Just a short note to heap praise on
the Backup and Migrate module
. For those of you who have not already discovered this aptly popular module, it allows you to easily backup your Drupal database, from inside of your Drupal site itself. Now, you might be thinking “so what, I already use the phpMyAdmin export”, but
there are two big advantages of B&M.
Out of the box, B&M is configured to exclude the data from the caches, watchdog, and other huge but non-critical tables.
Drupal 5 Views Recipes
is an odd book. It had been published almost two years after the last stable version of Views for Drupal 5 (aka Views 1) was released, and more than eight months after the first stable version of Views 2 was released for Drupal 6 (to much fanfare). And yet the book still feels rushed.
I love the functionallity of stacking popups in the the Popups
2.x alphas, but there are a couple of problems with my current approach, which keeps the entire stack in the
. I check, and only execute new js files, but, unlike
files, there is no way to unload the js after it has been added to the
. I haven’t run into an actual problem from this yet, but it seems inevitable.
The idea is to make install profiles a superset of normal Drupal modules, with all the power of a module, plus the ability to show up in the initial install page. For my take on why this is so needed, check out my previous post
Simpler Alternative to Install Profile
The comment spambots have gotten more clever lately. My blog has open comments, protected by Mollom. On average, I get one or two real comments a day, and 20-30 blocked spam. Lately I have been getting more comment spam slipping through. This new spam is made up entirely of snippets from previously accepted comments, with a couple new links slid in. Cute.
I think I need a second level comment filter, after Mollom, that immediately publishes comments without links, but pops any comments with links into a moderation queue. I wonder if such a thing already exists.
I am looking for my job next opportunity. In particular I am looking for
a full-time, or near full-time, position with benefits.
a collaborative working environment in the San Francisco East Bay Area or accessible by BART.
an opportunity to do innovative work, especially in the area where Drupal and Ajax intersect.
I have been working with Drupal since 2005, starting in the 4.6 days. I have been creating web applications for a solid decade now, and have been programming professionally for over 15 years.
Authoring over a dozen useful Drupal modules, including Popups API, Popups: Add & Reference, Private Uploads, Find URL Alias, and the Flexinode to CCK Converter (see the whole list at
Actively participating in the Drupal community by testing and submitting patches to core and other modules.
Helping get the #ahah form element (and other improvements) into Drupal 6.
Founding and organizing the Bay Area Drupal Camp (BADCamp) 2007 and 2008.
Founding and running the Berkeley Drupal Users Group for the last two years.
Presenting at OSCMS 2007 (aka DrupalCon Sunnyvale).
Building the Popups API and seeing other authors build interesting modules on top of it.
You should only need to set these if you are use Windows. These settings ensure that if you upload files to Drupal.org, or create patches to upload they are in the standardized format (UTF-8, Unix line endings, and CVS -kkv mode).
Make the following changes under Window - Preferences:
#1 Expand the left-hand menu to General - Workspace
* Set Text file encoding to UTF-8.
* Set New text file line delimiter to Unix
#2 Expand the left-hand menu to Team - CVS
* Click on the Files and Folders tab.
It is time to review my personal module release tagging strategy. The available tags have changed since I started releasing Drupal modules, and my understanding of the flow has evolved recently. Readers will understand this better if they are familiar with the info on the
Drupal contrib branches and tags page.
Here is my current thinking (replace X with an increasing counter starting with 1):