Drupal

Drupal Modules: Contextual Administration Module

If you've been following my blogs about the various administrative interfaces we've been playing with, you'll know that I've proposed the idea of building a system through which these sorts of administrations could be deployed by site administrators without the need to understand what it would take in terms of module development to do so for themselves.  Since I started playing with this stuff ctools has really become very common place, and it's page_manager module is perfect for doing this sort of work.  With that in mind we're announcing

Utilizing views as a theme layer to a custom query

We had a client requirement that a single view be the combination of:

  1. a random list of attorneys with offices in a given state
  2. a random list of attorneys that are licensed in a given state.

There should be no duplications and all of list 1 must precede list 2. We could not accomplish this with views alone. After talking to Earl, we were able to access the created SQL statement within views. Here we built each of the two queries. Then, we defined a 'pre' exit and replaced the query in our view with a new one.

Playing with AEgir, DRUSH, DAMP, and MAMP: My Experience

So, I have been inspired from a recent video to go play with AEgir. I thought I would try it on my laptop, so off to install DAMP.

I must say, I was very impressed with the DAMP install. Simple, straightforward, quick. Oh yea, and it 'Just Works'! Very impressive. I played with the Drupal install for a few minutes and it all seems in order.

CSS Only Themes for Drupal 7

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".

Drupal as a Development Platform

Drupal has won the Packt Publishing 2008 Open Source CMS Award, Overall and in the PHP category! 

Drupal has won the Overall award two years in a row, and The Worx Company is excited to be working with it.  The attraction to Drupal from our perspective, is that it is not only a great content management system for  clients who need the basic functionality to manage their own sites, but it is an excellent development platform. 

Growing Our Own Drupal Community

One of the really amazing advantages to being in Oklahoma is the fact that we get to learn everything about building a Drupal Community for ourselves.  Of course, that's also one of the bad things about being in Oklahoma, but I'm feeling "glass half full" today.  One of our basic principles as a company is "education".  There's a lot of really important points to make here, but the two I'm going to focus in on are the facts that:

FOWYDB - Focusing On What You Do Best

FOWYDB - almost looks like a "bad word", doesn't it?  Well, it is something we have been telling ourselves the last couple of days.  Focusing on what WE do best.  The Worx Company started out as an .asp shop, and when it merged with Meridian Data, well, not much changed.  For several years, we stuck with our .asp content management system.