Info: this post is based on an idea that haunted me ever since I thought of “What could you compare Joomla! with? I’m glad that’s out of my system!
Disclaimer: All names used in this story are purely fictional! How dare you accuse me of referring to real life people or products!
Yesterday, I visited the headquarters of Joomla, the world famous builder of “CMS” engines. AT least 3% of the vehicles on the roads are powered by a Joomla engine. I was invited to visit their headquarters to find out what makes Joomla so great. Everyone is driving a Joomla car and is so full of it, so I had to check it out!
At the HQ, I was welcomed by Eddie Andrews, head engineer of Joomla. When he told me that Joomla doesn’t build cars, I didn’t understand what he was talking about.
“Let me explain,” he said. “Here, at the Joomla HQ we’re responsible for the most important part of the Joomla car: the engine. We provide this engine to manufacturers across the world, who use their own expertise to build their own cars.”
“I’m not sure I understand,” I said. But after the tour, it all made sense.
The Joomla cars we know, are the result of a collaboration between different people. I’ll do my best to explain you how a Joomla! Car is built.
- The engine builder: The engine, either the Joomla 1.5 or the Joomla 1.6 is built by the “Core Team”. They built the engine, the true hard of every Joomla! Car.
- The chassis builders: When you see all those different Joomla cars driving on the street, they’re using a chassis built by one of the many designers. They build a chassis around the existing engine. Choose the chassis you want, which represents “you”. Wether you choose the modern, sexy car or the more corporate looking berline, is up to you.
- The add-on builders: Cars would be lame without extra functionality. That extra functionality is brought to you by some of the worlds’ best engineers. From the live saving ABS (Akeeba Back-up System), to cool communication tools made by “Ninja”: you can install them in your car to give them something extra. Some of these “add-on” builders can really “pimp your ride” by tweaking the Joomla based engine. One fine example is the Joomla 1.5 K2 Edition.
- Driving schools: All over the world, you can find capable people who will help you to drive a Joomla powered car. Some have websites dedicated to the subject; but Joomla has also published a set of instructions.
- Car builders: Some people in the Joomla world aren’t artsy enough to design a cool chassis, or technical enough to build a cool add-on. What they do, is select the finest components, and use them to build cars for themselves or for customers.
Eddie Andrews went on and on, but I was distracted when we entered a room labeled “Joomla 1.6 Research Center” I had heard a lot about this new Joomla 1.6 engine. It would change the way Joomla cars were built. This brand new engine would use a new fuel source, but would also be faster and more efficient. He explained that because the engine was so new, all the builders were still adapting their work, to “play nice” with the Joomla 1.6 engine.
“Give it some time,” he said, “and everyone will want to drive a Joomla 1.6 powered car.”
After this brief visit to the Joomla headquarters, I felt sorry for myself that I had to drive back by bus (which also used a Joomla) engine. The next day, I went online and assembled my first Joomla 1.6 JS K2 edition. I hope it arrives soon!
What’s your role in the Joomla universe? Do you build cars? Do you build parts? Or do you use it to race around the world? Feel free to leave a comment!