Exploring FOSS

The entire CS faculty here are Berea are embarking on a potentially new venture in our curriculum: the intergration of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), and more meaningfully, Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software (HFOSS), which is as it sounds; FOSS with a humanitarian mission. 

To prepare, we are attending a three day workshop in Raleigh in mid November. All four of us will be travelling down together; it's kind of our thing.

Let's Get Social - Adding Facebook Comments Box to your Blog entries

Let's face it, if your website doesn't have Facebook integrated into it, it's suffering. So this blog post is all about letting users post directly from your content to Facebook through the Facebook Comments Box module.

Custom Image Slideshows and Using Taxonomy to Categorize Content

A few posts ago, I talked about wanting to add an image to the front of my site. So I installed a WYSIWYG, integrated IMCE with it, and I am now able to upload and embed images in my content. Whoo! So I created a new front page, and... instantly hated it. It was too vanilla. One big image of me and my name. YAWN. So I decided I wanted to spice it up... a lot.

Linking Content Together

So my first three or four blog posts were pretty lengthy. If you got through them all, I'm impressed!

This one will be significantly shorter. Here's the situation: I created Publications in my last post. Now I want to create a content type "Projects", which will allow me to show off all the projects I've been a part of over the years. So I did the normal thing... I created a new content type, and set all the relevant fields (Title, Description, Collaborators, URLs, and ... PUBLICATIONS). See where this is going?

Setting up your Drupal WYSIWYG Editor

My first task on this new site was to update the front page. I wanted to put an image on the front page, because, well, pictures are pretty and words kinda suck. I went to Content, Add Content, Basic Page, and went to add the picture... how do I add a picture in Drupal? (at least that's what I would have said if it were my first time ever using Drupal). The answer: I need a WYSIWYG!

Creating a new Drupal content type

I created the site intending it to be a professional site, including all of my academic and professional accomplishments... essentially, a pretty version of my very bland CV. So I figured the best place to start is adding my publications. Sure, I could create a page and simply throw every citation in there... but that's not very Drupalese. So I decided I'd create it the right way: creating a new content type, and then adding each publication in as a piece of content.

Using Amazon Web Services to create a Drupal Site - Part 2

If you made it through Part 1, great job. It's not a particularly challenging task, but there are a lot of steps and a lot of options, and depending on what you really want, this walk-through may not be the best. But there's lots of other blogs and walk-throughs out there for whatever setup you're looking for. This just represents one of the many, and one that I personally prefer. 

Using Amazon Web Services to create a Drupal Site - Part 1


Welcome to my shiny new blog! This is actually the second writing of this blog... the first was just a list of all the steps I took to create the site (kinda meta, right? The site describes how it was built.) It was dry, boring, and actually not very helpful because I gave no context as to why I did everything. So here is the rewrite, full of my charming sarcasm!

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