Well its not that I dont want to help improving joomla I use joomla to develop 90% of my websites im a web developer as well as a designer so I know how great joomla is. The thing is im in Ecuador South America , everybody, govenmnet, corporations and more does not trust PHP , because of scalability coding etc, another interesting fact its that they have so many Data bases types like oracle, Postgres, Sybase, MSQL and more and they wqant a system that has an entire independent database tier.
I really love joomla and i have used it to make some govenrment portals here in my country as well as many many commercial sites. Your job its amazing, we are close to laucn some components for Joomla 1.5 and Joomla 1.0.x opensource of course of a grat image gallery and LDAP components for Lotus domino and Active directory.
We also organized the first JOOMLA CAFE in ecuador with the http://www.joomlaspanish.com
owner support in 3 simultanius cities (quito, guayaquil, cuenca )the biggest in our country about 150 people attended to the event in each city so we are helping joomla to grow here, i actually own a site http://www.joomla.com.ec
and we are working with the government of Ecuador to create http://www.joomla.org.ec
Please dont think that we do not appreciate joomla its just our market and many markets around latin america needs a CMS in java J2EE an opensorce one .
We are thinking of creating a java version of joomla because the wolrd its awaiting something like this, you can use magnolia, Alfresco and many other but thay are really hard to install, very hard to use and maintain so aour aim its to simplify things we will be helping Joomla comunity .
If we could talk on skype I would love this my id : adriancadena
Hope we can chat a little so you understand better.