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This strategy document sets out what the community of Joomla users, from ordinary non-technical users through to high-level technical developers, can expect from the products that come under the umbrella of the Joomla project.
This is primarily about how we approach and manage change: how we adapt, develop and grow our products in an ever-changing technological landscape; how we communicate to our users and contributors what to expect from our products as they change from one release to the next; and how we guide our contributors towards making the future changes that we want as a community.
The stakeholders in our project have widely varying needs and a balance must be struck between, at one extreme, those for whom any change is unwelcome and all shades to the other extreme of those who thrive on continuous change. Change is essential if our products are to remain relevant to their intended users, so our goal is to manage that change in such a way that we minimise the disruption it can cause.
Since the Joomla project is responsible for more than one product, this strategy is written to be as generic as possible and to allow new products to be added to our portfolio without forcing any extensive re-writes.
This strategy builds on the substantial practical experience of a lot of people over the many years since the project's foundation. The reasoning behind what is written here, and the lessons learned in leading up to it, is outside the scope of the document itself and reference should be made to other sources for that commentary.
Joomla! Development Strategy