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RealChat 7.x-1.0-beta2 Release

I just made a release of the RealChat Module on Drupal.org that is fully compatible with Drupal 7.0. Due to a small change in Drupal 7 core before release, RealChat 7.x-1.0-alpha2 developed an error in detecting user picture use on the Drupal site that caused it to crash when you hit the "Chat Now!" link. The new release no longer has this problem and is now recommended for Drupal 7.

The Importance of Preserving Context in Web Development

This morning, when I got down to the particular work task at hand for Imbee, I switched to Eclipse and found it stopped at a breakpoint I had set when debugging a certain crucial issue in my local copy of imbee.com. This was exactly my context from last night.

Getting phpinfo() output from any Drupal site

Seeing the output of phpinfo() is as easy as going to URL /admin/reports/status/php (e.g. http://www.example.com/admin/reports/status/php) on any Drupal site, when logged in to administer the site. This is quicker than writing a one-line PHP program yourself to call this function as suggested in a previous post on finding, changing, and verifying changes to your PHP initialization file.

Unsticking Yourself as a Drupal Developer: Googling & Getting Feedback

Intro

This post is being written for a presentation at the Western Massachusetts Drupal Camp on Jan. 22, 2011. It aims to share tips on getting yourself out of specific problems everyone encounters working as a developer with Drupal sites. Your presenter, Steve Cronen-Townsend a.k.a. crotown, was a Drupal freelancer for almost two years, and a few weeks ago joined Imbee as a full-time software engineer developing their Drupal-based web site.

Steve joins imbee.com

I am excited to announce that I have joined imbee.com as a full-time employee, as of today. Imbee.com is a secure social network for kids, and I will be helping grow imbee's technology platform, which is based on Drupal.

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