Drupal leader invites students to improve code

Dries Buytaert, lead of the Drupal project, invited students on his blog to participate in Google's Summer of Code and at the same time help improve the Drupal core.  This is Google's third year for the program which hopes to encourage college students to work on open source projects.  Chris Dibona, Open Source Program Manager at Google, wrote:

Jaws 0.7.0 Released

Jaws 0.7.0 was released this week.  Jaws is a framework and content management system for building dynamic web sites.  New features in Jaws 0.7.0 include:

  • Support for 12 languages
  • Database support for: MySQL(i), PostgreSQL, MSSQL and SQLite!
  • AJAX in all of the gadgets
  • Better antispam support: Captchas (simple and mathematician), Akismet and extra tools
  • Friendly URLs

Links for downloading Jaws 0.7.0 is available on the official Jaws download page.

Alex King does it better

When I first started developing this website, CMSReport.com, it was my intention to also take "the opportunity to provide a series of how-to articles on building a Website using Drupal".  I wanted to help those getting started in using a content management system for their site by suggesting some tips and ideas that could make their life easier.  As time wore on, when it came to my own site I found that except for a few well written posts I failed miserably at this goal.

I'm pretty good at tasks such as developing, innovating, documenting, and system administration.  However, some people can't walk and chew bubble gum at the same time.  Unfortunately, I'm one of those people.  I have difficulty developing and documenting at the same time.  This isn't unusual as one of the most talented programmers I know struggles with documentation and will ask me for help in writing instructions for his own software.  My point is that when you find people who is blessed with being able to document their own work you need to let others know about that person.

One Thousand Drupal Sites

I haven't seen this on Planet Drupal, so thought it was worthy to post myself.  After 16 months since going online...DrupalSites.net now how 1000 sites listed.

Good news everyone: 1000 great Drupal powered sites are listed at DrupalSites.net! A big thank you and congratulations everyone! Keep it coming!

I don't visit the site too often, but have used it when I'm in a pinch to show someone examples of Drupal powered sites.

Joomla 1.5 beta-2 Overview

In a blog on the Joomla! Developer Network, Wilco Jansen posted an article describing the changes that have taken place between Joomla!  1.5's beta-1 and beta-2.

The following are some of the changes in user features for Joomla! 1.5 beta-2 that caught my eye: 

  • Implemented caching
  • Refactored session management for JSession, database, files, APC, and eAccelerator.
  • Complete refactoring of the installer
  • Added new archive libraries to better support zip|gzip|tar file extraction
  • Several improvements on default Joomla! templates, including support of newest browsers
  • Added open-id support
  • Further LDAP improvements
  • Further improvements on the media manager like the ability to remove multiple files, or image preview option
  • Added windows support on the FTP layer

Of the above features changes, I'm probably most interested in the implementation of caching as well as the the refactored session management.  These changes should really help improve Joomla's performance on the server.  Plus, as most of you know, I'm a big fan of eAccelerator and any other tools to get the server humming along.