMS, before you can log in.
While this feature can sometimes be a nuisance (when your phone is somewhere else or the battery just died), we look forward to seing this security feature in a next version of AdminTools.