2010 Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco

 Attended the 2010 OSBC today, along with my colleague Sameer Verma who runs open source @ SF State and had given me an invite. Dries Buytaert was there talking over lunch about building community using Drupal and Acquia.

How to handle the gdata is not defined error for the Google Picasa web albums API

Update: An acknowledgment of a mistake/bug was made in a post on a Google forum and indicated they are implementing a change. The change appears to have now gone through, and the previous existing functionality should now work. So, even Google makes big mistakes, which is ok, but I question why any changes at all would be made to existing API functionality. API changes should be branched out and push changes only to the new branch. That said, thanks to Google for the fix, though it took over 24 hours to get it in place, while many Picasa customers were left with broken galleries. I hope at some point Google will develop better support channels so developers are not left in the dark. I'm leaving the post up in case anyone needs to resolve this problem in the future if it happens again. 

Many users of the Picasa web albums API will have noticed that yesterday Google introduced a terrible code change in the API which has broken existing functionality for many users of the API when using JavaScript. Now, instead of a nice web album, they receive ' gdata is not defined '. Excellent job Google, what a way to celebrate the 5th birthday of Google Code by breaking your existing APIs. Supposedly, they have a fix coming, in the meantime if you are frantic to fix things for your clients, read on for a solution. 

Using the PHP QueryPath library

Why not to buy the new book Drupal 6 performance tips

 I just finished reading this $40 waste of paper. I really can't express how extremely disappointed I am with this book. It seems like some people got together and said, 'Hey, let's get together and make some quick money by copying and pasting some drupal.org project and handbook pages into a book.

Making a tab or other menu link a popup in Drupal 6

 Contrary to what you might think, making a menu item/link a popup link is no easy matter in Drupal. However, it's not too difficult either. Below I will show you the way to make your links be popups in Drupal 6. If you want to do this in Drupal 5 then please see here: http://www.nowarninglabel.com/home/make-a-tab-a-popup-drupal-5

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