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Upgrades to online module conversion

Automated module conversion continues strong at Boombatower Development. Through July 31, 2009, over 1100 modules have been uploaded to the site and run through the Deadwood conversion routines. We are pleased to provide this free service to the Drupal community which eliminates the need to download and install Deadwood on your server.

Based on user feedback, we have fixed a couple of issues with the online service. The primary user difference is that you may upload a single module without including a top-level directory in the tar.gz file. This fixes some interesting issues that people experienced when the tar.gz file did not have a top-level directory.

Boombatower Development is also available to assist you with making sure your module runs properly in D6 and to help you take advantage of the Drupal 6 API.

Update on automated module conversion

Automated module conversion seems to be a hit!

In December 2008, the Deadwood module was made available for use without download on the Boombatower web site. In the three months since, nearly 600 modules have been uploaded to the site and run through its conversion routines.

This is very encouraging news for the entire Drupal community. My only regret is this heavy usage comes nearly a year after the official release of Drupal 6. As stated in my previous post, I continue to challenge and encourage us as a community to embrace the idea of having our contributed modules ready to deploy when the new core version is released. To this end, I am working on a new version of Deadwood (that will be part of the Coder project and be renamed to Coder Upgrade). My goal with the new release is to increase the percentage of core API changes handled by the conversion routines and to provide an API to assist developers to write conversion routines for non-core APIs that are referenced in other contributed modules.

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