Joomla! Student Outreach Program Project Ideas

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Joomla! Student Outreach Program

JSOP has been created to provide a structure to allow students to participate in and contribute to the Joomla! project. Students will work with experienced mentors on coding and other projects designed to improve the Joomla! CMS and the general Joomla! ecosystem.

This program will include two separate ways that students can contribute to Joomla! in structured programs with experienced mentors. The first way will be working on larger projects as part of a team. The team will include one or more students and one or more mentors.

Large Team Projects

Here is a starting list for possible large team projects. The idea is that these will be larger projects that would be worked on by teams of students and mentors.

If you are interested in participating in one of these projects, please add your name under Interested Mentors or Interested Students. This is not final and does not commit you to anything. It will just help us figure out who is interested in what. You can add your name to more than one project if you like and then we can decide later which project you will work on.

Improved, automated API documentation presentation

Figure out a way to read the PHP code documentation into a database and use it to allow access to accurate, up-to-date documentation of the Joomla! API in a way that is usable to developers.

Interested Mentors: Louis Landry. Chris Davenport
Interested Students:

Web-based translation of Joomla core language files and 3rd party components

Currently the process of making translations for Joomla requires manual copying of files and subsequently using a text editor to manually translate. This is labour intensive, hard to keep up to date with the latest Joomla releases and does not promote collaborations. I am proposing to use an automated system to create and distribute translations for Joomla. The translations would be done using Narro a free GPL web-based translation software used by Mozilla. In addition an automation layer with a Joomla components needs to be developer to ensure the system does not need any manual updating and ensures that translations are community driven. Its an important project and will be lots of fun at the same time.

Interested Mentors: Marius van Rijnsoever, Mostafa Muhammad, Damià Verger, Alexandru Szasz
Interested Students: Edvard Ananyan, Josh Wang

Internationalisation of the Joomla! help screens for 1.6

Improve the process for creating and deploying the help screens in the many languages for which Joomla! is translated.

Interested Mentors: Jean-Marie Simonet,Akarawuth Tamrareang
Interested Students:

Multimedia Galleries

Develop an component able to create galleries with music, videos, applets, flash-games... it must support medias from different types (youtube, brightcove, .swf, .flv, .rmv, .mov....), be able to create playlists and more... give your ideas.

This project can reuse code from denvideo ( and jmultimedia (

This project could include: - Sourcing or creating a FOSS flash audio (see and video player. - Playlists - Channels - Large files upload using (ajax) - Upload to youtube

Interested Mentors: Marcelo Eden
Interested Students: Aman Gautam

Version 1.5 to 1.6 migration script

We need to allow 1.5 users to easily migrate their sites to version 1.6. Work on this has been started, but it is a big job. Also, this could include hooks to make it easier for third-party developers to build migration tools for their extensions.

Interested Mentors: Mark Dexter, Rob Clayburn, Mike Carson
Interested Students:

Project Management Tools

This project could include:

  • Develop a component with project collaboration features (like BaseCamp:
  • ProgressBar views based on completed task based on sprints, milestones, project...
  • Different front-end views for Clients, Team, Managers...
  • A module to show the active projects and is respective ProgressBars.
  • Allow Comments and discussions on tasks
  • Allow manager/team to set the function points value of each task (eq: planing poker)
Skills needed: Joomla CMS framework, MVC, PHP, MySQL, Javascript, MooTools
Interested Mentors: Marcelo Eden, Mike Carson, Rafael Diaz-Tushman
Interested Students: Lukas Polak, Harshani Nawarathna

Joomla Dev Tools

This is a project which automatically generate codes for you to help when developing Extensions. This will help,

  • New comers to decrease the learning curve of Joomla! Development
  • Professionals to automate their Joomla! tasks

Wiki Page : JDev Tools

more details:

samples  :

Interested Mentors: Oleg Nesterov, Will Mavis, Rafael Diaz-Tushman
Interested Students: Arunoda Susiripala, Nitesh Pandey

Small Task Projects

These projects will be broken down into segments that can be completed within 30 days.

Zen Joomla!

This project is open to students interested in design and in development.

For designers: Make polished Joomla! Templates for inclusion in the Zen Joomla! collection. We have a collection of Photo Shop Designs available to start people with.

For developers: Create a template switcher component for use by the Zen Joomla! Project. This would be capable of efficiently allowing selection from a few hundred templates. Also maybe a component for submission and processing? Also other code projects related to this effort.


Interested Mentors: Toni Marie, Flavia Silviera, Neri Valentin-Macias, JoeJoomla
Interested Students: Wong Chun Yue

Usability testing

Interested Mentors: Elin Waring, Will Mavis, Neri Valentin-Macias
Interested Students: Pavithra De Alwis

System Testing

Create automated system tests to allow testing of the CMS from a user perspective.

Interested Mentors: Mark Dexter, Will Mavis
Skills Needed: PHP, HTML
Interested Students: Harshani Nawarathna, Aman Gautam

Improve Unit Test Coverage

Work has been started on this with the goal of a continuous build model, but test coverage is incomplete. We need to add many more unit tests. Proposals should specify an area of concentration. Several projects for different areas would be welcome.

Interested Mentors: Alessandro Nadalin, Mark Dexter, Will Mavis
Consultant: Ian MacLennon
Skills Needed: PHP, PHPUnit, Joomla! Framework
Difficulty: Medium

Program Structure

In both cases, students would be working on a volunteer basis. However, we will figure out some fun rewards, like awarding t-shirts or other Joomla! stuff. Also, we will issue official certificates to students who successfully contribute to either program.

As with GSoC, the primary benefits to students are (a) real-world experience; (b) working with world-class mentors; and (c) the satisfaction of contributing to a great project and being part of a great community.

Application Process

Since JSOP is a volunteer program, we do not have a fixed limit on the number of students who can participate. However, we need to make sure we have mentors for each project or task. Also, we still want students to formally apply to the program so that we have information about each student and can make sure they are assigned to projects. We will have more information about the details of the application process shortly.