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Wim Leers (Wim Leers on drupal.org) joins Andrew, Ryan, and Mike to discuss the Spark distribution and all the new, cutting edge authoring-experience related modules that go along with it. Lisa Rice from Brevard Workforce also calls in to talk about Drupal workforce development, and everybody discusses the latest Drupal news and makes some outstanding picks of the week.
How many times do you find yourself building the same bit of functionality on Drupal sites for various clients? Whether it be a photo gallery, multi-user blog, or slideshow, as Drupal site builders, we often find ourselves re-inventing the wheel. Personally, I’ve been asked to build slideshows on many client (and volunteer) sites that I’m involved with. Over the years, I’ve developed a recipe for a powerful and flexible slideshow that often exceeds the needs of all but the most particular clients. I recently added the ability for the slideshow to be responsive, and now seems to be a good time to share what I’ve done. At the end of this post, I’ve provided the slideshow as a Features that you can implement on your sites.
The second edition of the Drupal Career Starter Program kicked off last week with 20 out-of-work, eager IT professionals looking to jumpstart a new career in Drupal. They’re looking forward to spending 10 weeks learning the fundamentals of Drupal in the classroom, working their way up the Drupal Ladder during their lab hours, and transitioning into a paid internship with one of our Work Experience (WE) Drupal hosts. As if that wasn’t enough to jump-start a Drupal career, we’ve also matched each student with a DrupalEasy Community Mentor that will help guide the student in their 5 mandatory hours of community contributions each week. 20 students and mentors multiplied by 5 hours per week for 10 weeks equals 1,000 hours of community contributions.
It never fails - regardless of the skill level of the Drupal workshop that I'm teaching on any given day, the topic of Drush always sneaks its way into the conversation. Normally, it's because I have to quickly download a module to demonstrate something that has come up in class. Rather than navigating to the module's project page, I just quickly jump to the command line and do a "drush dl whatever" and hope that no one notices the witchcraft I just invoked - this inevitably results in the nerdiest student in the class perking up and wanting to know what the magic is that they just saw...
Florian Loretan (floretan on drupal.org), one of the main organizers for DrupalCon Munich, joins Mike Anello and special-guest co-host Ted Bowman to find what attendees can expect at this year’s European DrupalCon. In addition, Ezra Gildesgame (ezra-g on drupal.org) joins in on the fun to talk about the amazing progress of the Conference Organizing Distribution (COD) on Drupal 7. If that isn’t enough, there’s also talk about the Drupal documentation leadership changes, Commerce Kickstarter V2, picks of the week, and a really useful site of the week!
The success of mentor-protégé relationships driving greatness in all kinds of fields stands the test of time, from Socrates and Plato, to Max Plank and Albert Einstein, Emperor Palpatine and Anakin Skywalker (maybe not the best example), and even Dries and Webchick. Philosophy, physics, and even IT are better, and better recognized, because knowledge was shared and ideas were nurtured. There are thousands more examples in hundreds of disciplines.
Now is a great time to take a cue from history and apply the mentoring strategy to the Drupal project with a focused effort. DrupalEasy is ramping up our second Drupal Career Starter Program (DCSP) in August, and one of the enhancements to the program this year is that students are required to put in 5 hours of community time at the direction of a mentor. In a few weeks, the 20 eager protegés, vetted for technical ability and attitude, will be ready to devote 5 hours per week to the Drupal project at the direction of 20 DrupalEasy Community Mentors (this is where you come in!)
Ted Bowman (tedbow on Drupal.org) from Six Mile Tech joins Andrew Riley, Ryan Price, and Mike Anello for the first post-summer-vacation DrupalEasy podcast extravaganza! Recent NYC camps, the upcoming Capital Camp, the changing of the guard at the Drupal Association, Aaron Winborn, and a bunch of other recent developments in the Drupalverse are discussed. As always, there are picks of the week (including the “best one ever”), a site of a week, and a preview of upcoming podcast guests.
Lin Clark (linclark on Drupal.org) leaves Andrew Riley, Ryan Price, and Mike Anello speechless with her vast knowledge of RDF, microdata, and the semantic web on this episode of the DrupalEasy Podcast. Lin talks about how she favors microdata (check out her new Microdata module) over RDF, her super-cool Web Taxonomy module, and a bunch of other things that demonstrates why she’s one of the Drupal community’s brightest minds. Other topics covered include Zen 5.0 and Google’s “recommendation” of responsive design.
Jake Strawn (himerus on drupal.org), fearless leader of the Omega base theme, joins Andrew Riley, Ryan Price, and Mike Anello for a best practices discussion for responsive theming with Omega. They tackle commonly confusing questions including "what's with all the CSS files?", mobile navigation, advertising images, and "what the heck is the Delta module supposed to do?" Other news-y stories discussed include the DrupalCon Code of Conduct discussion, Views in core, and the “Spark” prototype.
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