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The Drupal taxonomy sprint with the Encyclodpedia of Life at the Chicago field museum

The history of the taxonomy sprint
Back in March 2008, Scott Mattoon, from the Open Architecture Network and Sun, contacted me regarding a TED prize alumni, the Encyclopedia of Life(EOL) who wanted to attend Drupalcon Boston. I was introduced to David Shorthouse, from EOL, and was eager to help the encyclopedia of life adopt Drupal. The TED prize wish video for the EOL project is below.

David Shorthouse and Peter Mangiafico attended Drupalcon Boston to evaluate the Drupal community and quickly embraced the potential we displayed to meet EOL's needs. A few months later Chuck D'Antonio, head of Acquia's professional services, began talking with David about how Drupal could help meet their needs for integrating with their Ruby on Rails system and some ideas they had for multi-site configuration. Some of the big technical challenges they faced were the scale of taxonomies they needed to use, and how the biology field needed richer meta-data for taxonomy terms.

Chuck, Robert, and myself helped put forth some recommendations on how to do a taxonomy sprint including goals and a recommended list of attendees. Around the same time Nathaniel Catchpole and Peter Wolanin were talking about some ideas for improvements in taxonomy module for Drupal 7. Nathaniel started a taxonomy improvements for Drupal 7 thread in the taxonomy group.

Thrilled to be here

So after 15 years leading several great engineering teams in the IP PBX industry I got a call. A start-up called Acquia was working on being the "Red Hat" of the Open Source Drupal project, and looking for someone to manage engineering using the Scrum / Agile process. While I never heard of Drupal, it was worth a look since Scrum is a passion of mine, and I believe the Red Hat model makes sense.

Szeged Usability Sprint - a HUGE success.

Szeged Usability Sprint - a HUGE success.

I wanted to genuinely thank everyone who participated in the usability sprint - particularly Roy for setting it up. The outcome was fantastic!

Together we targeted 4 problematic areas defined by the two usability tests and crafted high-level solutions for each. Item 3 got dismantled due to language barriers, but the others made significant progress. Item 2 resulted in a patch.

1. Night of the disappearing help page (http://groups.drupal.org/node/14387)
2. Where did my content go (http://groups.drupal.org/node/14423)

Does SAP use Drupal? Yes!

ZDNet Names Drupal as a Top Community Platform

Dion Hinchcliffe over at ZDNet has named Drupal as one of the top ten leading platforms for creating online communities, one small notch behind Joomla. The first part of Dion's post explains the current state of online community building practices and technology. Dion does a lot of consulting with top companies seeking to build communities around their products and services, and his insights are on target.
Although I would have put Drupal in the #1 spot, I really like Dion's brief description of Drupal:

Drupal CLI utils

I put together a few scripts that I needed to configure and manage drupal from CLI.

They include the following scripts:
- Installer (install.php D6 & D7)
- Updater (update.php)
- Code Coverage (working example: http://acquia.com/latest-drupal-test-results)
- Unit Test Runner (run-tests.sh)
- Module enabler

and the following library code:
- CLI arg parser
- Drupal Web Form User Agent (uses php-curl)

additional points:
- Much of the code has unit tests (simpletest, php-mock-functions w/o runkit)
- Code was designed to be extended for custom purposes.

Drupalcon Szeged code, docs, usability sprint on Sunday

On Sunday the Drupalcon organizers arranged for a code sprint at the excellent József Attila Study and Information Centre. What a difference great infrastructure makes to the productivity of a day of sprinting. The work area was the open birds of a feather lounge on the third floor.

How to grow your local Drupal group by working with the MySQL community, interview with Lenz Grimmer MySQL community manager

I got a chance to interview MySQL European community manager Lenz Grimmer about how to grow your Drupal local group by engaging with a local MySQL community. If you are one of the 149 Drupal local group ambassadors, or would like to be, consider working closely with your local MySQL group.

Acquia Beta Preview in Szeged on Friday 1pm-5pm

Our vision for enhancing the total experience with Drupal is becoming a reality. This Friday between 1:00 - 5:00, help us create this experience by becoming a usability participant in our Beta Test Kitchen. This is a great opportunity to learn about the Acquia offering, provide feedback, and become part of our Beta program. That's right, you'll become part of the Beta program just by coming by and spending an hour or so driving through a few tasks.

We're taking names at our booth now. If you're interested, please stop by and sign up by select a time that works best for you.

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