design for style




Pro Drupal Development, second edition for Drupal 6

A wish come true:

A second edition of the excellent Pro Drupal Development book is slated for early summer, and will cover Drupal 6.



I recently completed a redesign/relaunch of Key features include: empowering the client to update their own content easily using a browser-based interface.

Additionally, adding images to the site is automated for the client - no resizing or cropping of the original photos is necessary, as the site handles that when the user uploads the photos. Check out


My Drupal CVS cheatsheet

I was searching today for info on how to proceed on a specific Drupal CVS task, and in the first page of search results I happened upon a CVS examples document I put together for myself and subsequently posted in an online pastebin so a co-worker could grab a copy for himself. This was in the first page of Google's search results* and it got me to thinking, why don't I post this on my own site for reference and so that others could benefit.


Drupal: lines of code comparison

Dries Buytaert, Drupal project lead, posted an interesting set of graphs derived from metrics provided by, a directory of open source software that provides a number of metrics about the projects it indexes.

The graphs show that measured in lines of code (LOC), Drupal is 1/8th the size of Joomla. It's even less than 1/2 the size of WordPress!



I've had this waiting in the wings for a while:



on not shifting gears

I love smooth workflows, efficient practices and logical progressions. Before I worked with Drupal I'd gotten my workflow highly refined.

  1. define/clarify site needs and functionality (work with client, share proposals, present wire frames)
  2. produce a workable, extendable data model (usually in the form of a relational database)
  3. code business logic (usually a PHP app)
  4. design interface and presentation layer (XHTML and CSS)
  5. test and debug
  6. reiterate back through this process as necessary for maturity

moving up the Drupal Learning Curve

I've begun to assist with maintaining a couple Drupal modules authored by Jeff Eaton, Drupal rockstar and Lullabot employee. The Insert Block and Insert View modules allow a person to embed a Drupal block and view, respectively, into the body of a page/node. Pretty elegant modules.


new site: Idaho Library Association

In my capacity as web master for the Idaho Library Association (which is technically not part of my Dotted i work, but instead a product of a professional affiliation) I recently redesigned and launched a new, Drupal-powered version of that organization's web site.

I'm rather proud of the theme of the site, which changes depending on the season (summer or winter at the moment, until I come across some great Idaho landscapes for fall and spring at wide aspect ratios).


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