Monthly commentary and interviews about websites, technology, and consulting. Produced by Bob Bloom, founder and developer of LaSalle Software.



The Bob Bloom Show #57: On Hiatus


May 12, 2016

 (5:18)

I am putting this podcast on hiatus. When the time is right, I will restart my interview podcasts. I will continue to produce my LaSalle Software News podcast at the top of each month.


The Bob Bloom Show #56: What The Laravel Framework Means To Me


Mar 15, 2016

 (9:14)

In this brief podcast, I express that The Laravel Framework means a lot to me. Two years ago I decided to make it my technical specialty


The Bob Bloom Show #55: Endearing Enduring Clients


Feb 18, 2016

 (17:57)

This month I talk about bringing on board enduring, and endearing, LaSalle Software clients. Creating a revenue producing web app is difficult. It starts with understanding the value proposition you are offering and call-to-action(s) that need conversion. Enduring clients understand this!


The Bob Bloom Show #54: Family Of Clients


Dec 15, 2015

 (12:01)

In my 54th episode of my Bob Bloom Show, I talk about the type of client that would get the most out of my LaSalle Software.


The Bob Bloom Show #53: I Want You In Web Applications


Nov 10, 2015

 (10:59)

Good to be back behind the mic. The economics of web apps has changed. You should contemplate doing a web app instead of a WordPress-y site.


The Bob Bloom Show #52: Learning From Ash And Rastin, Part 2 Of 2


Apr 25, 2012

 (19:46)

Guest: Rastin Mehr  

Rastin and Ash catch me off-guard while describing their ideas for start-ups. Part 2 of 2.


The Bob Bloom Show #51: Learning From Ash And Rastin, Part 1 Of 2


Apr 24, 2012

 (34:50)

Guest: Rastin Mehr  

Things I learned about open source software from Anahitapolis.com's Arash Sanieyan and Rastin Mehr. Part 1 of 2.


The Bob Bloom Show #50: Throwing The Book At Joe LeBlanc, Part 2 Of 2


Mar 22, 2012

 (24:49)

Guest: Joe LeBlanc  

First time guest Joe LeBlanc talks about the new Podcast Suite, the Joomla and Beyond conference, book publishing, and the SquareOneCMS Joomla Distro, Part 2 of 2


The Bob Bloom Show #49: Throwing The Book At Joe LeBlanc, Part 1 Of 2


Mar 21, 2012

 (25:45)

Guest: Joe LeBlanc  

First time guest Joe LeBlanc talks about the new Podcast Suite, the Joomla and Beyond conference, book publishing, and the SquareOneCMS Joomla Distro, Part 1 of 2


The Bob Bloom Show #48: Tickets, Framework, And Testing With Nicholas Dionysopoulos


Mar 8, 2012

 (30:24)

Guest: Nicholas Dionysopoulos  

Nicholas Dionysopoulous returns to talk about his FoF Framework, software testing, his new ticket system, and more.


The Bob Bloom Show #47: Alan Langford Tables Paid Extension


Feb 23, 2012

 (31:23)

Guest: Alan Langford  

Why did Alan Langford create his first commercial extension after years of offering free downloads? Is it more trouble than it's worth? How did he price it? In this interview, Alan takes us behind the scenes.


The Bob Bloom Show #46: Squaring Off With Jeremy Wilken, Part 2 Of 2


Jan 19, 2012

 (29:40 )

Guest: Jeremy Wilken  

SquareOneCMS is a groundbreaking Distribution of the Joomla open source content management system. Founder Jeremy Wilken takes us on a tour of "S1", in this first of our two part podcast. Today we talk about the what Square One actually intermediates, details of how the Updater is used, the critical role of Continuous Integration, among other things!


The Bob Bloom Show #45: Squaring Off With Jeremy Wilken, Part One


Jan 12, 2012

 (22:26)

Guest: Jeremy Wilken  

SquareOneCMS is a groundbreaking Distribution of the Joomla open source content management system. Founder Jeremy Wilken takes us on a tour of "S1", in this first of our two part podcast. Today we talk about the difference between a "fork" and a "distro", the Update Manager, wielding the power of controlling the code to express a vision, GitHub making it easier to use Joomla as Raw Material, motivation for "S1", and about learning how to traverse the path least taken.


The Bob Bloom Show #44: The Birth Of LaSalleMart


Jan 5, 2012

 (17:28)

The birth of LaSalleMart, a fork of Tienda. A friendly fork by my Club Commerce.


The Bob Bloom Show #43: Hackerprenomics With Rastin And Ash


Dec 15, 2011

 (28:34)

Guest: Rastin Mehr  

Arash Sanieyan and Rastin Mehr, core architects of the Anahita Social Engine, talk about hackerpre-nomics and podcasting their subscriber Google Hangout sessions. (Lots of annotations in this transcript -- as it turned out, a precursor show to my forking Tienda)


The Bob Bloom Show #42: Virtual Guest Alan Langford On Joomla Distro, Content Pattern Plugin, And Transcripts


Dec 8, 2011

 (13:06)

Guest: Alan Langford  

Technical glitches cause me to reschedule my show with Alan Langford. I recap our unrecorded conversations, talking about Alan, the SquareOneCMS Joomla Distro, Transcriptions, and Alan's Content Pattern Plugin


The Bob Bloom Show #41: Power, Hackerpreneur, Tienda, Tech Talk, Nooku


Dec 1, 2011

 (21:01)

Tienda is ready -- very ready. Tweet sweetly even in heat -- same with blogging -- for I love that technical talk! The way for users to capture the inherent power of Free Open Source Software is to join hackerpreneur clubs. Yes, I do care about the Nooku Framework! Nooku is now starting to focus on Change Management.


The Bob Bloom Show #40: Why I Am Not Using The Nooku Framework


Nov 17, 2011

 (12:20)

Right now, many Nooku Framework versions are used to build Joomla extensions, but only one NFW version is installable on a Joomla site. Since NFW versions are so different, an extension written with one NFW version will not work with other NFW versions. For me, this renders the Nooku Framework unusable.


The Bob Bloom Show #39: Why I Came Home To Joomla and Tienda


Oct 6, 2011

 (16:45)

Today I talk to you about why I came home to Joomla ecommerce in general, and to Tienda in particular. The call to Magento was particularly strong.


The Bob Bloom Show #37: Socializing With Anahita, Part 1 Of 2


Sep 15, 2011

 (26:32)

Guest: Rastin Mehr  

Arash Sanieyan and Rastin Mehr, Core Architects of The Anahita™ Open source Social Networking Software, join me to delve into Anahita. This is part one of our two part discussion.


The Bob Bloom Show #38: Socializing With Anahita, Part 2 Of 2


Sep 15, 2011

 (27:10)

Guest: Rastin Mehr  

Arash Sanieyan and Rastin Mehr, Core Architects of The Anahita™ Open source Social Networking Software, join me to delve into Anahita. This is part two of our two part discussion.


The Bob Bloom Show #36: Clubbing At Club Commerce


Sep 12, 2011

 (22:23)

Of all the nearly 60 podcasts I've produced since February 2010, this podcast is the most difficult I've put together. With a mountain of notes and over 50 takes, I know I have too much on my mind about my new Club Commerce. Why am I forming a Club of Clients, how am I going to run it, what are my objectives for you and me? I've been doing Virtuemart consulting for five odd years. Three-quarters of my clients were fellow consultants; and, one-quarter were site owners bootstrapping their own sites. With such unusual difficulty putting this podcast together, I've concluded that the best way for me to approach this podcast is to just speak from the heart, as a consultant. My marketing may not be the greatest, my copywriting not the slickest, but so what? I'm going to help you make a ton of money with Tienda. Who needs slick? Let me just lay it out for you.


The Bob Bloom Show #35: Torkil Johnsen: Nooku Framework Development Set-up


Jun 3, 2011

 (51:20)

Guest: Torkil Johnsen  

Torkil Johnsen is an active contributor to the Nooku Framework project. We talk about setting up a development environment using eclipse and symlinking. This is my first of an ongoing series of podcasts digging into the Nooku Framework.


The Bob Bloom Show #33: Getting To Know Chill Creations’ David De Boer


May 26, 2011

 (25:35)

Guest: David de Boer  

David de Boer, founder of ChillCreations.com, joins me today for my first "The Bob Bloom Show" interview of 2011. We talk about why David dropped out of school for Joomla; the impact of upcoming Joomla versions, Nooku and Molajo; free vs commercial extension offerings; and, more.


The Bob Bloom Show #34: David De Boer: Choices and Decisions – Joomla Development


May 26, 2011

 (40:56)

Guest: David de Boer  

Tough decisions face Joomla extension purveyors. David de Boer, founder of Chill Creations, talks candidly about the the choices and decisions facing Joomla extension developers.


The Bob Bloom Show #32: I’m Specializing In Tienda-Nooku


Apr 28, 2011

 (12:27)

I am greedy. I want it all! I want power! Feature upside, templating, Joomla integration, customization. That's why I am specializing in Tienda-Nooku


The Bob Bloom Show #30: ‘Splaining About Going For-Profit


Mar 10, 2011

 (35:09)

The hardest podcast I've ever put together, I talk about taking my podcasting for-profit.


The Bob Bloom Show #31: I Have Some ‘Splaining To Do: Three Ascendent Joomla Technologies


Feb 17, 2011

 (12:43)

On my BlogTalkRadio podcasts last year, I talked about what I called "The Three Joomla Ascendent Technologies". Today, I want to follow up with these technologies.


The Bob Bloom Show #29: Joomla Jabber With Joe “Joomla” Sonne


Nov 18, 2010

 (28:35)

Guest: Joe Sonne  

Joe "Joomla" Sonne joins me today to talk about Joomla training, and the increasing need to go mobile.


The Bob Bloom Show #28: Healthy Dose Of Vertical Marketing With Faisal Qureshi


Nov 11, 2010

 (29:17)

Guest: Faisal Qureshi  

Faisal Qureshi and I talk about vertical markets and the need for consultants to specialize in a vertical markets.


The Bob Bloom Show #27: Fork Or Distro: The Joomla Tines Are A-Changin’


Oct 28, 2010

 (12:11)

Fork. Distro. Don't get caught up in semantics. The Joomla "tines" are a-changin'. This is a shining moment for Joomla consultants.


The Bob Bloom Show #26: Magento And Joomla, Part Two, With Ray Bogman


Oct 21, 2010

 (35:15)

Guest: Ray Bogman  

Ray Bogman joins me to talk about Magento, Joomla, and the Magebridge extension. Part two of two.


The Bob Bloom Show #25: Magento And Joomla, Part One, With Ray Bogman


Oct 14, 2010

 (35:15)

Guest: Ray Bogman  

Ray Bogman joins me to talk about Magento, Joomla, and the Magebridge extension. Part one of two.


The Bob Bloom Show #24: The Grateful JED: Does It Rock Or Roll? The Rejoinder


Oct 13, 2010

 (38:26)

Guest: Matt Lipscomb  

Matt Lipscomb and Paul Orwig, co-managers of the Joomla Extension Directory, joins Nicholas Dionysopoulos and myself to follow-up our JED discussion.


The Bob Bloom Show #23: The Grateful JED: Does It Rock Or Roll?


Oct 7, 2010

 (34:23)

Guest: Nicholas Dionysopoulos  

Nicholas K. Dionysopoulos talks about his post on the Joomla community site, where he posted a terrific comment about the Joomla Extension Directory.


The Bob Bloom Show #22: The Nooku Framework: Why Is It Compelling?


Sep 23, 2010

 (36:36)

Guest: David Deutsch  

Talking to David Deutsch and Stian Didriksen about the Nooku Framework.


The Bob Bloom Show #21: Emergence Of Nooku Framework Based Joomla ECommerce


Sep 16, 2010

 (26:59)

Nooku Framework based Joomla ecommerce is coming. It will be the Joomla ecommerce platform of choice for Joomla consultants.


The Bob Bloom Show #20: Template Frameworks: Favoured Friend Of Joomla Ecommerce Sites?


Aug 12, 2010

 (30:09)

Guest: Chris Rault  

Chris Rault and Diane Henning talk about Joomla template frameworks.


The Bob Bloom Show #19: Joomla Security And Infrastructure Essentials With Alan Langford


Aug 5, 2010

 (30:31)

Guest: Alan Langford  

Rounding the security bases with Alan Langford.


The Bob Bloom Show #18: Following Alice’s Adventures In The Joomla Wonderland


Jul 22, 2010

 (41:14)

Guest: Alice Grevet  

Catching up with Alice Grevet.


The Bob Bloom Show #17: Round Table Takes Change To Task


Jul 8, 2010

 (29:55)

Discussing Tienda's status, and some Tienda reviews in the Joomla Extension Directory.


The Bob Bloom Show #15: Nooku Ninja With Stian Didriksen


Jun 10, 2010

 (28:26)

Guest: Stian Didriksen  

Talking with the Ninjaboard developer, who is also developing the Morph template framework and contributing to the Nooku Framework, among other things.


The Bob Bloom Show #14: Bed, Migration, And Beyond


May 27, 2010

 (30:09)

Talking about putting Virtuemart to bed, migrating away from it, and thinking beyond that.


The Bob Bloom Show #13: Your Template For Success With Andy Miller


May 20, 2010

 (30:46)

Guest: Andy Miller  

Talking with the Founder of RocketTheme.com.


The Bob Bloom Show #12: GIT On With Source Code Repositories With Andy Singleton


May 13, 2010

 (28:20)

Guest: Andy Singleton  

Talking about Git and Assembla.com.


The Bob Bloom Show #11: Guest Round Table: Are We Entering The Golden Age Of Joomla ECommerce?


May 6, 2010

 (30:01)

My Round Table of Guests wonder if we are really entering the Golden Age of Joomla ecommerce.


The Bob Bloom Show #10: A Helping Of Zendesk With Adria Richards


Apr 30, 2010

 (30:05)

Guest: Adria Richards  

Overview of ZenDesk.com


The Bob Bloom Show #9: The Anahita Social Engine With Rastin Mehr And Ash Sanieyan


Apr 22, 2010

 (30:03)

Guest: Rastin Mehr  

Discussing the new Anahita Social Engine.


The Bob Bloom Show #8: Framing Extensions With Nooku, With Johan Jansenns


Apr 15, 2010

 (59:12)

Guest: Johan Jansenns  

Discussing the new Nooku Framework.


The Bob Bloom Show #7: De-Mystifying Joomla-the-Project With Ian MacLennan


Apr 8, 2010

 (29:55)

Guest: Ian MacLennan  

Ian MacLennan, co-founder of Joomla Users Group, Toronto; and, member of the Joomla Leadership Team, explains how Joomla is structured as a project; and, as an organization.


The Bob Bloom Show #6: Social ECommerce Joomla Sites With Alice Grevet


Apr 1, 2010

 (35:50)

Guest: Alice Grevet  

Discussing selling products from your Joomla social site.


The Bob Bloom Show #5: Interview With Viktoria Osipenko


Mar 25, 2010

 (28:50)

Guest: Viktoria Osipenko  

Discussion about Tienda.


The Bob Bloom Show #4: Coming In For A Landing Page With Derek Heck


Mar 11, 2010

 (24:43)

Guest: Derek Heck  

Landing page discussion with Derek Heck.


The Bob Bloom Show #3: Reviewing Tienda Alpha With Joe ‘Joomla’ Sonne


Mar 4, 2010

 (29:09)

Guest: Joe Sonne  

Joe "Joomla" Sonne talks about co-founding the Joomla Users Group Toronto and the Southwestern Ontario Joomla Group; and, about Tienda's Alpha version.


The Bob Bloom Show #2: Joomla Jabber And Talking Tienda With Alan Langford


Feb 25, 2010

 (29:36)

Guest: Alan Langford  

Alan Langford, Joomla Bug Squad member, Joomla Security Team member, JUGT leader, and Joomla extension developer, talks about Joomla and Tienda.


The Bob Bloom Show #1: Tienda Talk With Rafael Diaz-Tushman


Feb 18, 2010

 (29:37)

Guest: Rafael Diaz-Tushman  

Interview about Tienda, new Joomla ecommerce software. for Joomla.


The Bob Bloom Show #16: Tienda, Nooku FW, Anahita Face My Round Table


Jun 17, 2005

 (59:36)

Today is our season finale show, with my Round Table talking to the authors of the Tienda ecommerce extension, the Anahita Social Engine, and the Nooku Framework. Lots of people are here today.