How time flies… Today, Nooku is 4 years old! It has been an interesting journey! A journey of inspiration, creativity, collaboration… Of pushing boundaries.
In the past 4 years, we got glorified, and vilified. We pursued a vision, challenged the status quo, received praise, above all, we kept to our principles and make good things happen.
As we start year 5, Nooku will slowly leave its Joomla roots behind and wander off into the wider PHP galaxy.
Let’s face it, Joomla is moving ahead, but progresses slowly. We love Joomla and we want it to thrive. We believed that Nooku could make this happen and so did some of you, but the time has come to move on.
In 2013, and with the release of 13.1, the Nooku Platform will run fully standalone. A release we are very much looking forward to. The PHP community is innovating at a fast pace and we want to be at the forefront, helping to evolve the web and continuously growing Nooku as a free and open source web application platform.
We recognize that for some, change is difficult. But this is technology! It’s the fastest game in the world! As a long time Joomla community member and Nooku Rock Star, Torkil Johnsen said:
“You have to chase and embrace innovation to stay in the game, not demand that it comes over to shine your shoes.”
Just over three years ago, on 12 February 2008, we made the first commit to our beloved Nooku Framework. Today, Nooku Framework drastically speeds up the creation and maintenance of Joomla extensions while eliminating repetitive coding and adding power, flexibility and fun. Finally, you can focus on what matters most: your extension’s business logic and user experience.
Definition: “to nookify” (verb) : Collaborating to make code reusable, flexible and magical. Often leads to reduction of 60-80% in code.
Introducing Nooku Platform
On the 4th of February 2011, we attended the first ever Joomlanight in Stockholm, Sweden. The topic of this event was “Joomla: At The Edge Of Innovation” and hosted three talks:
- “The Road Ahead for Joomla!” by Ryan Ozimek
- “Molajo Joomla! 1.6 Distribution” by Marco Barbosa
- “Nooku – Evolving and Innovating Joomla!” by our own Johan Janssens
Johan introduced the Nooku Platform, vision, strategy and roadmap:
- Nooku Framework, rapid extension development framework
- Nooku Server, multi-site and multi-lingual distribution of Joomla
- Nooku Community, innovative and open source community
The event was broadcasted live on the inter-tubes, thanks to Martin Blodau. If you missed it, sit back and enjoy Johan’s talk. We also made the presentation available here.
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This week, it’s exactly two years since we launched the Nooku.org website. We have been working behind the scenes for a long time, so it feels great to finally be able to show the world what we were doing. So it is with great pride that on Nooku’s second birthday, we’re announcing our brand new site.
Innovation through extensions
Let’s face it: there has been a lot of uncertainty in the Joomlasphere. Joomla 1.6 is the center of attention, but progresses slowly. Because of that, some people are considering to move away from Joomla.
We believe the naysayers are looking in the wrong direction. The Joomla core is just a piece of the puzzle. The community is driving innovation through amazing extensions. The Nooku platform is a game-changing technology that creates new momentum. Joomla Co-founder Peter Russell calls it
“The Nooku train: If you’re not on it, you’ll miss the destination!”
New website and resources
If you have been following closely, you may have noticed that Nooku HQ was buzzing with activity: earlier this month, we launched the new Nooku Developer Portal, invited you to the community maintained wiki, and opened the Nooku Framework mailing list to the public. The new Nooku.org main site has a better structure to help you find your way through our resources, and makes a clear distinction between Nooku Content (the multi-lingual extension) and Nooku Framework, the new brain for Joomla.