Thursday, January 31, 2008

So, to start off this time I'll make some corrections of my last post based on feedback:

I'm bringing 8 people. Releasing two new modules, a Chinese install profile, giving half a dozen sessions, and helping do graphics and layout for conference materials.

Oh, and updating the mass hosting system that we started our business with and giving it away for free.

$15K or community involvement: you e the judge. Oh, and I wouldn't mind an update to the main post to reflect this :P --Boris Mann

I got Boris a bit mad at me. I was just pointing out that I expected more sponsorships from well known Drupal consultancies, such as Bryght, not specifically beating on Bryght for not bring a finical supporter. Sorry.

Both Adobe Flash and Adobe Flex play nicely with Drupal, what with services.module and amfphp.module, and with our pending release of a new module based on SWFAddress, the whole platform is only going to get stronger, with full HTML underlay for non-Flash-users.

If that sounds interesting, check out and vote on our session proposal! --Steven
Sounds very cool! I keep thinking of Macromedia when I think of flash and such (I dislike change :P ), it's great to see some alternative uses for Drupal! :)

Onward to the new stuff...
We are proud to present the third release candidate of Drupal 6.0. We hope that this will be the final release candidate before we can make an official release of Drupal 6.0. Since the second release candidate, we have fixed various issues including JavaScript performance problems, cleaned up menu updates, added several improvements to the update.module, and added a memory requirements check to update.php. We have even added some small usability improvements since RC2.
Yippie! Drupal 6 RC3! I was hoping a bit for a final release, but, now it's even closer than ever before, and more bugs will be ironed out, so I can wait a bit longer :)

Also, Yahoo now has a new OpenID tool for those with accounts with Yahoo! and it's services. With upcoming support of OpenID in Drupal, this will no doubt be a big boon in getting people to use OpenID.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Daily Drupal Happenings - January 24, 2008

You've got Sponsorship!

4 Platinum sponsors of Drupalcon have been announced! Given that one of the platinum benefits is one of the rooms will be named after the sponsor, and given that there are 4 rooms and 4 sponsors, I assume all the Platinum sponsorships are filled. Nice work!

Platinum sponsors pay $15,000 each for advertising throughout the conference. What's also interesting is who is doing the sponsoring:

Knight Foundation: Wikipedia announces they are "an American private, non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting journalism". A sponsor I wouldn't have guessed. Interesting nonetheless.
pingVision: Not much of a surprise here.
Acquia: Given Acquia is based in Boston, I kinda suspect the whole confernece location is kinda based around them; not that I'm complaining :)
Adobe: Here is the big surprise. Adobe. The pdf people. Wow.

Drupalcon Administrators have also announced a Gold sponsor ($7,500); Sun Microsystems, it's good to see them supporting the Drupal community.

I was actually expecting RainCity Studios/Bryght to have a listing here as well, I'm a bit surprised that more Drupal firms are not in the sponsorship section (It's not too late!).

Yesterday was "relaunched" using Drupal. Welcome to the Drupal community PopSci!

Drupal Newsletter

A new Drupal Newsletter went out yesterday, Aaron Winborn (aaron) is now leading the charge. Best of luck!

Interesting Bugs of the Last 48hrs

Update Drupal 6 to jQuery 1.2.3 (6.x-dev)
Preview feature for blocks (7.x-dev)
Build tables with Forms API (7.x-dev)
Allow login using email address (7.x-dev)

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Daily happenings @ Drupal - January 22, 2008

DrupalCamp Wisconsin (a photo of Wisconsin at right) wrapped up last weekend, and Larry at GarfieldTech has the complete writeup of it's success, great job!

Messaging and Notifications modules, and just had to blog about it. The reason I mention it here is because I too find these modules interesting. I myself have used Subscriptions before, might try something custom using Notifications next time.

We've got to be careful not to recreate Perl's dependency hell with all these "building block" modules though :)

Thus far the most interesting session proposal I've seen on the Boston Drupalcon site has been the Drupal <18 session, directed at "the people who help drive Drupal but cannot yet legally drink, vote, gamble, and/or drive". Sounds like a great idea!

I'll be back this evening with the list of today's fixed bugs, ya'll come back now, ya hear?

Monday, January 21, 2008

Daily Hall of Fame - January 21, 2008

Fixing bugs is a tireless and usually thankless job, but not today! Here is the list of fixed core bugs in the last 24 hours, and who you can send a starbucks card to :)

Thanks to all those who have worked on bugs, your contributions are important to keep Drupal strong! If you're not actively contributing to Drupal now, why not stop by the Patch Queue?

After quite some time of inactivity, I'm trying to kick myself into the belated new-year's resolution of keeping this blog updated with some of the latest activity in Drupal development :)

There is a lot of buzz building up around Drupalcon Boston 2008, March 3-6. This is actually the closest a Drupalcon has ever been to me that I can recall (within driving distance, yay!). It's going to be a $215k event, hopefully paid for by attendance fees ($195, which I was initially appalled at, but I now see the necessity) and Corporate sponsorships.

I have been on a see-saw of deciding whether I'll be able to attend. I've even planned a session, so I'm hoping to make it this year!

Also on a related note, most of the CiviCRM team are currently planning world domination at their meetup in India.

Drupal Planet Feed Marketing
It seems somewhere along the line got popular. According to some stats by Kieran, over 16k people are using planet and it's RSS feed, that's a lot of community!

Bloggers who have feeds in the Planet syndication are encouraged to subscribe to the Drupal Marketing group. The goal being to gain grass roots promotion for Drupal events in future.

Elections Aftermath
The results of the Drupal Association Elections are in! Some great new people are at the Association, all the best from!

The Last 24hrs in Issues
As always, the issue queue at is buzzing with activity. Some of the more interesting issues in the past day are: