DrupalCamp North East

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We are really looking forward to this weekends DrupalCamp North East.  

Our friends over the opposite coast will be hosting their inaugural conference and welcoming new and old faces to the world of Drupal.  

I have been given my first keynote opportunity on the business day and will be discussing how the public sector have adopted drupal and are leading the way in innovation.  

There are still tickets left and its a not-to-be-missed camp - especially for the saturday evening social event, where we will be treated to some of the famous North East hospitality.  

Nippy EdgeCast Purging

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Since we integrated the EdgeCast CDN for one of our clients, and released a related EdgeCast Drupal module we have been encouraging more and more clients to consider a CDN layer to accelerate performance to multiple geographic locations and maintain an excellent uptime even during site maintenance periods.

A recent international client who is running many domains with federated content using the Domain module needed to make use of the content delivery network to improve performance and resiliance for their sites.

DrupalCamp Yorkshire is here!

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We are looking forward to supporting this weekends Drupal Camp Yorkshire being held in Leeds at the Electric Press.  

Whilst a number of the community are meeting up next week at DrupalCon Austin, the Yorkshire contingent will be gathering to share knowledge and enjoy a few beers too.  There will even be a live link up with Austin on Saturday as Alex Burrows delivers his talk on Panels at 16.30 GMT.  

I am particularly looking forward to hearing more about Drupal 8 and how the community are preparing for its release.  

Drupal Site Builder / Developer Job Vacancy

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Due to a successful start to 2014 we're expanding the Drupal team!

Come and join our well established UK team as a web developer building Drupal powered solutions.  We build and support interactive sites and applications of all kinds, so every project can offer different challenges and solutions.

St Georges Day Lunch

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Saint George's Day is the feast day of Saint George and the National Day for England.

In an effort to celebrate St Georges Day here at the office we've gone all traditional English for lunch with a large order for the local chip shop and a not-so-English round of beers for the team.

The Easter Bunny Hopped In

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The Easter bunny popped in to the Ixis office just in time for the long weekend break.

All the desks were left with a boxed chocolate delight, including special ones for our nut allergy sufferer. They didn't last long for some of the staff when they were broken in to and devoured with a few mugs of tea and coffee in the morning.

Next week might be an opportunity for us all to bring in our chocolate remains to share amongst the team when we've had too much over the weekend!

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Join the Ixis team as a Project Manager

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An opportunity has arisen to join our busy and energetic company as a Project Manager, Based in Warrington (Cheshire) but willing to travel all over the UK, you will lead the production process and manage internal and external projects to deliver new services to our clients.

The successful candidate should have a proven track record in managing production and projects. You will be required to chair and direct a production process to deliver a programme of projects based on services sold by the Sales department.

The Chester Beer 'n Teppanyaki

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On the Saturday just gone some of the team headed out to sunny Chester in Cheshire for a day of beer sampling and food.

After a successful start to the calendar year for Ixis we decided to treat ourselves by having an outing in the city of Chester. Our aim was to hit some of the pubs on the Ale trail and sprinkle in a few of own preferences, we started off in Kash Taprooms and then moved on through the city going from pub to pub.

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New Year, New Things!

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We’re only just into 2014 and things are really moving here at Ixis as we enhance, change and introduce new software systems to continually improve our services for the benefit of our clients.

At the end of last year we’ve made considerable changes to the development team - including standardizing on a new development IDE in the shape of PHPStorm, new onboarding and sign off processes and including a lot more nice to have features from bigger projects into the smaller ones.

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Phpstorm & Drupal presentation from DrupalCamp NW 2013

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What's the point in using an IDE, especially a paid one, for PHP development when there are so many simpler, free tools?

In November 2013 I was lucky enough to be offered the chance to present a session at DrupalCamp NW on why it's time for Drupal developers to be using a proper IDE. The session used JetBrains PhpStorm as an example, but presented the case including other popular IDEs like Eclipse and NetBeans as well.

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