Drupal Doesn't Suck - Countering Slashdot's Amateur Web Developer Rabble

Drupal iconSigh.  Today's Drupal-related post on Slashdot, like the previous 50 Drupal-related posts on Slashdot, will generate a ton of comments, most of which will be variations on "Drupal sucks."

I'm tired of the same old conversation that happens every time this topic comes up; by reading this blog post you can save yourself the trouble of ever reading another Drupal story on Slashdot.

New site launched: Galecia.com!

Screenshot of new Galecia.com siteThe Galecia Group is a library technology consulting firm that I've been working with as a web developer since late 2009.  After working on various web projects for the open source library community (LibraryFiltering.org, OpenSource.califa.org, rscel.org), we finally created and launched a new Drupal-based website for the firm itself this week.  The site owner had very specific requirements for design, architecture, and functionality - which required a decent amount of Drupal customization.

The old Galecia.com website was a Wordpress-based blog created in the late '00s.  Wordpress categorization features were used to separate content into blog entries, resource posts, client portfolio entries, links, etc.  The main reasons that the site owner cited for the overhaul were 1) to implement an aesthetic refresh, 2) improve information architecture, and 3) offer improved content management features.

Drupal recipe: dynamic menu link to "most recent" node, plus Disqus

I'm working on a Drupal website implementation for a fellow consultant's portfolio site, including a blog.  As an IA tactic, we want the primary menu item "Blog" to link to the most recent blog entry.

I spent some time researching dynamic paths in Drupal and initially couldn't find anything suitable.  For SEO reasons, I would prefer to be able to click the link in the menu item and automagically go to the proper pathauto'ed blog entry as opposed to having an extra alias applied to the post.  I really didn't want to get into custom code with hook_menu or anything similar if I could avoid it because I don't have any experience with hook_menu stuff and as this is a budget-sensitive client, I don't have the time didn't think I had the time to research doing that correctly.  :-)

First Post! ;-)

drupal icon aka drupliconAfter many delays, Drupal 7 was released to great fanfare recently... and after returning from DrupalCon Chicago I've *finally* had time to build a site (this one) with the official release! Overall, it's been fantastic - installation, adding contrib modules, configuring the site - everything has been fast and easy.

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