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Confessions of a Drupal Convert

Kurt Cagle over at O'Reilly has finally come clean:

"I have a confession to make - after close to a decade covering XML, I have something of a new love ... and the name of that love is Drupal. Drupal's become one of those interesting hobbies that is rapidly becoming both a profession and a passion. It wasn't supposed to happen this way ..."

His article is titled "Drupal as Open Architecture" and it is very worth a read, especially if you are a techie new to Drupal.  He goes beyond the confession to discuss the genius of Drupal the project's technical architecture and community norms. The Drupal approach encourages massive organic innovation on the edges through contributed modules while simultaneously cultivating orderly evolution at the core. It's the best of both worlds.

A few weeks ago I noticed the announcement of Yahoo's BOSS API. That was July 9. At the time I thought to myself, "Hmm. Looks interesting. I wonder how Drupal could use this. Maybe I'll ask an engineer to check it out." But the thought quickly died because our engineers are pretty busy right now and I forgot to write it down.

In a normal proprietary software company, that would have been the end of the story. But this is Acquia we're talking about, and because we've built our business around open source Drupal, a wonderful thing happened.

I subscribe to an RSS feed of new Drupal modules. On July 14, a new Drupal module popped up in the feed. It's called yboss, and it integrates Drupal with the Yahoo BOSS API. That's 5 days after the initial Yahoo announcement. And it is not the first time this has happened.

The pace of of Drupal innovation is astounding, and everyone benefits from it. Rock on, Drupal.

Comments

Posted on by Wim Mostrey (not verified).

I've been following Kurt's articles on Drupal at oreillynet.com, they're definitely a good ready.

Posted on by agentrickard (not verified).

And to think, O'Reilly OScon turned down my "Drupal as a Web Application Framework" talk twice. Interesting how times change.

Posted on by VB6 (not verified).

I agree! I have been very impressed with how quickly Drupal development occurs. I've been using it for a couple years now and am quite pleased.