24 May 2013
Drupal development can feel a bit like "black magic" when you're getting started. Here's a high level guide aimed at beginners to help point them in the right direction.
24 May 2013 4:31am GMT
23 May 2013
Modules Unraveled: 063 DrupalCon Austin Announcement with Dianna Montalion Dupuis - Modules Unraveled Podcast
- Where is the DrupalCon going to be
- Why Austin?
- When is it? (June 2-6)
- With extended sprints before and after
- What does the tech community look like there?
- What does the Drupal community look like?
- DrupalCamp Austin (June 21st 2013)
- What's the Drupal adoption look like in Austin?
- It's strongly linked with adoption of other front and back end technologies. (node.js etc)
- Who's going to be the "boots on the ground" in Austin playing "host"?
- Probably the same people that did it for Portland. Sponsors etc.
- Four Kitchens, Astonish, Whole Foods, City of Austin, Volacci, etc.
23 May 2013 7:24pm GMT
It's Day 3 of DrupalCon, and so much has happened in the last 72 hours! From keynotes and two full days of recorded sessions, gallons of Stumptown, and let's be honest, sore feet from all the walking... well take a deep breath, because it's not over yet!
So, here's what happened yesterday...
We built a website to help the tornado victims in Oklahoma
On Tuesday night, a team of volunteer Drupal developers gathered in the DrupalCon Portland coder lounge to build a website to help FEMA help the victims of the Oklahoma tornado.
23 May 2013 2:39pm GMT
Drupal is a lot like enterprise software. Before you think this is a bad judgement on Drupal or a slur please hear me out. It's more a description of Drupal based on my experience with it for nearly 8 years and my last couple years dealing with enterprise software. I want to dive into some specific points that may be good, bad, and even make us unhappy with some of the things that make us happy.
23 May 2013 1:30pm GMT
If you are a site builder or themer in Drupal, you might have a similar situation happen to you. You obtain a set of requirements for a content type, create all the necessary fields with semantic labels, and start building the displays and views. Great! Life is good. Now your project manager waltzes over to your desk to deliver an updated set of wireframes, and before you even get halfway down the page, you feel a breeze as you notice a person-shaped cloud of dust where your project manager just stood.... Read more
23 May 2013 12:30pm GMT
Symphony Blog: ST Fiddle, an organization Drupal theme, free-of-charge for anyone to use it for charity purposes
This organization theme was inspired by my talk with Kim McCluskey, the founder of SunInMyHeart.com, a charity fund. During his trip to Halong Bay, I have heard about what he did for SunInMyHeart to help orphanage children. So after the trip, I created this theme for organization and non profit purposes.
If you are interested in using this theme for your charity funds, please feel free to ask me and I will send you the package free-of-charge.
We have received many requests to download this theme. As we believe the use of this theme for your websites will bring alot of benefits to other people, especially for charity purposes, we have converted this theme to Drupal 7 and provide it free of charge. No more asking, just go to the theme page and click on the Download tab, you will be able to get it.
See the demo here: Drupal theme ST Fiddle demo
23 May 2013 9:41am GMT
First off, yes, I realize it's "sound bite", but given the context, "byte" sounds more applicable.
The Toads have been at Drupalcon Portland this week in force! With a sponsor booth to manage and two different parties to organize, we've been busy, but I've managed to squeeze a few sessions in as well. Here are some top quotes and takeaways along the way:
23 May 2013 8:50am GMT
I belive every sitebuilder already had the need to wrap multiple fields with some markup, for example to group them in a fieldset or simply to wrap them with a div to solve theming issues. The easiest way to acoplish that is to use the field group module, wich gives you a nice and handy ui integrated in the core field_ui. It comes with a common set of often used wrappers, like expandable fieldsets or even horizontal and vertical tabs.
The module itself is a great tool for sitebuilders and themers because it is easy to use and exportable with the features module.
Sadly the module is pretty old and it is very complicated to get new features in it, because so many sites already use the module. So everyone lived with the overload of classes field_group appends to its containers and the poor set of available markup. Yannickoo from Loom created a patch, wich allows the user to decide how the wrapper should look like, by simply adding the tag in the ui.
This looks somewhat like in the image above!
If you want to take advantage of this new feature, you need to download the latest development snapshot 7.x-1.x, instead of the stable release.
Credits are going to yannickoo for this great work!
23 May 2013 7:30am GMT
WYSIWYG in Drupal 8 is going to rock, simple as that. Practically all annoyances, complications and other stuff we have had to endure In Drupal 7 and earlier has been fixed. Read all about it and also watch Nate Haug's DrupalCon Portland 2013 session about the improvements here.
Unfortunately Nate also revealed that Drupal 8 will still automatically delete files when their usage gets zero. That is a bad thing and I'll explain why I strongly believe that.
23 May 2013 7:26am GMT
Often times it is needed to create module specific custom tables to store persistent data. Drupal offers a set of hooks in connection to this. Most commonly used among these are hook_schema() and hook_update_N(). First hook, hook_schema() holds the structure of table in the form of PHP array.
23 May 2013 5:38am GMT
Here's a quick video recap from Drupalcon Portland - Wednesday May 22nd. If you missed yesterday's recap, you can watch it here.
23 May 2013 12:39am GMT
In this episode we continue learning about Drupal Commerce and dive into some of the layout aspects of building out Drupal Commerce product displays.
In this episode you will learn:
- How to modify the layout of a Drupal Commerce product display
- How fields are used to control the Drupal Commerce product display layout
23 May 2013 12:33am GMT
22 May 2013
This Drupalcon has in many respects been about winning the hearts of the user: There's a constant UX track installed for the first time at a Drupalcon; Dries has used his keynote to talk about the importance of improving the web experience management (with some UXy slides!), UX expert Karen McGrane was invited to give today's keynote on the subject of multi-device content.
Her point: Lots of the tools that we build give the user the illusion that the web is print. Instead of using WYSIWYG and other (misleading) instruments, users should be able to add metadata with longer legs, making content multi channel capable. And if there's just one thing you want to watch today: Chris Blow's magically athwart presentation on Design Ops:
22 May 2013 8:55pm GMT
Here is one more conversation I had at Drupal Camp Alpe-Adria in April, 2013. Ranko Marinic is from Croatia and has some great perspectives. He works as an IT consultant with a wide range of technologies and with Drupal "by night". He is studying economics and has become interested in the economic effects on local communities of implementing open source software. Ranko also talks about the moment he really started believing in open source as a social movement.
22 May 2013 7:31pm GMT
Just a quick note that the St. Louis Drupal Users group chose to reschedule our normal meetup, which occurs every third Thursday of the month, to next week, the week after Drupalcon Portland. Last year, we had a meetup right after Drupalcon Denver and had a great turn out. Those who weren't able to attend learned what it's like to attend Drupalcon, and also got valuable insight into the sessions, keynotes, and other events surrounding this great event. This year, we have at least a few known members who are here at Drupalcon (along with myself for the first time), who will be sharing their experience with the group at next week's meetup.
So if you live in or around the St. Louis area, or know someone who does, please be sure to join us this Thursday, from 7p-9p at the Missouri History Musuem (more details about the meetup can be found here).
22 May 2013 5:59pm GMT
Hey, that's not what I was thinking!
That's a very common complaint customers have with developers, when they receive the result of weeks or months of hard work. And it indicates a failure of planning.
We've found nothing that works better to avoid this result than to write up and discuss user stories in detail.
What's a user story? It's a description of the process a person goes through to get a specific result, and what happens along the way.
22 May 2013 5:08pm GMT