On Thursday 27 December 2018, the Extension Directory Team (JED) had an election for the team leader. Anibal Sanchez has been elected as new Team Leader, taking over from Jaz Parkyn who is moving to her new role as Assistant Team Leader.

The objectives of the new period will be a continuation of the previous efforts:

  • Focus on putting into action a consistent process of collaboration,
  • Understanding the difficulties of finding the time to collaborate,
  • Being precise and organized to inspire other volunteers and the general community of extension developers.
  • Communicating a positive message, and
  • Supporting the ecosystem growth in the right direction.

In the previous term, the team had many successes, as a brief list of our achievements:

  • Design improvements have been published, based on JED Dev Team collaboration (Kudos Peter and Ciaran).
  • We kept as a quality management indicator (KPI) the “7-days processing window” of all new extensions and tickets.
  • The JEDCA development agreement has been removed as a requirement for JED4 collaboration.
  • SEO Improvements have been applied to the site (Kudos Chris).
  • The new server for the Review Checking Process is fully operational.
  • Migration to Github and New JED 4 Dev Collaboration, the new JED4 CD/ CI workflow is fully operational.
  • The first stage of JED Full-Text/ Instant Search has been implemented.

We are very grateful to all those who have contributed, applause to everyone in the team for their hard work this year.

Thank you, Jaz, for all you have done as Leader and your renewed commitment as Assistant Leader, and welcome to Anibal as the new JED Leader.

 

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Aníbal Sánchez

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To end a year of improvements on the Joomla Extension Directory, we have released a set of evolutive updates on our visual style. In this article, we present a summary of the changes.

  • The color palette has been updated to match the Joomla brand manual.
  • The layout has been updated based on flexbox.
  • Compatibility with Install for Web.
  • Style and layout changes to the score/reviews/versions info part at the bottom of the extensions in the list view.
  • Updated Header, Sidebar, 
  • ... and of course, the extension rating system has been changed to display stars.

The new star-rating system

We have planned to fully embrace a star-rating system in JED4, the next major version of the community directory. Meanwhile, to smooth the transition, we have introduced the visual elements and translated the current scores to stars.

This is the conversion table:

Score Stars Color
1-44 0-2 Red
45-84 2.5-4 Orange
85-100 4.5-5 Green

The road ahead

The development experience in 2018 has been amazing. We have renewed our workflows, and we have proven that they are ready to support iterative, incremental, and evolutionary development. 

We have a 2019 roadmap full of more improvements and new features. To coordinate our tasks, we have the JED - Developer Chat room in Glip for developers to work on JED4 or support the current operation.

Please, join the team to collaborate and help the community.

 

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Aníbal Sánchez

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As part of the process to develop and update the new JED, Instant search and autocompletion is available now on the site. Instant search is the gold standard for the web search. There is magic in the feeling of type and get the results immediately. It has been a feature that we always wanted for our directory, and now it is available now.

To implement Instant search, we have partnered with Algolia as our search partner.

Algolia is the single best way to build search into your mobile app or website.
Founded in 2012, Algolia’s mission is to enable every developer & product team to build consumer-grade search. With their hosted search API, developers benefit from the power of a lightning-fast engine with out-of-the-box support for a typo-tolerant, as-you-type search experience.

Right now, the Instant search is enabled on the Live site. Now, we are focusing our efforts to revamp the general search engine, and continue our efforts to develop the new JED 4.

Feel free to give us your feedback, here. To know more about how it is configured, please, visit this Wiki page: JED Search use cases and definitions.

If you are as excited as we are with the new developments of JED 4, please, join the team here: https://volunteers.joomla.org/teams/extensions-directory-team

 

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Aníbal Sánchez

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Instant search and autocompletion is the gold standard for the web search. There is magic in the feeling of type and get the results immediately. It has been a feature that we always wanted for our directory, and now it is coming in May. Help us to test it!

To implement Instant search, we have partnered with Algolia as our search partner.

Algolia is the single best way to build search into your mobile app or website.
Founded in 2012, Algolia’s mission is to enable every developer & product team to build consumer-grade search. With their hosted search API, developers benefit from the power of a lightning-fast engine with out-of-the-box support for a typo-tolerant, as-you-type search experience.

Right now, the Instant search is enabled on the Live site ONLY for registered users, and the plan is to publish it for everyone on May.

Feel free to test it and give us your feedback, here. To know more about how it is configured, please, visit this Wiki page: JED Search use cases and definitions

 

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Aníbal Sánchez

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As part of the process to develop and update the new JED, Instant search and autocompletion are available now on the site. Instant search is the gold standard for the web search. There is magic in the feeling of type and get the results immediately. It has been a feature that we always wanted for our directory, and it is available now.

To implement Instant search, we have partnered with Algolia as our search partner.

Algolia is the single best way to build search into your mobile app or website.
Founded in 2012, Algolia’s mission is to enable every developer & product team to build consumer-grade search. With their hosted search API, developers benefit from the power of a lightning-fast engine with out-of-the-box support for a typo-tolerant, as-you-type search experience.

Right now, the Instant search is enabled on the Live site. Now, we are focusing our efforts to revamp the general search engine, and continue our efforts to develop the new JED 4.

Feel free to give us your feedback, here. To know more about how it is configured, please, visit this Wiki page: JED Search use cases and definitions.

If you are as excited as we are with the new developments of JED 4, please, join the team here: https://volunteers.joomla.org/teams/extensions-directory-team

 

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Aníbal Sánchez

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