Technical Thoughts, Tutorials, and Musings

Finally on 5

Last week this web site developed a completely bizarre bug interacting with the database that affected only blog entries. I blamed the database. My web host insisted the problem was with the PHP code. So I took the opportunity to just upgrade the site to Drupal 5, finally, and see what would happen.

Drupalcon rocks even more than Drupal, and how to make PHP 5 happen

So I'm back from OSCMS 2007, and it was a blast. I'll provide a more complete (and illustrated) writeup later, but for now suffice to say that Drupal developers are by and large totally cool people on top of being very smart cookies.

A lot of people have been blogging about PHP 5, too, and how Drupal needs to move to it or keep PHP 4 compatibility or whatever. One of the most important things to come out of this Drupalcon, as far as I'm concerned, is that I think we really do have a picture of how we can make it happen.

Washington University, St. Louis goes Drupal

It's a somewhat belated announcement, but I am pleased to report the latest Drupal site on the Net, Washington University, St. Louis' College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

ArtSci is the first major Drupal site for Palantir.net, although we have several more in the pipeline. It is also one of many that Washington University will be launching. The entire Arts and Sciences school has decided to go Drupal. Yay for Open Source!

No more trackbacks

So I finally gave in and disabled trackbacks on this site. So far there have been two real trackbacks and about 50,000 (no joke) spam ones. It's really not worth the effort. I may bring them back if I come up with a decent way to filter them properly, but the spam module just doesn't have a high enough s/n ratio. Suggestions on a better method are welcome. :-)

Which Star Trek Character am I?

Another one of these personality quiz things. Hm, looks like I'm the commanding type...

POTM February: Firebug

So February was an interesting month in my world, so interesting that it's now March and I didn't get around to posting a Project of the Month for February. Well, better late than never I suppose. To parallel GBGames' February Project of the Month, here's a big thank you cheer to my favorite Firefox extension and every web developer's best friend, Firebug.

Going to DrupalCon

Well, it's official. After being around Drupaldom for a year and a half now, I'll finally be making it to a DrupalCon. Yay! More specifically, the Open Source-CMS Summit, hosted by Yahoo (employer of such people as Rasmus Lerdorf), which will include DrupalCon. Drupal folks, I'll see you there (hopefully)!

Web 2.0 in Web 2.0

I normally don't post random "hey this is cool" posts, but this one really is that cool. The second video isn't all that great, giving more of a business talk, but the first one is slick, cool, insightful, and elegant. (About 5 minutes each.) Web 2.0 explained using Web 2.0. Nice!

Project of the Month: Drupal Project.module

Well here it is half-way through January and I've not made a POTM post yet. Bad Larry! Well, no time like the present. And the first present goes to a sub-project within Drupal that gets far less respect than it should. In fact, it's the sub-project that makes other sub-projects possible: The Project Module.

Sweet 16

When is Unicode not Unicode? When it's UTF-16 instead of UTF-8. Both are properly Unicode character sets, but for reasons that escape me they are not fully compatible. In today's installment of "Fix Microsoft's bugs", we'll look at how to deal with that little problem.

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