Last week the Joomla Open Source Creative and Artistic Recognition (in short: J!OSCAR) award ceremony took place at J and Beyond 2012. Over 200 people from almost 40 countries attended the largest international Joomla conference in Bad Nauheim, Germany.
I am very happy to announce that during the awards ceremony - lead by Brian Teeman (in an Elvis Presley costume) and Victor Drover - I have received the J!OSCAR award in the Commercial Joomla Add-ons category for ACL Manager!
In the summer of 2010 I was asked to explain the new Joomla ACL system during a Dutch Joomla Bootcamp. While preparing my ACL presentation I was sketching to find ways to explain the new Joomla ACL system - at that time one of the Joomla 1.6 beta versions - and I didn't realized that I actually just started to work on my first Joomla extension.
During the ACL presentation at the bootcamp I used an Excel version of my sketches to explain the Joomla ACL system and I noticed that people started to understand the new ACL system when I showed that slide and the Excel document. After the bootcamp I looked at the Excel document again and decided to 'try' to convert it into a Joomla extension. 'Try' because I was not really a developer at that time, 'just' doing some advanced template overrides.
In a couple weeks I made some good progress and in September 2010 I posted some first screenshots on Flickr to receive some community feedback about the idea. I received many enthusiastic reactions so I decided to continuing developing ACL Manager. At the end it took me another couple months, but in the summer of 2011 I could finally announce the availability of ACL Manager.
So last week - just 9 months after the release of ACL Manager - the extension is awarded with an J!OSCAR. A big surprise for me! I had never imagined that when I draw the first sketches back in 2010! The entire project has been an amazing ride and learning process for me. The J!OSCAR award is now standing proudly on my desk, reminding me about this great ride!
So a big THANK YOU to all ACL Manager users & Joomla friends for their support, feedback, suggestions, reviews, translations & J!OSCAR nominations and votes. It is great to work with so many people from around to world and it motivates me each day to keep improving ACL Manager based on your input! Thanks!