Config To Code Module Is Like Features For Drupal 5

Config to Code module for Drupal 5 makes it easy to deploy new views and panels and to version-control changes to existing ones with a source code repository like subversion. It makes it quick and easy to move configured views and panels in the database to code, then safely delete the configured views from the database and finally, expose the views and panels in code back to their respective modules. It is extensible for other types of configurations that can be stored both in database and code.

Config to Code module solves some of the deployment issues that Features module also solves. Though Features solves an awful lot more problems than Config to Code does, and is more comprehensive. Since Features is only for Drupal 6, Config to Code is still a useful tool for Drupal 5 websites.

Here is a short screencast demonstrating Config to Code module.

Interview With Bevan Rudge For Lullabot Drupal Voices

Kent Bye interviewed me (Bevan Rudge) in early September at DrupalCon Paris about Drupal in New Zealand, CivicActions and some recent projects. Yesterday Lullabot released the podcast as Lullabot Drupal Voices 75. It was recorded 2.5 months ago and a couple of things are already out of date. Most significantly;

DrupalCon Asia-Pacific Organizers Invite You to Participate

We are excited to announce the DrupalCon Asia-Pacific Organisers group. DCAPO intends to lay foundations that will facilitate international Drupal Conferences (DrupalCons) in the Asia-Pacific region.

DCAPO welcomes and needs input and assistance from Drupal users and communities throughout the Asia-Pacific region. DrupalCons are a lot of work, and are only possible through the community's effort. Please join the DCAPO group to share your opinions and experience, volunteer your time, or nominate yourself or others for roles on the selection team.

DCAPO will later announce a call to the community to suggest and research locations for the first Asia-Pacific DrupalCon. Note that a lot of work goes into researching locations. The DCAPO selection team will only be able to seriously consider locations with suitable venues, dates and event management companies, financial estimates, potential audience and motivated local teams.

But first, as much of the Asia-Pacific Drupal community as possible needs to get involved. You can help by translating and reposting this announcement on other websites where Asia-Pacific Drupal users and communities are likely to find it. Don't forget to note any translations and reposts in the DCAPO group so that we can track progress and share translations with each other.

DCAPO is a result of the Drupal Association's new Events Plan (announced on to have an Asia-Pacific DrupalCon every two years.

Thank you!
From the DrupalCon Asia-Pacific Organisers group

Conservation Strategy Fund Uses Drupal

Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF) recently launched their new Drupal website and the HydroCalculator Tool, both by CivicActions.  CSF's mission is to teach environmental organizations around the world to use economics and strategic analysis to conserve nature.  Their new website empowers them to do this with multi-lingual features, news streams and feeds, listings that can be filtered by continent, region, country or theme, tight integration with for donations and newsletter subscribers and a range of detail about the training courses on offer, projects, and publications.

The HydroCalculator Tool was initially developed independently from the website then integrated before launch.  It empowers regular citizens, economists and environmentalists alike to analyse and compare Hydro-Electric power station projects.  It helps users of the tool to calculate the impact of the dam and reservoir on the environment (including CO₂ emissions), social impact to the people living in the region, and the financial impact (as total cost, and Net Present Value).

Conservation Strategy Fund recently announced the HydroCalculator Tool and the new website as well as several other important announcements, include the success of their work in Brazil to avoid forestation of the Amazon rain-forest, and the enourmous success and popularity of their training courses.  Find more details in the announcement.

Hook_world_alter() T-shirt Design

hook_world_alter() T-shirt designThis hook_world_alter() T-shirt idea was something Trevor Twining came up with way back at DrupalCon DC.  I got a single T-shirt made for DrupalCon Paris.  A number of people said they wanted one – though since I'm not interested in the business of making T-shirts, I thought I'd make the vector file available for anyone and everyone's use.


Bevan Rudge wearing the hook_world_alter() T-shirt at DrupalCon Paris

This design is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license.

I am seeking Drupal development contract work

Photo of Bevan Rudge working at his laptop in a full pew at a code sprint
Contributing to Drupal at DrupalCon Boston March 2008. Photo by Steve Krueger.

I am currently available for Drupal development contract work.

I am interested in contracts or projects of any width, height or length. I am especially interested in projects that (roughly in order);

  • are socially conscious
  • have other talented and experienced Drupal developers to work and grow with
  • compensate at reasonable-to-good rates

I am only available to work virtually, since I am based in Thailand (UTC+7) till Christmas, then Wellington, New Zealand (UTC+13) till about late January, then probably Christchurch, NZ after that.

I'm highly experienced with Drupal and many contrib modules, contributing to and interacting with the community, Drupal module development, debugging and front end development – especially CSS, Javascript and efficient, maintainable and scalable Drupal themes. I am also very skilled and experienced at mentoring less-experienced Drupal developers, planning & architecting Drupal-based solutions from wireframes and/or specifications and putting into effect best practices for Drupal development teams.

My blog and my profile is my certification. My profile shows further involvement in the Drupal community, such as DrupalSouth Christchurch 2008, DrupalSouth Wellington 2010, DrupalCon Asia-Pacific, Usability group and UX team. I presented 4 sessions at 3 of the last 4 DrupalCons on Scalable/Advanced Theming, jQuery, and contributing to Drupal.

I have contributed patches that were committed to Drupal core. I have contributed a few small modules, co-maintained a few others and more extensively maintained and contributed to the Salesforce module.

Please contact me to discuss adding me to your team! :)

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