xbMaps is a Joomla component for displaying maps using OpenStreetMaps (OSM) tiles. Version 0.4.0 is a development release for comment and not recommended for use on a live site (although I will)

xbbooks listI have long wanted a non-googleMaps component to display gpx track in Joomla so that I could move my cycling blog from Wordpress to Joomla. Phoca Maps is the best available, but it wasn't able to display gpx tracks on OSM maps. I started by modifying Phoca Maps to display tracks with OSM, and rapidly found myself wanting to rewrite more of it. Jan at Phoca will be working on an update to Phoca Maps that may include more of the features from xbMaps and will be J4 compatible. 

The primary intended user is someone needing to display OSM maps on a Joomla 3 site (I will not be developing for J4 for at least 5 years so don't even ask).

It is intended to develop a plugin to allow maps (with tracks and markers) specified in xbMaps to be embedded in a conventional Joomla article. The component provides map (and track) views for the front end with associated descriptive text. Joomla categories and tags may be used.


xbMaps v0.4.0
27th Sept 2021  

com_xbfilms v0.9.5
9th May 2021  

xbfilms filmsxbFilms is an xbCulture family component for cataloguing films you have seen and reviews of them. Version 0.9.5 is the current release for inclusion on JED.

It has been developed in parallel with xbBooks to replace an old paper diary and spreadsheet of films seen by myself.

xbFilms is installed as a package containing two components - com_xbfilms and a supporting component, com_xbpeople, for administration of people and characters which are common to all xbCulture components.

The primary intended user is someone wanting to keep a record of films they have seen with a reminder of the plot and what their reaction was.  

com_xbpeople_v0.9.4.2 
29th April 2021  

xbPeople provides a relational database of people and characters ho are associated with films or books catalogued by xbFilms and xbBooks components

xbPeople has no site (front-end) views and is not much use without one or more of the primary xbCulture components. On the other hand the primary components do not ork unless xbPeople is present, so it is normally installed as a package with a primary component.

xbBooks is an xbCulture family component for cataloguing books you have read and reviews of them. Version 0.9.5 is the current release. 

xbbooks listIt started out as I needed something to replace a local flat-file database I had been using to save details of books I read and short reviews/comments. Previous to that I had been using a simple spreadsheet and originally an paper file.

xbBooks is installed as a package containing two components - com_xbboos and a supporting component, com_xbpeople, for administration of people and characters which are common to all xbCulture components.

The primary intended user is someone wanting to keep a record of books they have read with a reminder of the plot and what their reaction was.


xbBooks v0.9.5
10th May 2021  

com_xbartman v1.0.0.0 
31st January 2019 

xbArtMan is a component to provide some additional tools for backend administration of Joomla content. Initially it focuses on three areas that I have had difficulty with - seeing what tags are assigned to which articles, seeing what links are embedded in articles and defined as related item links (and checking that they are valid), and seeing what images are used in which articles.