Saturday, June 30, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
In the dark ages of Drupal 4.6, and even 4.7, if you wanted your site to offer a news section, a free job posting section, and a photo gallery, the answer was simple if sometimes frustrating. You installed image.module, you hunted around in contrib for a Classified Ads module, and you used something like Taxonomy to organize story nodes into a news section.
Today, the situation is quite a bit different. While those kinds of modules still exist, much more emphasis is put on designing your own content types from scratch using CCK and a bag full of Field Type plugins. Then, you roll your own listing pages and filtered RSS feeds using Views module. In almost all cases, the resulting functionality is the same or better, and you can tailor the data model and presentation to your site's specific needs. It makes it quite a bit easier to build your site just so without re-inventing the wheel.
The trade-off, though, is increased complexity for the folks who don't need that high level of customization. If all you want to do is add a browsable gallery to your blog, installing CCK, Views, Imagecache, Imagefield, Views_Grid, and so on, then configuring each of them to work together an produce your Perfect Image Gallery... Well, that's a daunting task. Building a wiki in Drupal is similar -- you combine six or seven modules, configure them to taste, and voila! Wiki! To do that, though, you need to figure out how they all work together and what the correct 'recipe' is."
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
This blog entry will serve as a tutorial-style introduction to the basic features in 10 easy-to-follow steps. I will follow up later in the week with information on some more advanced features and customization options. If you are interested in alternative configuration options, you should also check out the Spring Java Configuration project and this blog.
This tutorial requires at least Java 5, and Java 6 is recommended (otherwise there is a single requirement at the end of step 1)."
Saturday, June 23, 2007
- The drupal.org tutorial we are following: Views Tutorial #3 - Create two tabs to sort taxonomy view alphabetically and by created time
- Our first Bryght Tabs screencast"