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Drupal 7 File System Changes

On July 26 and 27 I participated on behalf of Acquia in a code sprint with a great group of other Drupal contributors at the Zivetch offices in Philadelphia. Aaron Winborn has already written a good summary of the event. I want to focus here on a big piece of the work that progressed but wasn't finished at the sprint: the File API Stream Wrapper Conversion patch (which weighs in at a big 230 kB and changes 54 files).

A great kickoff of design.acquia.com as a design-focused Drupal resource

It is so amazing to have a great, global community of passionate Drupalists. It usually means that you can quickly find people who are of like mind that want to help the Drupal world grow in ways that are new, unique, and useful. Today is no exception: I'm happy to say that Jeff Burns and Acquia have partnered to merge his 3rd World Themes project into Acquia's design-oriented microsite design.acquia.com.

The death of the Drupal programmer

Okay, so that’s going a bit too far. But we’re getting ever closer to the dream module and theme updates and installs using a GUI in your browser!

Many thanks to cwgordon, Joshua Rogers, dww and especially chx for kicking some serious arse on this issue and getting us very close.

Drupal Design tipping point?

This weekend, 150+ people assembled at the MIT Stata Center in Cambridge for the first-ever Design4Drupal Camp. This was unique in that a large majority of the attendees were deeply involved in design - not just coding modules. While some of the usual suspects were there, many designers were meeting each other for the first time.

Beautiful Drupal - growing the designer community and its impact

I'm happy to have seen the good response to my "What shall we do about themes?" post. I'm particularly glad to see a bunch of self-described designers participating, and to see the thoughtfulness of the comments.

From the 50+ comments, a few consistent messages emerged (no editorial pen here; just consolidating / summarizing):

    Updating modules and themes in Drupal 7

    The problem: Updates in Drupal require FTP / SSH and a bit of know how

    When the average Drupal site owner without ssh, cvs and other geek gadgets wants to update modules on or themes on their Drupal site, they currently have to do the following:

    Living in a free world panel at Gilbane content solutions conference

    Last Thursday I was fortunate enough to participate in the living in the free world panel at the Gilbane Content Solution conference. The panel was hosted by Joseph Bachana, the president of DPCI, and Acquia platinum partner. The panel included Jeremiah Owyang, the web content management analyst for Forester Research.

    Screencasts - Install and Update Acquia Drupal from SVN

    Watch these videos to see how to install Acquia Drupal from the Subversion repository and then how simple it is to do clean and fast updates to your SVN-enabled Drupal website.

    More information on installation and use of the Acquia Drupal SVN repository can be found in Acquia's SVN documentation.

    Acquia Documentation Survey - Results - The Way Forward

    Acquia Documentation Survey - Results - The Way Forward Many thanks to all who provided feedback in the recent survey about Acquia’s documentation. Here are the results of the survey’s multiple choice questions and some of the conclusions we have drawn from them.

    Drupal at San Fransico State University, presentation to students and staff

    Last year I met Sameer Verma, a professor of Information Systems at San Francisco State University. I was immediately intrigued by his class which involves giving business students the job of building an online business using Drupal. The students are required to vet and justify each contributed module and how it helps users and the business.

    A few weeks ago I was asked to present to students, staff, and faculty about the Drupal project.

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