Things have been very busy for the Joomla Platform since the release of 11.2 on 26 July 2011.  Since then, 249 pull requests have been accepted made by 31 individual contributors spanning anything from minor touch-ups to comment blocks, as well as completely new packages.

Joomla 2.5 is due out in January, which is the culmination of the 1.6/1.7/2.5 series. Now is the time to be mapping out those things we want to accomplish in the next series, which will culminate in the 3.5 release in July 2013.

At the recent joint summit we discussed the process for establishing goals and milestones for the long-term Joomla releases. We want more seats at the table for the technical discussions on how to move things forward. Once every six months the PLT and developers will meet just before or after an existing event to work on the roadmap. 

Recently, a number of examples have been added to the Joomla Platform repository under joomla-platform-examples. These show how to build very simple command line applications with the new Joomla Platform. While this was possible using the framework in the Joomla CMS, it's now far easier with the dedicated JCli class. Since these are working examples, it makes it very easy for any developer to jump into building command line applications when the need arises.

During the Production Leadership Team Summit meetings, which took place over two days (July 27-28, 2011), the following topics for the project were discussed:

During the just-concluded Production Leadership Team (PLT) meeting in San Jose, we discussed the goals for the upcoming release in January 2012. This will be the first long-term support (LTS) release since version 1.5.

First, some quick background. In December 2009, the PLT decided to change to a time-based release cycle where we release a new short-term support release (STS) every 6 months and a new LTS release every 18 months. Versions 1.6 and 1.7 were the first STS releases under the new development cycle, and the upcoming January 2012 release will be the first LTS release under the new cycle.