DOPCAST episode 1, "rate this module"

3 maart 2010, Sociƫteit KBO

This is the first "DopCast" (a podcast with a twist) I made for DOP, a screencast on how to use and configure the rate module.

Rate has been called "the cck model for voting with drupal" and while it is far away from anything like CCK, it is a flexible way of enabling rating for users on content. It features many options:

  1. Thumbs up
  2. Thumbs up / down
  3. Fivestar
  4. Emotion (this makes me mad, angry...)
  5. Yes / no and
  6. Custom

Like Vote up/Down and Fivestar it uses Voting API for stroring data, so one can use for example Views to display the results. But unlike these other fine alternatives, Rate has been designed with more flexibility in mind.

Using VoteUp/Down or Fivestar might still be the best choice for your use-case, but you should at least checkout Rate. One can see the vodcast at youtube (be sure to select 720p).

The whole planet is hiring :-)

The neverending Risk game in AT

The demand for Drupal developers is extreme, much higher then the supply and given the fact that Drupal is still increasing in popularity and getting from "A Good PHP Developer" to a "Drupal Developer" will take you some time, it is likely to stay so for some time. Demand and supply are not in balance. It is even unlikely that we will ever get into a "Porc cycle" (CoWeb model), so /do/ study to become a Drupalista!

Due to this extreme demand, Drupal shops have to search hard for real talent and do post this online and want as many relevant eyballs as possible to see their job opening. There is nothing wrong with that by itself, but since many shops are on the d.o/planet, the planet became polluted. Everybody is hiring.

Therefor an issue was filed resulting in new rules on how / what to post on the planet, http://drupal.org/about/drupal-planet. One of the new rules is:

No hiring announcements

A couple of companies posted hiring announcements -in good faith- not knowing about these new rules. Their intend was not bad. But if you are posting to the planet, please read the new rules and keep them in mind before you submit your article.

Good content is welcome at the planet, jop openings can go to many places and is very welcome at http://groups.drupal.org/jobs.

Speaking of the Planet, if you haven't posted for a long time to the Planet, or your site has been taken offline, please look at "clean up the planet" and file an issue if you think your site can be taken off the planet. On behalf of future generations, thank you :-)

But can you read Druplicon?

(source, orginal)

All the "words" of the latest Beta of Drupal 7 in a Druplicon. What will you do or make to celebrate the upcoming lauch of D7?

Drupal Marketshare

For some time, Drupal has a marketshare above 1% of all the sites onlne. Now there are numerous ways of counting and presenting data and if you know a bit about measuring and statistics, you know there are a zillion ways to lie.

The fact that Drupal has a big marketshare is something all can agree on. According to the way Dries has measured this is by visiting and fingerprinting the top 1 miljon websites (in hits) and see what percentage is being served with Drupal, as presented during DrupalCon SF.

According to builtwith.com Drupal now has 1.7% marketshare of all the sites entered at buildwith:

  1. Drupal 1.69%
  2. vBulletin 0.69%
  3. Joomla! 0.32%

And Drupal is growing fast, see this (flash) graph. Is it relevant how many sites are using Drupal? Well, in open source it is all about eyeballs. Many eyeballs make all bugs shallow. Yet, eyeballs without installs means nothing. So yes, marketshare is important. More installs means more eyeballs and better code. Or if you are not a developer, more installs means bigger market and more money :-)

Please replace the LAMP

Do NOT ... do NOT replace the LAMP! :-)

I always think it is funny to see a "a A /|" (bigger text selections) on a website. The decision to use this is always made by people who are not visually handicapped and think adding this to a website has anything to do with accessibility.

Blind people are blind on every website and use a braille browser, people with bad eyes are handicapped on every website and have a [control][plus] key combination in their browser. Mirroring browser functionality in the site is in fact a bad thing. Adding the "bigger text" buttons in a website does nothing for accessibility.

I always think it is funny to see a discussion about adding ZIP files on a website instead of a tarball. The decision to add this fileformat is always made by people who do not have a windows machine and and think adding this to a website has anything to do with gaining market-share.

Developers using windows are developers on all projects they work on and have a third party tool to unpack a tarball, people with interest in Drupal but no able to unpack a tarball can be pointed to a simple helptext. Solving problems with technology when it can be dealt with procedures is always a bad thing. Adding a zip distribution does nothing for marketshare but a lot for maintance costs.

Not that I consider windows users to be handicapped... Not at all... :-)

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