Archive - 2008

November 23rd

Drupal development server - Part One - Install and first steps

This is a first longish article in what is to be a longish series of articles on how working stiffs can have their very own Drupal development server, with all the tools they need to develop, test and deploy and monitor their Drupal projects, for free. As such it is techie but only enough to get the job done.

Drupal site monitoring (site up? new versions or releases need to be installed, especially security releases? etc., etc.) will be integrated into the Project Flow and Tracker Drupal development framework installation profile (the heart of the development server) via Nagios, so that when you start a project, the associated test site can be monitored as you work, whether local or remote.

Sign up for a free account and test out Project Flow & Tracker (still in alpha but perfectly usable, check out the podcast on how to set up a project):

See Project Flow & Tracker DrupalConDC 2009 session proposal here:

Track Project Flow & Tracker development progress here:

Contents of this article:

November 11th

My 24-page guide on upgrading Drupal sites to Drupal 6.x now on sale for $6.99

Upgrading Your Online Website Application to Drupal 6.x

I have written a 24-page guide to upgrading a fully-loaded production Drupal based website to Drupal 6.x (complete with downloadable "before" and "after" drupal sites), and it has been published as a Wrox Blox, and is now on sale for $6.99. I sincerely hope people find it useful.

November 1st

Drupal Surge II - Three 2008 Packt Publishing awards go to Drupal

On a roll, in fact.

What: Earl Miles (merlinofchaos, father of Views) was honored as Most Valued Person for the Drupal project, a title he sure has earned.

What: Packt has announced the award for Best PHP Based Open Source CMS goes to... Drupal ($2,000 prize for the Drupal Association!)

What: Drupal has also won, for the second year in a row, the Best Overall Open Source CMS category ($5,000 prize!)

Now, why is that?

October 25th

Project Flow and Tracker session proposal at DrupalConDC 2009

For those of you who have been enquiring from time to time whether Project Flow and Tracker 2 will see the light of day, I have earmarked the months between November and March to apply a number of feature and usability enhancements I have been working on recently. The idea is to present it at DrupalConDC 2009, and to that end I have made a session proposal:

Project Flow and Tracker: From Business Objects and User Stories to a fully functional test-driven Drupal based website application

October 21st

The Drupal Surge

DRUPALCON DC March 4-7, 2009

After dawdling on Twitter all morning (we're two hours ahead here in Buenos Aires) I was able to be one of the first to rush over to the DrupalCon DC 2009 site and register!

Looks like DrupalCon DC is shaping up to be one of the best and most exciting fests ever!