January 20, 2008
Well, at work I was able to put together a great Drupal site for the Sound Home Resource Center and handle most of the content migration from the old site. What's best is that it comes at a very good time for me, as I'm a new homeowner here in Louisville, KY. The site is a compilation of the knowledge and general wisdom of George Guttmann, a home inspector and guru in the Pacific Northwest. Apparently he runs a radio show as well... and the site is just great. The content that is, though I'm equally as proud of the innards of the site. I hope to do a write-up in the near future about some (innovative? there's nothing new under the sun...) cool Views usage to construct articles out of individually posted sections.
Anyways, the site... http://www.soundhome.com
January 8, 2008
Just a quick post to celebrate the initial beta release of Ubercart. I can't imagine the beta phase being anywhere near as long as the alpha phase in which we rapidly built out the core features, expanded into a few unexpected areas (file downloads, role promotions, etc.), and spent plenty of time providing bug fixes, usability enhancements, and forum support. Rather, we're looking for a relatively short beta with a 1.0 release as soon as possible.
We know there are many places we can improve, and we're counting on the community to keep posting them up (with patches when possible ;)). For a quick list, you can view this thread where I outline a few outstanding issues and emphases for the beta phase.
I don't really know what the full way forward beyond the beta will be. The release of Drupal 6 looms large on the horizon, but we are taking advantage of a few modules that will need to be updated along with Ubercart before it can be fully implemented on Drupal 6. We still have a couple large modules that need to be coded before our business can fully use Ubercart, but I'm not too hot on coding those in Drupal 5 and then spending even more time updating them before we can use them. Further, some of the API enhancements in Drupal 6 are just too good to pass up. I'd expect us to transition into Drupal 6 development as soon as possible.
I'm sure we'll get it sorted out, as changes and updates always take longer than expected anyways.
December 12, 2007
As Ubercart marches toward a beta release, I'm pleased to see more and more stores popping up in the <a href="http://www.ubercart.org/site">live sites directory</a>. I was just as happy to see a post in my Google Alerts from another development shop finding <a href="http://chasesagum.com/drupal-ubercart-simple-shopping-cart">Drupal + Ubercart to be a good solution</a> for e-commerce development. The guys at <a href="http://www.sundaysenergy.com">Sundays Energy</a> have been doing this openly for a while, and I know several other developers who have pumped out multiple incredible sites (izi are you out there? :P ). The post that just came up today, though, was different. It not only praised our beloved CMS for having a good e-commerce module package in Ubercart, but it <em>also</em> praised Drupal over against the likes of Joomla/Wordpress (and their e-commerce extensions) and other dedicated e-commerce solutions like osCommerce and ZenCart.
The fellow who posted the article seems to be a pretty well-rounded developer who probably has much more experience than me in general and with other e-commerce packages. He likes the combination of Drupal + Ubercart for simplicity, flexibility, and (for lack of a better word) themability. Don't we all? My hope for Ubercart is that it continues to build a name for Drupal as <em>the</em> open source CMS solution for e-commerce... We're working hard to make it easier for folks to use and more applicable for a variety of uses. I'm happy to be working on such a fun project, and even happier knowing it's building a good reputation for Drupal in another niche market of web development. What's good for Ubercart is good for Drupal and vice versa. :)
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On a somewhat related note, we had a new user post the following quote in our forums:
"Ubercart rocks. I was tooling with ecommerce feeling suicidal until I found this."
There you have it... Ubercart saves lives.
November 30, 2007
Thanks to my Dave Barry calendar (from last year), I have a new favorite item on my Christmas wishlist. I can take up to two, so bring 'em on!