Why Alex Pott is a 5: or, why Certified to Rock is out of date and what you can do about it

Certified to Rock, an automated grassroots answer to Drupal developer certification, has been out-of-date for 2 years. This is so bad that, for example, the system scores alexpott (Drupal 8 co-maintainer) as a 5 and vijaycs85 (one of the top Drupal 8 contributors) as a 1!

Planning for DrupalCon Denver's content schedule

DrupalCon Denver will have a preliminary schedule of official sessions published December 7th. That's in one week! To avoid publishing a Google Spreadsheet we'll need to decide how the schedule will look and build the necessary components. Let's break it down and discuss.

Conference schedules

The goal is to make it easy to coordinate time and location with content so a person can find something to attend that's relevant to him or her.

DrupalCon London did a great job of progressing the conference schedule:

DrupalCon Denver: Tools and processes

The Drupal community has put on nine "DrupalCons" before (not counting joint conferences), growing from just dozens of people to now an established, international professional event at last height of nearly 4,000, at DrupalCon Chicago.

But of course it's not enough to say "the community organizes the conference", it's really small groups of specific people, carrying out many tasks, some tasks those individuals have prior experience in, but many they're doing just because they care.

Easy authentication with encrypted URL arguments

Watch a quick video explanation of this

Greg Knaddison and I were talking the other day about an idea of his to provide a token on outbound Drupal emails for simple one-time authentication. If you're subscribed to a post and someone comments, the link in the email could contain a one-time use string that if valid would authenticate you, much like Drupal's forgotten password one-time links. If you follow the link and it's not valid you're just asked to log in as normal.

Save your Drupal logs!

At OWASP AppSec DC 09 a couple weeks ago my friend and colleague Greg Knaddison was telling me about a session he attended where the idea of reporting by follow-up important transaction data to the author was expressed. For example, if you transfer funds on your bank's website the bank follows up with an email stating that funds were transfered.

Multi-step Forms in Drupal 6 using variable functions

I recently had to write a multi-step form in Drupal 6. Of course, I turned to documentation to see how others are doing it. Pro Drupal Development offers the basics, so do the 5 to 6 upgrade notes, and others. I felt that many approaches suffered from design flaws that made the code cumbersome to manage beyond a couple steps. I set out to develop a multi-step form method with the following goals:

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