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Just found out that the Belfast Drupal users organized a Drupalcamp in Belfast last weekend.
I'm aware of 4 more 5 more Drupalcamps that will be taking place in the fall of this year:Drupalcamp Prague | 31 October-1 November Drupalcamp Stockholm | 11-12 November (thx Robert) Drupalcamp Vienna | 27-28 November Drupalcamp Helsinki | 27 November Drupalcamp Ghent | to be confirmed 18-19 December
I will most likely be attending the Drupalcamps in Vienna and Prague to present the work we have been doing using Open Atrium for knowledge/project management. I'll also talk about Spezzle and how we are making it possible for development shops to collaboratively build out intranet specifications and features that are adapted to the different project managment methodologies used by... Read more
GraphMind is a mindmap solution for Drupal. With the Flex based mindmap editor you can organize your map nodes in a structured tree. Custom attributes can be added to nodes, as well as in FreeMind. On the background, the format of the map is fully FreeMind XML compatible. Besides the host site, GraphMind can connect to any external Drupal sites (service modules are required), and load data from each of these sites. A loaded data can be Drupal nodes, users, files, terms, comments and Views lists. On drupal.org a developer version coming soon:
Imagine: you are doing a project for a customer who doesn't know Drupal. Even before she contacted you, she made a bunch of wireframes and detailed specifications. That's a dream case right? Just one problem, all the user interfaces and features are just a little bit different from the way things are done in Drupal. This is one of the problems we want to address with Spezzle.
Spezzle is a planning tool that helps you and your customers make Drupal site specifications that will require minimal custom coding. The platform is intended to become a library of use cases and feature descriptions for Drupal sites that can be used also by people with little Drupal knowledge to compose a complete site description. But this site feature description is just the start, in the background a... Read more
In this video I demo the webcam trigger module that I developed. When the application recognizes a specific pattern on the webcam (e.g. an image or a logo) a custom Drupal action will be fired. This action could login the user, redirect the user to another page, send a private message or anything else you could do with Drupal.
If you ever wrote a specification, you've come across the following problem: Once you finally built your spec you need to cut it into feature-tickets, spec units that you can properly follow in your project management system. This basically duplicates your information, in a fluent text and a ticket version. It's a lot of extra work and worst of all it disconnects your specification from your project management system.
In most cases this means that from that point on, the written document is dead: the fluid text version will never be rewritten. A recipe for a communication disaster.
Today during an R&D meetup with the colleagues, I realized that it's possible to solve this problem with RDFa mark-up. Most specifications have a content hierarchy with hierarchically... Read more
Looking for an alternative ringtone? At Drupalcon Szeged I performed a Drupal song interpretation on Tekero Lant (Hungarian Hurdy Gurdy).
I did an mp3 recording a while back and I’m releasing this under a creative commons, attribution, share alike license 3.0 license.
WARNING: safe for tone deaf listeners only!
You can download it from Muziboo.
You can also check out the life performance at Drupalcon that Quicksketch posted on Youtube.
As a passionate fan of mindmapping I've grown accustomed to mindmaps as a data visualization tool. Mindmap user interfaces allow you to organize your ideas into hierarchical bundles of 6-7 concepts in collapsible groups and then drill down in a logical relationship tree. This is very close to how a human brain works.
There is a Freemind module for Drupal 4.7 with which it was possible to show taxonomies in a mindmap display. This is in it's own right an interesting module but it could be a lot more useful if you could interact with this mindmap. At least we should be able to mirror manipulations that are possible in a Freemind .mm mindmap. Such as reorganizing of freemind nodes, creation, updating and deletion of freemind nodes. The real power however you would get if you could... Read more
Anybody who ever filled in time sheets knows what a pain it can be. Worse, any ticket based time tracking implies that you should be doing productive work at all times. We all know that's not true...
Here's what's wrong with the classical time sheets approach:
So with any classic time tracking system you end up with some or all of the below:Gaps in your time sheets Lots of stress and unhappy people Time sheets that don't have much to do with what actually happened
At Pronovix we decided we had enough of old-school time sheets... Read more
Views 2 has undergone significant improvements to it's UI over Views 1. But even for moderately experienced Drupal users it can still be a bit overwhelming. When I need to show the edit views form to a customer who just wants to tweak the header or footer text on a view, that's just plain wrong. There are of course a couple of hacks to get around this:view + some form_alter magic: This is probably the most obvious solution. When your site admin clicks on the edit tab, everything but the header and footer text are hidden. This seems like a lot of trouble and things will get messy with the Views 2 UI. page + block view: If you only need a header text on the page where visitors will enter a view (e.g. your view doesn't contain more elements than what fits on 1 page) you could make a... Read more
To get you excited about the upcoming Drupalcon in DC and while you are waiting for the video's from Do it with Drupal you could have another look at the video recordings from Drupalcon Szeged.
Recently I skyped with Roel De Meester from Krimson, who is one of the people involved in the proposal for Drupalcon Maastricht 2009.
We talked about the practices/lessons I learned with Gabor during Drupalcon Szeged and how these could be implemented in the next Drupalcon in Europe.
One of the things that came up was video coverage. During Drupalcon Szeged the whole Pronovix team was involved in the taping, encoding and uploading of the video's. One of the most important lessons we learned was that you need to get the video's done right away. During the conference we had... Read more