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Gordon Heydon (gordon) on hook_form_alter, wysiwyg and ecommerce

Tue 24th Jan 2012 -- Lee Rowlands

In this episode of Drupal Yarns we catch up with one of Australia's first Drupal Developers - Gordon Heydon.

Gordon talks about the origins of hook_form_alter, which began with a patch he wrote in Drupal 4.7 (originally called hook_form_change) in order to facilitate wysiwyg editors in Drupal 4.7 after the demise of Drupal 4.6's hook_textarea.

Gordon talks about how hook_form_alter paved the way for the mantra of 'don't hack core' and how the patch opened the door for much of Drupal's flexibility as we know it.

Porting 20thingsilearned.com to Drupal

Tue 24th Jan 2012 -- Lee Rowlands

Rowlands Group has started work on writing a module to allow nodes to be displayed/formatted as a book - adapting Google's 20 Things I learned about the web and browsers to Drupal.
The original site is powered by html5 and Google's app engine (with a basic CMS), our client wishes to use this fetching way of displaying content to display nodes in a book format.

We'll be porting it to both a views row style and a node reference field formatter.

Brian Gilbert (realityloop) on building a Drupal community

Tue 17th Jan 2012 -- Nick Schuch

Brian Gilbert talks about how he came to Drupal from his beginnings as an early adopter of the web.

Starting as a static page Web Developer Brian quickly moved to using Cold Fusion in the late 90's. Brian then made the move from Closed to Open Source technologies to get away from the large licensing business. This is when Brian found Drupal.

Brian discusses his contributions to the Drupal community through Meetups, Mentoring and Organising "Drupal Down Under.

Nick Schuch on discovering Drupal

Sat 14th Jan 2012 -- Lee Rowlands

Nick Schuch is relatively new to Drupal, having started with Rowlands Group in September 2011.
Nick was the ideal guinea pig for our inaugural Drupal Yarn.
Drupal Yarns is a new podcast focussing on Drupal from an Australian and New Zealand perspective.
During Drupal Down Under 2012 (Jan 13th - 16th) Rowlands Group plan to record informal chats, colloquially known as a yarn in the Aussie nomenclature, with prominent members of the Australian/New Zealand Drupal Community.

Accessing user's Facebook Photos and Albums with Drupal

Sat 14th Jan 2012 -- Lee Rowlands

One of the options for SendMyPostcards.com is for users to choose from their Facebook Photos and Albums for the front of their postcard.

In this article I'll demonstrate how to use the Facebook Graph API from Drupal to access user's details from Facebook including, but not limited to, their albums and photos.

Getting Started

To get started you need the fbconnect module. The module has a fairly involved install process that includes:


Introducing Open Music Festival

Thu 12th Jan 2012 -- Nick Schuch

Introducing Rowlands Groups first Drupal Distribution...... Open Music Festival (OMF).

OMF is based on Drupal 7 and offers the Drupal/Music community a quick method of deploying a website to promote a music festival.

OMF offers the following:

  • Artist Bio Page
  • Social Networking
  • Ticket Sales Portal
  • Events Details
  • Contact Information

We look forward to releasing this Distribution very shortly and gauging community feedback so we can take this project as far as it can go.

Building a custom content type workflow with Drupal 7 and the Field Permissions module

Tue 23rd Aug 2011 -- Robert Bromwich

Recently we've been working on an employment/mentoring site with Drupal 7 with a quite complex business workflow. The site features a large number of custom processes that mirror the client's off-line operations.

At many points of the process there are documents completed that build on the workflow. For a number of reasons we've chosen to implement these documents as nodes rather than webforms - including access controls and other built-in node behaviours.


SASS Mixin for jcarousel, works great with views

Sat 13th Aug 2011 -- Lee Rowlands

Displaying content using a carousel is a common design pattern, and with Drupal it's pretty easy to use views + jcarousel to whip up a carousel for displaying in blocks etc.


Importing really old Drupal 5 sites into Aegir

Thu 11th Aug 2011 -- admin

Recently we had to take over some old Drupal 5 sites and bring them into our Aegir hosting platform. We had a few problems getting it all running smoothly so though we'd detail the steps involved.



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