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Past Events

July 15 2014 Night Out

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"Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer ..."

We're taking a break with our workshops this month, but you can still come out and talk about Joomla!, socialize, and generally enjoy summer in the big city.

So, sign up on, or if you don't have an account there just come along and join us.

We're trying a new venue this month in the eastern part of the city, Paradise Sports Bar & Billiards, at 940 Danforth Ave.  So if you've been holding back from joining one of events because you don't want to cross the Don Valley, this is the one for you.

Paradise Sports Bar and Billiards


Where: Paradise Sports Bar & Billiards, 940 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1L9  (here) - just around the corner from the Donlands Subway Station

When: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, starting at 7:00PM.

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Plans for July 2014

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"Hot Town, Summer in the City, ..."

Summer is here at last, and we're planning what to do for the next month or two.

July is still a little up in the air, but we have our Night Out decided on.

Come join us in a new east end location, Paradise Sports Bar & Billiards at 940 Danforth Ave.  That will be Tuesday July 15th, starting at 7:00PM.  Enjoy yourself before winter returns.

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June 18 2014 Night Out

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JUGT Night Out Yorkville

When: Wednesday, June 18, 2014, starting at 7:00PM

Where: Duke of York, 39 Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto, ON

Summer at last is in full swing - we're almost at the Summer Solstice, so come out and enjoy the company, tallk Joomla! and generally have a good time.

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June 10 2014 Event

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Getting started with the Joomla! Framework

When: Tuesday, June 10, 2014, starting at 7:00PM

Where: Jobspring Toronto, 200 University Avenue, Suite 1302, Toronto, ON

  • A Joint GTA PHP User Group and Joomla! User Group Toronto presentation.

    Join us for an informative evening with keynote speaker Michael Babker from the Joomla! Project Leadership Team!

    Learn how to get started developing apps with the new Joomla! Framework, how you can contribute to the Joomla! Framework Project and have your questions answered by one of the Joomla! Framework’s lead developers.

    A new PHP framework from the developers of the award winning Joomla! CMS

    The Joomla! Framework is a new free and open-source PHP framework (a collection of software libraries/packages) for writing web and command line applications in PHP.

    The Joomla! Framework has been separated from the Joomla! CMS and provides a stable, lightweight PHP Framework for developing cutting-edge PHP applications.

    What does the Joomla! Framework mean for you?

    Whether you are a PHP Coder looking for a stable lightweight framework for your next app or a Joomla! Extension Developer looking to spread your wings & delve into developing standalone applications, the Joomla! Framework provides benefits for everyone.

    In addition, Joomla! Framework users and contributors benefit from the awesome level of support and collaboration which has become the hallmark of the worldwide Joomla! community!

    For PHP Coders

    If you are a strong coder looking for a lightweight framework that is easy to adapt and extend, the Joomla! Framework is for you.

    The Joomla! Framework is available using Composer. This allows you to build projects from the many packages included in the Joomla! Framework as well as packages that best fit your needs from any of the other PHP frameworks that use Composer.

    For Joomla! Extension Developers

    If you are a Joomla! Extension Developer you can now apply your knowledge and experience when using the Joomla! Framework to build apps as it maintains a similar set of function, class, and method names.

    This is advantageous for you in many situations, for example, when you land a project with requirements that don't really fit into the ‘website or CMS box,’ or the CMS is simply too much overhead. There may also be times when you need a simple tool to migrate data from one Business Intelligence system to another or a lightweight RESTful service to talk to a mobile application. These are just some examples of cases when the Joomla! Framework will prove beneficial to you.

    Where to Get More Information on the Joomla! Framework

    Visit the the official Joomla! Framework website at

    About Michael Babker, Joomla! Production Leadership Team

    Michael is an active member of the Joomla! community, participating in the Bug Squad, contributing code to the CMS and Framework, and is currently a member of the Joomla! Production Leadership Team.

    His contributions to the community have been recognized with the 2012 J!OSCAR "GitHub Junkie" Award. His high standards for code and focus on automated testing have raised the overall quality of Joomla's code and helps ensure a stable and quality product for every Joomla user.

    When he isn't working on core code, he can be found working on his own set of extensions, opinionating on Twitter, or out in the real world enjoying the sights and sounds of wherever he may be at the time.

    Sponsors and Acknowledgements

    Jobspring Partners - Venue Sponsor


    The Joomla! User Group Toronto would like to thank for providing us with a venue to MeetUp.

    Jobspring Partners is a professional recruitment and placement agency with operations in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Orange County, CA, and Toronto, Canada. We specialize in technology hiring for both permanent and contract positions, and have made over 30,000 successful technology hires since 1989.

    GTA PHP User Group

    Special thanks to the GTA PHP User Group, and in particular, Vic Metcalfe, for facilitating our first joint Joomla! User Group Toronto and GTA PHP User Group seminar.

    We look forward to many more collaborative efforts!

    The Joomla! Production Team and Marketing Team

    The Joomla! User Group Toronto would also like to express gratitude to the visionaries and amazing efforts of the Joomla! Production Team and the Marketing Team who are forging a bright future for the Joomla! CMS and developing the foundation for more amazing Joomla! applications to come.

    In particular, special thanks to our keynote speaker, Michael Babker from the Joomla! Production Team.

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21 May 2014 SobiPro Event

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North York Civic Centre, Committee Room 1, starting at 7:00PM

North York Civic Centre is located on the back west side of Mel Lastman Square. By Subway: Exit at North York City Centre and walk west. By Car: Paid parking is located on Beecroft Ave. (one street west of Yonge) just across from the Civic Centre.

‘Online Directories’ are one of the most used resources on the web.  Some popular examples are Business Directories, Restaurant Guides, Real Estate Listings, Member Directories and Classified Ads.

By building well-respected, organized and authoritative directories, not only can you provide a valuable service, but you can also make large profits.

Attendees will learn about various types of money making directories.

This presentation will also focus on how to use SobiPro - one of Joomla!’s best ‘purpose-built’ directory extensions - to quickly and effortlessly build state-of-the-art responsive web site directories.

Presenter Bio

Niv Froehlich began his career in online marketing and web development in 2001 after becoming the top graduate of York University’s Web Specialist Program.

Since then, Niv’s professional engagements included providing online marketing consulting services for Fortune 500 companies including Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Allergan.  

In 2010, Niv Froehlich was engaged by Microsoft as part of a team whose focus was to improve the quality of search results for the Bing search engine.

As an avid open-source enthusiast, Niv is now a regular presenter for the Joomla! User Group Toronto, provides freelance marketing and I.T. consulting services to local Toronto businesses and develops robust software solutions for web entrepreneurs.

When not coding or ‘talking shop,’ Niv spends most of his free time sailing, windsurfing and paddle boarding in Toronto or South Florida, depending on the season

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