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    Flash video in Drupal (links)

    6th May 2008

    Some things to be aware of when enhancing Drupal site with FLV video playing/conversion features.

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    Drupal is more than just a CMS

    6th April 2008

    This post provides several links which would be useful for the beginning Drupal developers, or developers deciding which CMS to use as the base for their next project. Also, strengths of Drupal are highlighted.

    Intensively working with Drupal during the past two weeks, I find it to be an excellent tool, and also much more than a YACMS.

    Now I think that Drupal is also a framework – providing invisible to developer caching, session handling, access control, theming, localization, and more. The minimal effort required to extend already huge Drupal functionality is to write your own module – and, if done right, your module will immediately benefit from all the bonuses Drupal provides.

    But Drupal also really shines as a CMS! You can start with a free design theme, and without any PHP knowledge have your custom portal built within a week – with your own hands, if you desire! (Note: “within a week” is true, but only if you already know what exactly you should be doing; learning time is short, but it’s not within that same week.)

    What makes Drupal so powerful? I’d say that beautiful core and numerous modules.

    What Drupal has to offer?
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    WordPress Drupalization

    31st March 2008

    Is that only me, or WordPress is really leaning towards the Drupal ideology?

    Here’s what I mean:

    • user levels were changed to user roles – just like in Drupal
    • now, instead of categories and just recently introduced tags, the word ‘taxonomy’ is used – which is a Drupal slang
    • ‘widgets’ work just like ‘blocks’ in Drupal – even style IDs are assigned the same way, e.g. id=”widget subscribe_to_comments_widget”
    • (add here the similarity you found yourself)

    I wonder, what will be next. PHPTemplate support, as default theming engine? :)
    Or no-backwards-compatibility policy?
    Or, best for WP users, advanced Drupal-like caching and throttling techniques?

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    Developing with Drupal: screencasts

    26th March 2008

    drupaldojo.com – at the moment of writing, has 42 video-lessons (screencasts) of developing with Drupal.

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    Good techie intro for would-be Drupal developers

    26th March 2008

    Drupal technical introduction
    It’s quite old, but as it describes core functionality, it should be still actual.

    Please comment if you know of any other good high-quality technical Drupal introductions/descriptions.

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    PHP-Nuke 6.0/6.5 to Drupal 4.7.x/5.x migration (conversion)

    8th September 2006

    Post last updated: April 18, 2010.

    Now there is a Drupal 6.x module available. It is in no way related to the migrate script(s) below.

    The newest script version migrates from PHP-Nuke 6.5 to Drupal 5.x.
    Download the latest version of the migration script.

    In 2002 I set up a PHPNuke-6.0 – based portal. Eventually it died due to the lack of time investments and support from collaborators. Now, when time came to revive the project, I made a search and decided to use Drupal as a base CMS for the portal.
    In order to migrate userbase from an old portal to the new Drupal-powered one, and following the topic at drupal.org, I found a script and its modification.
    I used it to migrate only users, and made some cosmetic changes:

    • added options for custom phpnuke table prefixes
    • default user name is now = uname (login), not ‘temp_name’, as before
    • I replaced hard-coded links to ‘migrate.php’ with links to $_SERVER['PHP_SELF'], so that if you rename the script you don’t have any problems with that :)
    • now forum topics should not be promoted to the main page (changed 1 to 0 as hinted by Alexis)

    Finally, I would like to thank both Karthik Kumar for the original script and Alexis Bellido for the 6.0_to_4.7 modification.
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    Which CMS is better

    3rd August 2006

    When you have a new web-project just about to be started, you frequently face the problem of the CMS selection – ‘Which CMS is better’? There’s a hundred and more various CMS out there. To name just a few – PHP-Nuke, PostNuke, Mambo, Joomla, Drupal, e107, XOOPS, Nucleus, Typo3, Xaraya, YACS! (visit http://www.opensourcecms.com/ for much more and try for yourself).

    If you gooogle this problem, you will get loads of forums discussing topics like ‘Mambo vs Drupal’, ‘PHP-Nuke vs PostNuke’ etc. But, to be sure, this ‘source’ of information is not likely to really help you choose. What you need is a good in-depth overview of the systems.
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