For Joomla users out there, you may be interested in a few new and updated 3rd party extensions that provide integration with CiviCRM. A semi-complete list of available extensions with their descriptions can be found here: http://wiki.civicrm.org/confluence/display/CRMDOC/Joomla%21+Extensions+for+CiviCRM+%283rd+party%29
Of particular interest are a few for Joomla 1.6+ users:
- CiviSearch Plugin: this links CiviCRM event titles, summaries, and descriptions with the native Joomla search capability. Just install and enable it in the plugin manager. There is one configuration option where you can choose a menu item to be used when the event information links are generated in search results. It's compatible with Joomla 1.5 and 1.6+
- CiviCRM Group Sync: modeled after the Drupal group/roles sync module, this component + plugin connects Joomla 1.6+ ACL Groups with CiviCRM groups and provides real-time sync when a user/contact is added or removed from a group. After installing, visit the component to create your sync rules. This is particularly useful, for example, if you want to add people to an ACL group when they register for an event. By using the profile advanced settings to add them to a group, you can in turn add them to an ACL group. J1.6+ only.
- CiviEvent Module: this module displays a list of events from your system, and can be filtered by date, type, public/private, and various other options. It's been around for a while, but has recently been updated to J1.6+ compatibility.
All have been tested pretty well, and are suitable for production environments. But if you find bugs, please file them in the appropriate github issue tracker (links found on the page above).