As some of you may know, we here at Drupalize.Me name our code sprints after My Little Pony™ characters. There has been a lot going on the last few months and we didn't get a chance to update you on the work we've done in our last two sprints: Ripple and Tink-a-Tink-a-Too. We launched Ripple just before Drupalcon and have now wrapped up Tink-a-Tink-a-Too this week.
For our Ripple sprint we were hard at work to get things into place so that we could announce that Drupalize.Me is now available through the Acquia Network (Sea pony, water, ripple effect? Get it?). We were excited that Acquia wanted to offer discounted and free accounts to their subscribers, but our architecture on the site wasn't quite set up to deliver that out of the box. We had a few meetings with them and then we had to dig into Ubercart to come up with a good solution. In the end we used a combination of Ubercart Discount Coupon module's bulk coupon creation, the UC Free Order Payment Method module, the Ubercart Affiliate V2 module, and a custom module to wire them together in a secure and seamless way. Then we wrapped up a custom Feature that provided the Views and content types we needed, making deployment to the live site much simpler once we were ready.
After all of that code-slinging and construction for Ripple, we had a bunch of little things that we'd been meaning to clean up for a while, so we took a break from our full-featured sprints to do some tinkering. We made the Tink-a-Tink-a-Too sprint short and sweet. We nipped a number of small bugs, spent time doing some Pressflow and module updates, and played with some of the internal reports that we use to keep track of what's happening on the site. Most of our work isn't readily seen, but it sure felt good for our team to step back and do some maintenance.
One thing that you will notice now, however, is that we finally re-surfaced the old comments and files that got lost when we did the video series break up. In order for us to present our previously long videos as a series of shorter videos, we actually published all new video posts and unpublished the old, big ones. In doing this we hid all of the old comments and the companion files that were associated with those videos. Well, that was annoying. We've now added the comment and companion files back, and you can find them attached to the first video within the new series under the Discussion and Downloads tabs respectively. You can see this in action with the Introduction to Drupal Performance and Scalability video.
In the upcoming months we are going to enhance the user experience to make it much easier to sort out what's what and find the videos you're looking for. Additionally, now that we've got the groundwork in place, we want to set up an affiliate program that we can open up to anyone. So, keep an eye out for more changes and announcements in the coming weeks.