World of Xoops (WOX): WOX (World of XOOPS) Newsletter # 19 (April 2009)

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W.O.X. - WORLD OF XOOPS #19 (April 2009)

Welcome to the April 2009 issue of WOX (World of XOOPS) Newsletter  (see here previous versions

As first thing in this newsletter we wanted to again express our gratitude to all of  who have donated money to XOOPS Foundation! We truly appreciate your trust and support! 

Highlights of the last month:

Summary



March was a very successful month for XOOPS! First, we've released XOOPS 2.3.3! And then we were happy to welcome back EXM and Zarilia who joined forces with XOOPS! And have Eduardo Cortes as our Usability Leader, and John Neill as our Modules Team Leader.

Our wonderful Theme Designers:  Mariane, Sinnedesign, Voltan, and Bleekk, created several very nice themes, with Sinnedesign being again the most active this month! Thank you!!!

Several of our International friends created very quickly updates to  Translations for XOOPS 2.3.3. All of this helps XOOPS to move forward, so we always appreciate your contributions!!! Thank you!!!

Check out also updated news from around the world - it's always nice to see activities in local XOOPS Websites. Please keep us posted about new developments, so we can keep the worldwide XOOPS community updated!!!

Remember - XOOPS is powered by YOU!!!!

01. Donations

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Donations

If you like the XOOPS system, and would like to give something in return, you can make a donation to the XOOPS Foundation! Simply use the XOOPS Donation System and use your PayPal account or your Credit Card to donate .

Your donation will be used to promote and advance the use and development of the XOOPS system. The XOOPS Foundation is a registered not-for-profit organization in the USA, dedicated to promote XOOPS! All donators will get the Friend of XOOPS rank here on this website. Thanks to all the Friends of XOOPS for their donations and continued support!

If you wonder what is happening with XOOPS money, please read the 2008 XOOPS Financial Report

This month we would like to acknowledge following donors:

  • Kristen Edelman: $15
  • Ian A. Underwood (iunderwood): $15
  • Davide Rossi (dnprossi): $50
  • Andrew Flower: $50

Thank you so much for supporting XOOPS!!!!

03. XOOPSers of the Month

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Our "XOOPSer of the Month" Award is given to XOOPS members who show extraordinary dedication to XOOPS, and go the extra mile for XOOPS. Sometimes they do something spectacular, but most of the time they just do something everyday, but by doing it day-in and day-out, they make a BIG DIFFERENCE in life of XOOPS community. And we thank them for that!!!

This month we would like to recognize Christophe Boceno (kris_fr) for his work as a Webmaster of XOOPS France, but also for his work on XOOPS API, Browser package and on Morphogenesis theme template

Where are you from, and where do you live now?

I'm from France, I live in Saint-Nazaire  in Breizh/Brittany but my work (safety manager) requires me to travel.

How long have you been programming?

I started (HTML and CSS) back to 1996 ... and my first computer

What is your expertise?

Mainly web design (HTML and CSS), a little PHP and JavaScript

What got you to XOOPS?

A community of friends and another way to see the Web

What do you like the most about XOOPS?

Its simplicity and modularity

In what area of XOOPS do you contribute and why?

Support to the French community, I am a webmaster of Xoops France, the creation of themes, support for some developers of modules, the release of API documentation for modules and XOOPS Core, through websites www.XooFoo.org

What you you major achievement in programming that you're most proud of?

Those that are yet to come

What are your hobbies, when you're not coding?

My son, mathematics, sailing and windsurf, aikido, and photography

You favorite dish and drink?

Grilled prime rib and french wine "Côtes Roties" and Islay Single Malts 

What about movies and music?

No specific style or music (except jazz), I just let the feeling go and enjoy it

If you would have a chance for a 30 seconds commercial with a message to the world, what would you say?

Think about what you've learned with success in your life since your birth. It reinforces self-confidence. And always believe in human nature.

If you could choose a place and time to live, what would it be and why?

here  - Wouldn't you too?

Who is the person that you would like to meet and why? 

Sun Tzu, if our leaders would apply his teaching, the world would be more peaceful

04. XOOPS Innovation Award

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Our XOOPS Innovation Award is given to people who create something very unique and very innovative for XOOPS! We are clear that XOOPS can only succeed, when we push the limits of our creativity, imagination, and innovation to "infinity and beyond" . And therefore we would like to recognize people who create this "WOW!" effect, when we see what they've done. The XOOPS Innovation Award is not a monthly award, i.e. theoretically, there might be a month where we won't give one, but we certainly hope that this will never happen

Xoops Innovation Award Xoops Innovation Award

This month the award goes to  Mojtaba Jamali (mojtabajml) from Iran for his work on XQuiz and Oxygen (where he teamed up with Voltan)

Where are you from, and where do you live now?

I am from Iran and I'm living in Esfahan

How long have you been programming?

About 4 years, started with C after C++ and php sometimes coding with C#.

What is your expertise?

My expertise is Artificial intelligence and I love web development and PHP programming specializing in XOOPS.

What got you to XOOPS?

3 years ago, my brother asked me to create a website for his company and I've tried many CMS and finally decided XOOPS on XOOPS

What do you like the most about XOOPS?

OO architecture, modularity and open source.

Why did you decide to work on the XQuiz Module?

It's a project for my internet engineering course in my university. But I continue this aspect and I want to develop an e-Learning module for XOOPS.

Together with Voltan, you've work on Oxygen, which really rocks. Who came up with the idea to improve the EXM admin theme and did you like to work as a team?

Me and Voltan are student in a same city, so sometimes Voltan comes to my dormitory and we are talking about XOOPS. One day I said that I have many problems with EXM, especially in EXM menus, and then Voltan asked me to solve this problem by myself, so I've developed some PHP code for this and built a dropdown JavaScript menus and Voltan improved the user interface.

What is your major achievement in programming that you're most proud of?

I like to develop e-Learning systems maybe as a XOOPS module and I want to develop LMS module for my next project based on SCORM standard.

What are your hobbies, when you're not coding?

Taekwondo (I have 2nd Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo),swimming, mountain climbing with my friends or my family.

You favorite dish and drink?

Fesenjan (a Persian food) is my favorite dish and I drink a lot of tea during the day.

What about movies and music?

I like action movies and mostly I listen rock music (e.g. Evanescence).

If you could choose a place and time to live, what would it be and why?

Esfahan, the city that I living in it now. (In Persian Esfahan means: half of the world)

Who is the person that you would like to meet and why?

No specific choice.

05. New/Updated Modules

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06. New Hacks

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07. Security Issues/Alerts

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07. YAXS, Sites using XOOPS

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08. Tutorials/Add-ons

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09. New/Updated Themes

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10. New Translations

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Translations

We are still looking for more translations!!! Can you help? See the list here

11. News from around the World

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12. Local supportssts

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13. How to contribute

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