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Drupal ingredient-dish-meal code-module-site analogy, and different cooks and restaurants

Code as ingredients, modules as dishes, sites as meals, installation profile as recipe, and restaurants with a menu as providers of distributions (or SaaS, though she doesn't mention that).

That's the takeaway from today's post by Karen Borchert at Agile Approach.

http://www.agileapproach.com/blog-entry/code-free-explanation-of-drupal-distributions

Internal error from Redmine turns out to be due to tmp directory being full

This helpful error:

Internal error An error occurred on the page you were trying to access. If you continue to experience problems please contact your redMine administrator for assistance.

When looked into the logs:

sudo tail -f /var/log/redmine/default/production.log

Building Beauty presentation documentation and links

The Site

  • http://daniel-libeskind.com/
  • Horizontal continuum for all sections
  • Press request and access functionality with Organic Groups
  • Complex, structured project content type
  • News, press releases, etc.
  • Events listing
  • About Daniel Libeskind section, including sub-project listing with galleries
  • Project, one-by-one galleries
  • PDF Generator
  • Mobile version ...including for BlackBerry

Preventing Agile Scrum methodology from degrading code quality

"practical advice for avoiding [delivering broken software with Scrum] – whether you’re an Organizer or you’re an Activist Developer"

The key problem identified is that incentive to abandon code quality to meet time/budget and feature goals.

The solution is to, first, not allow tests, in code, automated, or human, and other issues of code quality to be cut off from the features that are being built. Hide the time in the task estimates if absolutely necessary.

But also:

Re-starting the Ruby bot

Stefan graced the Agaric chat room with a Ruby bot that reports when commits are made. Sometimes it stops working (tries to rejoin the chat room, dies immediately) and it can be fixed by ending the Ruby process and starting it again.

ssh simone.mayfirst.org
sudo su
su stefan
top  # identify the ruby process or processes (PID), for this say it is 12345
kill -9 12345
rbot & disown

Faking an active trail for items not in a menu: Drupal 7 active state for main menu based on content type

Situation: You have lots of content that you don't really want in a menu at all, but you want to appear to be below or within a section of the site when you are viewing that content. For instance, when viewing news content the menu link for the overall views listing should appear to be active, or rather in the active path or trail.

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