Almost every website has a simple contact form, but what if you want to do something a little bit fancier? In this talk, we took a look at how you can make complex forms and applications without any coding, and how you can make these even more powerful with minimal custom code.

By the end of this talk, you will have the knowledge and tools to build mobile responsive applications which will have built in content history, CAPTCHA to prevent spam, email triggers, dynamic reporting, export to PDF or excel, and the ability to show/hide questions based on user input.

At our first ever North-Western Sydney Joomla User Group meeting we took at closer look at the upcoming release of Joomla. With a 10% performance improvement, and better SEO with build in Microdata, Joomla 3.3 is looking to be the best Joomla version ever. The message is simple: everyone should upgrade to Joomla 3.3 now.


Every website should have a regular backup that has been tested to proove that it is working, so when something goes wrong you can simply restore the files or data.

One of the most popular Joomla extensions is Akeeba Backup, which I personally use on every Joomla website I create. This software not only does an excellent job at backing up your Joomla site, but it also has the ability to automate this backup, so you really have no excuse for not backing up your site. Both the free version and the professional version have the ability to schedule a regular front end backup using a cron job, which is what I'm going to demonstrate in this blog.

Back in October at JoomlaDay Sydney, I caught up with Peter Bui from Joomla Beat Podcast where we did a quick interview. It turned out to be a great chat, where we dicussed briefly about JoomlaDay Sydney, then got on to how I got involved with Joomla and about the process I went through writing the book Learning Joomla! 3 Extension Development. You can listen to the chat on episode #44.

Presented at JoomlaDay Sydney 2013 (Oct 19th) by Tim Plummer, this video introduces developers to the RAD (rapid application development) framework recently added to the Joomla 3.2 core called FOF (framework on framework). Using a simple example, Tim demonstrates how using FOF can significantly reduce the code required to create a Joomla component.

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