Today was the first day of my vacation (linking to Wikipedia in case you, like me, were not sure what this word meant) so naturally a bunch of us spent the entire day in #drupal slashing through bugs and features in preparation of DRUPAL-7-0-UNSTABLE-2 which should be tagged tomorrow, with lots of nice goodies. :)
As of this writing, there are over 5,600 active issues in the Drupal core queue. About half of those are listed in the 2,650 active issues for Drupal 7. And the "patch queue for Drupal 7 -- those issues that have at least *some* code to fix them in various stages of completion -- clocks in at 1,040 issues.
These numbers are, quite frankly, staggering. Discouraging, even, some might say. With so many issues out there vying for attention, how are we to find those ones that are really important, such as killer new features, powerful API enhancements, and critical bug fixes? While Drupal 7's development cycle doesn't have an expiration date on it yet, we all know that day will come, and probably sooner than we'd ideally like. What can we do to make sure that important patches are raised to the surface and receive adequate developer and committer attention?
To succeed, we'll need to employ a two-pronged approach: taking out the trash, and digging up the treasure.
Here's another tip for those who are looking for more reviews of their patches and faster commits: describe what the heck your patch does! :)
A simple enough premise, and It sounds obvious, right? But you'd be surprised how few patches are accompanied by a good, solid list of changes.
I met Maria at OSCON this year, and she is hilarious, friendly, awesome, and possibly an even bigger geek than I am (I know, right? I didn't think it was possible either! ;)).
Her site highlights women geeks who are kicking ass, new technology trends, and all the crazy stuff she is doing. Might be of interest to some of the Drupalchix out there.
Thanks, Maria! :)
Patch authors are always looking for a strategies to help shorten the length of time it takes to go from creating a patch to seeing it reviewed to getting it committed. Here's a quick tip for any patches that involve a UI change: Submit a screen shot with your patch!
We've all been there. You sit down to write a "simple" patch. Maybe it upgrades a module to Drupal 6. Maybe it adds a small feature, or fixes a bug that's been annoying you for awhile.
This afternoon, our rabbit, Oscar, passed away. He's been with us since 1999, a couple months after Marci and I moved into our first apartment in Halifax. Oscar was funny, gentle, smart, and full of personality... we miss him terribly. :(
Marci and I spent some time tonight looking through old photos and reflecting on some of the memories we have of him.
- His "happy dance" where he would run around, flip himself up, and twist around in the air, landing in the opposite direction from which he started.
- When he first met Pickle, who was just a kitten at the time, and made a record 9-foot leap from one end of the hall to the bathroom. Pickle simply meandered off in the other direction nonchalantly, of course.
- When he chewed through the hose connecting the toilet bowl to the plumbing and proceeded to flood the entire bathroom.
- When my brother Keith was holding him, remarking about how cute he was, and Oscar peed in his lap. ;)
- When Bebop was just a kitten, she crawled into his kennel with him and we caught them laying next to each other spooning.
- The way he would "peek" his head up over things to see what was going on on the other side.
- When he wanted attention, he would pick his food dish up in his mouth and fling it around wildly.
- He was once a TV celebrity in Bedford, Nova Scotia.
The Drupalcon Szeged schedule just went up last week. It's jam-packed with interesting sessions ranging from low-level geeky goodness, to design and usability sessions, to Drupal business best practices. And the BoF schedule is filling up with tons of interesting stuff, too.
A list of the sessions I'm leading/partaking in follows the break. But first! I need your help!
I just saw this float past the stream in #drupal...
A couple weeks ago, Amber Gillies had asked if she could interview me about Google Summer of Code and my experiences in the Drupal project as part of the piece, Open source technology is hungry for new college grads. Yeah... just *try* to get me to shut up about how awesome GSoC and Drupal are. :D She did a very good job of turning my firehose of an e-mail into coherent sentences. ;)
Edit: Holy crap, this has been Slashdotted, too.