Drupal Give: Recent Activity
Over the weekend of 9th-10th March, 2013, a Drupal Global Sprint was held to inspire people to work on Drupal 8. I upgraded one of my contributed modules, Pathinfo, to Drupal 8, and wrote a tutorial on the process on Drupal.org: D7 to D8 tutorial: pathinfo module.
We organized a Drupal 8 core sprint at the Burlington office as part of the Global Sprint Weekend. Participants from Acquia and the regional community worked to review and document Drupal 8 API changes, begin Drupal 8 module upgrades to test core APIs, and experiment with improvements to the user interface for the Blocks and Layouts Initiative.
This patch involves removing hook_url_outbound_alter() and replacing it with a series of outbound path processors. It is the final step towards the goal of unifying the url generator from the routing system with the url() function for generating urls from paths. As the latter is one of the most widely used functions in Drupal, changing how it works is not without many consequences. The work today focused on fixing outstanding test failures - the number of failures is now at 5.
I was one of the lead organizers for DrupalCamp NJ, as well as a speaker. This was the 2nd annual camp in Princeton. We had approximately 90% of the 246 registered attendees show up, and received overwhelmingly positive feedback. Sessions, slides, and audio or screen captures are posted at http://www.drupalcampnj.org/sessions
Worked on reviewing the security team processes and progress. Assigned several issues and tried to keep Drupal secure.
I worked on the core patch "Allow to override the image toolkit's global JPEG/PNG quality value" and it finally passed the automated test.
Participated as a panelist (in the end the only one representing Drupal out of three panelists) at the Princeton Public Library to discuss the relative merits of Drupal and WordPress.
Of course, the key point I emphasized that either (as GPL software) are better than proprietary solutions.
The Conference Organizing Distribution (COD) for Drupal 7.x is still being built and a number of features present in the Drupal 6 version are not yet re-built for 7. Since I wanted to be able to show a session grid for our upcoming DrupalCamp NJ, I dove in to try to understand how to build that. After long discussions with one of the maintainers (and fellow Acquian) Jacob Perry in IRC, I finally understood the data model and was able to build a module with an appropriate view and a custom View style with lots of preprocessing to make the grid. You can see some documentation I wrote at http://drupal.org/node/1884428 and the module code at http://drupal.org/sandbox/pwolanin/1884410