Drupal at the U of L
If there’s one canada goose branta line store that I will be taking away from DrupalCon Chicago, it’s the desire to leave Drupal 6 behind, and plunge into Drupal 7. It seemed that during the conference most of the focus on new modules and new features were all based around Drupal 7. While I understand that this is not something that is entirely feasible at this point, I’m excited for what the future holds.
One module that would be of particular good use for the University is WorkBench. A module developed (and still being developed) by Palantir. They have recognized a need to improve the Content Managers workflow, and have addressed canada goose branta line store wonderfully with this module. It would be a huge improvement for the majority of our sites. As taken from the modules project page, here are a few of the offered features:
And, as always, a few pics from the conference:
Drupal is a powerful platform with which to collaborate with others, of course, yet with the move from the code revision software CVS to Git, canada goose branta line store is easier than ever to collaborate with other people on developing Drupal, too.
It’s easy to get going. (Assuming that you already have Git installed) here’s how:
Once you’ve done that, there’s a bit of Git config you can do to make your life easier, and the options are outlined in a copy-and-paste manner.
You can create sandbox projects, for just playing around, to get started. I have created a ridiculous and useless one. I invite you to download the code and play around with it. http://drupal.org/sandbox/wrashi/1086680
Notice that there are instructions for downloading the code as well as creating and submitting patches. All of this is an attempt to get more people involved in creating and improving Drupal, both at the core and contrib level.
P.S. If you don’t have Git installed, you can get it here: git-scm.com
One of the discussions that is on-going here at DrupalCon Chicago, as well as in other venues (on- and off-line), is “Should Drupal become more of a framework or more of a product?”
This might not seem very interesting, but it has a very important day-to-day application at the U of L. Increasingly, I want to use Drupal as a framework, rather than a product. Here is what I mean by that…
Drupal is a content management system (a.k.a. CMS) and that means there is a lot of power available, especially for large data sets. Modules increase that power. Yet each module added means a slower response from the server, because there is more code to load, run and get results from. So, putting up a Drupal site for a single page site doesn’t really make much sense. There is too much overhead for the problem that is being solved.
Yet, if you’ve been in the office with me, you know that this sort of use of Drupal is what I have been increasingly advocating. The way I see Drupal is as a whole bunch of work that has already been completed, tested and implemented in many other contexts. Instead of writing and implementing untested code, I want to leverage Drupal’s system and modules to do what we need. Even if that means using Drupal for a site like a dinner registration.
Using Drupal in this way is using it as a framework, rather than a product. Drupal may not be the best solution as a framework, though, since it was actually created to be a product. Right now, Drupal is able to be either, but as the discussion goes forward, and Drupal 8 starts to crystalize, we will see one side of the discussion winning over the other.
With the introduction of Drupal 7 comes a wave of new and improved modules. One of which was being presented yesterday and peeked my curiosity. As a Drupal developer, one of my biggest headaches is trying to implement a user-friendly system that allows content managers to add photos, videos, and more to their content. This seems to be an area where WordPress has excelled and Drupal has been left in the dust.
The new Media module seems to be a definite step in the right direction. Multiple file uploading, video and audio uploading, photo galleries, drag and drop photo organizing, and third party service integration are just some of the cool features. And while this module is still in it’s development infancy, it may be ready to roll by the time we decide to make the leap to Drupal 7. Until then, I’ll just have to tinker.
After yesterday’s sessions Wesley, Tanya, and myself headed out for a short walk around the city. Chicago is truly amazing. Here are some shots (please excuse the poor iPhone quality).
DrupalCon Chicago has been interesting so far. I’ve taken advantage of the diverse range of topics and learnt about
The Birds of a Feather sessions yesterday were quite good, and one of the more interesting ones was about FileDepot http://drupal.org/project/filedepot. This is a module written by a company in Toronto that does file management with little initial configuration.
We looked at this module almost a year ago, but the advances in the last month, really require a second look. Many of the pain points from earlier versions have been address, and a (Windows only) version of a desktop app is available. Further advances that are in the works include built in indexing, filtering and Apache Solr search.
On a personal note, last night we took a walk to the Navy Pier (affectionately known as “Navy Pie” due to a burnt out part of the sign). We had dinner at a seafood restaurant that was absolutely amazing.
Now that I’ve figured out how to log in here, expect more updates from the DrupalCon floor.
Chicago is quite the place, and a perfect venue for DrupalCon 2011. Although it’s a bit chilly, it feels like summer after leaving the -20 degree Southern Alberta weather.
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