I wrote a brief status update of what is going on in the Drupal project application issue queue lately. Read more at groups.drupal.org.
I posted a status report on g.d.o on the work that has been going into the Restful Web Services module for Drupal 8. I would like to thank Acquia and epiqo again who have extended their sponsorship so that I can get further things done in the Drupal 8 feature completion phase.
Here is the video of our DrupalCon Munich 2012 talk "The project application process".
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 There is also Drubuntu, but it is outdated and does way too much magic in my opinion.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.
Here is the video of our DrupalCon London 2011 talk "The Rules way of life".