Issue 23 February 23, 2012
This week we have news on the Drupal 8 front. Dries announces target dates for Drupal 8 and we get updates on the Drupal 8 Web Services and Context Core Initiative. Now, let's get to the good stuff. - Bob
Dries has laid out a few dates for Drupal 8. December 1, 2012: Feature freeze, no new features. February 1, 2013: Code freeze, focus on bug fixes. August, 2013 (DrupalCon Europe 2013): Drupal 8 released. If you care about Drupal 8 now is the time to get involved.
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This release includes support for Drupal 7, Drupal 6, Joomla 1.7/2.5, and Wordpress 3.3.
Recognize our fellow Drupalers making great sites on March 27. Awards will be given in categories ranging from personal sites to the Enterprise. To get involved just create an account and nominate your favorite sites. No category for best newsletter? Oh well, it still sounds pretty cool.
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If you are attending DrupalCon Denver and you work in the education sector don't miss this event. It's the day before DrupalCon on Monday, March 19th in Denver at the Del Pueblo School.
The Commerce Guys are offering a March 19th pre-conference training session focused on e-commerce with Drupal 7.
If you are an experienced developer ready to dive into Drupal, then take a look at this pre-conference training session on March 19th.
Drupal Means Business on Thursday, March 22 and will include a full day of business-focused content aimed at anyone in a decision making position considering Drupal.
Dries summarizes the Web Services and Context Core (WSCCI) sprint. I for one am very pleased that this is the direction that Drupal is headed.
Larry Garfield (Crell), the WSCCI (Web Services and Context Core Initiative) lead gives us an update on this very important initiative following last week's summit meeting at Acquia HQ. He outlines the goals and next steps which could be huge for Drupal.
Daniel F. Kudwien (sun) gives us more insight into the plan for Drupal 8 as it relates to WSCCI.
Articles & Tutorials
Over on the Drupal Answers Stack Exchange site (great Drupal resource btw), David Csonka has shared a great list of links covering various Drupal deployment methods.
Tim Cosgrove over at Treehouse Agency shows how easy it is to build queries with Drupal 7's EntityFieldQuery API.
Ashok Modi (BTMash) shares how he learned to love and create dynamic migrations with the Migrate module.
Metal Toad Media's Kronda Adair gives us a tutorial including a screencast covering Draggable Views module. Draggable Views allows you to manually sort your results in the browser.
MAMP is a solid tool and running a virtual machine with Vagrant is great but sometimes you just want to work with your local Mac environment. Andrew Morton shares his stack setup on OS X Lion.
Randy Fay mentioned this module on Twitter this week calling it Automatic Nodetitles for Entities. This is one to watch.
Jeff Eaton gives a nice summery of this handy module that allows views exposed filters to be controlled by other exposed filters.
Evolving Web's Logan Smyth shares his love of Entity API Module highlighting its views and rules integration, exporting and features integration, automatic CRUD UI, and much more.
Guests Dave Terry (Mediacurrent), John Hannah (Friendly Machine), and Glenn Hilton (ImageX Media) join the DrupalEasy crew discussing marketing Drupal.
Larry Garfield (Crell) joins Brian to discuss the Web Services and Context Core Initiative. This is a good primer on WSCCI.
John Albin Wilkins joins Steve Edwards to discuss the Drupal 8 Mobile initiative.