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When the request came for me to review Drupal 6: Panels Cookbook by Bhavin (Vin) Patel, I was excited. I've been a software developer forever, a Web developer for as long as there's been a Web, and a Drupal developer since D6 was imminent. I have two Drupal books myself, and am working one about D7 Views, but with all that, one glaring hole in my self-education has been Panels; it would be my first chance to use it.

Are you stymied by mydomain.com and www. mydomain.com ending up in different places, even though they should not?

I received a 'love letter' from my hosting provider: you have too many tables in your databases and are negatively impacting performance. You have 14 days to correct this or we will take your firstborn...or something to that effect.

Using the Correct Ruler

Sometimes, the guys controlling the synapses are asleep at the switch, and things I've always known are momentarily gone. It's one thing when I know that to be the case — knowing what I don't know — such as seeing an actress on the screen and being asked who it is. I knew until I was asked. It's not knowing that I don't know that's the bigger problem...not realizing that I've forgotten, because the switchman hasn't fallen asleep, he's thrown the wrong switch.

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Drupal 7 Beta 1 Released

I was starting to lose hope when Alpha 5 came out, and was despondent by the time Alpha 7 did. I'm plugging along with the book, half way through the first draft, but at least 25% will need to be revisited to complete examples that hit brick walls because of things just not working as they should, yet, such as custom fields not appearing in the Views sort criteria field list.

Dumping a Single MySQL Table

I recently needed to test out some new code on my local version of a client's site. I ran into a problem, because keys and information that I needed for the testing were in the live version of the database, but not in my version. I needed to import new data, but this was a huge database, so I only wanted the one table rather than the entire database.

On Being a Blockhead

I created a Drupal 6 module, and in it I implemented hook_block(). I set up the block to appear in a certain region, and hook_block acted like a blockhead...

Almost made the Plunge

Last night I almost took the plunge into Linux...almost.

No Soup for You!

I was working on a new Drupal 6 module, and at least until things became more complex, I was writing it in a top-down manner: the .info file, the .install file, and was working on defining permissions via hook_perm().

It should have been very easy...

The Bleeding Edge

Some would say that I'm crazy using Drupal 7 Alpha 5 to relaunch my blog, but I needed D7 up and running for the new book anyway...

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