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Any Joomla Users out there?

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  • #16
    Re: Any Joomla Users out there?

    I'm a long time Alpha User (since 1989 :-), now working with v10.5. I am also a Joomla fan, but by no means an expert.

    Here is how I'd start to bring the two together:

    Set up an Alpha 5 database with active links to all of the Joomla MySQL tables. You can then use all of Alpha 5's genies & web development tools to experiment with Joomla functionality and learn which tables control the Joomla content versus what is controlled by CSS,javascript and PHP.

    If you want to save time, jump start your exploration of the Joomla data files by building ajax grid components for each Joomla table with the Flying Start Feature Pack.

    Once you have Alpha5 providing you with easy control of your Joomla tables, you should really be able to make Joomla dance.

    Let me know how you do and send links to your experiments. I truly believe that the marriage of Joomla with Alpha5 boosts the potential of both by an order of magnitude -- A fascinating puzzle well worth solving.

    Good luck and have fun. You'll amaze yourself.

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    • #17
      Re: Any Joomla Users out there?

      Or you could purchase this Alpha template: www.ialpha5.com/framework_v3. But you can't duplicate Joomla's method for groups and access levels since that functionality resides within Alpha. Joomla is a 100% online application while Alpha requires a marriage with the development copy on your desktop, at least for security which includes user groups, menu options, grid security options, etc. I mean, you could probably alter that all online, but you would overwrite all of your online settings for security next time you published anything from your development copy.
      Last edited by Steve Wood; 01-10-2013, 05:51 AM.
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      • #18
        Re: Any Joomla Users out there?

        Thanks Janet Park, am reading and browsing through boards heavily in order to get a handle of this wonderful system.

        @Steve Wood, you've got a great template with every known aspect of web system framework. However, I wish you had some download available as a beginner template before I take the plunge to buy the whole lot you've got.

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        • #19
          Re: Any Joomla Users out there?

          Define "beginner template".
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