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Joomla 2.5 question

I have 4  categories of articles.  Each category has 10- 20 articles.  

What I need is a page that showcases all articles in that category.  When the user clicks the individual article showcased element they are taken to the article page. I can code it but I don't know what approach to take.. is there an obvious well-worn technique for doing something like this?  I can code it but I don't know where to start and what hooks/functions/classes to use in the Joomla framework.

Love to be able to sort alphabetically too.. ok I'm pushing it.  Seriously, can anyone give a little guidance in how to do this?

See attached image for concept.kupd
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austegaCommented:
I think you should first start by looking at the available extensions at extensions.joomla.org that do this type of display. There is a wide range of display options. I personally have found Aida2 to be a good candidate for what you are looking for. Many like want the K2 component can support.
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tf2012Author Commented:
Any way to do it without k2 or another framework?  I don't mind writing a few scripts.
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Abhijeet RananawareWeb & Mobile DeveloperCommented:
Use Category Blog Layout. Leading article 0.  Intro Articles 15 articles. Column 3.

After this create folders like following insider your template for overriding joomla default category blog layout


/templates/yourtemplate/html/com_content/category/

Copy blog_item.php from components/com_content/views/category/tmpl to above override folder.

In this way you are modifying category blog layout of joomla. So edit blog_item.php in override folder according to your need.
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tf2012Author Commented:
@webmatrixpune trying it now... thanks!
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tf2012Author Commented:
you rock.. this worked perfectly
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Abhijeet RananawareWeb & Mobile DeveloperCommented:
Thanks :)
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