Issue 3 - October 6, 2011
It's hard to believe that we are already three weeks into this Drupal Newsletter. Once again we have a bunch of Drupal Camps to announce in addition to some cool news on the Drupal.org feature front.
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Webchick outlines yet another way to get involved in the Drupal community.
The porting of Aegir to Drupal 7 has begun! If the Aegir Project is new to you it is a hosting system for managing networks of Drupal web sites. It has made managing the Drupal sites I manage much easier. Glad to see it moving forward.
Version 7.x-1.3 of Achievements looks very cool with many new features including leaderboards.
Too many new features to list. If you are new to Services this is a good time to check it out.
October 8 - 9 in Los Angeles and IRC.
October 14 - 16 in Portland, Oregon.
October 22 - 23 in Derry, Ireland.
November 7 -11 in Providence, Rhode Island.
December 3 in Novi, Michigan.
Articles and Tutorials
Gábor Hojtsy walks us through language support and how to handle translation in Drupal.
Suzanne Kennedy has written a good articles for themers wanting to dip their toes into the responsive design pool.
Norman Bucknor gives a short list of modules every Drupaler should be aware of.
Not sure what's up with the number 9 this week but Scott Hadfield gives us a good list of links about the Drupal shell, Drush.
If you have tried to find a Drupal developer recently you are aware of the Drupal staffing shortage. There just aren't enough Drupal devs to meet the growing demand. Anello Consulting has an interesting idea. Offer a training program for out of work IT-savvy Space Shuttle workers in Florida.
Zivtech CEO Alex Urevick-Ackelserg discusses some of the positive impacts that Acquia has had on the Drupal community as well as concerns that have been raised about where Drupal is headed.
I love good screencasts and Owen Barton of CivicActions delivers with some valuable tips for using Drush help. If you use Drush check out his other Drush screencasts as well.
Webchick shows us how to use bisect to search through your previous commits.
Scott Hadfield shows us how to take a simple Drupal Feature module and make it configurable in a way that won't put your feature in an overriden state.
If you've ever been frustrated by the results of using an on/off CCK checkbox you will find this post by Sheila Mullins very valuable. Learn how to improve the user experience with a simple CCK formatter.
If you haven't yet worked with entities in Drupal, Logan Smyth gives us a good primer on the subject.
The prolific screencaster Johan Falk is at it again with his intro to VBO.
Very cool module that adds a column to the block admin page displaying the visibility settings of a block.