Joomla Router

Some weeks ago we published the information that we are looking into the router code. Since then we have checked with a team of developers the code for the new router. The initial reason was an issue about it not responding to invalid URLs with the 404. Here we would like to share the reasons why we have came to the conclusion to remove the new router from the 3.7 release.

Before we go into the details we would like to share that we have also thought about the path forward. We know that many people were looking forward to a better router for Joomla. Our plan is to work over the next 2-3 months intensively on the router and we plan a 3.8 release with a new router included. This will be supported by a Google Summer of Code Project and we will setup a team of developers and SEO experts to help to make it the best router the Joomla! Project has ever seen.

Joomla Coding Standards

The Joomla! Project is pleased to announce that we are (finally) ready to release an alpha version of the Joomla! Coding Standards which is compatible with PHP_CodeSniffer 2.x. In preparation for this release, we will be making some structural changes to our coding standards repository which may affect developers using this repository.

Joomla 3.7 beta 3

The Joomla! Project is pleased to announce the availability of Joomla! CMS 3.7.0 Beta 3. Community members are asked to download and install the package in order to provide quality assurance for the forthcoming 3.7 release.

Joomla! 3 is the latest major release of the Joomla! CMS, with 3.7 the eighth standard-term support release in this series.
Please note that going from 3.6 to 3.7 is a one-click upgrade and is NOT a migration. The same is true is for any subsequent versions in the 3 series of the CMS. That being said, please do not upgrade any of your production sites to the beta version as this beta is ONLY intended for testing and there is no upgrade path from Beta.

The leaders of the new Production Department met on 9 February 2017 as a kickoff call to discuss the department's current state and activities and upcoming plans related to the Joomla project. As the Volunteer Portal is not yet configured for the new Joomla project structure, we are sharing these meeting notes here.

Joomla 3.7 alpha 2

We have now released the Alpha 2 version of the new 3.7 release. We moved the date a week to include some more features and now we think we have all features merged. That doesn't mean that all is perfectly running. There are issues to fix and we need a lot more testing. But we are thinking that the state is good enough that we can publish the version and ask for help in testing.

With the "Custom Fields" feature we had a good experience in merging it into a release early. Having it published and available for a larger group of people speeds up the process of making a feature better and solid.