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Recently we needed to import a fairly large dataset into Drupal. There were 200,000 items to import, the data changed relatively frequently, and we needed them to be Drupal entities so that we could make them searchable with Apache Solr. We would normally import data using Feeds or Migrate. This time, however, we had higher speed requirements, so we tried something different: importing directly into the database.

There will be a hive of activity around multilingual Drupal at DrupalCon Munich 2012! Whether you're new to multilingual Drupal or a developer wanting to change how Drupal works with language, there are lots of opportunities to get involved.

In an increasingly global world, Drupal core's support for multilingual content has made it a favourite CMS among large organizations. Despite that, Drupal site-builders and develpoers are often stumped by the myriad of possible approaches and tricks involved in making it work. Over the last few months, Evolving Web has worked together with Acquia to put together a multilingual site building course to walk you through the process step by step and unfuddle much of the complexity.

You're probably reading this blog post right now from Drupal Planet. We all know that Drupal Planet is an amazing resource: we use it to keep up with the latest developments in Drupal, find tutorials, and stay connected with the community. However, the limitations of Drupal Planet can be frustrating. During my first month working at Evolving Web, I helped develop an alternative user interface for finding Drupal Planet content called Drupal Sun, which we're launching today.

#states is a new Form API property in Drupal 7. In core, it can only depend on a limited set of things (for example a checkbox being checked/unchecked), but it turns out it's possible to extend it to use regular expressions. Here's how!

This week I had the chance to speak at ConFoo, Montreal's annual conference on web technologies. The conference attracts speakers and attendees from across Europe and North America, as well as locals from Montreal. On the list of speakers this year were Andrew Zmievsky who presented on Geotools and ElasticSearch and James Duncan from Joyent speaking about Node.js.

Yesterday we posted an article on Drupal Planet about our plans for Drupalcon Denver. Aside from promoting Suzanne's session on i18n site building and the #d8mi codesprint, the post announced our Drupalcon photo contest, in which participants are asked to take a picture of themselves hanging out with other awesome Drupalistas, which for many people is what the conference is all about. To try to make the contest go viral, we gave it an ironic name ("Drupal Celebrity Photo Challenge"), included a pic of our star-struck intern Tavish meeting Dries at Drupalcon London, and asked that all entries are submitted via twitter.

There are only a few weeks left until DrupalCon Denver, and we’re getting pumped up at Evolving Web for the year’s largest Drupal hangout. With an estimated 4,000 participants in mile high Denver, March 19-23th promises to be a week teeming with exciting sessions, networking and skiing! Four of us will be heading down to Denver, and we hope to see you there. We have lots planned for the conference from contests to sessions to code sprints.

Entities in Drupal 7 simplify and centralize common logic that, in earlier versions of Drupal, was duplicated in several places, or only usable in specific modules. There are, however, many features (such as saving entities!) that did not make it into Drupal 7. The Entity API module fills in these missing gaps in the core and goes a step farther by simplifying definition of new entity types, and integration with contrib modules such as Views, Rules, and Features.

Need a simpler UI to let administrators manage fields? We recently created a new contributed module called Simple Field. This module simplifies the UI for creating fields and adding them to content types and entities. It also provides granular permissions, so you're not stuck with a single catch-all permission for managing fields. You can see a demo of the module in action at simplefield-demo.ewdev.ca.

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