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Building a New Feature for CRM Core

CRM Core is a tool for managing contact information within a Drupal website. It was designed to act as a platform, where developers can add small, useful applications on top of the core components to handle specific use-cases. It was also designed to be highly interoperable with Drupal so that people without any specialized programming knowledge could work with it.

Trellon, Berkeley, and the Bay Area Drupal Camp

Berkeley + Early November = BADCamp.

I'm a big fan of camps - I have helped organize quite a few in Colorado. They help cement local communities. With the cross pollination of camp goers, they provide ways for those communities to interact with one another. Many of the camps have become conferences in their own right - with BADCamp being one of the largest.

Introducing CRM Core

CRM Core is a set of modules for managing contact records within a Drupal site, providing support for contacts, relationships and activities. It provides the basic tools organizations need to effectively track the relationships they maintain with people, along with a framework for extending that support to handle other use cases.

Creating your own entities with Entity API

There have been plenty of articles about Drupal 7 and entities already. Entities are great. They provide a unified way to work with different data units in Drupal. Drupal 7 is all about entities. They are everywhere: nodes, users, taxonomy terms, vocabularies...

Let's take a closer look at how developers can create their own entities using the Entity API module, which is a great toolbox.

Customizing Apachesolr facets built by FacetAPI with the power of CTools

The Apachesolr module (7.x) allows us to build sites that use powerful search technology. Besides being blazingly fast, Apachesolr has another advantage: faceted search.

Faceted search allows our search results to be filtered by defined criteria like category, date, author, location, or anything else that can come out of a field. We call these criteria facets. With facets, you can narrow down your search more and more until you get to the desired results.

Looking ahead to Drupalcon Denver

With each week that DrupalCon Denver is coming nearer, the excitement in the community grows. At Trellon, we're not immune to that excitement, and we're proud to be a Platinum sponsor of Drupalcon Denver. We're looking forward to seeing members of the Drupal community there, both old friends and new. We're excited about the opportunity that Drupalcons give us not only to learn more about the direction of Drupal, but to help shape it. We're eager to learn what new and exciting things people around the world have been doing with Drupal.

DrupalCamp Foz - New steps for Drupal in Latin America

Last week I attended LatinoWare 2011 in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, which also hosted, among a number of events, DrupalCamp Foz. There hasn't been a Drupalcamp in Brazil for some time already, so this was a really important event for the Drupal community in Brazil. The community is growing in Brazil and other Latin America countries. At the Drupalcamp, we had representatives from Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, and Mexico. We also had the presence of our dear Drupal creator, Dries Buytaert.

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