Simple Review 2.1 Alpha 2

The second alpha for Simple Review 2.1 will be released shortly. The current version does not work on PHP 4 due to get_class() returning a value in lowercase, as opposed to PHP 5 returning the correctly cased value. The category HTML has been completely separated into a separate and simple file (view), so now almost anyone should be able to easily change the layout of the category pages. The languages have also started to be migrated into a new format in a central place. I am not using the Joomla 1.5 ini format as it makes it more difficult to maintain compatibility with Joomla 1.0, however the new format for Simple Review will be just as easy for translators.

Joomla 1.5 Native Component Released

Version 2.0.1 of the component has been released. It works natively on Joomla 1.5. It is an alpha release so there will be issues – do not install it on a live site.
Please download it and report any bugs in the specific forum. There are some known issues which I will report in the forum. I have also re-opened registration on the forum.

The license has also changed from the MPL to the GNU GPL.

Existing modules and mambots do not currently work.

Special thanks to the the following sites which made the upgrade possible:

Joomla 1.5 Weekly Update

Progress is going well. I considered trying to finish a beta version this long Easter weekend. I have gotten close to a releasable version but it was time for me to take a break and have decided to spend the remainder of my holiday doing something more important/fun 🙂

I am still working on the administration screens, so far you can create Awards, Categories and Templates. Reviews are also nearing completion, so the end it definitely insight.

Joomla 1.5 Weekly Update

Currently working on the administration screens. There is a decent about of work removing references to the old Joomla 1.0 HTML helpers, luckily most of this was already wrapper up so it is not as painful as it could of been.

Joomla 1.5 Weekly Update

I am going to *try* and post a weekly update on the Joomla 1.5 upgrade progress. Hopefully this will keep me motivated on the upgrade and let you know that things are happening.

So far the progress is going faster and is less painful that I had initially thought. I will not be using the same Model-View-Controller design as Joomla (Simple Review has it’s own MVC thing happening), so the main problem is that there are global mosXXXX variables (and some function calls) everywhere which are now no longer used in Joomla 1.5. To prevent this problem occurring again I have created a CMS bridge for Joomla 1.0 and 1.5. All non Simple Review code must go though this CMS bridge, this makes it a lot easier to support older and newer version of Joomla (and possibly another CMS e.g. WordPress).

Currently Simple Review installs natively on Joomla 1.5 and does some stuff, there is still a lot of work getting it up to date so stay tuned.

SR 2.1 and Joomla 1.5 Status

Upgrading Simple Review to work natively with Joomla 1.5 is going slowly but well. It installs fine but there is still a lot to be done.
I will no longer be providing any new installers for Joomla 1.0.X. At this stage I intend to provide a patch for Joomla 1.0.X users to upgrade to Simple Review 2.1, but this may be the last official release for them. I would like to keep Simple Review compatible with both versions for as long as possible but it is too early for me to say how easy this will be, so I would encourage users to upgrade there Joomla sites as soon as possible.