Issue 21 February 9, 2012
This week we take a look at Sass, node.js, and oh yeah... Drupal. Seriously, the quality of this weeks links is superb. and well rounded so there is something for everybody.
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John Albin Wilkins of the Drupal 8 Mobile Initiative outlines a plan for Drupal 8 on the mobile front. He begins by stating "The Drupal 8 Mobile initiative’s goal aims to make Drupal the leading mobile CMS platform." He goes on to outline 3 main objectives, Responsive Web design, Mobile-friendly forms, and Front-end performance.
Elliott Foster of Four Kitchens discusses how to use Node.js to do tasks that Drupal shouldn't or can't do. Elliott includes some good use cases for doing this and some real world examples you can try.
Kronda Adair of Metal Toad gives us a quick primer on using Views contextual filters in Drupal 7(Views Arguments in Drupal 6 speak). The post also includes a screencast which is a huge help if you are new to this idea. Seriously, if you are new to the Views module you need to take a look at this.
Ben Holt shares a slick little shell script he used to get a little more sleep.
It's no secret that I HATE WYSIWYG editors. That said, I agree with Jen Lampton that TinyMCE is the best one. Jen mentions a few plugins I was not aware of including spellchecking.
This post over at FriendlyDrupal.com lists 5 handy D6 and D7 modules you might find useful.
Lars Olesen shares how you can create a pdf with a QRcode in Drupal.
Cool little file trick from chx(Károly Négyesi).
Art Williams over at Digett.com gives us a comparison of using CKEditor with the WYSIWYG module and with the dedicated CKEditor module.
How do you create a entity? When should you create one? Yuriy Gerasimov of Trellon.com walks us through the process.
Zivtech's Howard Tyson shows how you can use SASS and Compass to make your theme responsive. If you haven't tried SASS yet you should read this post and give it a go. If you have used SASS you still might learn a thing or two.
Drush Compass module does just what it's name implies. It is a Drush plugin that compiles you SASS to CSS.
Steven Jones expounds on this module included in Entity API module.
Brian talks with Mike Carper about his performance modules.
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