With the release of Joomla! 1.7.0 in July 2011, the Joomla platform officially became its own project, separate from the Joomla content management system (CMS). This allows the platform to be developed independently of the Joomla CMS and makes it easier for the platform to be deployed on its own to develop and power a wide variety of web applications.
The Joomla platform is a large topic and deserves its own book. This chapter is intended to give an overview of the platform and some simple examples of its use.
Joomla version 1.5 was designed so that classes that performed fundamental functions were placed in a folder called
libraries/joomla. Although used ...