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On more core commiters

Submitted by nk on Thu, 2009-10-29 05:53

This is an answer to Jimmy Berry's blog post (disclaimer: we both are employed by NowPublic but neither his nor mine has anything to do with the company). I just reiterate my idea -- can't remember where I posted it if I did or whether it was just a chat with Dries. Many a people suggested handing out commit access to people in MAINTAINERS.txt and I agree with that but with a twist: subsystem maintainers can not commit patches written by subsystem maintainers!

The problem Drupal faces (hint: not #smallcore)

Submitted by nk on Thu, 2009-10-29 03:51

The so-called #smallcore movement seems to be gaining momentum and I was asked what is my opinion. To recap, people say that Drupal ships with too many things hardwired, we need to make a better framework and shuffle certain things to the profiles and then the Drupal world will be a much better place.

New IRC channel rules

Submitted by nk on Tue, 2009-10-27 06:14

There are now so many contrib modules that writing custom PHP code is rarely necessary (see Dries' deprecated meme). However, people still ask coding questions on IRC when they, in reality, need a contrib module. Observing this and seeing the strain it put on the developers who work on Drupal core and contrib, we have changed #drupal on to be the channel where Drupal is worked on: core, contrib, community etc and #drupal-support is where you need to be if you are working on a specific site.

PHP5 objects and references

Submitted by nk on Sun, 2009-10-25 12:35

My favorite analogue for references is a huge filing cabinet where each drawer is a variable. The label on the drawer is the name of the variable, the contents of the drawer is the value of the variable. A reference is just another label on the drawer. However, in reality, there are special variables which PHP call resources. For example, for a MySQL database connection, you will only find a little note in the drawer saying "I am not a normal variable, find the special cabinet called MySQL connections, and drawer 1 there has the connection data".

#d7cx Views and Coder

Submitted by nk on Mon, 2009-10-19 20:07

So, you need Coder to help you porting a module to Drupal 7? We have a release for you. You can't port without Views up and running? We have a tarball for you. Any other excuses for not having your module ported right now to Drupal 7?

Fatal error: Exception thrown without a stack frame in Unknown on line 0

Submitted by nk on Tue, 2009-10-13 04:39

This error message can mean one of the following:

  1. There was an exception while handling an exception.
  2. There was an exception while running a destructor.
  3. There was an exception while closing the session.
  4. There was an exception while running a shutdown function.

Music is etched deep

Submitted by nk on Tue, 2009-10-06 15:09

So one of my favorite bands is In Extremo, I particularly love Vänner och Frände which is a Swedish folks song and Óskasteinar which I readily presumed to be an Icelandic folk song. Yesterday I was looking again on YouTube hoping someone uploaded an original and indeed it was there. Now, this song hooked me, I was unable to stop listening to it, it was moving me close to tears.

Drupal 7 APIs, scalability mindset

Submitted by nk on Mon, 2009-10-05 21:01

Wish I had more time to prep for this talk. Nevertheless, it's very important.

What we've got here is a failure to communicate

Submitted by nk on Thu, 2009-09-24 02:14

The biggest problem with the Drupal 7 usability process is communication. To quote Bojhan "I think its essential to recognize that with how the feedback process was handled during D7UX, we demotivated a crucial group: our core developers". Indeed. Lost in the several hundreds of comments in this or that blog post and getting no feedback which we were used to in the issue queue caused a lot of people to throw up hands and walk.

Again in Bojhan's blog post "in most discussions, developers assume that design proposals are ill-informed…" to which Eaton answers in the comments "and designers, in most discussions, assume that developers are visually illiterate and uneducated about UX matters".

My keyboard and mouse

Submitted by nk on Thu, 2009-09-10 15:49

At DrupalCon I got many stares, photos and too few discussions about my keyboard and mouse so I thought I should do a quick writeup. The keyboard is a Kinesis Freestyle, which in itself is a great thing: it's a traditional layout split keyboard. You can set it to be shoulder-wide and then type in a much more natural position already. I have added an Ascent to it which allows you to set up the keyboard 20-90 degrees.

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