Barry Jaspan

Senior Architect
Acquia, Inc.

Recent blog posts

Posted on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 15:43
The Field API is major new functionality in Drupal 7 to provide custom data types just like CCK did for previous versions of Drupal. Field API became part of Drupal 7 February, 2009, but there is still plenty of work to do. We need your help, and More...
Posted on Monday, April 27, 2009 - 15:00
The Field API is major new functionality in Drupal 7 to provide custom data types just like CCK did for previous versions of Drupal. The Field API team has written fairly thorough API documentation but that is more useful as reference material than More...
Posted on Saturday, April 25, 2009 - 15:12
This is part five of my series, The DX Files: Improving Drupal Developer Experience. Today I am simply posting, verbatim, a message that a potential new Drupal developer sent me. The point here is just to understand how Drupal's DX influences the More...
Posted on Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 13:56
This is part four of my series, The DX Files: Improving Drupal Developer Experience. I started this series with fairly simplistic suggestions. They proved not very popular and some of them I agree were of questionable benefit due to PHP’s nature More...
Posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2008 - 12:07
This is part three of my series, The DX Files: Improving Drupal Developer Experience. This time, I’m suggesting changing some of Drupal’s most basic data structures and APIs by replacing anonymous arrays with well-defined data structures. I fully More...
Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 - 08:45
With apologies to Gloria Jones and a variety of others... Sometimes I feel there has to be a way To improve securi-tay To automatically prevent attacks The bugs we fix seem not to help one bit To make the exploit-tays Not come back. They should More...
Posted on Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 13:50
This is part two of my series, The DX Files: Improving Drupal Developer Experience. Many Drupal APIs accept a boolean argument (TRUE or FALSE) to determine some behavior. I believe that practice should be banned in all but exceptional cases, More...
Posted on Friday, May 16, 2008 - 12:36
I am declaring a personal crusade to improve Drupal’s “Developer Experience,” which I hereby abbreviate as “DX.” read more More...
Posted on Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 13:37
On April 24, Jeff Whatcott and I gave a 5-minute Drupal demonstration and Acquia pitch at the Web 2.0 Expo Launch Pad event. Here's the video (larger version here). read more More...
Posted on Monday, April 28, 2008 - 17:04
At the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco last week I attended the session "Community Building: Good, Bad, and Ugly." More than anything else, it reminded me of the "Building Community" session hosted by Laura Scott of pingVision that I attended a year More...
Posted on Tuesday, April 8, 2008 - 14:04
Acquia is starting to build Drupal demos and we’d like the community’s input on today's coolest Drupal capabilities to highlight. These demos will be targeted at people who have never heard about Drupal or maybe think it is "a blogging CMS." Right More...

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