Île des Sidrières

Nicht weit von Fitou liegt im Etang de Leucate die kleine Halbinsel Île des Sidrières. Auf der dem Wind abgewandten Seite der Insel ist es immer schön warm und natürlich windstill. Ein perfekter Platz zum Pläne schmieden und in der Sonne dösen.

Die Insel ist über eine kleine Brücke erreichbar. Es gibt einen verlassenen Bootsverleih, ein paar unbewohnte und ein paar bewohnte Häuser, zwei (von fünfzehn) Quellen die den Etang mit Süsswasser speisen, viele alte Steinmauern und wunderschöne Blumen und Schmetterlinge. Die Nachbarinsel gehört mehr oder weniger den Vögeln, im Etang stehen Flamingos und Fischreiher. Von der gegenüberliegenden Seite des Ufers starten viele Windsurfer in Richting Insel, kehren aber meist vorher wieder um.

Als ich das erste Mal vor etwa 9 Jahren hier war, sah es  genauso aus wie heute. Es ist so ein Platz, an dem die Zeit stehen geblieben ist.

Heute befindet sich Frankreich im Krieg gegen den Islamischen Staat. Französische Staatsbürger haben in Paris Attentate verübt. In Frankreich herrscht Ausnahmezustand.

Die Polizei führt ohne richterliche Beschlüsse Hausdurchsuchungen durch, die Behörden können Vereine und Gruppen, die sie für Gefährdungen halten, auflösen. Jede Person, deren Verhalten zu Bedenken hinsichtlich der Gefährdung der öffentlichen Sicherheit führt, kann unter Hausarrest gestellt werden. Das Lichterfest in Lyon fällt aus, vor dem Carrefour Supermarkt stehen bewaffnete Sicherheitskräfte und kontrollieren die Taschen … natürlich auch meine …

Diesen Krieg kann Frankreich mit solchen Mitteln nicht gewinnen.

Mal sehen, wie es hier in 10 Jahren aussieht.

Wood, Bois, Holz, Îles des Sidrières

Îles des Sidrières

Îles des Sidrières

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Die Mittelrheinweinkönigin wird bloggen! #makingof

Die Mittelrheinweinkönigin ist die auf jeweils ein Jahr gewählte Repräsentantin des deutschen Weinbaugebietes Mittelrhein. Die Wahl zur Mittelrheinweinkönigin wird ausgerichtet vom Mittelrhein-Wein e. V.
Amtierende Weinkönigin 2015/16 ist Sarah Hulten aus Koblenz (Wikipedia).

Sarah stellte sich am 1.11.2015 in der Facebook Gruppe “Du weisst, du kommst vom Mittelrhein, wenn …” als Weinkönigin vor.
Ich freute mich über frischen Wind und ihre Initiative und fragte, ob sie denn über ihre Tätigkeit bloggen wird …


Diese Sache mit dem Blog nahm schnell eine gewisse Dynamik an (hier der komplette Post).

Frank Zimmer (Facebook, Twitter), Katharina Rudolph (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), Sarah Hulten (Facebook, Instagram) und ich fanden uns zu einem Facebook Chat zusammen. Am Ende des Tages habe ich bei uns auf dem Server ein WordPress Blog eingerichtet und die Domain Mittelrheinkoenigin.de gekauft.


Schnell stellte Sarah allerdings fest, dass ich das Wort Wein im Domainnamen vergessen hatte und dass Sie natürlich noch bei der zuständigen Marketing Abteilung fragen muss, ob das alles so okay sei. Hiltrud Specht vom Mittelrhein-Wein e. V. fand das aber wohl alles Ok (viele Grüsse unbekannterweise bei dieser Gelegenheit).

“Nur” 18 Tage später war es dann soweit!

Facebook Chat

Es gibt auch bereits einen Instagram Account (@mittelrheinweinkoenigin). Frank und Katharina wollen im Blog inhaltlich helfen und ich technisch.

Wohlan … die Königin wird bloggen 🙂


Fetter Hinweis!

Falls jemand aus dem Mittelrheintal auch Ideen (und das entsprechende Durchhaltevermögen) für ein Blog, eine Plattform, eine App, ein Internet of things Projekt oder was auch immer hat und auf der Suche nach Hilfe ist. Meldet euch einfach bei mir oder in der Facebook Gruppe.

PS: Die Rebe auf dem Bild oben wurde hier bei uns in Fitou, Frankreich fotografiert. Ich freue mich schon auf Mittelrheinwein Bilder 🙂

#jwc15 Articles, Slides, Videos

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Joomla – A Social Movement In Tech Industry?

It is simply amazing to talk to people from 5 continents over a few days. It’s even more amazing to do that in a place like Bangalore, India where the Joomla World Conference just took place (6-8 Nov 2015).

The Indian population stands for >17% of the worlds population. In Bangalore are living more people than in Denmark, about 8.4 million. Whole India is like a continent in itself, with 18 different official languages, plus English and Hindi as a kind of  language glue between the regions. If you are European and you are for the first time in India (like me), think of India as Europe. Each Indian region is like a country in Europe, own language, own culture. The only difference, compared to Europe, is, that it is two times bigger in any expectation you can think of and it’s growing fast.

It’s a difference just to read these figures in a magazine or this blog post compared to drive through a city like Bangalore in an auto rickshaw, which is a luxury in itself. You can see, smell and feel the gap between richer and poorer people and the lack of infrastructure very clear. Just let me mention one example. During the last days here in Bangalore there was/is a problem with the waste management. Huge piles of waste are everywhere (Bengaluru’s mounting garbage problem a burden on the city). Beside the waste, you see plenty of dogs and cows, that are everywhere looking for something to eat, even in a traffic jam. And now add heavy rain …

Keeping up with the Joomla project

The last three years I wasn’t really involved in the Joomla project, so I needed some guidance to keep up with all the stuff happened. I found Pete Bui’s Podcast and listened to a few episodes while traveling. I learned that a lot of things changed/happened and that there is now a volunteers portal and a new extension directory and a transition team and this, and that … and the best thing, I met Pete at the conference and he’s a nice guy!

How to make a living with Joomla?

In an environment like I described above, is “making a living” out of something hard. It’s hard everywhere in the world, I know, but here and in similar places it’s “a bit” harder, compared to Europe or the US.

The whole “money thing” was and is a problem for me too and probably for anyone of you. A journey from Europe to India costs a bit more than 1 000 Euro (~ 70 000 Rupees) and you just don’t go to events like this. Thinking about earning money, I decided to make a presentation on “How to earn money with Joomla” and asked people from the community how they do earn money with Joomla. It was a pleasure to have had Fred Abu (webstar.ug), Daniel (web-eau.net), Mike Demopoulos (mvpdesign.com sorry, I missed you 🙂 ) and Lorenz Ramseyer (bergspitzmedia.ch) who talk a bit about their businesses. I guess it was interesting and inspiring for the attendees too.

Oh, a book on Joomla 3.5 just materialized

The feedback after the session was amazing and I got a sponsoring offer for a free downloadable book on the upcoming Joomla 3.5 from Hung Dinh (joom.vn). Hey wow, even though that was not the aim of the presentation, I am happy and I’ll write it 🙂

Hung Dinh immediately convinced Alex P’ng (123rf.com), Don Tian (eall.com.cn), Valentin Vesa (sucuri.net) and the people from siteground.com to join the project #asianefficiency #ilike

Joomla the community

As I knew Joomla, it was about a CMS and values like “open source matters”. In the last three years, it became more and more a real community too.

Therefore, the organisation of a Joomla World Conference in the year of Joomla’s 10. anniversary, was of course a good idea. Open Source Matters (OSM) provided budget to pay the travel costs for some attendees and for the OSM Team members (as far as I know). Many people understand the Joomla project as a kind of of social event, and it seems to work. This is more than fine and I’m very happy of being part of that too (even if I don’t like selfies 🙂 ) For me the whole social stuff in the Joomla project is a bit new and I realized I need to learn some “new” ways of communication. From the social perspective, the Joomla World Conference was a huge success. I want to say thank you to the whole team for the perfect organisation!

Joomla the software

Without code there would be no Joomla Community and no Joomla websites at all. It seems to me, that it is now easier possible to contribute code, than it was three years before. There is also a new framework called FOF (Framework on Framework) in Joomla core. A lot of developers just gave up on the framework – platform – product discussion and wrote their own codebase, like most of the extension development companies. Some started to write even their own content management systems to keep up with what their clients wants to have, e.g Grav by Andi Miller (rockettheme.com) and Pagekit by Sascha Dube (Yootheme). Some are offering extensions like a page builder (joomshaper.com) and another page builder build the the team of joomlashine.com. I visited a few Joomla 4 discussions and I decided to document the Joomla 4 development process somehow. The whole new Joomla 4 structure is still not clear to me but sounds interesting. Marco Dings (viryagroup.com) told me, that his aim is to bring as many as possible of the new features and structures to the current and following 3.x releases to make the upgrade to Joomla 4 as easy as possible. Nevertheless, the new structure means a new “framework”. I attended a whole afternoon a discussion between Chris Davenport (davenporttechnology.com), Johan Janssens (joomlatools.com), Marco Dings, Henry Nguyen (joomlashine.com),  Sander Potjer (perfectwebteam.nl), Jisse Reimtsma (yireo.com), Mark Lee (stackideas.com) and a few others (please help me with the names in a comment). Just this discussion has paid off for me to fly to India. Johan, who is usually far ahead, wants to write good and well structured software. He said something like that to the members of the Joomla 4 architecture workgroup:

You are the change managers for something that runs 3% of the internet. The bigger the changes, the higher the rejections. The new structure looks interesting but it took me 7 years to implement something similar (Joomla in a box). A possible solution could be

–  do small steps in Joomla 3.6 like clean up the code, reduce the amount of frameworks in core. A new legacy mode plugin could be an idea for stuff that will not work anymore with Joomla 4

– code Joomla 4 parallel like Typo3 did with Neos. If people like it afterwards, integrate it in the next release (and call it 4)

and beside all of that … write code … it’s a software project!

This sounds quite logical to me and it makes me even more curious concerning the upcoming Joomla versions. Chris Davenport, the team lead for the Joomla 3.6 branch and Marco Dings responded to Johan, that they want to break as less as possible und put as much as possible into the upcoming 3.x versions.

The era of CMS

After 10 years with a big success for Joomla, WordPress, Drupal and all the other CMSs it becomes clear that this golden era is ending. All these systems are more or less abstraction layers on PHP that makes programming based on the PHP language easier. A Joomla developer knows the Joomla Framework, not necessarily the whole PHP stuff (same with WordPress and Drupal). We know the effect: PHP made programming easier compared to C language, C made programming easier compared to Assembler, etc. Drupal 8 is now implementing an abstraction layer on top of the Symfony Framework (which is an abstraction layer to PHP too) and it’s not clear to me whether it will work for them. Drupal coding will get much harder. They will probably get some new corporations on board but might also loose many developers. WordPress on the other side was always simple and they are constantly reducing the complexity of the core to a minimum and develop the system in small steps. WordPress is not build on Symfony, but it allows the use it. I know that Google trends is of course not the whole story and I don’t want to insist on particular figures, but when you see the reality today and what is shown in the diagram below, it becomes clear that each of these systems had it’s “CMS-Peak”. That doesn’t mean, that they are not interesting anymore, or you cannot make money with it.  Just the opposite is true.

Joomla, Drupal WordPress - Google Trends
Joomla, Drupal WordPress – Google Trends

When you look at the Gartner Hype Cycle, it’s quite clear too, that the trio is at the Plateau of Productivity since a few years. The definition of that plateau is the following

Mainstream adoption starts to take off. Criteria for assessing provider viability are more clearly defined. The technology’s broad market applicability and relevance are clearly paying off.

That means that there will be disruption in the future

A potential technology breakthrough kicks things off. Early proof-of-concept stories and media interest trigger significant publicity. Often no usable products exist and commercial viability is unproven.

Time for new ideas like Grav or Pagekit. When I asked Andy Miller whether he plans to do business with Grav, he smiled and said

It wasn’t planned, but why not, people ask me to do so.

more or less the same was told to me by Sascha Dube at Joomladay Germany concerning Pagekit.  Joomla project should be aware of these developments, learn from and embrace them.

The next “official” Joomla world conference

The next Joomla world conference will be held in Vancouver, Canada, Nov. 11-13. 2016 (https://conference.joomla.org/).

There is a Joomlabe.at podcast available from the conference team in 2014 to get an impression of them. Note to Pete … new podcast episode on your to do list (Ep71 – Joomla World Conference 2014 is Coming).

The next “other” international conference (Jandbeyond)

There is another international Joomla conference called Jandbeyond. It exists much longer than the world conference and it is a must to go for Joomla developers. Next Jandbeyond will be held in Barcelona, Spain, May 20-22 2016 (jandbeyond.org). Listen to the Joomlabe.at podcast with Robert Deutz, the organizer of that conference (Ep51 – Organising Joomla conferences with Robert Deutz). While writing this article, they just published their budget!

The Future

The future is hard to predict but the end of capitalism has begun and it’s time to develop new structures. This social experiment of Joomla could be part in that change over the next 10 years and I would like to be part of it.

And here are the selfies 🙂



Three more things

  1. I know, this is a WordPress Blog and cocoate.com is on Drupal (sorry for that, but hey, we can change it too 🙂 )
  2. I have to approve the comments here and I might be in a plane for 10 hours …
  3. Sessions were recorded and you can watch them on YouTube (JWC15 Playlist)


Es gibt so Orte, die sind einfach schön. Collioure ist so ein Ort. Er hat eine bewegte Vergangenheit (sogar Pablo Picasso malte hier) und ist im Sommer von Touristen völlig überlaufen.

Gestern waren wir dort und es war wirklich schön!

Die Sonne schien, kein Wind wehte und es sieht so aus:

Harbour, Collioure

Im alten Schloss war eine Antiquitätenaustellung. Das Schloss (eine umgebaute Festung) wird endlich renoviert und ist sehr sehenswert.
(Leider hatte ich nur das Handy dabei zum fotografieren)

Chateau Royal, Collioure


Rock, Plants, Wall

Von oben hat man dann einen solchen Blick auf den Hafen:

Harbour, Collioure

Man kann noch immer baden gehen oder einfach nur in der Sonne sitzen, lesen oder spazierengehen.

Viele Häuser sind Secondary homes, ein paar Häuser stehen leer oder sind zu verkaufen (also, hier würde ich vielleicht auch mal eins renovieren …)

Es gibt ein kleines Museum für moderne Kunst (ist interessant). Hinter dem Museum sind Terassen mit Olivenbäumen und eine alte Windmühle.

Und in diesem Haus wurden schon etwas länger die Fensterläden nicht geöffnet 🙂

Seems, these windows are closed since long time

Wie gesagt, es gibt so Orte … hach …