happy birthday

Happy birthday joomla 1.5

On January 22nd 2008 Joomla! 1.5 was first released to the world. It's hard to believe that joomla is now one year old.

It was a long time coming but for me at least the wait was worthwhile. Without the flexibility and power of 1.5 I would never have been able to produce complex sites like  www.reformjudaism.org.uk and www.mitzvahday.org.uk or this blog.

Since its release it has been downloaded a lot, I wont quote a figure as all statistics lie. I wonder how many real world joomla 1.5 powered web sites there are now?

I know that in the last year I've personally been involved with more sites for Fortune 500 companies than ever before. I used to get excited whenever I was contacted by a household name or saw a big name site powered by joomla. I don't anymore, it happens too often.

Now I just sit back and smile knowing that in some small way I helped get the joomla ball rolling.

I'm sure others will write longer blog posts about the birthday with more details but for now i just wanted to say

"Happy Birthday to You,
Happy Birthday to You,
Happy Birthday dear Joomla 1.5,
Happy Birthday to You!"

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