The Fabrik team are proud to announce the release of Fabrik 2.0rc1 - THE Joomla application builder. Again a special thanks to everyone that has helped make this possible - especially those of you who provide translation files, this is an often un-thanked task but a vital one in enabling Fabrik for as many people as possible!

First of all this post isn't really anything to do with Fabrik, but I'm going to expand the blog to talk about various Joomla 1.5 coding problems, solutions and best practices. Please feel free to correct, contradict and eventually even concur with what I'm saying in the comments!

These posts won't be about how to start coding Joomla components, there's lots of tutorials and documentation out there to get you started.

So this first post will address an issue that I have constantly struggled with and until today have never had a solution that I felt was totally acceptable.

We are proud to release the next and hopefully last beta version of Fabrik, Fabrik 2.0b3. This release contains a large number of bug fixes (over 470 commits since the second beta) from the previous 2.0b2 release from June.

This release would not have been possible without the communities help in reporting bugs, suggesting fixes, posting translations and general inspiration! I encourage you all to continue helping us so we can quickly move towards release candidates and then a final version.

Need a quick way to annotate your Joomla and Fabrik pages, during the development phase? If so then look no further, I've just released a small Joomla 1.5 plug-in that allows you to use the Protonotes service to annotate your web pages. Notes can be dragged, hidden, marked as reviewed and completed. To get started, dowload the protonotes plug-in from Joomlacode and create an account on the protonotes site.

I will be exhibiting Fabrik at London Linux Expo Live from Thursday the 23rd October to Saturday the 25th. Fabrik will be in the .ORG Village, sharing a stand with Joomla tools, right next door to the Joomla stand, so if you can please come along for a chat I know that its rather short notice, I only got the go ahead for this yesterday and have since been running around trying to get flyers. business cards and t-shirts printed I hope to see some of you there!

If you are around Bristol (UK) this weekend, then you could be taking part in Moosehunt at the igfest- thanks in part to Fabrik! Huh? Moose, Bristol, surely not! Have I finally lost my mind? Not at all! Moosehunt is a location based mobile game designed by Simon Evans for Bristol's igfest: