Unigroup's June 2008 Meeting Announcement

Web Development: The Joomla! Content Management System

Anthony Ferrara,
Bigtrue INC.

Thursday, 19-JUN-2008      (** 3th Thursday **)

Suspenders Restaurant
Rear Event Room
111 Broadway     (South of Thames St, North of Pine/Wall Sts).
Lower Manhattan, New York City
** Please RSVP (but its not required) **

6:15 - 6:25 PM Registration
6:25 - 6:35 PM Ask the Wizard - Questions, Answers and Current Events
6:45 - 7:00 PM Unigroup Business
7:00 - 9:30 PM Main Presentation


**Note we have a NEW meeting location... for the first time, we are meeting at Suspenders Restaurant on Broadway, which is a couple of blocks East and North of our old meeting location. A few other local user groups meet at this location. We are planning to replicate our usual spread of food and soft drinks.

At this month's meeting, our presenter from last month, Anthony Ferrara, will be presenting the Joomla! Content Management System. Anthony gave us a great presentation on Apache and FastCGI Web Server Performance at our May meeting.

We have confirmed a great BSD presentation for our July 17th meeting... FreeBSD 7 Part 2... a followup presentation from George Neville-Neil of the The FreeBSD Project Core Team... tentatively something along the lines of: The FreeBSD Networking Stack (including recent work on supporting very high speed Ethernet standards, and security/packet filtering). (George is doing this work on the FreeBSD network stack.)

We are also planning a Launch Meeting for recent releases of Solaris and OpenSolaris (Project Indiana).

Novell is also interested in hosting a meeting on SuSE Linux (possibly on the Real-Time Linux Kernel, which was being demonstrated at the SIFMA show last week).


   While RSVPs will NOT be required for this location, please RSVP if
   you know you are attending, or if there is a high probability that
   you will be attending.  This will help us determine the correct
   amount of food and refreshments.  Please RSVP by two days prior
   to the meeting day (the food must be ordered in advance).

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	Suspenders Restaurant
	Rear Event Room
	111 Broadway (South of Thames St., North of Pine/Wall Sts.)
	Wall Street Area
	Lower Manhattan, New York City

This facility has free Wi-Fi and a VGA Projector/Screen.

Located on the West side of Broadway, as an underground restaurant, just North of Wall Street. Cross Streets: Between Thames (North) and Pine (South) Streets.

There are multiple blocks of parking lots a couple of blocks to the West, between Washington and Greenwich Streets, starting at the Battery Tunnel and extending North for a number of blocks.

Nearest mass transit stations, are the '4/5' (Wall Street), 'R/W' (Rector Street), '1/9' (Rector Street), '2/3'.


Topic: Web Development: The Joomla! Content Management System

Joomla! is an award winning php/MySQL based Content Management System. It is designed to be both very simple to use, very extendible, and very powerful. Joomla! was a fork off of Mambo in late 2005, and has been growing feverishly ever since. The project as a whole has well over 8 years of active GPL development.

Brief overview:

Web Resources

     Joomla CMS

     JoomlaPerformance (Anthony's Joomla site):


Anthony Ferrara is the team lead of the Joomla! Bug Squad, a member of the Joomla! Developer work group, owner and operator of JoomlaPerformance.com, and has released open source several caching programs to increase website speed. He has quite varied background ranging from Mathematics to Emergency Medicine (and quite a bit in between).


Anthony's company, Bigtrue INC, specializes in consulting and development focusing on performance (specializing in the Joomla CMS).


Addison-Wesley Professional/Prentice Hall PTR has been kind enough to provide us with some of their books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our meetings. Addison-Wesley also has a new end-user discount, available through their User Group program. We will be announcing the details at our next meeting!

O'Reilly has been kind enough to provide us with some of their books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our meetings.

Unigroup would like to thank both companies for the support provided by their User Group programs.

Note: The chances tend to be about 1 in 5, that any attendee of our meeting will walk away with a fairly valuable giveaway (ie. many of these books are valued between $30 and $60)!

** Thanks to our friends at Sun Microsystems, Unigroup also has Solaris 10 DVDs to raffle off.

As always, all of the books will be available for review at the start of the meeting.


         Yearly Membership (includes all meetings):      $ 50.00
         Non-Member Single Meeting:                      $ 20.00
         Student Yearly Membership (with ID):            $ 25.00
         Non-Member Student Single Meeting (with ID):    $  5.00
         Cash, Check, American Express.


Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served. This includes "wraps" such as turkey, roast beef, chicken, tuna and grilled vegetables as well as assorted salads (potato, tossed, pasta, etc), cookies, brownies, bottled water and assorted beverages.

** Note: We are not yet sure about the exact nature of the food at our new meeting location.

Please join us for this meeting, you won't want to miss it!

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