Back from convention-land

Oddly, it wasn't as horrible as I expected. I think I half-expected the potential housekeeper to come in, blanch at the horror, and say in hushed tones, We can make it right ... for a price!

It wasn't anything like that, really. We talked about the square footage of the house, and we talked about how frequently I needed help, and some of the crazier chores I needed help with, and what day of the week was best.

Drupalcon notes: Best Practices in Contrib Development and Support

For new, improving, and prospective module maintainers.

What's expected

You're not forced to do anything. However, if you post it, you're endorsing it. At that point, you have some responsibility. You'll need to work with the security team on fixing vulnerabilities, and support your code. Clearly communicating your intentions to your users is good, too. Poorly maintained projects give us a bad name.

Best practices: Community Management

How to enlist help:

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Drupalcon notes: Theming with Skinr

Themer Pain Points

  • Lack of mockups = no big picture planning
  • Lack of time = sloppy CSS
  • Crazy selectors = less reusable code
  • After completion = not much flexibility, low shelf life

You're doing it wrong if...

  • You're not styling default Drupal elements
  • You're excessively targeting IDs
  • You're writing super specific CSS
  • You're creating a new .tpl file for each little change
  • You're not structuring markup in a way that is flexible

Skinr lets you

  • Create your own reusable style definitions in the theme layer
  • Lets you creat your own CSS classes and forget about drupal
  • Makes your styles point-and-click

Where it shines:

  • Contrib themes
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Drupalcon notes: CCK to Fields - Getting There From Here

Flexinode was available from 2004-2007, versions 4.4-4.7. It introduced the idea of custom content types. Problem: it didn't work at all in Views. Was rewritten to scale better. CCK, the successor, lived from 2007-2010, in versions 4.7 to 6.x.

Early on, it was table-segregated by type of data: text, integer, etc. Didn't last long. Now: if the same field exists in multiple content types, it all goes in the same table.

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Drupalcon notes: Facebook Applications in Drupal

Notes:  http://dave-cohen.com/

Facebook Application Development Platform

Facebook has done some basic verification on the users, with email addresses or CAPTCHA, so you're somewhat more assured of reaching real people. Obviously, you can tap into these users' social networks.

Dev platform was created in 2007. Allows anyone to add features to facebook.com. Early apps were aggressively viral; this has calmed down recently. Today it supports

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