Torkil Johnsen

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Should I care about SEF URLs anymore?

Posted in Marketing,Search engines on Sep 17th, 2010

Exchanged opinions with Peter van Westen and Nicholas K. Dionysopoulos on Twitter, and long story short; they consider SEF URLs to be something that neither people nor Google care about anymore. I thought I disagreed at first, but then I realized I should not have an opinion on this, I should have facts. So here is my research.


Advancing from Joomla MVC to Nooku HMVC

Posted in joomla,Nooku on Sep 14th, 2010

I just read a really helpful blogpost over at about how you can reuse a model in Joomla Framework’s MVC structure. Thought I’d give an example of how this is solved in Nooku Framework, and then move on and look at how Nooku has taken MVC a few steps further.


Posted in Games on Aug 21st, 2010

Lurer du på hvor mange bokstaver det finnes av hver type i Wordfeud?

Har du noen gang lurt på hva motstanderen sitter igjen med på hånden mot slutten av spillet?

Lurer du på om alle U-ene er brukt opp?

Fortvil ei! Gjør som proffene, skriv ut denne bokstavoversikten (passe analogt ja) og kryss av bokstaver etterhvert som de brukes, så slipper du å lure.

Dette er fair play og helt vanlig i Scrabble-konkurranser og i Wordfeud League of Honour for de som deltar der.

Jeg har til og med gjort det praktisk og enkelt ved å ha fire oversikter på samme A4-ark, slik at du sparer litt papir når du spiller 20 spill samtidig ;)

Se, last ned og skriv ut.

How to create—and remember—a different password for every single login

Posted in Security on Aug 18th, 2010

Here is a neat trick for how you can create and remember thousands of good, secure and UNIQUE passwords, using keys. No more identical passwords, and no more easily breakable ones either. Spend 5 minutes reading this blog post, you won’t regret it. Money back guarantee!

Taking Joomla Forward

Posted in joomla on Aug 13th, 2010

I write code, so I care mostly about what’s happening to the Joomla Framework. Or should I say not happening? The Joomla project needs more coders and less talkers, to put it bluntly, much like a boat won’t get anywhere with just captains and no rowers. More and more people in the Joomla community seems to realise this and are taking up responsibility and working outside the core code to make the improvements needed in various areas. Let’s take a look…

Using MySQL Workbench to manage your Joomla component’s db schema

Posted in Databases,Software on Jul 23rd, 2010

MySQL Workbench is a great tool for developers to map out and visualise databases. What many people know is that it’s also a great way to make upgrading and writing upgrade scripts for your components really painless too.

What is MVC, and why should I care?

Posted in joomla,Software,Standards on Jul 17th, 2010

Those of you following blogs and tweets in the Joomlasphere and reading about Nooku, might have read and learned about MVC and HMVC already. If not, here is a short explanation on MVC, and why you should care about design patterns and MVC in particular, especially if you’re a Joomla user. (more…)

What is this Nooku Framework thing really? And why should I care?

Posted in joomla on Jul 15th, 2010

Let me try to explain, in non-technical terms, what a framework is and why using the Nooku Framework is a good idea.

The Joomla database schema smells

Posted in Databases,joomla on Jul 12th, 2010

Back in 2006 I was a member of the standards and guidelines workgroup in Joomla, and during my involvement there I produced the Joomla 1.5 database schema as a DB Designer EER diagram, so people could view the database in a visual way. I recently also set up the Joomla 1.6 database schema, this time using MySQL Workbench which is a better tool for the job, and also GPL and available on multiple platforms. During my work with setting up the 1.6 schema, I came across lots of oddities and lacks of normalization, and a severe lack of naming conventions and guidelines became obvious.

Joomla 1.6 database schema

Posted in Databases,joomla on Jul 11th, 2010

joomla 1.6 database schema thumbnailAs some might remember I made a visual representation of the Joomla 1.5 database schema back in 2006. I have now set up an EER representation of the Joomla 1.6 database schema too, that you can download for free. This schema was made after the 1.6 beta 2 release, and it was built using MySQL Workbench, which is both GPL and available as a free download for multiple platforms.

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