Git command for better patch review.
The usual patch format is often not really human readable. Consider this patch on drupal.org (issue) that only removes commas. How can I be sure that only the comma was removed on the changed lines? Fortunately, Git can help here. Download the patch, apply it to your repository and use the following command to get a colored output:
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.
A summary about setting up a 802.11n wireless network at home, also for future self-reference.
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.
Funny screenshot I captured yesterday (I guess this bug was originally caused by outputting binary data in a terminal):
I will attend the Drupal Core Developer Summit at Drupalcon San Francisco, so I had to prepare a short lighting talk about a topic that bothers me in Drupal. As I ran into an issue of implementing a hook by accident recently, I decided to come up with some suggestions how to improve the situation. I have attached the PDF I will submit.
The Gmail spam filter works fine most time, but be careful if you are the postmaster of a mail server and want to check delivery failure notifications in your Gmail account.
Update: Do not use this script anymore, drush provides a very good upgrade mechanism itself now!
Upgrading Drupal core can be a very tedious task - especially if you run a Drupal multi site installation (backup database, put site into maintenance mode, run update DB script, put site online again - repeat for every single site). We use Drush and a custom bash script to make life much more easier on our fsinf.at Drupal farm.