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Drupal 7: Ready or not?

At local Drupal group meetings I've been to lately, the big question among those of us who build sites with Drupal is (as you might guess): Is it time to switch to Drupal 7? I can't give you a simple yes or no answer to this question -- I think it depends on your situation, mainly due to the state of contributed modules and some key core bugs -- how disappointing!

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Needed: Drupal programmers who can write!

There's a lot of energy right now in the Drupal Documentation Team, which is great! My docs team co-lead Ariane has put together a team of dedicated folks who are regularly contributing to the Drupal.org on-line documentation, and their efforts are really paying off in better documentation.

But there isn't quite so much energy in the API/programmer section of the docs team, which I'm in charge of, so I'd like to make a Call to Action. What I'd like to have on the Docs Team:

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New time tracking, invoicing, and Views example Drupal module

One of the tasks that delayed my recent effort to migrate completely off using the Windows operating system was that I needed a new system for tracking my time and generating invoices. I used to use a custom Microsoft Access database that I created quite a few years ago, called Poplar Solo, which is available for free download on poplarware.com (and it works fine, if you have Microsoft Access available). But obviously, if I was not going to use Windows, I needed a different solution.

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Contributing to Drupal

Drupal 7.0 is supposed to come out in a few hours, and Greg Knaddison has come out with his final 7.0 patch contributor statistics. I (jhodgdon) feel honored to be listed there as the #6 contributor of patches.

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Drupal WYSIWYG editor configuration tricks

Most of the clients I set up Drupal web sites for are not experts at hand-editing HTML, and prefer to use a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) or Rich Text editor to create their content. I generally set them up with the WYSIWYG API module, and use the FCK Editor or CK Editor plugin. Over the couple of years I have been using this module, I've learned a few configuration tricks, so I thought I'd share them here.

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Resource for beginning Drupal workshop

The Seattle Drupal User Group put on a free Drupal workshop for beginners in October of 2009, called the "Seattle Drupal Clinic". I now have a web site up at poplarclass.com that contains the agenda, curriculum, planning spreadsheets, a "lessons learned" page, and other resources. If your group is planning a similar workshop, you might find it useful, and all of the information there has been placed in the public domain.

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Back from DrupalCon San Francisco

I just got back from DrupalCon San Francisco, which was a blast! I went to only two formal sessions, presented 1 "BOF" (informal) session, was a panelist for two panel sessions, and spent the rest of the time coding, reviewing patches, and meeting all the folks I already knew on-line from my work on the Drupal open-source project.

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Getting Drupal 7 Documented

I recently agreed to take on two new roles in the Drupal open-source project: maintainer of the core Search module, and documentation volunteer coordinator, specifically for the in-code API documentation that's displayed on api.drupal.org.

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SimpleTests for Drupal Modules

I recently completed the process of adding SimpleTest tests to two modules that I maintain on drupal.org: Porter Stemmer (a module that adds linguistics-based matching of word forms to Drupal's core Search module, so that you can match "walk", "walking", "walks" etc.

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Module update: Porter Stemmer version 6.x-2.0 for Drupal

A few weeks ago, I became the co-maintainer of the Porter Stemmer module for Drupal, which adds American English stemming to Drupal's core search functionality. (Stemming is the process of reducing words to their stems for better searching, so that for instance walk, walking, walks, and walked will all be equivalent in a search.)

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