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Node Announce writeup

I’m happy to say Lullabot featured Node Announce on Module Mondays:

Unfortunately, one of the most useful calendar applications can remain elusive: sending users an email when something is about to happen. That’s where the Node Announce module comes in. It can use date fields on a node as cues to send out email to specified addresses — notifying authors when their nodes will be published, attendees when events are about to occur, and so on.

Multiple friends pinged me yesterday about it, giving me congrats. Good thing that I fixed that critical Drupal 7 bug on Sunday when taking the new mhvlug.org live (fixed in 1.2). That would have been embarrassing to white screen everyone’s websites on theme rebuild.

Feature requests and patches welcome.

Node Announce

At the September Mid Hudson Drupal Meetup I talked a little about a drupal module idea I’d been kicking around. Most of my drupal websites are about groups that have meetings. So I’ve got content types with cck date fields. Experience has shown that people need reminders, like via email, otherwise they forget to show up. Drupal has a lot of modules that will send notifications to users of the website, but that doesn’t work in my situations, because what I really want is the email going to a mailing list. Seemed like a good idea to me. And when I brought it up with the group, two people immediately said “oh, that would be great.”

That, it turns out, was enough motivation for me to get off my butt and implement it. node_announce 1.0 was released today. I’ve had it live on my sites for about 2 weeks, though the UI was in flux enough that I held off for a full release until now.

You want this module if you’ve got an announcements mailing list, and you are using the Calendar module on a drupal site to display events. I’ve got a list of ways I could make the module better, but for now it does the basics quite nicely. If you want to give feedback, do so via the issue queue, and I’ll do my best to respond.