Drupal Camp Western MA

I'm on the intertubes!

Recently, I made two presentations at the Western MA Drupal Camp. One presentation was for people new to Drupal and the other was a very advanced look at the framework for database administrators. I have posted my slides on the camp website. Also, the first presentation was streamed live and is available for viewing. Feel free to take a look at the links below.

Drupal Droplets: Task One

The setup

Recently, I did some pro-bono consulting work for a client. As part of our agreement I made it clear that I would retain the rights to the code I wrote. The reason I did this is because I wanted to be able to give back to the community, and now I am going to do that. The work was made up of six tasks, ranging from trivial to complex. I intend to write six articles based on these tasks. This is the first.


The lists below may seem sparse. This is deliberate. I could give you a laundry lists of every programming language, software package, operating system, and technology buzzword that I have ever worked with. I won't subject you to that. I will just tell you my greatest strength:

I find solutions.

Mixing Conditions and Assignments

Here is another tip from "Mistakes I've Made". Don't mix up your conditions and assignments. In other words be careful about using assignment operators (like the eqauls sign '=') inside of conditional statements. Although this happened with PHP, the same problem can occur with many other languages. Let me explain...

Here is a very common way to loop:

Drupal, webform and Dynamic Checkboxes

Below you will find my description of how I made a new component for Drupal's webform module that dynamically displays a selection of checkboxes. I will go over why I made it. Then I will explain the code step by step. I have also attached a copy of the file for download.

Mambo and "sex"

Recently, I had trouble with the Mambo [] contact component. Sometimes, the emails would get through, and other times they would not. There did not appear to be any discernable pattern. In the end, I discovered that an innocent looking word in the subject of the email was causing the message to be blocked by some spam filters.

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