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Drupal 7 news

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The new version of Drupal is getting close to release. I am exited about this because the social media site I’m working on – Pool is using Drupal 5. This was the best version a few years ago when the  Pool project began development but since then the Drupal community has been hard at work improving it’s code base. Their latest stable release is 6.14.

When Pool first started planning Pool V2.0 we were anticipating to go to Drupal 6. One good thing about our slow process of redesign :~) is that D 7 is now getting close to release and we may actually be able to jump straight in to it! This will bring lots of enhancements and enable us to deliver an even better open media platform to the Pool community.

If you’re interested to find out what the future holds for Drupal and enjoy listening to friendly open source nerds chatting, dip into this podcast http://www.lullabot.com/audiocast/podcast-79-drupal-7

It’s great to hear Angie Byron A.K.A. webchick, one of the D7 lead developers talking about her work on the project and some of the features to look forward to.

Some of my favourites are:

  • Streamlined uploads
  • Meta taxonomies
  • Better geotagging capability
  • Reduced reliance on theming for functionality
  • Automated testing framework
  • Admin. dashboard
  • Elimination of user vs. node tensions

If you have read this far then you might also be interested in the User Experience project that has made a significant contribution to the D7 release. http://www.d7ux.org/

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