From a historical point of view, in computing, we can testify how character representation has evolved. Since the basic binary encoding of 0s and 1s, each bit has added more expressiveness. Today, Joomla 3.5 is here to introduce the current gold standard, full 4-byte Unicode (Utf8mb4).

joomla 3 5 from 8 bit ascii to full unicode

Source: The Joomla! Community Magazine™ Issue 2016 April > Administrators, English: Joomla 3.5: from 8-bit ASCII to full Unicode

This day in history could be remembered as the evening when Joomla 3.5 was released... until now, it is going to be remembered as the day I rocketed to 6,007 points answering questions in!!!

6007 ways to say thanks to joomla

It's fair to say that I'am not alone on this quest. In fact, I'm 4th in the user ranking. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are assigned to (my nemesis):

It's official now. I am proud to be selected an I will be presenting Joomla Extension Directory development and collaboration process in J and Beyond 2016, Barcelona 20th-22nd May 2016.

JED is our biggest community site to publish extensions and a critical part of Joomla! experience. The development process has recently been opened to everyone. YOU can take the extra step to collaborate and improve it. This session introduces how developers can participate and setup the development environment. Additionally, we are going to show "state of the art" technologies applied in JED massive operation.

jab 2016 jed development how to collaborate and improve our extensions directory

After soooo many years of online work, everything is coming to an end. At this very moment, Joomla World Conference 2015, Bangalore, is taking place.

Just a quick note on the road, this is my first-ever Joomla official photo, with Sarah Watz President of (Joomla) Open Source Matters, Inc. and Tessa Mero Dev Advocate for Joomla and JED Assistant Team Manager.