PDFs have historically been difficult to integrate into Drupal. Site owners were forced to include PDFs as attachments to content, and accept the interruption to the site layout that the external plugin presented. Building on the excellent Scribd API, our new module allows PDFs to be displayed on your site without the Adobe Reader plugin.
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The forms Drupal automatically generates have always suffered from the 'silo' effect, where one form field is stacked on top of the other. This often presents a usability challenge for people operating the system, and generally requires some additional level of theming for developers in a really mature site.
At the core of all the hype around "social networking," and "social media," is the fact that "social" websites allow members of a website to connect with each and develop relationships without needing the administrators or content editors to mediate these connections. This from the "build and they'll come," school of design and strategy. In any case, even though Drupal is a fundamentally social platform, there is no user-to-user relationship support in the core of Drupal.
This is my first official Trellon blog post! It's been a good first few weeks. I have had a chance to work on some exciting projects. One of which involved using the awesome ApacheSolr Drupal Module which adds support for much better search performance and faceted search.
The CMS Expo Learning and Business conference is coming up this week in Evanston, Illinois. This event is going to be interesting, in part because I will be presenting (more on that below), but also because the session track really covers a lot of bases.
Come meet with members of our team in Manhattan. Trellon is going to be at the New York Drupal Meetup tonight, April 8, 2009. On the agenda for this evening is a Drupalcon DC wrapup, information about IRC bots, and a chance to socialize with other Drupal developers.
Editor's note: This is a long post. If you just want to see the screencast, click here, and there are notes about it below. If you want some sample code to help you understand, click here. If you want to read how Mike explains the whys and wherefores, get comfortable, ease the seat back, and read on.
SimpleTest, the test suite that Drupal started using, and then improved upon, has primarily been used to test modules in their own little sandbox, unaffected by the outside world, user data, or client-desired tweaks. This is perfectly fine when you're working on a controlled piece of code, like a module intended for release.