Drupal 4.6 and PHP 5

I'm running PHP 5.1.6 and wanted to do some testing with the publish and subscribe modules for Drupal. This is the first time I've had PHP5 on my development machine for a variety of mundane reasons. Drupal 4.7 runs fine with PHP5, but imagine my surprise when a fresh install of Drupal 4.6.9 looked like this:

Remote PHP Debugging on Intel-based Macs with Komodo

I got a new computer. Yay! It's a Mac Pro.

So naturally I want to set up my Drupal working environment on it.

However, I use the Zend IDE and the Zend Studio Server debugger will not run on Intel-based Macs. No, seriously. It's inexcusable.

MapServer and Drupal

I've been working with MapServer a bit. I needed to spit out maps of states with counties painted different colors depending on a count. Wouldn't it be nice to have a function you could call and pass it the name of the state, an array of county-count pairs, a legend setting which count ranges get which colors, and a width and height? It'd be nice if it had a smart caching function, too.

So I present a tiny but fun maps.module, in a contrib cvs repository near you. And if you're a MapServer wizard, improvements are welcome.

Nutch and Drupal

For the past five weeks I've been working with the Nutch open source search engine and web crawler. Nutch is at the point that Drupal was a year and a half ago. For Drupal, that "meant lots of potential," "poised for explosive growth," and "lacking in documentation." We had the first Drupal conference in February of 2005, and though we expected only a handful of people, many more showed up!



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