New Demos Site Up

I actually put this site up last week and tweeted about it then, but for long-term reference I'd like to announce that my Demos site at http://quicksketch.org/demos is now back up and on Drupal. So far I've got demos up for some of the major modules I've writen: Form Builder, AJAX Poll, Image Resize Filter and Insert.

Direct Drupal 5 to Drupal 7 Migration in 24hrs

With Drupal 7 around the corner, a lot of Drupal developers and users are surely looking at their lingering still-on-Drupal-5 sites and thinking, "surely I might be able to skip Drupal 6 and upgrade directly to Drupal 7?"

Most all experienced Drupal developers would say (to end-users), "not possible". This is because modules only provide upgrade paths from one major version to the next, and just about all Drupal modules received large rewrites between Drupal 5 and Drupal 6. Without help from module developers, it's not extraordinarily difficult to do a direct Drupal 5 to Drupal 7 migration, but you are going to be building out a lot more things manually.

Of all the projects I'm working on, only my personal blog was still on Drupal 5. As this is rather embarrassing, I figured at least it would be a good experience with direct migration from D5 to D7. Here are my experiences and the approach I used in this upgrade.

BADCamp Webform Presentation

I'm about to give my presentation on Webform 3 presentation at BADCamp, in Berkley, CA (yes, the same talk I did at Pacific North West Drupal Summit). Here are the slides and the example site(s), including the database dumps. Enjoy!

Pacific North West Drupal Summit

I'm about to give my presentation on Webform 3 presentation at Pacific North West Drupal Summit. I've been meaning to give a talk on Webform for a long time. Here are the tentative slides and the example site(s), including the database dumps.

My New Book: Using Drupal

My first book, "Using Drupal" will be shipped December 16, 2008. I co-authored the book with several other incredible Lullabots: Angie Byron, Addi Berry, Jeff Eaton, James Walker and Jeff Robbins. I'm very, very excited about the release of this book, not only because it's the first one I've authored, but because of the subject matter covered. There are several other books on Drupal (including the excellent Pro Drupal Development book, also authored by Lullabots John VanDyk and Matt Westgate), but none of them approach Drupal with such comprehensive coverage of actually using the software to build websites. It's also the first book to extensively cover contributed modules in addition to Drupal core.

Despite having worked on the book for well over a year, it's hard to believe it's really here. Today I received a newsletter from O'Reilly containing my biography for the book. The book is already available through O'Reilly's excellent Safari service. I haven't received my physical copies yet, but I guess it's already undeniable that the book really is finished and one more life goal accomplished.

Here's my bio on O'Reilly.com. You can pre-order Using Drupal from Amazon.com.

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