Joomla eCommerce with Bob Bloom
Most JUGT talks are from the perspective of integrators and designers. LaSalleMart's creator offered a unique -- and uniquely Canadian -- perspective on Joomla ecommerce.
Everyone present was treated to Bob's passionate explanation of why Joomla should be your platform for eCommerce (and was very restrained in mentioning why LaSalleMart should be your choice for eCommerce). Not wanting to tread the same ground, Bob did refer everyone to the 2012 JoomlaDay Chicago presentation by Deb Cinkus on various platforms, but gave a quick summary. One point for Canadian entrepreneurs was how to take ownership of your ecommerce ecosystem and take advantage of tax rules to enhance your business value. Paraphrasing his words, "Don't pay the Vig, or you'll be sleeping with the fishes".
As well, Bob gave a virtuoso rendition of the song Wonderful World (Don't Know Much about PHP), a thrilling preview of "Joomla! - The Musical" - All Singing! All Dancing! Coming soon to a server near you. Busby Berkeley would be quivering in his tap shoes, if he was still alive.
For more words of wisdom, Bob blogs, podcasts, and participates in the Joomla! community.
Discussion touched briefly on our next event - a longer format meeting with Niv Froelich doing a presentation on using the Twitter Bootstrap Framework - his plan is that people will be able to make use of this to create a simple responsive web site by the end of the evening. This event will be held in a new location, for us, near Yonge and Sheppard - details as soon as they're confirmed.
Our thanks to Oasis ARS on the Danforth for providing their premises for our event.
Oasis Skills Building is a not-for-profit community based organization. This event has been sponsored by local JUGT members and is free to attend. Small donations to Oasis are optional and proceeds go to help maintain the computer lab and facilities.