Krimson time

Since yesterday, I joined the Krimson guys with only one goal: conquer the world with Drupal - but let's start with Europe first. One of the coolest things of my job description is that I get at least one day per week to work on what my little heart desires. Of course, since we only work with Drupal, things I can do on my spare day should include

  • working on my own contrib modules, documentation being priority number one.
  • following the D7 dev cycle way more closely so I know what's going on for the next release.
  • digg into issue queues of modules which need a port to D6 and help out testing, reviewing and/or writing patches.

That gives me more time in the evening and during the weekend to concentrate myself again on things I've been neglecting the past couple of months. In no particular order: playing music, reading, my girl, other nerd activities or just some simple time off for myself doing absolutely nothing. Fun times ahead I say!


drupal, work

RTBF on Drupal

After 3 months of heavy development, RTBF (Radio-Télévision Belge de la Communauté française) was launched yesterday on Drupal. And this is only the first of a few phases still to come. The first launch consists of 3 major parts:

  1. RTBF Info: a news information site with lots of multimedia like images, videos and songs available page- or article-based. In the background, a couple of xmlrpc services are set up to get info for the lotto, belganews, weather and so on. The editors at RTBF can easily add new articles and connect multimedia in every possible way they might think of.
  2. RTBF Media: simply a pool of all multimedia files. Most of them are imported with xmlrpc services making radio emissions, journals etc created at RTBF, available on the web. The Info site (and in the future all other sites from RTBF) can use items from this pool to display in multimedia blocks or an individual article.
  3. RTBF iPlayer: a major flex application which connects to the MediaServer through the amfphp and services module. You can browse all on demand multimedia and soon all streaming channels will be made available too. If you are on the site, you can launch this player by clicking on 'Plus de medias' in the video block on the homepage.

A lot of custom modules were written to get this rolling, but I made the most generic ones available on the d.o. website:

  1. Imagecrop: This module makes a javascript toolbox action available thanks to the power of Imagecache 2.
  2. Blockclone: Adds a new operation to duplicate an existing block defined by other modules.
  3. CCK comment reference: defines a cck field type for referencing a comment.

This is definitely the biggest setup I've done so far and at the same time the last one at my current work. I'm starting at a new place within two weeks, more news on that later, let's keep it as a suprise!


drupal, work, planet

Drupal PicLens module mentioned on Cooliris blog

A few weeks ago, the crew of Cooliris contacted me for some more info about the Drupal PicLens module I wrote. They now published an article on their blog with some of the answers I gave them. I hope I didn't say anything stupid though .. The story also mentiones the Phoca Gallery for Joomla! with PicLens support, so I guess every major framework/cms out there is picking up the hype of PicLens and MediaRSS.

People who attented the closing session at Boston in March surely remember the awesome slideshow with pictures of the entire DrupalCon. Well, now you can enable PicLens support for images on your very own Drupal site. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, check out the implementation of PicLens (lite) on my own image gallery of Random pictures, just click on the 'start slideshow' link. Drupal and PicLens: a very sexy combination if I say so!


drupal, piclens

Imagecrop 5.x-1.0 is out

A first official release of imagecrop is out today. This module uses the power of imagecache 2 which let other modules define their own image actions. Imagecrop enables an action where you can crop your images with a javascript toolbox as long as a preset has the javascript crop action. The main difference with projects like eyedrop or imagefield_crop is that it doesn't provide it's own widget to upload images, instead it just 'hooks' into image modules/fields. Supported modules so far are image, imagefield and node_images. The first release has been tested in a production environment for about 2 months now and suffers no real bugs anymore except some browser caching problems now and then on IE, so this is also a call for reviewers and other smart people to test and (hopefully) submit patches! I've prepared another screencast to see it in action on the image and node images module.

Of course, a better way than looking at a screencast is to download it yourself and test it! Patches are even better. Some suggestions: browser caching problems, hook_imagecrop so your own custom module can benefit from it etc..


drupal, imagecrop


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