ISO 12207: too much friction, wrong focus

Software development is a complex and difficult task, particularly from the perspective of estimating how much time and money it will cost to implement a desired system. I've chosen very general words in the foregoing sentence for a reason.

Programmatic CCK content type creation

Do you want your Drupal module to create a new content type using the power and flexibility of CCK, perhaps including the built in integration with Views? Here's one way, using Drupal 6.

Step 1: Design your CCK content type using the Drupal content type editor

The menu path is: Administer -> Content management -> Content types -> Add content type, URL For more information about getting started with building a content type with CCK, visit this Drupal handbook page.

Leopard PHP with MySQL PDO

Warning! This is a hack.

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard ships with a pretty good version of PHP5 and an excellent version of Apache2. (It also ships with Ruby, Python and Perl.) Sounds like a decent FOSS development platform, doesn't it?

If only.

It's close, but not quite there, for my purposes and those of most developers I know. Why? No database.

Easily solved, you might say. Indeed, dropping a pre-packaged MySQL install into Leopard is easy and clean. But...

And you knew there had to be a catch, right? Else, why would I be writing this?

Drupal - Moodle Integration

I'm the current owner of a pair of Drupal modules which help integrate the Drupal content management framework with the Moodle learning management system. Drupal and Moodle are among the best open-source packages in their respective spaces, and are likewise both very popular.

Trying out ScribeFire

ScribeFire is a FireFox extension which provides a blogging editor and utilities.

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