Issue 85 May 9th, 2013
DrupalCon Portland is just around the corner so be sure and checkout the DrupalCon section to prepare for your trip. The DrupalEasy crew invited me on their show to talk about TheWeeklyDrop.com so if you want an inside look at this newsletter be sure and check that out. Happy reading.
~ Bob Kepford
Jon Pugh outlines why you should go to DrupalCon. Not only will attending DrupalCon help you stay ahead of the curve but there are things that happen at DrupalCons that you just can’t experience anywhere else.
“You can either get on the Drupal 8 bus now, or get run over by it later.” Larry, you have a way with words sir.
Jon Pugh points out some topics that are not going to be covered by sessions at DrupalCon Portland. Notably Search API and Migrations. Jon does point out that the community can still meet for BOFs on these topics.
A special event to benefit the trust of Aaron Winborn, a long time Drupal contributor who has been fighting ALS.
New to Drupal and headed to DrupalCon Portland? Check out these training classes.
This post is a few weeks old but with DrupalCon Portland knocking on the door it is a good time to read it.
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I really like Drupal project manager Matthew Saunders’ approach to projects outlined in this blog post. Most definitely worth a look.
While Todd Ross Nienkerk’s article isn’t specifically about Drupal, I really enjoyed his views on the perception of what an app is. Todd also points out how many of the disadvantages of web apps often touted are going away.
Robert Bates of Phase2 talks about using the Picture and Breakpoints modules to use the new Picture HTML element with a polyfill fallback on your Drupal 7 sites.
A really handy performance tip.
Modules, Themes & Projects
If you have a Drupal Commerce site you really need to check out this post and watch the screencast. The Commerce Reporting charts are pretty awesome.
Tim Kamanin has released a nice development helper module that adds contextual links to all the forms on a Drupal site making the task of finding the form ID’s very easy. I didn’t see the value at first since you can just dpm(form_id); in a your custom module but after watching the video it made sense. I would save some time in the development process.
Chris Ruppel introduces a really cool module for Drupal themes. Magic module offers many performance improvements and development tools to your themes.
Updates & Announcements
Learn about current status of the Conference Organizing Distribution.
I was privileged to be a guest on the DrupalEasy this week and talked about the genesis of this newsletter, Open Atrium, Google Reader, Men in Tights and much more.
Greg Dunlap discusses his fundraising for Drupal 8 core development and more.
Shannon Vettes talks about project management.
A very nice comparison of these layout modules for Drupal from Chris Shattuck of BuildAModule.com.
May 17th, 2013 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
May 25th, 2013 in Göteborg, Sweden.
June 21st - 23rd, 2013 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas.
June 28th - 30th, 2013 in Dublin.
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