Quick and dirty solutions

Or how to get what you want without cutting code...

I have a Drupal 5-based website for use by my extended family and friends to keep up with my own family while we are overseas. Most of them are far from being sophisticated web users, and seem to be having a challenging time remembering how to log into my site. So what I needed was a way to get them onto the site once and then persist their sessions for a period of time.

Why I don't like WebDAV, part 2

After posting Why I don't like WebDAV, part 1 I got involved in a bit of email discussion with some people who are much more expert than I regarding the protocol (Kevin, Mike, Julian, Tim). I appreciate they included me, and I now know a lot more about WebDAV than I did before.

The protocol itself doesn't really suck. Rather, it's the implementations and the purposes for which it has been used, it seems. It's a bit odd in that it's a lower-level protocol for a high-level purpose. Use it for the wrong purpose, and it's like using the wrong tool.

Why I don't like WebDAV, part 1

Yesterday and today I spent a lot of time using WebDAV updating one web site, and creating another, both at hosts which use that protocol for accessing file directories on hosted sites. It has taken longer than it should have, possibly caused my Mac OS X 10.4.10 desktop to crash, and ultimately forced me to use both the shell and FTP to get permissions set right and the right files in the right places. It shouldn't be this hard. Part of the blame may lay with Mac OS's native implementation of WebDAV, but I've not seen any implementation that is better on the whole.

I Wish I Had Said That

James Bennett nailed it on the head late last year with his post about I can’t believe it’s not XML! Not that XML is terrible in my view, but it is overly wordy for most of the simple cases where it is used. And the big XML-as-a-protocol-stack, like the SOAP and WS* web services people -- and probably even the SOA hawkers -- are to web services as XML is to JSON.

As James put it:

Arto Bendiken Rocks - Redux

Arto is on a tear!

He's working on some Top Secret (for the next X minutes, that is) really cool code for Drupal that is blowing those in the know away.

Check his blog soon to catch up on what this coding maniac has created now.

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