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Contribute code to Drupal.org? The Git migration team needs your feedback!

Wed, 12/22/2010 - 13:11 -- webchick

http://groups.drupal.org/node/114264 contains very important information that affects everyone who currently contributes or plans to contribute code to Drupal.org post-Git migration.

The Git migration team is urgently looking for feedback on this proposal from as many contributors as possible, so please ponder it over the holidays and chime in with your thoughts.

(Comments disabled here, because you should be commenting over there :))

Hey, MAINTAINERS.txt, we need your help!

Sun, 11/14/2010 - 01:22 -- webchick

For those who aren't aware, today here at BADCamp, Drupal 7 at long last reached 0 critical issues! YAY!!!

OMG ZERO!

We also released Drupal 7.0 beta 3. Why beta3 and not rc1? Please click the link for more details. :) (Spoiler: We wanted to leave room for one last hash through the "majors" queue and pre-string freeze clean-up)

So if you're a core subsystem maintainer, please try and find some time in the next day or so to triage your issue queue and make sure that we're not sitting on any release blockers we don't know about yet. Drupal 7 RC1 represents an "everything freeze", and is imminent.

The Drupal Community: Where we're going and how to get involved

Tue, 10/05/2010 - 12:26 -- webchick

Here is a copy of my slides + video from my talk at the Pacific Northwest Drupal Summit on the Drupal community, how to get involved, and where we're going.

The general topic is about how and why to get involved in the Drupal community, and it includes some simple things literally anyone can do to help the project, some "myth busting" around the Drupal community and open source in general, and tips and tricks on how to ensure you're contributing in an effective way.

Angela Byron: The Drupal Community from Carlson Media on Vimeo.

Slides: drupal-community-pnwds-2010-10-02.pdf (PDF, 19MB)

Contributor Spotlight: Drupal 7 Chix

Wed, 03/24/2010 - 14:50 -- webchick

I struggled for quite awhile trying to come up with a single woman to pay homage to this year for Ada Lovelace Day and in the end, I couldn't do it; there are just too darn many women in the Drupal community out there kicking ass! :D So instead, here's a tribute to several of the Drupalchix who are actively working to make Drupal 7 the most amazing release yet.

All hands on deck for Drupal 7 alpha 1 this Friday!

Sun, 01/10/2010 - 01:28 -- webchick

Greetings, folks!

As you may or may not have heard, on Friday we are going to roll Drupal 7.0 Alpha 1. This will be the very first time that the vast majority of the community (not to mention the outside world) will download Drupal 7, and play around with all of the hard work you've all been doing for the past ~24 months. So! I would love to do everything that we can to really shine it up over the next couple of days.

Drupal 7.0 Alpha 1: Coming soon to a downloads page near you!

Wed, 12/30/2009 - 00:47 -- webchick

Drupal 7 first opened for development back in February 2008. At Drupalcon Boston a month later, we brainstormed on how to tackle some of Drupal's toughest challenges: our usability was not up to par, we were burning time fixing the same bugs over and over, our database abstraction layer suffered many limitations, upgrades were a nightmare, and critical modules such as CCK not being ported were harming our adoption rates of Drupal 6. Drupal 7 has made tremendous strides since then to solve each of these problems, as well as many others.

Virtual Drupal 7 Usability sprint this weekend!

Wed, 11/18/2009 - 23:08 -- webchick

This weekend, Nov. 21 and 22, we'll be having a virtual usability sprint on IRC to help churn through some patches and reviews to push in important usability improvements by UX freeze (12/1). We'll be focusing on the following areas:

Drop by #drupal-usability #drupal-contribute on irc.freenode.net whenever you're around this weekend, and whoever is active will help you find something interesting to work on! Coder hands and patch reviewers are especially needed, but feel free to drop by regardless of skill level. It should be a fun time, and you're guaranteed to learn a lot! :)

And if usability ain't your thing, there are always accessibility and performance issues that could use your help! :)

Drupal 7 code slush status update

Fri, 10/16/2009 - 15:38 -- webchick

Short version: Extension until Monday to work on feature exception patches. GO! :D

As Dries mentioned in his Drupal 7 code freeze post, yesterday (October 15, 2009) marked the end of the period of development known as "Code Slush": a time to focus on API clean-ups and the list of 10 feature exceptions identified at Drupalcon Paris. Major APIs in Drupal 7 should now be considered frozen, barring critical bug fixes, so contributed module authors should be able to start porting modules to fulfill their D7CX pledges.

A number of great API clean-ups made it in during the 6-week extension, as well as many of the feature exceptions. Here's where we currently stand:

  1. Image Field: DONE!
  2. Translatable fields: API changes: DONE! (UI still outstanding)
  3. Convert Profile module to Field API: Stalled. :(
  4. Convert Taxonomy module to Field API: DONE!
  5. Admin overlays: Very close!
  6. Edit anywhere: Very close! DONE!
  7. Customizable shortcut bar: Very close! DONE!
  8. Administrative dashboard DONE!
  9. Plugin Manager (automated module updates): DONE!
  10. RDF: Making good progress DONE!

There are still 5 2 exceptions outstanding, but most of them are very close. As a result, Dries and I have decided to extend the deadline for feature exceptions only until Monday, October, 19, 2009. After that, there will be a post to the drupal.org front page on the next steps in the march toward Drupal 7's release.

I also want to extend a sincere thank-you to the core contributors who have done such a major push during code slush to get Drupal 7 into an even better place than it was September 1. There was a tremendous effort, particularly over the past 7-10 days, on features and functionality that will propel Drupal 7 to the stratosphere of awesomeness. Hopefully next week we can all catch up on a bit of sleep. :D

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