Announcing Drupal Sun: Drupal Planet, Reloaded

Mar 20, 2012 · by Willem

Drupal Sun

You're probably reading this blog post right now from Drupal Planet. It's 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. On Drupal Planet, you can see some of the latest posts, and a list of feeds, and that's about it. Sometimes it includes the full article, sometimes just a snippet. There's no way to search Drupal Planet, not even with Google.

In the Drupal Community if you have a problem with something, you submit a patch. Drupal Sun is my patch, which we're launching today.

Drupal Sun was inspired by the way tools like Google Reader and Feedly take feeds and make them easy to read. In brief, Drupal Sun allows you to:

  • Do full-text search on all the articles in Drupal Planet (thanks to Apache Solr)
  • Facet based on tags, author, or feed
  • Flip through articles quickly (with j/k or arrow keys) to find what you're interested in
  • View the entire article text inline, or in the context of the site where it was created

This was my first Drupal project. Along the way I learned a lot about Drupal, Solr, javascript, responsive design, and how to design and build a web application. Although there are still exciting features we would like to add, we want you to be able to use and enjoy it right now! I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas.

If you are at DrupalCon Denver, come by Evolving Web's booth, or comment on this blog post and I will get back to you.

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