With the 2014 European Drupal conference fast approaching, the Ixis team members attending this year have scoured the schedule for their must see see sessions this year, and why.
For the Developers
Content Staging in Drupal 8 (Wednesday 10:45) - moving content about from dev to production has always been a huge pain in Drupal, so hopefully we'll get a chance to see how this might work in Drupal 8 and finally put an end to the question of when and where the client should start adding their conent during the development phase.
We are 10 today (ok strictly tomorrow but it's the weekend!) We're all off to Centre Parcs over the bank holiday weekend to celebrate, and thought it was good time to reflect on some of the highlights and changes over the previous ten years.
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.
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.
With some seasoned and new members of the Ixis team attending Drupalcon in Prague this coming September we wanted to share our suggestions on essential sessions to attend from our teams point of view.
Matt P in our support team has been working with Drupal 6 & 7 for the past year and feels brushing up on what's coming in Drupal 8 for a site builder will be helpful as a primer when existing clients are begining to plan their site upgrades.
Shopify open sourced Dashing late last year, their Dashboard software created for displaying dashboards on TVs around their office. We decided to see have a play and see what statistics we could show on our office TVs.
Install is simple via gem, although as a non Ruby person I spent more time than I should have installing Ruby 1.9 (from source in the end). Once up the server runs on a port (3030 as standard) and applications can simply send data to the dashboard in a certain format and it is displayed immediately.
If you're trying to trouble shoot problems on a Drupal site and need to get some information out of Drupal then using the command line can get you answers quick.
Traditionally calling any of the Drupal API functions to diagnose something would require peppering your modules with temporary debug code, or writing a whole new module to call API functions and display results.
We have recently launched a revamped site for Times Education targetting newly qualified teachers with the NUT.
New Teachers is a core asset of Times Education, providing teaching tips, resources, online live advice chat and the latest job vacancies for new teachers.
Ixis have worked with Times Education for 4 years, providing development and consultancy support to a range of sites including assets for headteachers and the provision of careers guidance for schools. We also provide a hosting and support infrastructure that ensures the sites are secure and performing especially under heavy traffic loads at peak times.
Drupal 8 needs as much prodding along as it can get to make the anticipated winter 2013 launch.
With the launch in mind the next worldwide sprint weekend is coming up just after the London DrupalCamp weekend - on the 9th & 10th of March. Yes Mothering Sunday is also on the 10th in the UK so make sure you don't forget those ladies in your life inbetween git pushing code.
The global Drupal event calendar Drupical is doing a nice job of keeping a record of the sprint events coming up over the next few months.
At Drupalcamp North West it hit me that we don't actually see other Drupal companies as much we should outside of a Drupalcon/camp, so I decided to do something about it.
The first Drupal Social event was Drupal Karting, which saw a few Northern Drupal companies get together on a weekend away from work.
The guys from Livelink were a few seconds a lap quicker than the rest of us, with Jonny Glancy and Richard Lyon leading joint first into the final with Chris Cohen from Tigerfish 3rd and myself and Ashley Wright ending up 4th and 5th.