Technical Thoughts, Tutorials, and Musings

The new kid on the Drop

This site has been running Drupal 5 for over a year now, even though Drupal 6 has been available since February. I kept meaning to update it, but never got around to it. Of course, then along came Acquia and a pressing need to try out the new kid on the block (for purely professional reasons, of course). So, armed with proper backup tools and a fast Internet connection, I set about to sacrifice my blog on the alter of experimentation. Onwards!

Autoloading classes in Drupal 6

I need to not have spare time. When I have spare time, I do crazy things. Not crazy things like your mother told you not to do, but things like write modules on a lark.

Like I said, dangerous. But, useful. In this case, it was a conversation over on Ryan Szrama's blog that kinda got out of hand and gave me another idea for a module, which I am happy to announce is now available for download.

Database docs are ready (almost)

Weird thin's happen when I travel, avast. Like, I spend several hours sittin' aroun' in airports with nothin' t' do but write documentation. I am therefore pleased t' announce th' immediate availability o' both upgrade docs an' usage docs fer th' DBTNG system.

We need the fish

With the Drupal.org redesign process well under way and moving along at high speed, it's become apparent that some of the details of the "Why" of it all were never quite established. To be honest, I didn't understand the full scope of what "Drupal.org redesign" meant either until recently.

DrupalCon Szeged, Day 0

Oh, travel. Prepare to be boarded, Ya swabbie! I dern't mind air travel, in general, but thar be always sea bumps.

Drupal Databases: The future is now

OK, I admit it. I'm not the most active Cubs fan around. I wouldn't say I'm a fair weather fan (the Cubs don't have fair weather that often) but I don't follow the team that closely. Perhaps I should start doing so, because I think this may be our year.

No, it's not because this is the 100th anniversary of when the Cubs last won the World Series. It's because the Databases: TNG patch for Drupal 7 has finally landed.

And there has been much rejoicing.

What is a colleague?

Earlier tonight, I was commenting on a friend's blog. He was asking about web game programming, and the challenges of Flash vs. Java. For whatever reason, the first thing that came to mind was OpenLaszlo, which some fellow Drupal colleagues have been very big on lately, so I left a quick note to that effect despite, to be honest, not knowing much about the subject.

Wait, colleagues? It took me a moment to realize that I had indeed just written "colleagues", because I've never actually worked with the people in question.

Fare thee well, Postgres 7

Drupal 7 is shaping up to be the most modern Drupal ever! (Now there's a silly title if I ever heard one...) Not only are we upping the system requirements to PHP 5.2 and MySQL 5.0, but PostgreSQL users will now need PostgreSQL 8.1 at least.

RFC: Drupal pluggable system handlers

Recently I've been talking up various ideas for pluggable subsystems in Drupal in IRC and the other usual haunts. Ideas have been percolating in my head, but so far I have been remiss in actually writing them down. Yesterday, however, I had an epiphany to solve the primary issue I was trying to work out, so I present a hopefully workable RFC (for real, not IETF version) for pluggable subsystems in Drupal.

I am posting this over to Planet PHP as well to invite commentary from those who aren't already embedded in the Drupal mindset. :-)

The latest spam

I have been running Mollom as my spam-fighter on this site for not quite two months now. It's been fairly effective overall. The nifty flash meter shows me just how bad the spam problem is (good grief, 593 blocked spam messages just on 15 May!), and I haven't gotten any spam in my comment list yet.

That is, until today, when a new form appeared.

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