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Need help with (final?) release of Panels for Drupal 6


After more than two and a half years since the last release, we need some help putting together what might be the final release of Panels for Drupal 6:

There are several patches that are probably a-ok but they just need a final review before being committed, and your help with this would be very much appreciated. If we can get some help getting the existing patches to RTBC status, I've volunteered to join as a co-maintainer to do this release, just so the module can have a grand final exist.

Contrib plans for end of April & May 2014


I thought it'd be worthwhile to keep people abreast of my current contrib plans, given I've got the keys to several important modules.

Right now I'm prepping for releases for the Field API Pane Editor (FAPE) module (v7.x-1.2) and its sibling the Field API Tab Editor module (v7.x-1.0). In the process I've gone through and have lined up most of the open issues for both. Concurrently, I've been making headway on fixing some outstanding issues for the Fieldable Panels Panes (FPP) module that will IMHO help make it one of the best multi-purpose entity modules available; I'll probably release v7.x-1.6-beta1 this week too. Additionally, I'll probably release Panelizer v7.x-3.2-beta1, just to give a reasonable testing point while 3.2 is finished off.

After that, thanks to some input from Digby Christmas, I'm going to do a little work to release 7.x-1.0 for Panels Everywhere (PE) - there isn't too much to do on it, so hopefully it'll be a quick turn-around.

Once all of those are out of the way, I'm going to flip back to Metatag and work towards a new release for it, hopefully v7.x-1.0-rc1.

If you'd like to see the releases of these sooner, reviewing patches in the module's respective issue queues is the single best way of helping, besides writing more patches ;)

So, in summary, this is my plan for the next few weeks:

Thank you for your patience.

Update: Thanks to Kristen Pol for pointing out I originally said "2013" rather than "2014". Doh!

Convention plans for the year [updated x2]


While I'm not going to Drupalcon, missing my second 'con in a row, I am hoping to attend some regional camps this year:

I'm not 100% positive of attending these, especially the one in Toronto (immigration, etc), but I really am hoping to.

In attending these camps I intend to give presentations on some of the tools on my Drupal utility belt (Panels/Panelizer, Metatag, etc), and learn from the many great & knowledgeable people in our extended community.

I hope to see some of you there, let me know if you're going so we can meet up!

Trello board for planning Panelizer v7.x-3.2 [updated]


Anyone interested in the forthcoming Panelizer v7.x-3.2 release might like to checkout the Trello board I've set up to help coordinate the effort.

FYI I've restructured the various lists around specific topics, which greatly helps get an understanding for the work to be done. Any and all help is appreciated :-)

Whither Metatag 1.0?


In my recent appearance on the DrupalEasy podcast I mentioned that I was aiming to have Metatag 1.0 ready by the end of February. Next week is the end of February and, being honest, I haven't really touched it since releasing 1.0-beta9 on Drupal's birthday, January 19th last. I felt it best to explain where my contrib efforts have been lately and explain why I'm not making my goal.

As you might be aware of, I co-maintain a number of modules along with Metatag. One of the ones I like the best is Panelizer, a module originally written by Earl "merlinofchaos" Miles as a replacement for the lackluster Panel Nodes submodule of Panels. I originally helped with its port from D6 to D7 as I thought it had great potential, but it truly came into its own when Earl released v3 back in 2012 when it went from "Panel Nodes++" to a complete solution for displaying all view modes (!) of all entities (!!). The module has become critical to my site building tool chest and several projects I'm working on need several key bugs and feature improvements resolved. As a result, for the past month I've been focusing on fully understanding the detail of many of these issues so that I can lead the charge on the forthcoming v3.2 release.

Additionally, recently I've become the co-maintainer for many of helper modules for Panels - Panels Everywhere, Panels Content Cache and Panels Hash Cache, so I've also been trying to improve them bit by bit and learning how best to use them in my own sites.

Lastly, I've also been trying to finish off the next release of Code Per Node, and because of trying to help a friend I've ended up becoming co-maintainer of the AntiSpam module, which needs some fixes.. and there's Nodewords for the existing D6 sites.. and I need to do a new release of GoogleNews.. and...

So, as you can guess, I haven't gotten back to Metatag lately.

My current plan is to finish off the important fixes for Panelizer and then loop back to do another round of bug fixes & patch reviews for Metatag, which should lead to v7.x-1.0-rc1. After that I'll probably bounce around between Panelizer, Metatag, CPN and Panels Everywhere while I put together stable releases for each one, so hopefully by the end of March there'll be a bunch of new stable releases out.

Before I go I'd like to firstly thank my awesome employer Mediacurrent who sponsor much of my work on these modules, and Gregory Boggs for using Metatag as the guinea pig with a number of Drupal beginners he was helping


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