Submitted by jhodgdon on 23 January 2012 - 11:24am
For a client project last week, I needed to display automatically-generated embedded maps or links to external maps (e.g., a link to Google Maps), based on an entered address for a performance venue. In some display modes, I wanted a map on the page (such as when displaying a Venue page by itself), and in other display modes, I wanted a map link (such as when displaying venue information on a Performance page). Although this is, I'm sure, a common need on web sites, an extensive search for existing Drupal modules to didn't get me anywhere.
Submitted by jhodgdon on 22 September 2011 - 3:22pm
I've been pretty busy this year -- I've had plenty of paying work (always a good thing), and having taken the position as co-leader of the Drupal documentation team, I've also been very busy with volunteer work on the Drupal open-source project (including attending both DrupalCon Chicago and DrupalCon London this year). I also moved across the state at the end of April, (from the Seattle to the Spokane area), which of course added some upheaval to my personal as well as work life.
I just updated my article on creating a compound CCK field. In this new version, I fixed a couple of problems reported by users of the module, added a fully-working example for text-only compound fields, added some new options at the top for alternatives to building compound CCK field modules, and tested everything with the latest versions of Drupal, CCK and the other dependent modules. So, there are two new downloads... enjoy!
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.
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.)
This module enhances the core search functionality of Drupal by indexing content as rendered by your theme, and giving you more control over which pages on your site are indexed. You might also be interested in my article on options for search in Drupal, which I wrote recently.