The Joomla! World Conference 2014 is here, and SIMBunch is proud to promote the event. From now until November 1st, simply use the coupon code SIMBUNCH and enjoy a $150 discount. That's a 50% off for the standard ticket!

Hurry and secure your ticket now .

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There are times you need to integrate a 3rd party script into Joomla, without having the modify any core files, while still able to remain within the Joomla framework. A good example is, say, an AJAX request that points to a specific external php file that isn't part of Joomla's MVC. You can do this easy with the following code (in the beginning of the 3rd party script):

	define( '_JEXEC', 1 ); //This will define the _JEXEC constant that will allow you to access the rest of the Joomla framework
	$joomlaPath = dirname(__FILE__)."/../.."; //The only part you have to change. Make sure the relative part points to your Joomla root
	define('JPATH_BASE', $joomlaPath);
	require_once( JPATH_BASE.'/includes/defines.php' );
	require_once( JPATH_BASE.'/includes/framework.php' );
	// Instantiate the application.
	$app = JFactory::getApplication('site');
	// Initialise the application.
	// Now you can use all classes of Joomla
        $db = JFactory::getDBO();
	$doc = JFactory::getDocument();

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So it's that time of the year again. To celebrate the holidays, we at SIMBunch is throwing a 30% discount for all our products. From now until 31st December, simply use the coupon code SIMXMAS during checkout to enjoy your holiday savings!

For the benefit of our users, we've compiled a list of other holiday discounts from our Joomla Friends! (list to be updated, so check back often)

Merry Christmas!

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SIMGallery 4.2 has just been released with 2 new featues: It is now completely integrated with EasySocial (full details of the integration can be found in the product description), and albums commenting has been added. Give the demo a try!

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We have added EasySocial to the list of SIMAnswers's integrations. This includes integrating with EasySocial's notifications, activities stream, user profiles, and points system. The SIMAnswers package also comes with an EasySocial app that displays your users' Q&A summary. We'll be adding EasySocial to our demo site soon, so stay tuned!

For a full list of integrations and detailed description, please check out the documentation - or dive straight into the demo!

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