Archive for May, 2010

Web Frameworks – Seen Here and There

May 27, 2010

BlueBream – formerly known as Zope 3

Padrino in Ruby

The goal for this framework is to match the essence of Sinatra and make it suitable for increasingly complex applications that require the use of forms, mail delivery, localization, helpers, caching, etc…

Sinatra in Ruby

Sinatra is a DSL for quickly creating web applications in Ruby with minimal effort:

Twisted Matrix in Python

Twisted is a networking engine written in Python, supporting numerous protocols. It contains a web server, numerous chat clients, chat servers, mail servers, and more.




May 23, 2010

Thinking Rock GTD

Nozbe GTD

Nirvana GTD


The TiddlyWiki powered GTD® system formerly known as MonkeyGTD


May 22, 2010

Fluid Grid system

A web grid system designed by Joseph Silvashy and New Gold Leaf

960 Grid System

The 960 Grid System is an effort to streamline web development workflow by providing commonly used dimensions, based on a width of 960 pixels. There are two variants: 12 and 16 columns, which can be used separately or in tandem

branjar – Using Style Sheets

This article is an overview of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), providing some explanations of how it works and showing how you can use style sheets more effectively

Fluid Grids by Ethan Marcotte

Changingman layout

Changingman, a liquid three column CSS layout with a fixed positioned and width centre column, released under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license.

Drupal Tutorials

May 22, 2010

The Coding Pad

Mary M Lucas

Ultimate Drupal Tutorial Collection

Jozef “Jojo” Toth is a Slovak based designer and themer with more then 8 years experiences in web, print and flash design and development and Drupal design/development.

The Power Of Drupal Views – learnbythedrop

This post is about the Views module.

Drupal Designers and Developers to Note

May 22, 2010

Matt Farina Blog

Matt Farina is an engineer, web developer for, co-host of the Geeks and God Podcast, Christian, and husband to a wonderful wife.

Drupal Development Best Practices: Tools (Part I)

by Matt Cheney of Ch. 3

Barry Jaspan

I am a computer programmer and serial entrepreneur that has founded four successful start-up software companies in the Boston area.

Angela Byron – WebChick

Angela Byron is one of the lead developers and a community manager for the open source content management system Drupal.

Eric Gundersen – Development Seed

Eric is the president and co-founder of Development Seed. Over the past seven years Eric has developed communications strategies and tools for some of the largest international development organizations in the world, in additional to working with U.S. based public health and education organizations. He is especially interested in improving information flows and efficiencies within large organizations, better integrating on the ground operations with those of their home bases, and visualizing information in actionable ways

Death by Tweet – RichardTammar dot com

Death by Tweet  Irritated by the zeitgeist I am contracted to evangelise

Ryan Szrama blog ByWombats

Ubercart project lead Ryan Szrama joins Commerce Guys

Ryan Szrama worked on BiblicalTraining dot org

Drupal Books

May 21, 2010

Using Drupal

Angela Byron, Addison Berry, Nathan Haug, Jeff Eaton, James Walker, Jeff Robbins

Using Drupal cuts out a lot of the research time and helps you dive headfirst into Drupal. It does an excellent job of explaining how to rapidly assemble a wide variety of websites using some of Drupal’s most commonly used modules. Whether you’re new to building websites or an experienced programmer, this book is full of useful information. By the end of Using Drupal, you’ll be much more prepared to build the Drupal site you’ve always wanted.

Front End Drupal: Designing, Theming, Scripting

Konstantin Kafer, Emma Hogbin

Front End Drupal is 100% focused on issues of site design, behavior, usability, and management. The authors show how to style Drupal sites, make the most of Drupal’s powerful templating system, build sophisticated community sites, streamline site management, and build more portable, flexible themes. You’ll also gain hands-on experience through several case studies that walk you through the customization of everything from page templates to Web site forums.

Pro Drupal Development, Second Edition

John K. VanDyk

Widely praised for its in–depth coverage of Drupal internals, bestselling Pro Drupal Development has been completely updated for Drupal 6 in this latest edition, and there are even more tricks of the trade to help you further yourself as a professional Drupal developer.

Assuming you already know how to install and bring a standard installation online, John K. VanDyk gives you everything else you need to customize your Drupal installation however you see fit. Pro Drupal Development, Second Edition delves deep into Drupal internals, showing you how to take full advantage of its powerful architecture.

Teaching Books

May 21, 2010

In the Library

Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College

Doug Lemov

Buy List

Fred Jones Tools for Teaching: Discipline, Instruction, Motivation

from MK

Envoy: Your Personal Guide to Classroom Management

Michael Grinder
from MK


Don’t think so

The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher

Harry K. Wong, Rosemary T. Wong

from MK

Teaching Outside the Box: How to Grab Your Students By Their Brains

LouAnne Johnson

Discipline Survival Kit for the Secondary Teacher

Julia G. Thompson

Never Work Harder Than Your Students and Other Principles of Great Teaching

Robyn R. Jackson

Every Minute Counts: Making Your Math Class Work

David R. Johnson

What Successful Math Teachers Do, Grades 6-12: 79 Research-Based Strategies for the Standards-Based Classroom

Alfred S. Posamentier, Daniel Jaye

Work Hard. Be Nice.: How Two Inspired Teachers Created the Most Promising Schools in America

Jay Mathews

First Year Teacher’s Survival Guide: Ready-To-Use Strategies, Tools & Activities for Meeting the Challenges of Each School Day

Julia G. Thompson

The First-Year Teacher’s Checklist: A Quick Reference for Classroom Success

Julia G. Thompson

Google Calendar and Events in Drupal

May 20, 2010

GCal Events

GCal Events is a module which will display a block of upcoming events. The source for the events is a google calendar xml feed.

Install Admin Module to Drupal

May 20, 2010

Drupal Admin Module

The admin module provides UI improvements to the standard Drupal admin interface.

Download and unpack the admin module

root@drupal6:/usr/share/drupal6/sites/all/modules# tar xvzf admin-6.x-1.0-beta3.tar.gz

Download and install the rubik theme to use for admin

root@drupal6:/usr/share/drupal6/sites/all/themes# tar xvzf rubik-6.x-1.0-beta8.tgz

Download and install tao theme – needed for rubik theme

root@drupal6:/usr/share/drupal6/sites/all/themes# tar xvzf tao-6.x-1.10.tgz

Drush for Drupal

May 20, 2010