I’m a bad, bad learner … a story from the Joomla! trenches

Joomla!  I am merciless with myself when it comes to learning.  If I can’t get it quickly, I get frustrated and impatience shamelessly follows.  Once I have come out the other side of pain and frustration, I often think, “geez, had I only known that out of the gate, things would have been a lot easier.”

Joomla! has a bit of a learning curve, so it’s in this context that I offer a series of “wish I had known that” articles to help the beginning Joomla! Administrator climb the learning curve.  Hopefully, these tips will help you gently make the transition from novice to skilled Joomla! Administrator.

Distributed Big Balls of Mud

Distributed Big Balls of Mud”  Great article from Simon Brown surmising that without disciplined practices, jumping on a specific architecture bandwagon is just chasing another new fad.  He aptly asks:

“Are you taking care of your software architecture?”

“Do you really understand what the core structural abstractions are in your software? Are their interfaces and responsibilities clear too?”

As a systems analyst, I see this lack of tactical thinking all too often.  Developers are not tactical thinkers and management directs solutions based on what buzzwords their counterparts are using at social gatherings.   That’s why you need a good analyst/ScrumMaster/PM.