Quote 56

[T]he law cannot condemn an entire technology merely because on occasion it will be abused.

— Prof. Douglas Lichtman

What did I do to deserve this?

My copy of Pro Drupal Development arrived in the mail the other day. So far it's very programmer-targeted, but good. I need more time to just sit down and read it. :-)

I did notice one thing that caught my eye, though. In the Acknowledgments, the authors thank

...the members of the #drupal internet relay chat channel, who put up with the constant questioning of how things worked, why things were written a certain way, or whether or not a bit of code was brilliant or made no sense at all.... Among them are... Larry Crell...

Quote 54

Give a man a fish, he will ask you for another in a day. Teach a man to fish, and he may stop bugging you for more fish.

— Larry Garfield

The documentation problem

Over on the Planet, someone posted a link to a budding Drupal user who was having the usual first-time-user troubles. "I want to do X, Y, Z, but I can't figure out how and no one will tell me, help!" Been there, done that, I suppose. But how can that be if there's so much Drupal documentation? Simple. The questions most people ask are the hardest to answer, because there isn't just one kind of documentation.

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.

Quote 51

The last time a middle-aged woman joined Drupal, CCK started working.

— Jeff Eaton

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.

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You know that saying about standing on the shoulders of giants? Drupal is standing on a huge pile of midgets.

— Jeff Eaton

Quote 48

I didn't want to be the guy who released a tool that broke the web.

— Rasmus Lerdorf

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!

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