FireFox Extension for Cloudy Nights Forums: version 1.0.0 has been released!

The first public version of cn_ubb_enhance , a free FireFox extension that enhances your Cloudy Nights user experience, is a fact! You can download it here: http://shutterfreak.net/xtra/firefox/cn_ubb_enhance/cnubbenhance-1.0.0.xpi Version 1.0.0 is a complete rewrite since version 0.5 as a 100% native FireFox addon. No more GreaseMonkey meddling and related potential security issues. This version contains the following fixes and changes:

PHP 5.3 and Drupal 6 don't play nice... yet

Apparently Drupal 6 is not yet PHP 5.3 compliant. I noticed this today while updating a Drupal couple modules. When I wanted to run update.php I got a nice white screen with tons of messages about the ereg method.

Updating Drupal core from the Linux command shell

If you want to easily update Drupal core, then this is right for you. This approach will first compare your deployed Drupal with the original Drupal source code to do a pre-update sanity check. Then the old Drupal files are deleted one by one, the empty directories as well, and then the new Drupal is deployed.

If you follow this approach, updating your Drupal core version should take you less than 5 minutes.

If you have no shell access to your hosting provider, you can still apply the approach described in this article if you have a mirror copy (a perfect replica) of the deployed Drupal server on a host you have shell access to. Apply the changes on the mirrored files on your local host (steps 1 to 5, skip step 6), then synchronize the changes with the webhost, and finally run update.php (step 7).

cn_ubb_enhance - Enhance your Cloudy Nights user experience

The Cloudy Nights forum is one of the most popular astronomy forums on the Internet. This page presents a way to enhance your user experience when participating on Cloudy Nights when browsing with Firefox (sorry, no other browser can be supported):

Drupal theme hacking - creating a sub-theme

In a previous blog post I introduced the basics of how Drupal themes work. Let's dig a bit deeper and create our own sub-theme. What you need, is a working Drupal environment and at least one custom theme installed in sites/all/themes. During this tutorial I will create a sub-theme for the Colourise theme. If you want to use a different starting theme, the explanation below should still apply (apart from the name of the parent theme).

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