Issue 31 April 19, 2012
Another big week with new maintainers announced for Groups.Drupal.org, a gaggle of podcasts(including a couple featuring myself), and free hosting for Drupal projects from Pantheon. Oh yeah, and we're giving away a 6 month membership to BuildaModule.com!
How does a 6-month membership with BuildaModule.com sound? Pretty awesome right. That's a $156 value. All you have to do is subscribe to TheWeeklyDrop.com before May 1st and you will be entered to win. If you are already a subscriber you are already entered. The winner will be announced in the newsletter on May 3rd.
Good to see progress on the groups.drupal.org front.
How does free hosting sound? If you are hosting a Drupal community project or initiative web site check this out.
Learndrupal.org is a site that was developed out of the Boston Initiative to help Drupal user groups develop and share and develop materials for learn sprints and issue sprints. Looks like there is some good work being done there.
The DA is looking to build a Drupal Television site to host the video's produced by the community at our DrupalCons.
July 28th & 29th at UC Irvin in Irvine, California.
May 18th & 19th in Minneapolis.
The lineup for DrupalCon Munich is pretty awesome. Take a gander.
A little DrupalCon Portland teaser video from Neal Kent the Events Manager for the Drupal Association.
A lot of people complain about Drupal's useabilty. Here is your chance to help make it better. The proposed changes look like we are headed in the right direction.
Larry Garfield gives us an update on the WSCCI iniative and a specific patch called the kernel patch. If you wanna lend a hand check it out.
To say there are issues with Drupal's theme system is an understatement. Drupal 8 HTML5 Initiative leader Jacine Luisi points out some of these issues while sharing some the work she is spearheading to make the theme layer better in Drupal 8.
Articles & Tutorials
You've probably heard of SASS and LESS. CSS preprocessors aren't just hot, they actually make sense and will save you time.
Super handy Drush tip from James Walker. Not using Drush? What are you waiting for?
Not sure how many of you are new to Drupal but this post by Adam Waid has some good advice for getting started with Drupal.
Nice Drupal Commerce tutorial from Deeson Online.
Steve Burge of OSTraining.com delivers a tutorial on setting up Organic groups for Drupal 7.
I'm a sucker for info-graphics and Gábor Hojtsy has a nice one about contributing to Drupal core.
Victor Kane shares more of his exhaustive notes from DrupalCon.
Jeff Eaton introduces another good improvement on the multi-select form element.
If you are using the LiveReload app to auto refresh your pages while doing CSS and JS work you should check out this module by Tim Plunkett
If you are theming or coding with Drupal you should be using the Devel module. It's a great module but as Evan Barter explains, Devel Catcher improves the UI. Think of how handy the Admin Menu module was in Drupal 6. Haven't tried this yet but it looks great.
I've recommended this book to so many people and now it's been updated for Drupal 7.
Brian chats with our favorite Swedish screencaster Johan Falk about the Skill Compass project.
This is a quicky. I think this is the only time I have ever spoke to anyone for under two minutes.
Spoiler, this episode features Earl Miles and Dave Reid.
More interviews from DrupalCon Denver including interviews with Matt Butcher, Willem from Evolving Web and yours truly.