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Jennifer Lampton (jenlampton) of Jeneration Web Development joins Ryan Price and Mike Anello to talk about the most-excellent new theme engine forthcoming in Drupal 8: twig. Jen tells us everything that’s wrong with theming in Drupal 7, and how twig in Drupal 8 will be like riding a pure white unicorn on candy-coated road across an aqua-blue sky so much better. WYSIWYG in core, microcopy, documentation, and some really good picks of the week are also covered in the last ever 2-digit DrupalEasy podcast!
Holly Ross, the incoming executive director of the Drupal Association joined Ryan Price and Mike Anello on this episode to talk about the her background, the Drupal community, and her new job. Along the way we learn about her background in community organizing and building as well as her love of awesome 80s music. Other topics discussed include Omega 4, the usability of module names, and the 2012 internet in numbers.
Doug Hercules (dhercjr on drupal.org) is a graduate of the 2012 class of the DrupalEasy Career Starter Program and currently working as an intern with DrupalEasy.
This week I was tasked with learning how to automatically close comments on a node two weeks after the node is created. We initially looked into a couple modules that did this well, Comment closer and Comment commander, but since neither is quite ready for Drupal 7, we decided this would be a good opportunity for me to learn more about the Rules module. Maintained by Wolfgang Ziegler (fago) and Klaus Purer (klausi), this module allows you to define actions that are triggered automatically on various Drupal events as they occur. This blog post will walk you through how I accomplished this task.
Doug Hercules (dhercjr on drupal.org) is a graduate of the 2012 class of the DrupalEasy Career Starter Program (http://drupaleasy.com/dcsp) and currently working as an intern with DrupalEasy.
This week I had the opportunity to clone a website from a git repository using Quickstart. Quickstart is a really quick, pre-made PHP Drupal development environment in a VirtualBox, which allows you to install a virtual machine to run Linux on your Windows PC. I've only gone through the process of cloning a site into Quickstart once before, and this time I thought I’d document it in my blog for myself and anyone else who might want to do this in the future. The general idea is this - there’s a site that I need to work on that is stored in a remote git repository. I want to get a copy of the site up-and-running inside Quickstart. To get started, I downloaded Quickstart, installed VirtualBox, then imported the Quickstart file into it.
The beginning of the New Year seems like a good milestone to provide a progress update on the DrupalEasy Career Starter Program Work Experience (WE) Drupal. Eleven DCSP grads are interning with Drupal organizations all over the country, engaging their new-found Drupal knowledge and abilities in a variety of tasks, and gaining critical experience every day. Most of the interns are between one-third and one-half complete with their Work Experience, and reviews are super encouraging.
Some amazing organizations from far and wide stepped up to serve as WE Drupal Hosts, and help the eager 11 jumpstart their careeers, including the Drupal Association, Lullabot, WebEnabled, Radiant Blue Technologies, Cloud Nyne, Urban Rethink, Orange County Library System, Proctors, and DrupalEasy. Overall, the feedback from the hosts has been extremely positive, while the general reaction from the interns has been...overwhelming.
Emma Jane Hogbin (emmajane), Drupal author, trainer, and all-around superstar of all things Drupal (as well as a bunch of non-Drupal things) joins Andrew Riley and Mike Anello on the first episode of 2013! The trio discusses Emma Jane’s Drupal writing career, recent training events, Drupal 8, and also takes a look back at their favorite Drupal “thing” of 2012. They also say “aloha” to CKEditor, getting off the Drupal island, the most followed Drupal.org issues, and take a sneak peak at Drupal 9. Not leaving well-enough alone, they also make some picks of the week!
Owen Lansbury (owenlansbury), the managing partner of PreviousNext, Australia’s largest Drupal development firm, speaks with Mike Anello about the upcoming DrupalCon Sydney, to be held February 6-9, 2013. The topics covered include how a traveling camp became a ‘con, the growth of the Drupal community in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as details about the upcoming ‘con. If you’re already registered for DrupalCon, this podcast is for you!
This weekend I participated in the Brevard Code Sprint for the MediaFront Module. I must admit, being new to Drupal, it did cross my mind that I’d be more of a hinderance than a help. I couldn’t have been more mistaken! The dozen folks from the Drupal community were great to work with.
Addison Berry, the Lullabot Director of Education and Product Manager for Drupalize.me, joined super-special-guest-host Ted Bowman (tedbow) and stalwart Mike Anello to discuss Addi’s impressive Drupal resume as well as the evolving process of learning Drupal and growing new contributors. Brent Deverman (deverman) joined in to discuss the Site of the Week (CNN Travel), and Ted and Mike wrapped things up with some additional Drupal news and a couple of picks of the week.
The first-ever Brevard County Drupal Code Sprint took place on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at the Cocoa Village Civic Center. A total of 12 sprinters attended in-person, along with 2 virtual attendees who joined in via IRC and a Google+ Hangout. The sprint was in support of the MediaFront module, a front-end media solution that provides HTML5-based media players for supported browsers and falls back to a Flash-based player when necessary. The MediaFront module maintainer, Travis Tidwell (travist), could not have been more accomodating and helpful, as he participated in the sprint for 10 straight hours.
The sprint was a success; we were able to improve the MediaFront’s documentation, fix some bugs, perform some structured testing of the module in various operating systems and browsers, and make some progress on several other issues. DrupalEasy was proud to sponsor the sprint, providing the facilities, drinks, and snacks for the participants.
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