We've used a lot of approaches to time tracking over the years. Everything gets noted down so can we supply reports on time to our clients and we can learn how to better monitor and improve our time usage.
I recently attended an inspirational Open Source event. This was kindly hosted by Brighton company Omnis Systems. It was really inspiring to see the range of Open Source systems available as alternatives to the usual proprietary offerings.
We recently had a requirement to add a sign up form for a series of events. We've produced a number of bespoke solutions in the past which required a fair amount of coding but this use case was for a straightforward generic event registration procedure so it seemed obvious to turn to one of the standard Drupal modules to do this.
CGL is a social care & health charity working throughout England & Wales with clients that are affected by drugs, alcohol, crime, homelessness, domestic abuse & antisocial behaviour. It is a large & growing organisation.
We've written a huge number of forms over the years (mainly using PHP or Symfony) and can pretty much produce most customisable forms that are required. But using Webform within Drupal has been a real game-changer for us. While we'll still create custom code for some specific form tasks, I'd say that Webform answers at least 50% of the typical use cases that face us on a daily basis.
When you are new to a technology like Drupal, it can be difficult to find your own learning path. Coming to Drupal with a PHP background, I reached for the top shelf & grabbed the heaviest-looking manuals available. I dived straight into coding. In retrospect, while this felt like a shortcut into the dark interior of Drupal at the time, it was probably a long way round.
Sereno has been migrating a Drupal 7 intranet of several thousand content items from a menu-based system to one using taxonomy tags. We looked at coding the migration, but found a much quicker route using the Views Bulk Operations module (VBO) to crunch through the menu items, allocating each & every one anew taxonomy tag based on their pre-existing menu.