a feature for tracking resources in Open Atrium – resources-6.x-0.1


Most projects, workgroups and, well – things that have to be done, have a thing in common. There are limited resources available, and the goal is to make the best out of it. Especially when you think in terms of „projects“ and „project management“ – i can’t imagine one project i’ve done that was not limited in a way. (Even my nonprofit projects (lang:german) are.)

The primary challenge of project management is to achieve all of the project goals and objectives while honoring the preconceived project constraints. Typical constraints are scope, time, and budget. The secondary—and more ambitious—challenge is to optimize the allocation and integration of inputs necessary to meet pre-defined objectives.[Wikipedia]

Open Atrium is doing an awesome job in managing group communication. Also the Wiki/Notebook feature is activated in nearly every group i create. One thing, being a freelancer, i did miss from the beginning. Time Tracking! I use mite, a commercial (but very cool) time tracking service for my freelance work, and sometimes even for nonprofit and university projects. So my need was not big enough to sit down and build a time tracking feature for myself. (also i am a horrible programmer)

But the thought was long enough in my head to morph into an idea for a more „drupallish“ approach. Time is money, and money is always limited. That makes 2 limited resources in nearly every project, but other projects also have other, and different limited ressources. Solar panels, brochures, soccer balls, shrink heads – you name it. My idea is to create a simple feature for Open Atrium to manage „you name it“. A basic resource.

Thanks to Felix, i could quickly (Felix: „theres a module for that“) turn my thoughts into a feature for Open Atrium today. Heres what it looks like:

The over-view: a table with all resources, the percentage of the original budget thats still available and a link to the comments (klick image to enlarge)

The resource creation page (you should not need use the „use“ field here – it should be hidden)

The node view – the fields status and available are computed fields

Technical info
From a programmers perspective this is just mousework. Maybe 6 lines of edited lines in the feature.
Used modules:

I consider „Resources“ still not much more than a thought. Theres a lot that could be done better than what i did yet. I consider it a first step (and also my first contribution to the community – yay!). If you are interested in the idea and would like to play around with the feature you are very much invited to do so.

You can download „Resources“ as a Atrium feature here: resources-6.x-0.1

Also, if you are not a developer but would like to see a more stable an richer „Resources“ feature – please comment and share your thoughts!

Powered by Drupal – Relaunch von Media-Planet.org

Für das leipziger Technik-Onlinemagazin durfte ich ein Drupal-System vorbereiten um das aktuelle handgeschreinerte CMS abzulösen. Es war meine erste „News-Seite“ und auch das erste mal, dass ich einen automatisierten Datenimport in Drupal gemacht habe. Über 9000 Nodes sind vom alten System übernommen worden.
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Insgesamt wurden über 30 contrib-modules eingesetzt.

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Suchmaschinenfreundlichkeit von Drupal

Wenn jemand mich zukünftig fragt, wie suchmaschinenfreundlich Drupal ist, dann zeige ich ihm/ihr dies:

Nicht nur, das Drupal sauberes HTML liefert. Google erkennt beim Indizieren eines Foren-threads sogar die Struktur und Zeitangaben.

Währungen für Social Networks – entwicklung von Drupal API’s

Das wird eine Innovation. Das Modul an sich ist eigentlich überhaupt nicht von Bedeutung. Aber das Prinzip, welches dahinter steckt ist mächtig.

There are many perceived problems with the state controlled currencies that most of us think of as ‚money‘. Many times in history, especially turbulent times, communities have issued their own currencies. In the 1980s Michael Linton designed LETS, a system of exchange for a community to trade without conventional money. Today there are many communities trading with ‚complementary‘ currencies, but no really compelling software to support them. Bazaar is a Drupal recipe, module and API for existing and new alternative currency projects, based on a flexible interpretation of LETS.

This project plans to build on two new APIs to deliver functionality to Drupal, and to equip an existing trading community with it.

The GSoC grant would cover the first phase of a roadmap spanning three phases. This first phase requires a currency Type and the means to trade it and view accounts. It also requires a directory of offers/wants, with automated categorisation and basic accounting tools. This would already be more functional than systems running most existing LETS schemes, and lots of groundwork will be done towards future phases, such as leaving hooks for dependent transactions, and having multiple currencies ready in all but configuration options.

Ian Russell, the applicant, is studying Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies masters at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, UK. Ian has been actively involved in the creation and running of various grassroots community projects in various parts of the country. He has helped set up food buying co-operatives, allotment share, housing co-operatives, and social forums. He is currently working on a Drupal based project for a parrot rescue charity.

Link zum Google Document, Diskussion auf Drupal.org

Volunity.net bereit für die Beta-Phase

einige Bugs sind zwar noch vorhanden, aber nach dem „feature-freeze“ und nachdem wir immer weniger an der Bentzeroberfläche Schrauben müssen geht es in ein paar Tagen in die Beta-Phase. Sollte mal ein Freiwilligendienstler (oder ein Ehemaliger) der seinen Dienst im Ausland gemacht hat hier vorbeischauen – für einen Kommentar vergebe ich BETA-Accounts 🙂

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