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Now that I can use Google+ with our PICnet Google Apps account, I'm going to stop using this account. I'll be over at https://plus.google.com/106299213143830054599 from now on.
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There have been some positive tipping points that I've had a gut feeling were occurring right in front of me at various times in my leadership capacities. This weekend at Joomla!Day Chicago was one of those times.

I was sitting in Louis Landry's session about the Joomla Platform project, and I asked him a silly question: "What kind of example apps would you like to see created?" His response, paraphrased: "whatever itch someone wants to scratch".

Knowing that my coding skills are effectively non-existent, I turned to my buddy Nick from Akeeba Backup sitting next to me and asked if he'd be interested in sitting down with Louis and I during afternoon sessions to learn, write, and document an example app. Luckily for me, Nick was enthusiastic to join in the little quest.

I hopped into a conference room, posted a sign for all passing by to let them know that this room had been converted to the "Joomla Platform Brain Room", and that all were welcome (devs and non-devs alike), especially those that would bring a Bloody Mary with them.

Within about 30 minutes we went from me sitting alone in the room to 9 people helping document and discuss Joomla Platform app ideas from scratch. I asked a few dumb questions about development, and while no one laughed outloud, I did receive a few snickers for using my Mac's TextEdit as my development environment of choice.

One hour after assembling a room of interested folks, we produced 3 example apps. In addition to that, Robert Deutz was cranking on a little cron job app, Nick had a command line interface (CLI) app to talk to his Akeeba Backup system ("Listing Akeeba Backup backups on my dev site using #jplatform - Yes, it works! 45 minutes start to finish"), Steven Pignataro was rocking on an email app, Jonathan Shroyer was knocking out a Twitter CLI app, Andy Tarr was building a Hello World CLI app, and I, a non-developer, learned and wrote a CLI app myself.

Louis Landry shared his knowledge, sat back, and smiled.

In this room, the Joomla Platform turned from concept to reality in my mind. If someone like me can walk away with a better understanding of this great toolset, I'm sure others will receive it well too. I'm looking forward to finding ways to host such Joomla Platform Brain Room sessions at future Joomla!Days, starting with Joomla!Day South Africa next week. Evangelism + basic hands-on training + tangible small outcomes + smiles = success.

A small wave of outputs have started. A stake was tossed in the ground, and those at Joomla!Day Chicago pulled ourselves towards it successfully. I'm looking forward to keeping up the evangelism, the knowledge sharing, and the documentation of success.

Who's with me?
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Joomla 1.7 releases on-time. Darn proud to see this commitment to the community kept. Thanks to all the volunteers that made this happen.
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Recommendations on best practices for beta invite landing page designs? Examples?
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Excited for the Joomla 1.7 release tomorrow (July 19).
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Any Joomla DJs out there? How cool would it be if the community could code to the same beat one day?
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I want to express my personal opinion on things outside the auspices of my company's blog or Joomla. I have zero time to create another blog to add to my workflow and Twitter forces my thoughts to be silly abbreviated missives.

What about using Google+ as the middleground between a blog post and a Tweet? Thoughts?
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I finally understand Google+. Thanks +Brad Grochowski for dropping knowledge on me!
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