[drupal-devel] Using Drupal as an applications framework?
chris at tinpixel.com
Mon Feb 28 20:46:02 UTC 2005
1. Executive Summary
I propose to replace my employer's extranet website, which currently uses all
custom-coding to generate dynamic web pages from database queries and trading
partner electronic transactions, with one newly built upon Drupal. Is this a
2. Why Drupal developer might care to help me answer this question
If I undertake to convert our current web applications to Drupal, I believe
there are some benefits to the Drupal community which may accrue. They fall
primarily in three categories:
a) My employer will pay for me to spend a significant amount of my time
working directly on Drupal or Drupal-related code. I expect this may be a
thousand hours over the next year minimum. This means I will be paid to work
on Drupal issues which affect my company, which would include bugs or
limitations in core or module code. Fixing bugs is good for the Drupal community.
b) My employer will need to develop a large amount of custom code to run its
applications. Some of that will be very generic code which will be donated
back to the Drupal community if they so desire it. For example, almost all of
our applications involve date input for elements. I will spend the time
necessary to perfecting a variety of form elements such as date which others
in Drupal may wish to use. (It is also true that much of the code I develop
with be of no interest or use to anyone else, and/or proprietary.)
c) My employer currently employees several contract developers full time. I
see a big opportunity to hire Drupal developers on contract to help us out
with this conversion project, and with developing new applications in the
future (we are constantly developing new software to meet our changing and
growing business opportunities).
The rest of this message is posted here: http://drupal.org/node/18124
If you are willing to help me answer the question of whether I should go ahead
with this project, please respond there.
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