AEC Webinar

The people over at were kind enough to host a webinar for AEC. If you missed it, you check it out here:

It covers the very basics of setting up AEC. Since I was cut short time, we decided it would be best to do a second webinar for more advanced stuff.

My main plan for the "advanced" webinar is getting into the details of setting up MIs, showing some more hands-on examples of how to integrate with other components.

If you have any questions that you want to see covered in the "advanced" video, just leave a comment below and I will try to get it in.

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Written by David Tuesday, 02 July 2013 07:58

Hey, so bad news first: The new version of AEC won't happen before I go on vacation. I've done the opposite two times and every time, Jake just about killed me because I had missed a bug and he had to make up for it. I will only be gone for a week though and the new release is pretty much ready - so it's only a short wait which also gives Jake more time to test the release. Allowing for some "things fail all the time" time, I've set the release date for the first of July.

Of course, I don't want to just vanish empty handed. I have decided to give everybody a little more insight in what you can expect from us in the coming months. So without further ado, here's four blost posts at the same time:

So - What happened?

Where I detail my path from the end of last year to today and give an overview of what will happen in the near future.

Introducing mangrove

Introducing the package manager that I have been working on.

Introducing mangrove - for software developers

Some more technical details on mangrove.

Pricing Update

Our prices will get a tad cheaper for existing clients and we add membership levels for the direct update connection via mangrove.

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Written by David Friday, 14 June 2013 00:00

So, after giving a quick overview of mangrove (here), I couldn't help myself but also share a couple more juicy details. They are really only interesting to people who are software developers, so I decided to make it a separate post.

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Written by David Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00

With mangrove coming up, there are a couple of changes to our pricing.

TL;DR: Existing members will pay a bit less, but get more. We're also adding new levels for mangrove.

Check out the full pricing table, details, FAQ and comments after the break.

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Written by David Wednesday, 12 June 2013 14:56

TL;DR: mangrove is a package manager and we will be using it to deploy our software from now on. It's awesome.

I built mangrove as a convenient system to sell and deploy my software, so it is specifically tailored to a commercial GPL business model. I like automation, so I made sure that mangrove not only does my laundry for me, but shop my clothes and wear them, too. It's that good.

Before I launch mangrove, I would like to give some details on what you can expect from it, which is what this post is all about. I have built mangrove for three groups of people - regular users, site developers and software developers (like myself). This post should give a general overview to all of them. I will put up further post(s) that go a little more in-depth - the first one for software developers is already published here.

Uhm, what's a package manager?

If you have used a computer or similar device in the past couple of years, you will certainly have used a package manager (whether you know it or not) - for instance to install software via an app store or to update existing software on your computer, automatically. What I put together brings that concept into the joomla world in a way that currently does not exist.

Why is mangrove different?

I built mangrove with the goal of making something that was fast and flexible. It may not be that different from existing solutions, but it's not really about being different - just a little more awesome.

So - "What makes mangrove awesome? For me as a [user/site developer/software developer]?" Check out the list below:

AEC Users

Install less

Only get the parts (modules, processors, MIs, translations, etc.) that you need

Install a lot faster

Including one-click (and automatic) installs and updates

Get new features faster

No more waiting for the next "big" release, things like new MIs or processors are available as soon as I'm done coding

Deploy development builds more safely

(for instance when receiving support on a bug)

Site Developers

Quickly deploy software to your clients

We're giving you the power over your own clients instead of imposing ourselves

Connect your own sources

Including your own (which might be transparent relays to other servers)

Pick and choose updates

Clients trust you with their site, so you should be in charge of making sure they're happy

Software Developers

Connects to GitHub

Direct integration, including branches

Integrates with AEC

Ready-to-go, Ready-to-sell: With joomla, AEC and mangrove, you're ready to have your business set up in no-time


One push to your repository and a few moments later, a new package is available to your clients

Makes proper use of git

Understands branches and uses semantic versioning automatically

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Written by David Wednesday, 12 June 2013 08:36
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