Drupal to WordPress Migration Tool

The Drupal to WordPress Migration Tool exports the bulk of the content from Drupal 6 to WordPress 3.5. It runs a series of MySQL queries to read information from a Drupal database and convert the content to WordPress. Please see this post for some background on the project.

A web front end is available for very basic Drupal installations. Sample SQL queries are included for more complex setups. It is an open source project released under The MIT License and hosted on GitHub.

The Drupal to WordPress Migration Tool shows how I like to structure code but since it’s an on-going project, it should be considered alpha code. (It uses HTML, JavaScript, jQuery and PHP but should be considered alpha code.)

Another Cup of Coffee Limited

We support Drupal and WordPress websites for small businesses, media agencies and not-for-profit groups. Our work includes setting up and maintaining content management systems, developing custom code and troubleshooting problems with servers.

My Role as founder

Founder, project manager and developer, 2006 to present

Day-to-day, I manage remote teams for my company, Another Cup of Coffee, using a simplified version of Scrum. We’re a group of independent professionals from different cities around the world working under one brand-name. When a new project comes along, I put together a team with the most relevant skills.

Aside from managing projects, I’m also a hands-on developer and systems administrator.

CMG plc

CMG was large Anglo-Dutch IT services company providing management and IT consultancy. Its SMS Service Centre and WAP Service Broker was used by mobile operators around the world. CMG became LogicaCMG after a merger with Logica in 2002.

My Role as an employee

Consultant and Team Leader, Feb 2001 to Apr 2002

I was a consultant in CMG’s Advanced Mobile Solutions team, specialising in systems and software development for mobile services. CMG assigned me to a wide range of projects for mobile operators Orange, Vodafone and Hutchison 3G (known as ‘3’ in the UK). These included development and consulting-based work, either as a team leader or team member.

Summary of projects:

  • Involved in the development of an advanced Location Based Services engine. Solution is designed to track mobile users and pass location information to third-party applications.
  • Produced a wide range of technical studies, including investigation for a 3G Network Operator’s Application Enabling Platform.
  • Consultant for the development of a Knowledge Management tool to improve information sharing throughout the organisation.
  • Investigated cutting-edge technologies and their implications for next-generation mobile devices. Areas included Java MIDP and WAP 1.2 specifications such as the Wireless Identity Module and Wireless Telephony Application.
  • Responsible for WAP-over-GPRS technical feasibility studies for a Managed WAP Gateway.

Technical skills important for development projects were:

  • Java, J2ME, MIDP, KVM
  • XML
  • Apache
  • Tomcat
  • Microsoft Access
  • Visual Basic
  • VBA
  • SQL
  • HTML
  • XHTML
  • CSS
  • WAP
  • WML
  • Web development to W3C standards

ADVFN plc

ADVFN.com is one of the UK‘s leading financial investor websites, reaching over 35 million page impressions per month. It offers innovative tools over the web, mobile devices and interactive TV.

My Role as an employee

Systems Developer, May 2000 to Jan 2001

At ADVFN I was a New Media Developer and headed the development of WAP and interactive TV services.

Other tasks included:

  • Developing dynamic web pages using PHP and HTML.
  • Integrating our Sybase, MySQL and PostgreSQL databases with the front-end application.
  • Creating financial feed handling tools using C/C++ for back-end processes.
  • Direct contact with customers through Focus Group meetings and day-to-day support.

Achievements:

  • Developed ADVFN.com Interactive TV services in under four weeks; able to save the company over £60,000 and six months development time.
  • Created ADVFN.com Mobile Internet site using existing tools and Open Source Software; rapid development and low-cost saved further time and money.
  • Opened communications with Orange. This resulted in a major collaboration agreement.

Technical skills important for this role were:

  • PHP
  • HTML
  • WML
  • C and C++
  • Sybase, MySQL, PostgreSQL
  • Apache
  • VI text editor
  • CVS
  • Linux
  • Knowledge of Liberate platform for interactive TV

Mintel International Group Ltd

Mintel provides market research and analysis for the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) markets around the world. It is recognised as a UK Business Superbrand.

My Role as an employee

Systems Developer, Oct 1999 to Apr 2000

I was a systems developer responsible for the following:

  • Developing Comperemedia, Mintel’s internet-based application for monitoring advertising.
  • Front-end development using Java Applets, HTML and JavaScript.
  • Back-end development in C++ for Apache Webserver modules and proprietary Sinatra Database.
  • Maintenance for POS+ and GNPD (Global New Products Database) applications

During my time with Mintel, I was also sent to assess and recommend outsourcing partners in South East Asia.

Technical skills important for this role were:

  • C and C++
  • HTML
  • JavaScript
  • Java
  • Apache
  • VI text editor
  • FreeBSD