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I’ve been meaning to post this since I got back from the Oxford Geek Night on Wednesday but I was struck down by a dose of man-flu (more commonly known as “a cold”). Apologies.
So, Wednesday 7th February 2007 was the inaugural Oxford Geek night event, at the Jericho Tavern. I was asked to give a talk as part of the first ‘microslot’ session, where 6 individuals talk for 5 minutes on a topic of their choosing, and I chose Drupal, seen as I spend the bulk of my development time hacking on it in one form or another.
The presentation started with a quick introduction to Drupal Core with a focus on the Taxonomy module. Then I walked people through the modules that I use the most: Pathauto, Views and the Content Construction Kit. Finally a whirlwind tour of some Drupal sites out in the wild including MTV UK, The Onion and Ask A Ninja.
Trying to give an overview of a system as large as Drupal in 5 minutes is a pretty hairy proposition, but I think I at least managed to pique peoples interest enough for them to want to find out more.
Overall the night was a great success. There were some really interesting talks, Simon Willison‘s OpenID presentation and James Wheare‘s Oxford bus times mash-up being two highlights for me personally. I also got to meet some cool new faces in the Oxfordshire development scene, and there was beer. Top night all round really.
Update: Links to the slides and podcasts are now up on the Oxford Geek Nights site.
They’ve also given people access to the original Photoshop .psd files, so you can create your own derivative versions. As per the rules of the GPL, if you do use them to create a new icon set then you have to make your modifications available to other people.
Dammit, if their podcasts weren’t groovy enough, now they go and do something cool like this.
After a long wait, the awesome jQuery library has finally been committed to Drupal core. jQuery 1.0 will be part of the next major Drupal release, for which the code freeze is about to begin.
What is jQuery I hear you ask:
This is a very exciting development for Drupal opening up a whole world of new user interface improvements. As an example of some of the things that can be done have a look at Steve’s colour picker widget. Now that’s some cool stuff.
There’s more info on jQuery and how it will fit into Drupal in the Lullabot podcast with jQuery’s author John Resig.
As part of their expanding developerWorks series of articles IBM have decided to use Drupal for a sample IT project entitled “Using open source software to design, develop, and deploy a collaborative Web site”.
We did have to invest some time to learn the Drupal way, and the framework just seemed to make sense. We also felt that Drupal provided the right combination of framework and flexibility to break out of the framework when needed to get the job done. With all things considered, we decided to use Drupal. The landscape of open source CMS is continuously changing, and in the future we’ll revisit these and any new entries in the field.
Given the extremely high standard of the developerWorks articles I’m going to be keeping an eye on this. I’m always on the lookout for new ways to make Drupal jump through hoops.
Update: The second part of the series has been published, focusing on designing for an effective user experience.
Update: Here’s an overview page linking to all 5 articles.
Drupal 4.6.1 upgrade done, spam filters in place, comments open. Let the fun begin.
Bit different round here isn’t it?
This is what’s happening. The site has been upgraded to Drupal 4.5.2 (really nice release), and I’ve also taken the time to start on a new theme, hence the whiteness. I’ve taken it right back to basics and I’ll be adding in more as I work out what direction I want to take it.
I actually quite like this minimalist look, but I do need to sort out links and headers. The navigation isn’t too clear right now.
I’ve also killed all the content that’s isn’t blog related for the time being. Until I get the architecture and main navigation nailed, photos are now over at Flickr and everything else will be coming back shortly.
New Features in 4.5 include:
- Tab based user interface
- Configurable menus
- Multiple roles per user
- Document/image uploads
- Node-level permissions
- Improved locale support
- Anonymous comments
- Theme system improvements
- Customizable user profiles
- Usability improvements
- Configurable input formats
- Performance improvements
Polytechnic will get upgraded when I find the time. Not likely to happen soon though, client work pays the bills (actually, my employer does, but you know what I mean).
Like the title says, Drupal 4.4.0 has been released. Lots of new features and improvements in the areas of usability and accessibility. See the announcement for full details.
I’m eager to upgrade, but I’ve encountered some problems with the current polytechnic theme. It’s based on an old 4.2 theme called stylebox by Curtis Nelson, and the improvements to Drupal in the theme system don’t play too well with my current setup (ie: it’s borked).
I’ve been meaning to update the theme to the xtemplate system (specifically a variant on Pushbutton) so I’m holding off on the upgrade until I can get that sorted out.
In related news the Drupal 4.5 battle plan is worth a read. ACLs and improved image handling… woo!
Just upgraded to drupal 4.3.1. Nothing major has changed, just a few minor bug fixes. See the article for full details.
So while I was away they decided to release drupal 4.3. What swines!
Anyway, we’re now on 4.3 and it’s running like a charm. I had a few minor issues with the database upgrade, but nothing nasty and probably more due to me dicking around with some stuff during the 4.2 cycle.
Intergrated admin menus++ (hence the slight reordering of blocks).