Issue 19 January 26, 2012
I'm trying to grab news about Drupal 8 milestones and chronicle them here in addition to the best drupal links and articles. This week Trigger module was dropped from D8 as well as support for IE7.
It seems like we have a crop of new Drupal blogs pushing content to the already full Planet feed. It's a great time to tell your friends about The Weekly Drop and how much time it will save them while keeping them informed. You know what to do folks. Now let's get to it.
Come one, come all! As of January 18, 2012 nominations are open for the 2012 elections of two "at large" directors of the Drupal Association. Also see Dries's post on his blog.
I know I'm not the only user of groups.drupal.org happy to see this news.
February 4th at Princeton
Preprocess functions are a good tool to have in your theming belt. Art of Digett.com shows us how use preprocess functions to override the markup of a single node without using templates.
Kristof De Jaeger, the developer behind the Display Suite modules introduces us to Drupoid, an Android app and Drupal module that together, allow you post images to your Drupal site.
The Drupal 7 installation screen provides two installation profiles, standard and minimal. Thomas Svenson makes the case for using the minimal profile and I completely agree. As he says, there is nothing wrong with the standard profile but if you are developing your own site it's often quicker to start with nothing turned on.
Roger Lopez over at the Tree House Agency is proposing a couple alternatives to the module dependency system. He suggests using the module_enable function or the hook_modules_enabled and hook_modules_disabled functions in your module installation. This looks interesting and it's worth a read if you're a developer.
ThinkShout announces the Entity Registrations module, a registration module built upon the entity system of Drupal 7. This project looks very promising and is definitely one to watch. Lev Tsypin also mentions Drupal Commerce integration which would be huge.
If you have multiple Drupal installations with the same users accessing them Brandon Shi of ImageX Media may have a solution to that problem. He gives us the low down on Services single sign-on client module, a single sign-on solution that does not depend on outside services like LDAP or OAuth.
Have you ever wished that you could change a node's content type? Maybe you have a site full of blog nodes and news nodes and you would like to change them all to blog nodes. Anson shows us how you can do this with Node Convert and Views Bulk Operations.
In this episode, Bob gives the basics on the most useful Drupal hook for themers: hook_form_alter Learn how to use this (and the api reference) to change form defaults or behavior and make life better.
Jeff and the gang talk about Lullabot, Drupal 8 and the future.
Brian chats with Jess (xjm) about Drupal Core Office Hours.
Steve Edwards talks with Melissa Anderson about training in Drupal, and how Drupal knowledge and experience can be shared in the community.