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.

I was recently asked by a photographer friend how to insert a Flickr gallery into his Joomla website. Actually it's quite easy to do thanks to an extension called myFlickr.

Note that I've blurred out some of the identifying info in the screenshots.