Quickstart has finally reached version 1.0. What is it Quickstart? Quickstart is basically a VM (virtual machine) image, that can be downloaded and imported into vmware or virtualbox. Quickstart image has on it:
- Ubuntu Linux, Apache, MySQL, APC, XDebug, IMAP, UploadProgress
- Firefox (with developer plugins) and Chrome
- Drush - an acclaimed command-line remote Drupal mangement tool
- Apache Solr
- Netbeans and Eclipse - two great development IDEs
I have decided to become a member to Drupal Association. Taking to consideration that I currently am the sole face of Striderlance, I decided to make it an Individual Membership. Why? Because it's cool to have that logo on your web site. It's like a stamp, that makes your site almost official. In reality, this just means that I made a donation. So let's just say it's a way of me saying "Thank you" to Drupal community.
Drupal 7 is now the active Drupal version. Most popular modules have already been issued Drupal 7 versions. What are top 5 changes about Drupal 7?
- Drupal 7 has a better and smarter installer.
- Drupal 7 has improved speed. Core functionality has been rewritten, especially at the MySQL layer level, to provide faster and less resource-hungry platform.
PowWeb has restored full Drupal support recently. As I indicated in July, the 7th blog post, the cross-site requests had been blocked by PowWeb to fight automated attacks that use the same technology. That had caused for the Drupal's automated update script to be broken and unable to fetch updates. Now, the problem has been rectified by PowWeb (why, it has not even been half a year since!)
Due to the first request on Drupal.org that raised a serious issue of web security, it became timely to start a new section of the Striderlance site - the Help section. This section on the web site will be used to provide helpful information and help to clients and guests as for how to manage their Drupal web sites.
As a result of recent (and silent) changes of PowWeb policy, Drupal is no longer supported fully. The changes affect queries the system makes to remote servers. As a result, the automatic update check of Drupal core and modules becomes broken. After cron runs, and error "Unable to fetch any information about available updates" appears, which will no doubt irritate clients and site visitors.
The web site is almost there. This is what will be added next:
1. Blogs - styled to provide news to striderlance clients.
2. Help Area - help area to provide video tutorials.
3. Downloads - an area with free downloads that have accumulated from the long time of working with Drupal.
4. Workflow. A final step that will allow project and ticket management for logged in clients.
At that points we will switch to Superfish menu, which will presumably by that time be compatible with Drupal 6.17.