If you've ever used the drupal views module, chances are at some point you've needed to suppress any output until AFTER the user has made a selection from one of your exposed filters. Views actually DOES make this possible, but it's not exactly self-evident. I'm going to run you through a quick "howto" on this as I'm sure many people have needed it at some point.
Currently there's a pretty in depth discussion surrounding hosting install profiles on drupal.org and what the legal/other implications of such a thing are. I feel this is an important issue to highlight to the community at large, and since I feel rather strongly about it, I'm using this forum to point it out, and also to focus a bit on my own feelings concerning this. For those of you who would like some context, read this post on drupal.org.
It's about freaking time! As a professional web development shop, sometimes your website can suffer from the "cobbler's kids" effect, namely you're so busy working on other people's websites, that you haven't taken any time for your own. I've been working to remedy that for a little while now, but I'm always up for trying something shiney and new, so... I decided to do it in the (fairly) newly released Panels 3 module. For those of you who have not yet tried Panels I can offer no stronger encouragement than to say it is the best thing since cck and views.
I didn't get to contribute much to Drupal 6 before it happened. I was still learning how to use the toolset the Drupal community uses for these things, and after one successful attempt to contribute to core, I decided to focus my attention on contrib for a while. It's been more than a year since that time (probably closer to two) and I'm much more comfortable and familiar with these tools, as well as having a much better idea of what it is that Drupal is "all about".
Yesterday was spent moving an old client's Lotus Notes based intranet (I use that term loosely) over to Drupal. Actually the entire last 2 weeks have been focused on this to some extent, but yesterday was spent primarily bringing across a significant part of the old data.
Well, it's about time! I finally got a new version of Imagefield_gallery available for the masses today. I'm not the best with CVS yet (though I'm getting better) so it took a bit of work and some well placed tutoring from Addison Berry and others in the community. However, all the great functionality I've been working on made it in and I'm excited to get some feedback on it.
Well I've been back from Drupalcon Szeged for a few days now, although I'm still experiencing a bit of jet lag (asleep by 10pm awake by 7am) which actually isn't all that bad... might try to keep the schedule. At any rate, Drupalcon was, as always, amazing. Many new insights to great new features in the pipeline for Drupal, and existing features as well. I'll touch on just a few that we found while we were there this time.