Changing the GMap popup window in Drupal

This is just a quick how-to regarding the info-window information that pops up when you use GMap & Drupal.

The problem is the info-window was displaying zip-code, city, state on the 3rd line of the info-window. I didn't want that. I wanted the canonical city, state zip-code.

After searching my modules folder, I found the template that controls the output of the GMap popup window is in the Location module, and the template is location.tpl.php.

Installing RT on Digital Ocean

I can't help but respect someone with little Perl knowledge who can successfully install RT (Request Tracker).

I've done it a number of times, and it has NEVER gone smoothly. Not once. There are so many dependencies and my knowledge of Perl/CPAN is pretty low, and these 2 things combine to make this a perilous ("perlous"?) exercise. I am getting faster, but installing RT seems to be one of those hit-or-miss endeavors for me.

How to configure Drupal taxonomy terms and content titles in the URL

I recently was trying to configure "Clean URL's" in Drupal (7.25). I had the problem that I wanted to have a taxonomy hierarchy, which I would arbitrarily attach to content types, and I wanted the URL's to look like this:

TaxonomyParent/TaxonomyChild/TaxonomyGrandchild/ContentTitle

Specifically, I had a taxonomy vocabulary called "Geographic Area" and I was trying to attach it to a "Location" content type. A sample of what I wanted would look something like this:

california/northern-ca/san-francisco/bobs-restaurant

Breaking thru the OmniAuth - Oauth2 - Google Api - Google Calendar - Signet - Rails Conundrum

I have been struggling with trying to integrate Google calendar into a rails app for an embarrassing amount of time. I have been using the ruby gem "google-api-ruby-client" to attempt to do this.

My own ignorance aside, there is enough going on with this that I have never used, and the logging of errors was scarce enough, that this was really a perfect storm of Coding Horror.

The First Thing You Should Ask Yourself Before Starting Any Software Project

I've always had this idea that if I had the data modeling done right for a program, and I mean exactly Dead Right, then and only then could the program acting on that data reach some sort of minimalism in complexity while achieving it's functional requirements.

For example, say I wanted to write a CMS. Its primary "output" is ostensibly some HTML. And a cursory look at most CMS's indicates that the vast majority are backed by a RDBMS like mySQL or Postgres. This seems to be a choice more supported by historical precendent than by the requirements.

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