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Thought of the Week:- "Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but rather when there is nothing more to take away."
Drupal:- http://www.drupal.org/ Open Source, GPL, 408 KB. Platform Independent.

Drupal is an open-source platform and content management system for building dynamic web sites offering a broad range of features and services including user administration, publishing workflow, discussion capabilities, news aggregation, metadata functionalities using controlled vocabularies and XML publishing for content sharing purposes. Equipped with a powerful blend of features and configurability, Drupal can support a diverse range of web projects ranging from personal weblogs to large community-driven sites. By enabling and configuring individual modules, an administrator can design a unique site, one which can be used for a combination of knowledge management, web publishing and community interaction purposes. The features of the software are:

Collaborative Book - This feature allows to setup a project or "book" that needs to be written and then authorize other individuals to contribute content. The book organizes content into a nested hierarchical structure. It is particularly good for manuals, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and the like, allowing you to have chapters, sections, etc.

Modules - The Drupal community has contributed many modules which provide functionality like taxonomy display, jabber authentication, private messages, bookmarks, etc.

Personalization and Role based permission system.

Searching - All content in Drupal is fully indexed and searchable at all times.

Site cloud - Every Drupal application has a customizable "site cloud" which tracks other websites you're interest in and lets you know how recently they've been modified.


Templating - Drupal's theme system separates content from presentation allowing you to control the look and feel of your Drupal site.

Threaded comments for enabling discussion on published content.

Version control- Drupal's version control system tracks the details of content updates including who changed it, what was changed, the date and time of changes made to your content and more. Version control features provide an option to keep a comment log and enables you to roll-back content to an earlier version.

Blogger API support.

Content syndication - Drupal exports your site's content in RDF/RSS format for others to gather.

News aggregator - Drupal has a powerful built-in News Aggregator for reading and blogging news from other sites.


Analysis, Tracking and Statistics - Drupal can print browser-based reports with information about referrals, content popularity and how visitors navigate your site.

Web based administration

Discussion forums

Drupal offers extensive online help. Hundreds of the sites are running Drupal. To see the list, follow http://drupal.org/sites


Site of the Week:- http://www.glossarist.com/

Everyday we come across new terms/words related to subjects that range from cooking to computers. However, the availability of many on-line glossary services prevents us from getting overwhelmed. But, with many on-line glossaries there is a need of search service that helps us to spot the relevant ones. This is what `Glossarist,' the searchable glossary directory accomplishes. The service whose search interface is organized under various subject categories such as science, social science and computers can be used to find the appropriate glossaries on any subject you prefer.

That's all for this week. See you next week.

Madhuresh Singhal