GraphQL, React and Next.js for Drupal developers

Submitted by dryer on Fri, 10/06/2017 - 19:06

Drupal is a popular enterprise grade Content Management System (CMS) that has traditionally been built around the PHP server side programming language. In addition Drupal also adopted jQuery and Backbone JavaScript libraries relatively early. With Drupal 8 finally bringing Drupal up-to-par on heavyweight Object Oriented Programming methodologies, it is now a more worthy contender to systems built with enterprise grade tools written in Java and .NET.

When Open Source gets weird: The Dark secrets of Drupal?

Submitted by dryer on Tue, 07/18/2017 - 21:48

Earlier this year the Drupal community was shaken when the Project Leader Dries Buytaert decided to expell the lead developer Larry Garfield from the project, based on accusations of somewhat weird BDSM play. Backstory: BDSM sex rocks Drupal world: Top dev banished for sci-fi hanky-panky

Tracking Drupal usage in 2017 and future market share with Google Trends and the Drupal Registry

Submitted by dryer on Tue, 05/09/2017 - 12:38

 

In the recent times there has been much said about the market share of Drupal and where it is moving. It is clear now that Drupal will never match the prowess that WordPress can claim, but it is still interesting to see where the powerful Open Source CMS will move in the future regards in volume.

Drupal, Dries and the Larry Garfield discrimination

Submitted by dryer on Sat, 04/15/2017 - 06:06

Drupal has been big on diversity and inclusion, priding itself on being one of the biggest, friendliest open source communities around. As such, it has been a prime hotspot for activists to push feminist-flavored social justice rhetoric. They adopted a code of conduct, established a Community Working Group, and basically bend over backwards to satisfy the demands of those who see the open source world as a problematic place where meritocracy is used to justify gatekeeping and elitism.

Drupal 8 lead PHP developer Larry Garfield (Crell) forced to leave the project

Submitted by dryer on Fri, 04/14/2017 - 18:47

Over the last few weeks the Drupal community has been in turmoil over the news that Drupal 8 lead developer Larry Garfield AKA Crell has been forced to leave the project:


A few weeks ago, I privately asked Larry Garfield, a prominent Drupal contributor, to leave the Drupal project. I did this because it came to my attention that he holds views that are in opposition with the values of the Drupal project.

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Security vulnerability in unmaintained Drupal contrib module puts 120000 sites at risk

Submitted by dryer on Fri, 04/14/2017 - 16:32

Drupal referencesDrupal is known for it's large number of community contributed modules that add functionality to the bare bones core system. While the core system is actively maintained by the Drupal core security team, there is no such guarantee for the third party modules.

Drupal, WordPress, Joomla vulnerable due to PHPMailer

Submitted by dryer on Wed, 12/28/2016 - 09:34

PHPMailer, a popular class used by popular web CMSes like WordPress, Joomla and Drupal has been found to be vulnerable to a bug that allows execution of arbitrary code. PHPMailer is the most popular utility class for sending emails with PHP. There are an estimated 9 million sites of it live on the internet currently, most of them vulnerable.

The issue is not trivial as it allows attackers to exploit millions of websites that are deployed from small businesses to giant corporations. The issue, now tracked as CVE-2016-10033, was made public by Dawid Golunski.

Karoly Négyesi (chx) ousted from the Drupal community

Submitted by dryer on Tue, 11/22/2016 - 11:15

A long standing member of the Drupal community, Karoly Négyesi AKA chx, has been expelled from the Drupal community. With a ban for both the Drupal.org website and DrupalCon events Karoly will continue to work with Drupal as a consultant, but will no longer contribute to the Open Source community efforts.

The action comes from the Drupal Community Working Group (DCWG) after numerous complaints of his behaviour as a personality to the community, ending in the final statements :

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