Add images to Drupal from your mobile devicePosted by cafuego on Friday 26 April 2013.
You can add images to Drupal, but mobile devices don't allow you to upload any photos to image fields. This is something that sort of irked me from time to time in the past, but recently came up for a website project, so I thought it would be good to see if it could be worked around.
HTML5 allows for this, but sadly that's mostly a no go with Drupal 7 at the moment. However, it turns out the fix is nice and easy via the HTML Media Capture method. Add the following snippet of jQuery, so it runs when pages load:
Sponsorship Success MetricPosted by cafuego on Sunday 14 April 2013.
Just after DrupalCon Sydney at the start of February of this year, I overheard some people wondering why they should sponsor a DrupalCon. Considering the people who attend, there's not a lot of product selling you can do if you're a Drupal shop and unless you're looking to hire delegates as new staff, there's not a lot of direct benefit from having a sponsor booth or table.
Obviously, helping to fund a DrupalCon and the Drupal Association via a sponsorship are good things to be doing for the community, but the payoff isn't necessarily immediately apparent. However, there definitely is one. There just hasn't been a metric for it, let alone a testable metric.
Announcing the Drupal 8 Compatibility APIPosted by cafuego on Monday 1 April 2013.
For some time now I've thought that I don't like the direction Drupal 8 development is heading in. The code base is getting larger and larger, the code is getting slower and slower and the mix of plugins and annotations that replaces hooks makes the development experience far less consistent.
On top of that, the PSR-0 "standard" means humans have to now write code that is more convenient to parse for computers than for other humans.
The Spam WarPosted by cafuego on Saturday 23 February 2013.
As things on the internet go, not many are worse than spammers. At best they're nuisance, at worst the hardware, cycles and power wasted on dealing with them is causing global warming and pollution at an ever accelerating rate.
I'm most annoyed by the wasted cycles. When I run a web site, I'd like to use the CPU power I pay for to be used to serve (admittedly mediocre) content to people that might get some (questionable) value out of them.
DrupalCon Sydney - Session Video TorrentPosted by cafuego on Friday 15 February 2013.
The DrupalCon Sydney videos went up onto YouTube lightning fast, but downloading them is a little bit of a palaver, even with helpful instructions.
Testing timesPosted by cafuego on Thursday 15 November 2012.
Over the past week or two I've spent my time working on a Drupal install profile. It uses a custom theme, a bunch of features and a set of modules that allows us to use Aegir to quickly provision a standard website for research centres and projects and associated with our university faculty.
To make sure this install profile keeps working as we make incremental improvements to it, I decided it would be nice to have some tests. For instance, to check that the correct theme is enabled, that the various roles defined in the features we use have the correct level of access to the nodes defined there as well and that blocks are placed in the correct regions with the correct visibility settings.
Unfortunately, the default DrupalWebTestCase class doesn't run profile install tasks, so my tests all failed horribly no matter what I did.
Date ordinals: An ugly solution to an ugly problemPosted by cafuego on Tuesday 14 August 2012.
A friend bumped into what appears to be a very irritating problem yesterday with the PHP date_format() function, which is used by format_date() to show date and time strings on Drupal. This function uses the "S" format character, which returns the english ordinal number suffix for the current day of the month. E.g: "st" on the first day, "nd" on the second day, and so on. (And the date() function does too, coincidentally)
The problem is that when you're working in a non-english locale, the ordinal suffixes returned remain the english ones. Oops.
Drupal Groups Email FilteringPosted by cafuego on Sunday 10 June 2012.
Many Drupal users and developers are members of groups.drupal.org and will be getting email from the site when people post new messages and replies to threads. Of these people, many probably also like to organise their email in folders, for easy reference in the future.
A common way to do this is by creating email filter rules that look at email subject lines or other headers and perform an action based on what these headers contain.
Value Added Tax?Posted by cafuego on Saturday 12 May 2012.
A few weeks ago I saw a tweet by the Drupal Assciation asking for feedback on, amongst other things, how it could make being a DA member more attractive. The survey appears to still be open, so if nothing else please go fill it out.
However, before you do so I would draw your attention to question 15:
How much would the following benefits interest you in becoming a Member (or renewing your Membership)?
and in particular one of the options listed there: