How-to: Create Drupal development sites in Quickstart

Yesterday, I felt like reviewing some patches, so I fired up my Quickstart-based virtual machine and set about creating some Drupal development sites. I realized I first had to create Drush Make files to get the proper development versions installed. So I did that. However, I also realized that, despite cloning the code via Git and checking out a particular branch, the Git clone was not actually a Git repository. This is because Drush Make requires the –working-copy switch in order to do this. I’ve posted a workaround on the Quickstart issue queues. This post mostly serves as pointers to a couple things:

Feeds CSV Importer Sources: Caveat Amplificator

I had an interesting experience with Feeds and Feeds Tamper today. I wasn’t able to get a comma-separated set of words to turn into multiple tags no matter what I tried. I was using the Explode plugin that comes with Feeds Tamper and set the delimiter as a comma and the limit to 1. My research indicated this should work, but it didn’t.

There were two problems that were so counterintuitive, the urge to blog about them came over me. Disclaimer: I admit I’ve never properly read the Feeds documentation; I figured setting up a node importer based off a CSV parser would be pretty easy.

The solution is extremely simple:

When setting up your CSV importer and specifying Source column names, do not use spaces or uppercase letters. This means you need to avoid it in your CSV file as well.

That’s all! Instead of Body Text, call it body_text. What happens is that by the time Feeds Tamper receives your Feeds field, the data structure it uses to store them contains lowercase (and probably space-free) versions of whatever you had as the Source column names back in your updater. Using my tip ensures that these will be the same, and Feeds Tamper will be happy.

Have fun tampering.

P.S. The Latin in the title hopefully means, “Developer beware.”

wiz1.us back, Fill PDF Service still a bit slow

wiz1.us seems to be back (I think it’s generally been working anyway, since it uses hook_boot() and doesn’t have to bootstrap much).

Fill PDF Service is still somewhat slow but does seem to be loading now. The host mentioned that some packet loss is occurring, so I guess that’s what it is.

Hold out a bit longer. Thanks.

Meetup API Tools Seek Co-Maintainer, Further Developments Possible

Always wanted to entitle something like that. Anyway, I’m certainly not getting anywhere fast on PHP Meetup API Client or Meetup API on drupal.org.

There are issues on both expressing this. Reply to them or contact me.

Meetup API on drupal.org issue: http://drupal.org/node/1194532
GitHub issue: https://github.com/wizonesolutions/meetup_api/issues/4

Code Sprint Report: San Diego, Conference Organizing Distribution (COD)

On May 7, I attended a code sprint in San Diego. Fortunately, Jerad Bitner has already blogged about this. Given that, I’ll share my experience and impressions rather than the event breakdown.

My previous code sprint was at SANDCamp 2011. That one was different in that the goals were planned out in advance and most of the time was spent writing code. In contrast, most of the time in this first COD sprint was spent planning, tweaking make files, and re-building feature modules. Porting an installation profile is a bigger job than writing a module, that’s for sure!

I mostly worked on researching the state of COD’s dependencies and updating the make file and groups.drupal.org wiki page accordingly.

The sprint was fun, and I’d do it again. It’s even better that the sprint helped move it forward.

I’ll be sprinting again at DrupalCon London, so look for me!

DTLA Re-Gifting

A neat thing about raffle prizes at Drupal meetups is the community aspect. Sometimes you win a prize for which you have no use and can give it back for use at another meetup.

This happened to me a couple months ago at the Downtown L.A. Drupal meetup. I won some online design-related training that I couldn’t use. I passed it on, and I suppose someone at the LA Drupal meetup received it.

Challenge Accepted (or: Migrating Site to Drupal 7)

If you’ve viewed source on my site or followed me on Twitter, you’ve noticed something strange: I’m a Drupal Developer, but my site runs WordPress. What the heck!?

A certain tweeter also implied that this site would be too hard to do in Drupal.

Well, paying respect to the old Wild West…them’s fightin’ words!

First, the backstory: This site was set up before I specialized in Drupal. Once I specialized in Drupal, I got too busy to convert it! Until now.

I don’t want any more tweets like that, so I’m aiming to convert it before or during DrupalCon London.

Stay tuned for updates!