Monday, December 27, 2010

A Very Happy New Year with Drupal!

Drupal Christmas Song, Listen and enjoy the Season with Drupal!

Local Drupal Fun this NewYear:

Enjoy Drupaling this New Year. Join us at Drupal 7 Release party, Chennai. There is going to be a whole lot of Fun! Drupal Quiz, Drupal 7 Tips and Tricks, Have Answers to Questions on how you can get involved in patch writing and reviewing, Good Food and more... Be a part of Drupal in Chennai!

Friday, December 17, 2010

DrupalCon Session: Maintaining the codebase and updates of a Drupal Website

Drupal stores most of the configurations and settings in the database. Deploying and Managing a Drupal website requires both code updates as well as interface updates. Changing permissions, adding fields to your content types, modify an existing view, installing and configuring a new module are some of the typical interface updates that needs to be moved from the Development Server to the Test servers and then further in the Live servers. In this session I would like to present solutions that would facilitate the update process to be people independent and totally maintained under version control.

Want to Checkout solutions to ease the maintenance of a Drupal Website VOTE FOR my DrupalCon Session at

Questions answered by this session would include:

How to have a Drupal update process that is people independent and totally maintained under version control? 
Question 2: 
How to use Drush to improve the Update Deployment Process for a Drupal website? 
What are Features and Strongram modules? 
How to use update.php to trigger database script updates? What are the cache flush routines that need to be called after the database updates? 
What are status of Drush, Features modules in Drupal 7?

Drupal Workshop for Academicians and Researchers at NCAR

It was indeed a unique experience presenting and conducting a Workshop on Drupal to a group of Academicians and Researchers. The Workshop was organised by Free Software Movement of India at NCAR Hyderabad, India. It gives me great pride that I participated in a Workshop that was inaugurated by Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam.
Siva from Drupal Hyderbad and I conducted this Workshop together. We only met in the morning, but we were so much in Synch and Conducted the workshop as though we had always worked together! Wondering what brought this togetherness, it was ofcourse the fact that both of us were Drupalers! Drupal brought us together.

Both Siva and I had short Presentations and we also helped our participants have a handson on Drupal, trying out a Drupal installation from scratch, changing the theme, enabling modules and actually feeling the power of Drupal.

My Presentation

The most exiting part of these Workshops are always the Question Answer Sessions. Some of the interesting Questions were:

How can Drupal help Academicians and Researchers?
How is Drupal different from Moodle?
How can I change the look and feel of my Drupal site?
How do you install new modules?

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