The Week in Drupal: February 24, 2012

A look back at interesting modules, articles and other Drupal news of February 17 - 24, 2012.

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Drupal News

Create a Personalized Schedule for DrupalCon

Drupal in Education Unconference - The Monday before DrupalCon in Denver

Drupal 8 Initiatives: Report from the Budapest sprint on Drupal 8 Multilingual Initiative issues

Drupal core announcements: Proposal: Loosen rules regarding patches that may be backported during a stable release (7.x+)

Larry Garfield: Refocusing WSCCI

Great Posts and Tutorials

Using the Drupal Batch API - Also demostrates how to write your own Drush commands.

Case study: Big performance gains from small changes

Introducing the Backbone Module for Drupal

Quick Enhancements to Make Drupal Content Admin Dirt Simple

How to send HTML mail using SMTP authentication on Drupal

Understanding the Entity API Module

Programmatically Insert Local Files to Managed Files

Jennifer Hodgdon on Documentation for Drupal (Podcast)

How to split Drupal Commerce orders at checkout

A location based service example using IP Geolocation: map of buyer locations

Interesting New Modules

SimpleAds: A new advertisement module for Drupal 7

Nested Image Style - This module enables creating image styles which inherit image effects from other image styles.

Webform Chart - Displays webform results in a graphically using a charting library.

Path Redirect by Date - Allows you to specify start and end dates for redirects.

PDFThumb - Provides automatic creation of PDF thumbnails in filefields.

Ubercart Combine Shipping - Combine shipping costs for products that need to be shipped by different carriers into a single shipping cost.

Date Popup Restrictions - Restrict the selectable days on a date popup widget. Can be done with form settings or even by using the result of a view!

Report Builder - Report builder allows you to create a table or chart with each data point as the result of a view. Each view has its own set of exposed filters. This allows users to easily create graphs or tables that summarize drupal data, which they can reconfigure and play around with.

jQuery UI Multiselect - This module integrates the jQuery UI Multiselect plugin with existing list widgets. The jQuery plugin is demonstrated at

FileField Role Limit - An extension of FileField module that adds the ability to limit the max upload file size for each different role.

Weform Stepbar - Provides a "step bar" at the top of multiple page Webforms.

Feeds d.o Issue Parser - Feeds parser for issue queue threads.

REST Auth - Allows users to login using an external REST service.

Urban Airship - Allows site administrators to use a Drupal site to send push notifications to the Urban Airship service.

Mirror Alert - Helps you determine if other websites are mirroring your site with DNS or using your static assets.

Wayne Eaker
February 24, 2012