Provides Single Sign On between Joomla and Moodle, showing Moodle contents in Joomla, search Moodle contents from Joomla, showing Moodle inside a wrapper, selling courses through Tienda or Virtuemart, integration with other 3rd party components such as Jomsocial or Community Builder...
Joomdle doesn't meet them. There are lots of plugins included with the extension to create menus and modules and i can rely on my nice commercial template to make those look good. Great. But what I really want is a way of making moodle content look nice.
Now this is clearly a tall order because, quite frankly, moodle is pig ugly at the best of times. So I've spent a couple of days playing with Joomdle but as I'm not interested in the plugins and the modules I just want to host moodle content and make it look good what I really need is a something more than just a wrapper - which is essentially what Joomdle offers for content display.
So if you can work out how to strip out the moodle blocks from the course view and adjust your template to suit the wrapper then all is good. You've got moodle content in a wrapper. So where does Joomdle come in? Well that's the wrapper. But couldn't you create your own wrapper? Well yes I suppose so... so isn't Joomdle a bit unnecessary? Well quite possibly yes....
Actually I found hosting the course files (adobe captivate) directly in Joomla and using a php script to store results on the server seems to give me the results I need. And I have more control over the look and feel of the material - without the hangups in connection to moodle etc.
If I hadn't read one of the designers saying "we don't really "do" templates..." I may have persevered. But really for me - and surely lots of other users - it's the looks we want Joomdle for not just the wrapper and the modules.
I think the core issue is that Moodle seems to be at a level that academics would accept - scruffy, slightly unreliable and disorganised. But I think a commercial project could probably integrate the two better than Joomdle does. In fact I think a good commercial project could probably swallow moodle whole.
The Joomdle community has grown quite a bit over the last few years with a very active user / developer forum. Chris and Antonio are very responsive. Support is as good as (if not better) than many commercial offerings.
I highly recommend.
* Great extension that does exactly what it says it does: integrates most popular CMS and most used LMS together.
* Decent documentation.
* Lot of possibilities to integrate Joomdle to other Joomla's extensions (I'm using Kunena integration myself).
* All the problems I had were related to wrong configuration, not the extension itself.
* It's FREE!
* Configuration is pretty challenging if you're not an advanced user (I'm not). You have to configure A LOT both in Moodle and Joomdle in order to get Joomdle work. But I'm not agree with jeddell that "if you do not understand what XML-RPC is /.../ unfortunately Joomdle is not the component for you". I have no clue what XML-RPC is, but Joomdle is working on my site. :) All you need is to carefully read and follow Joomdle's documentation, time and patience.
* Support in Joomdle's forum is a bit slow, but you'll eventually get one. It's a free extensions and I can understand that Antonio and Chris can't sit there 24/7.
* If you're using an older version of Moodle (1.9 and prior) you can't use many Joomdle's possibilities and you may not be able to get rid of some errors (like that "the Joomla URL is not correct in the Joomla authentication plugin in Moodle" when using multilingual Joomla mentioned in umal21's review).
Great product and thank you, Antonio and Chris, keep up the good work!
Installation is relatively straightforward. Just follow their detailed instructions. Errors or problems are almost always related to some config issue in your server or other apps but solutions are easily found on the Joomdle forum.
Developers Antonio and Chris are tremendously helpful, especially when you consider that must errors occur from problems in your Joomla or Moodle settings rather than their product.
An excellent product worth supporting in the long term. Highest regards and ratings!
Beyond this being a powerful tool, I can't say enough for the Joomdle team. Antonio was so much help and he goes above and beyond for anyone wanting him to modify their Joomdle to make it just right. Within the course of 24 hours he helped me connect my Virtuemart/Joomdle payment set-up with a brand new payment provider and added some redirects for me to make everything look real smooth!
I really can't say enough besides that I will definitely be working with the Joomdle team more in the future. I truly hope more people will spread the word about this powerful, well documented, and free component!
Moodle was simple to install with clear, step by step instructions on the Wiki. Both the Joomla! and Moodle side of things were fairly simple although I stumbled across a few issues which were responded to via the forum quite quickly.
I had to get some custom development done for the payment gateway integration which was done extremely efficiently and works perfectly. Antonio also figured out a couple of configuration settings which weren't quite right while doing the work, saving me a lot of troubleshooting.
I've found this to be a really great system for integrating Moodle with Joomla and will definitely recommend it in the future.
The wrapper also worked brilliantly, and so did Virtuemart integration, in case the courses are commercial.
A Big Thanks to the developers of Joomdle. This is the beauty of open-source and you have worked hard to reveal its true potential... Thanks!
Joomdle seemed on the face value to be a great idea to have the two integrate together and gain the best of both worlds, and I'm sure that with some people this is the case.
However, if you do not understand what XML-RPC is or are not completely confident in how to find IP addresses or correct URL settings, or struggle to do your own troubleshooting, then this, unfortunately is not the component for you.
The reason being is you will be tearing out your hair if anything goes amiss. The instructions on the joomdle website are quite clear and understandable. But that is about all the support you will get. If, for what ever reason your application does not work, you are then on your own. After going through the forums, and for that matter emailing the developer personally, if you have any issues that he cannot answer, You will probably not get any response at all.
So in summary, Great concept, but if you are not and advanced user and are unable to troubleshoot on the fly. Then look for an alternative