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Getting Started with Drupal's Batch API

The following is a posting of my code from this month's Boise Drupal User Group presentation I did on Drupal's Batch API as it exists in Drupal 6. It also showcases a simple technique one could use for firing off batch operations via Drupal's admin interface. It's light on prose, and heavy on code.

screenshot of batch api in action: progress bar

Strategies for Grokking Drupal Code

If programmers wanted to be technical writers, they probably would be technical writers and not programmers. You can see that tautology played out in many a Drupal module where the documentation (most likely a README.txt) is on the light side, and the code is on the heavy side. Don't get me wrong, there's some great documentation out there, and many valiant efforts on the part of developers, but you just can't always depend on extensive documentation - especially when you're looking at a module that's not particularly mature.

My OS X Panoply

I'm setting up a new MacBook Pro for development work. Thought it might be nice to have a list of programs installed and customizations made. Perhaps others will find it helpful, too. This setup is fairly well road-tested by this Drupal and web application developer.

Firefox

Find these via https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/

  • Firebug (Developer tool. Great for CSS and Javascript work.)
  • Web Developer Toolbar (Developer tool. You should know it. Great for turning off Javascript, messing with cookies, measuring parts of a page.)

A New Gig

Until recently, I worked for the Idaho Commission for Libraries as a web developer engaged with a number of projects based on Drupal and a few custom coded apps. It was a job I held for about eight years, starting as a part time grant funded assistant to the library networking consultant. As my skills increased, the agency's needs grew, and the Internet germinated, and it became a full-blown web designer and state employee position. A few years later I was reclassified as a developer.

Find out how much you (or others) have contributed to Drupal

Update: The ability to conduct these searches appears to be broken with the move from http://cvs.drupal.org to http://drupalcode.org.

Sometimes you want to measure how much you've contributed to Drupal.

Sometimes you want to measure someone else - perhaps you're considering hiring this person.

Try the following Google search (where "username" is the person's Drupal.org username):

site:cvs.drupal.org username

That's it. Not scientific or anything, but it'll let you get a handle on how often a person's username appears on http://cvs.drupal.org.

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