The XGallery component is coming along well. The only thing left to fix is the RSS feed link and then go over the config section one more time. All of the modules it turns out had issues and needed to be update. But mod_xgallery_collection and mod_xgallery_fce is now working correctly. mod_xgallery_jscroller is the last of the modules and then I need to take a look at the search plugin and make sure it's creating the correct links. As for the social media addons, the Facebook comments/like/share plugin is created and works pretty well. I still need to create the Twitter and Google Plus plugins but these shouldn't take long. I also created a Disqus plugin in case people want to use this comment box instead. Support for these plugins are already added to XGallery so if any of these plugins are purchases they will just work, once you enable them and set their parameters. One benefit with these plugins will be the fact you can pretty much use them on any page of a website if you update your template with a few lines of code. I'll probably make a video tutorial on how to do this.
XGallery for Joomla 2.5 has now reached beta and should be ready to be made available in the next week or two. There's been a lot of changes in this version. Categories are now created using com_category instead of being managed by XGallery. Site owners will now add categories to their menu just like any other component category so this mean the Mod XGallery Menu will go away. File uploader has been replaced and is now using plupload. I like this uploader a lot more because of it's image sizing capabilities and drag and drop capabilities for browsers that support this. I replaced the thumbnail selector with Joomla's media component viewer. For site owners wishing to store their images outside of document root, you will need to manually specify your collection location or purchase a plugin I created that will modify media's location to point to outside of document root. The template themes have been changed and will take better advantage of Joomla's template system. As a last minute thought I added Cache-Control to images that can be enabled or disabled. There was a lot of code cleanup as this component was pretty much written from scratch. As for a Pro version, I'm still deciding how I'm going to create this. I don't really want to keep two code bases. I'm also thinking about adding the ability to get certain features from the Pro version into the Free version for people that just need certain features, like Facebook comments and other social media options. I think this will make it easier to maintain and these plugins will be designed to work on both XGallery and XMovie. I just finished up my wife's website, maesworld.com, which uses the new J2.5 XGallery component and I have to say I'm pretty happy with the results. This gave me the chance to test and improve this component on a site that is now live and all of the customization is done through template overrides. Once I've submitted XGallery to the JED team, I will be turning my attention back to XMovie to make further modifications and updates.
XMovie has made it to Beta and I submitted it to the JED team last week. I'm waiting to hear back from them before I can take it out of Beta. I'll need to revisit this component again once I finish updating XGallery. The language files need to be updated as well as some other updates I have in mind.
XGallery is currently in the early beta phase. I ran into some confusing issues, that require additional server checks and error messages displayed when trying to perform some functions like using com media to browse the thumbnails you just uploaded to a collection. And there are some additional options that need to be added. If people decide to keep their images external, it's gonna require a plugin that they can purchase. This plugin is only needed if you want to use the Joomla media viewer to upload thumbnails and select default thumbnail for each collection. There is a textfield available where you will be able to enter in the path to the thumbnail manually. Category thumbnails are stored in a seperate location based on media gallery path and category thumbnail path in XGallery configuration.
It's been a couple months now since I was laid off from VMware. In a way, I have to say this is the best thing I could have done. It's been amazing learning about new technologies in the market these days and having the time to work with them. But I decided to take a month off before looking for a new job. VMware gave me a pretty nice severance package and that gave me the time to relax for a bit and do my own thing before starting something new. It was nice having time to work on my XGallery and XMovie component. Those components have been neglected for a very long time. You can read more on the progress of these components in my Coder blog section. I also got the chance to go down to Southern Cali and see the family and also visit Disneyland again. Kaia really loved the trip, but we didn't have time to see California Adventures this time around even though we had park hopper tickets. There just wasn't enough time. But Kaia was pretty amazing. She pretty much went on all the fast rides, even rides Mae wouldn't go on. All in all it was a nice vacation.
I started looking for a new job about 3 weeks ago. It's been pretty crazy with all the interest I've gotten. I usually have multiple interviews Monday through Friday. It's been pretty interesting learning about the latest technologies companies are looking for and what's popular. There's just so many directions to go in the web field. I want to do more with social media this time around. Hopefully I will have the opportunity to work with PHP backend and Android apps while working as a Frontend Developer as my primary row. This seems like it's going to be a pretty exciting year...
XMovie for Joomla 2.5 is almost ready for beta testing. Upgrading from Joomla 1.5 went well. Now just working on the language file and then a final test adding video. Once the component is ready then I will work on the modules. In the 2.5 version, XMovie Menu will go away and site owners will need to create their categories using the com_categories component that comes with core Joomla. Next update coming soon...