The drop is always movingYou know that saying about standing on the shoulders of giants? Drupal is standing on a huge pile of midgetsAll content management systems suck, Drupal just happens to suck less.Popular open source software is more secure than unpopular open source software, because insecure software becomes unpopular fast. [That doesn't happen for proprietary software.]Drupal makes sandwiches happen.There is a module for that

Less than 100 000 nodes last year

Submitted by nk on Wed, 2008-01-02 08:21

First node in 2007 was 106137 and the last was 205224 which makes it 99086 nodes in 2007. However the first 100 000 nodes took five years, the next 100 000 just a bit more than a year... and the third surely will be less than a year. Also, we have 222442 users, a year ago we had 100651 which means 2007 added 121791 users to and we have a Drupal 6 release soon which will attract even more users and nodes. No wonder the 2008 spring DrupalCon needs to be held at a convention centre.

The dangers of OOP

Submitted by nk on Sun, 2007-12-30 08:17

"Effective use of OO tools requires traversing a long learning curve." -- Mitch Kramer in an article from 1993.

"Object-oriented programming (OOP) is becoming the norm within software development, but is associated with a steeper learning curve than the conventional structured approach."

"Really "getting" object-oriented programming will take a bit longer"


Submitted by nk on Mon, 2007-12-24 01:10

NetBeans 6.0 supports PHP. We all know a Java IDE which turned out to be a quite useable PHP IDE -- Eclipse. It seems all the usual IDE stuff are supported, even xdebug. I have not yet tried this one out, but if someone else does, please post here -- I wonder whether it can provide Drupal specific tooltips.

Why Acquia won't ruin Drupal

Submitted by nk on Sat, 2007-12-22 02:04

Still some people think that Acquia is the first rider of Apocalypse or something, that they bought Dries' soul for $7M. No shareholder gets involved in day-to-day operations, they are only interested in the big picture and there, they only care about that Drupal, as a project, is succesful, well loved, secure etc. Best way to keep it so? Simple, let Dries to do what he always did, what's more, even pay him for it so he does not just have the possibility but he can actually do it. Nothing will change, just Dries gets more time to lead us further on -- and this is what Acquia pays him for.

Flow or why I am doing all this

Submitted by nk on Wed, 2007-12-19 15:39

For quite a long time I have tried to find an explanation for why I am doing all the core work and for some time I had a suspicion, and now I am fairly confident I know. This article helps understanding the Psychology of Programming and it mentions the reason: flow. Let's see what makes me reach flow by checking most of the items Wikipedia lists.

Drupal gets its globals documented

Submitted by nk on Tue, 2007-12-11 01:02

The participating kids in The Google Highly Open Participation Contest are turned out to be so fantastic that I dared to give them the task to document all globals. After an initial round of misunderstanding we did get this document and a script which collects globals. Thanks to Google for sponsoring this and thanks to Jimmy Berry for his great, great work.

NowPublic is hiring

Submitted by nk on Tue, 2007-12-04 14:31

We are looking for people with knowledge over the whole developer spectrum -- PHP, MySQL, CSS and JS. You will work for a really exciting company alongside such well-known Drupalers as Morbus, Zlender, kkaefer, hadsie and chx. I do not want to spam the planet with this so just contact me for more details.

Follow up on public logging of #drupal by irseek

Submitted by nk on Sun, 2007-12-02 16:39

Because of this and likely other services to follow, I will only lurk in #drupal but not speak any more aside from the next sentence here: You wish to talk to me, you can join #chx . Only people I know will be able to lurk in there, those I do not will be simply removed after I answered their question. Sorry folks, I feel great unease about posting my words on line and I try to raise the bar. Edit: the #chx channel is invite only except to those who wear a hostname cloak.


Submitted by nk on Sun, 2007-12-02 13:07

Following TechCrunch's warning, the freenode community has moved against which logged IRC channels and published said logs without asking constent from anyone (including #drupal ). I myself has mailed and after not getting any replies, I have called them on Saturday night (I happened to be in Israel, so it was a domestic call). Sunday morning Ariel Berkman, the CTO of the company called me informing that they pulled the site.