I'm happy to announce that I will join the WSCCI initiative to help develop web service interfaces in Drupal 8. Big thanks to my team at epiqo for sponsoring and making time for me to work on this, as well as Acquia for providing a crucial financial part to make this happen.
I upgraded my local computer to Ubuntu 12.04 today and revisited my Drupal development environment. Here is a simple and fast guide how to configure Ubuntu for development. There are a number of installation documentation pages on this topic on drupal.org, but they suggest to use the packaged Drupal installation and to run Drupal in subfolders (e.g. http://localhost/drupal6). They also do not cover some other important development tools like Phpmyadmin or php.ini settings. During development we want to edit files and we want to do that somewhere in our home directory to avoid any permission problems. There is also Drubuntu, but it is outdated and does way too much magic in my opinion. So here is a more transparent tutorial that highlights the key development configuration settings for Drupal development.
While working on the Kill role IDs patch I had to develop some upgrade path Simpletests. Unfortunately the documentation for upgrade path tests currently lacks installtion instructions on how to work with the existing bare and filled exported test databases. Here is a small writeup of what I did until we document that properly.
A master thesis written by Klaus Purer at the Vienna University of Technology, released in May 2011.
Building web applications has become a complex task and often requires interaction with other web applications, such as web services. Drupal is a free and open source content management system and framework that provides a rich platform for rapid web development. The modular and extensible nature of Drupal allows developers to customize and embrace the core functionality and to create new features. This thesis is about investigating and implementing a web service client module for Drupal that is able to consume classical WS* web services as well as RESTful web services.
The problem: you want to upgrade your Ubuntu server, but you still need PHP 5.2 for some old web sites (i.e. Drupal 5 is not PHP 5.3 compatible).
The solution: Go with the packaged PHP 5.3 for your new sites and compile PHP 5.2 yourself for the old ones. As we use the nginx webserver with FastCGI, we can choose per site which PHP CGI binary will handle the requests.