This morning, I went looking for a means to automatically create a Taxonomy term when a new node of a given type is published. To my surprise, though, the old Taxonomy action set which appeared in the D6 version of Rules was missing from the D7 version of Rules. A quick search of the Rules issue queue revealed that I wasn't the only one looking for Taxonomy actions. Several more minutes of poking around the interface revealed that the solution is there, it's just obscured in the interface.
I've been working on a Drupal module which aggregates and reports on some data from Mongo. In order to keep from having to re-do all the aggregations, the aggregated data itself is written off to a Mongo collection which is then retrieved and displayed when the reports are requested. To make the retrieval more efficient, I need an index on the table storing the aggregated data.
One of the systems I've lately inherited makes heavy use of Mongo for data storage, a data system I've not used previously. So, when the boss called tonight and said that his boss needed counts of an object in our system by state in the next 10 minutes my thinking went something like...
No problem, that's a simple SQL group-by....Oh, wait. This is mongo. Oh, crap! How do I do that?! It's a function; Map...Something.
ANow that I'm commuting into the city each day, I've been forced to actually learn my way around metro. It didn't take me long to get tired of checking my phone for the station map, so I put together a little mnemonic to help me remember the order of the stations on my route: Bethesda to Union Station.
I came across these great videos giving a simple introduction to what Agile is and how it differs from waterfall. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear their author is making any more in the series.
DrupalCon Chicago is done. Now it's time to unpack, review and condense my notes, and begin to sort out how to integrate everything I learned into my processes going forward. In subsequent posts, I'll expand on each of the points below, but my goal at the moment is to lay out the biggest things I'm bringing back from the con.
What is Drupal?
Drupal is the lackey that I force to write the boring, repetitive code (e.g., log in/log out, change password, database CRUD operations) so that I can focus on the interesting problems.