Earlier this year I took on the challenge of writing a book called Learning Joomla! 3 extension Development which was published by Packt Publishing in July 2013. Back in March I was approached by Packt Publishing to write the book, for which they had a title and an idea of the target market this book should be for. They had contacted me based on a presentation How to create a Joomla component from scratch that I had posted on slideshare after presenting it at the Sydney, Newcastle and Canberra Joomla User Groups in late 2012. I had also turned this into 3 hour workshop which I presented at JoomlaDay Sydney 2012 and JoomlaDay Melbourne 2013. I had also turned this workshop into a 12 part video tutorial. I think Slideshare is a really underrated site that was once described to me as the youtube for business, and I really encourage you to all post any presentation you do on the site as you never know what it may lead to.

Last weekend at JoomlaDay Sydney, I presented on rapid application development using Akeeba Framework on Framework (FOF). It's really a game changer when it comes to Joomla extension development, and now that it's included in the core of Joomla 3.2, we are going to see a lot of people starting to use it.

JoomlaDay Sydney is the annual 2 day conference and workshops event, run by the Sydney Joomla User Group (SJUG), showcasing the award winning Joomla CMS (Content Management System) and associated open source and responsive internet and intranet design technology.

“The catchphrase for JoomlaDay Sydney 2013 is ‘The Responsive Event’,” says Tim Plummer, SJUG convenor and event organiser. “The theme for our presentations and workshops this year is Responsive Design, Responsive SEO and Responsive Joomla. The event will be of interest to designers, developers, administrators and users of websites for smart phones, tablets and other portable devices, as well as for traditional PCs and laptops.”
JoomlaDay Sydney 2013 features a full day conference on Saturday 19 October, with technical and business stream topics to suit different audiences, and half day workshops on Sunday 20. Tickets for the conference and workshops are sold
separately. Tickets for the Saturday conference cost $99 and for the Sunday workshops range from $88 to $198.

Did you know that Joomla can be run on a virtual appliance? Nope, well neither did I, until I was asked the question last week and looked into it. So you are probably asking yourself, what is a virtual appliance? Basically it's a preconfigured server that you can load up as a virtual machine, and it dramatically simplifies configuration and system administration. So when we are talking about virtual appliances for Joomla, there are two options. Firstly there is TurnKey Linux, which is a free open source virtual appliance that contains all the stuff you need for Joomla, including Apache, PHP, MySQL, phpMyAdmin etc. A more commercial alternative is JumpBox, but this starts from $60 per month. I've decided to stick with the free option, so this blog will be all about how to set up TurnKey Linux Virtual Appliance for Joomla 3.