Personal website of Steven Peck. Focusing on Microsoft technologies (most notably PowerShell), and other random bits I think to write.
22
Feb

Drupalcon documentation session

My session on documentation (Documentation - challenges, travails and myths) has been accepted and scheduled for Wednesday 4:45-6:00pm.

I hope to briefly cover some of the history and evolution of Drupal documentation, knowing the history is often important to understanding the present. Spend more time going over some of the present challenges of creating and maintaining documentation and debunk some persistent myths.

While the session is just over an hour, I hope to have feedback and participation, get some more people participating in one of the easiest ways to get started contributing to Drupal.

On Friday there is a code sprint, if you scroll down towards the bottom there is mention of non-developer activities and a documentation sprint so bring your laptops and get ready to participate.

I'd also like to add a thank you to those who have helped me out by contributing to my travel fund to get me there.

21
Feb

Drupal and the perception of success

This is the result of seeing one too many 'For Drupal to really succeed' posts. Drupal is already a success. There is certainly room to get better and grow more, but Drupal has already succeeded.

When listening to interviews with musicians who have a new 'hit' album/song I often get a sense that the interviewer has this fundamental assumption that the artist just started playing/singing last month. When you listen carefully, you find that the artist has been working at their craft for years. So it goes with Drupal and Drupal's success.

For the time I have been with the Drupal community we have had a steady progression of success. In my first few years, the community took pride in the fact that sites could be built by skilled developers with no indication that it was using Drupal (Yes, many hobbyists often implemented sites that were obviously Drupal). Calls to put 'tagging' into the code to more easily identify Drupal based sites were often met with resistance. The prevailing attitude was to focus on quality and capability rather then count implementations.

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14
Feb

Quest PowerShell extensions GET-QADGroupMember

Last year, I found a neat tool to list group members in PowerShell. Well, my co-worker asked me about it again and it's a good thing I blog as I couldn't remember what I told him.

Turns out, Get-QADGroupMember was the tool I was after. This time there was a slight twist. He wants to get the members of a distribution group that are nested in another one and weed out any duplicates.

Hmmm...... Probably not the prettiest way, but this seems to get us the information he needs. It will error if there are user accounts in the top level group.

# Requires Quest Active Directory Extension
# Get date for file name
$day = Get-Date -UFormat "%Y%m%d"
 
$count = 0
$groups = Get-QADGroupMember "Distribution list name"
foreach ($group in $groups)
  { $count++
    $members = Get-QADGroupMember $group.DisplayName
   }
$members | sort-object | select DisplayName | get-unique -asstring | Export-Csv -Path $day-members.csv

It could be improved by allowing input from the PoSH line. I may update tomorrow.

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14
Feb

Drupal 6 is out - yay!

Now come the fun part.... whenaremymodulesgonnabeupgraded!

For an initial test, I updated my site on a test site and it went very smoothly. Picked up settings and everything. I tried image module but it turns out that while image module will evidently work on a new install, it's not quite there yet for updates.

I really rely on Drupal core and image module. I can do without the others but Tagadelic is one I've been enjoying, so I may actually take a shot at it with coder module as a guide and see how far I get before it gets update. That does depend on my family, friends and work schedule though so perhaps it's a mere pipe dream.

Theming looks to be way more fun and much easier. My site, while personal has some definite areas, maybe it's time to change the theme in those areas a bit? Hmmm.... so much to do, so much to consider, so little time.

On a personal note, please consider helping my travel to Drupalcon fund out.

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7
Feb

Drupalcon - yes, I am going

Up until this last weekend I did not have any plans to go to Drupalcon. For various reasons I didn't take seriously Kieran's mention of sponsors (partly because I've never done it before, partly because work and family have me a little overwhelmed at the moment). Well he did something about it and got my conference fee taken care of and a place for me to stay (I will be thanking these folks in a later post). I am arranging my flight now and will try that chip in thing he told me about to help mitigate my credit card on that and I should be good to go.

I have two presentations I have proposed.

  1. The first is on documentation . Where we are, how we got here, things that we've tried and what people can do to help.
  2. The other is on revisiting the current drupal.org forum structure. Over the years we've evolved a new way to collaborate with the groups site but that is not always obvious to the new comers. Also, other forums have developed some differing practices that we can leverage to mitigate culture shock and present resources to new folks.

Should be fun.

Also finally added a Drupalcon tag to my site.

4
Feb

Druid Tanking Gruul's

Last night was a good night. We have Gruul's on pretty much farm now. We go in confident on taking him down on the first shot, pretty much got the timing right and everything. Occasionally we have to do it in the second shot. Last night I came in second on the roll for the Tier 4 leg drop to our main priest, Nerindel but he passed them onto me. My armor now in bear hit's 32,000.

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