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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)

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.

Drupal rocks libraries

I have been meeting a lot of interesting people on the road, and lately it's been librarians. It turns out that a lot of libraries love Drupal. I've put together a showcase video of libraries that use Drupal. Next time you are at your library, make sure you share this video with your local librarian.

Andy Austin and Chris Austin have recently released a Drupal overview in the May/June edition of library technology reports. More details on the front page of Drupal.org.

Clay Shirky Interviews Dries for TR35

MIT's Technology Review announced its annual TR35 honorees today - recognizing young innovators under the age of 35 whose inventions and research they find most exciting. Dries was honored along with 34 outstanding leaders in the field of technology - congrats Dries!

Drupal at LinuxWorld in San Francisco

We had over a dozen volunteers from the South Bay, San Francisco, and Berkeley group at the Drupal booth. We also had at least four people ask about a North Bay group. One of the problems when you have so many fun and interesting people working at your booth is you start talking to them instead of all the people who are looking at you with the "What's a Drupal?" look. But we did a great job talking to hundreds of people in three days and I believe that this will help to grow Drupal usage in both the Bay Area and the broader Linux community.

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