C'mon in...sit awhile!

I'm a Drupal Architect and developer. I've been a software developer since all mice had fur, "front-end" and "back-end" primarily related to horses, and blue tooth was something you got from eating raspberry Italian ice. There's a line in the ether between undiscovered wisdom and uncorrected folly. Feel free to have a poke around and note you might find either.

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.

If you're a Drupal developer, you're aware, no doubt, of the coming of D7. One of the exciting changes in D7 is that CCK has been brought into core...somewhat.

I must say that, at times, I think the aggravation of using an IMAP mailbox outweighs the benefits.

It can be very frustrating to do what seems to be everything needed in order to receive USPS shipping quotes in Ubercart.

Why do some field names have suffixes?

Boiling down the zillion hours of D7 development into a short list of important changes isn't practical, so consider this a starting point rather than a comprehensive list.

In a Drupal view, one of the presentation options for a selected field is to have the field be a link to its node. What if you need the label to also be a link?

So the Content menu page (admin/content) on a stable production site loaded, and the only menu item listed was Comments...yet, the admin menu in the left nav listed all the usual suspects. WHAT was this?!

Of course, the Drupal Community isn't the only place to give back. It's a complex world, and there are as many worthy causes as their are melodies, with most being served by multiple charitable organizations. Here are a few of those that strike a 7th chord with me.