There's plenty of work to do to improve the way that Joomla works with databases. We need database experts who can look at optimising queries, improving the data model and making Joomla work across multiple databases. If you are a database junkie and you'd like to help then contact Omar Ramos.
Improving Joomla search is something that has been requested for a long time as the native Joomla search function leaves a lot to be desired. Because we want to move towards a unified content model it is really important that we address search as part of that. Many of the issues have already been successfully addressed by JXtended with their Finder component. However, Finder will only work with Joomla 1.5. What we need is to get Finder updated for the current Joomla version so it can be considered for possible inclusion in a forthcoming Joomla release.
For further information go to the Finder Integration Working Group page.
This working group is looking into using the Joomla Platform to simplify and open source the "internet of things". Using several popular input/output devices to allow the world to connect to the internet and back to the world; for the device's data to be easily displayed on Joomla sites and Joomla sites to "talk back" to the environment.
Coordinator: Phil Walton (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org)
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For further information see Bug Squad.
The Documentation Working Group is a standing team of people dedicated to improving Joomla's documentation. This includes both user and developer documentation. Our primary focus is this wiki, but we are also responsible for maintaining api.joomla.org and other resources.
This team is for experienced Joomla users and developers who want to help test and fix reported security issues. If you are interested in helping, please contact Mark Dexter. Thanks!
For further information see Translations Working Group.
The User Experience Working Group is a standing team focused on the Joomla User Experience. This includes the Joomla administrator user interface, sample templates, sample data and any other related aspects. The team will have a dedicated site up shortly to facilitate collaboration.
If you would like to propose a new working group to be added to this list, please follow this procedure:-