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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Book progress

I'm extremely pleased to note that Matt Westgate of Lullabot has agreed to be a coauthor on the book. I'm pleased not only because Matt brings a wealth of Drupal experience to this endeavor, but because I'll be having lunch with him more often.

Pubcookie for Drupal 4.7

I've just committed a version of the pubcookie module that's compatible with Drupal 4.7. I also added a bit to the README to explain how the pubcookie module works:

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