The drop is always movingYou know that saying about standing on the shoulders of giants? Drupal is standing on a huge pile of midgetsAll content management systems suck, Drupal just happens to suck less.Popular open source software is more secure than unpopular open source software, because insecure software becomes unpopular fast. [That doesn't happen for proprietary software.]Drupal makes sandwiches happen.There is a module for that

Contrib upgrade sprint Oct 17-18 #D7CX

Submitted by chx on Sun, 2009-07-26 21:45

Drupal 7 is going to be frozen on September 1. Past that, we will fix focus on bugfixing and porting contributed modules. The so-called D7CX movement wants to see as many contributed modules as possible be ready by the time Drupal 7.0 is released. NowPublic fully supports this movement and to further it, we will hold a contrib upgrade sprint in the NowPublic offices in Vancouver, BC on the October 11-1217-18 weekend (rescheduled to avoid a conflict with DrupalCamp PDX). As usual, we provide wifi, power, pizza, drinks and... chocolate! Come by, it will be awesome. If you have not had the chance yet to learn about the new field API or the new database layer, this is an excellent time.

Documenting the crimes of PostgreSQL

Submitted by nk on Thu, 2009-07-02 04:16

Because of a bug in the Drupal 7 PostgreSQL chain (either in PDO or the database) BIGINT handling is not fixed in today's Drupal 6 release. And you wonder why I hate that database.

Better documentable Form API

Submitted by nk on Sat, 2009-06-13 17:37

It is no secret that the documentation of the form API is not in great shape. Today Merlin said on IRC that "the design does not lend itself to being well documented" and he is, of course, right. There were proposals during the years to convert everything to object oriented code but IMO that's too much in one fell swoop. I have the idea to use ArrayObject-based objects -- now that #type matters little -- and keep the current functions -- no methods. The properties will become doxygenable so the documentation is right there in the code, reusable by API module, IDEs etc. Here is some sample code.

Drupal usability and our development model

Submitted by nk on Sun, 2009-06-07 22:10

While relatively few people will come and join the debate over deep coding changes, seemingly everyone knows usability and has an opinion. Moreover, there are usable yardsticks of what makes code good -- is it speedy, easy to understand, explandable? Usability is "soft" science. And then it's front end changes which requires JS/CSS coders and those are more rare than PHP ones. So there are very few cooks trying to make a meal, not even being sure of what while there are a lot of people yelling at them of what to do.

Pre freeze bugfix/test write sprint in LA

Submitted by nk on Wed, 2009-05-27 23:15

August 15-16, just two weeks before freeze. You can sign up here.

A rare glimpse at the workings of the security team

Submitted by nk on Mon, 2009-05-25 16:50

There is a hardening issue which provides a rare glimpse into the convoluted process a security patch needs to go through. Sack race

while coding is neither easy nor fun.

We have a position

Submitted by nk on Fri, 2009-05-22 20:09

We need a Drupaler fulltime for the next 4-8 weeks. Little module, lots of CSS/JS experience. chx1975 gmail com.

Thanks for posting your problems and praises

Submitted by nk on Fri, 2009-05-15 16:38

I have compiled the comments into a handbook page.

Please post your problems here

Submitted by nk on Wed, 2009-05-13 22:47

Have I scared you off Have I hurt your feelings? Please comment on this post, hurt me, bring it on, that's what I am getting the last two days anyways and I am quite sick of it so let's get out of it in one batch and then move on.

Komodo 5.1

Submitted by nk on Tue, 2009-05-12 01:14

I have been looking at Komodo for years -- but now I am using it as my primary IDE (for small remote edits, I still use nano). The speed is adequate on Tumbler (a mere 2.5 GHz dual core with 4GB of RAM) and the features are right. The most important thing for me is the per project ability to set which directories to use for autocomplete and calltips. This means that I can hack simulatenously on NowPublic, Drupal core 5, 6 and 7 and still get the right calltips. Very nice! I guess I will be able to get the debugger kicking, too. When I will, I will report back.

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