Wednesday, June 30, 2010

You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks!

After 33 years in IT for one company, retirement as a volunteer for many organizations has generally been satisfying. Web development skills have been increasing and new skills are learned as more challenging activities are undertaken.

My newest opportunity is to learn Joomla and develop more proficiency with PHP (Hypertext PreProcessor). Later on down the road, will be the need to develop expertise with MySQL.

Joomla is a content management system (CMS), which enables building Web sites and powerful online applications. As a site developer, knowing XML is great, however, for the organizations that I support technically, use of a CMS will allow me to not spend so much time writing XML and allow the organization the flexibility to keep the content fresh without my involvement. At least that is the theory!

Joomla is "open-source" which means it is free, so the components have been downloaded and extracted. Next is the installation - guess I better get busy!

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