When I first walked into Commercial Progression as the new intern I was nervous. That’s understandable… for the fact is that this is my first job in my field, web design, that I've had up to this point. I’d done some work for local businesses around my hometown but this feels different. I was hired on, going to be in an office working with other people, trying to move a company forward with work that I’d help create. The thought was frightening at first, but once I got to sit down and work, it just felt natural. The communication that everyone has around here is amazing.
We received a visit from a Forbes writer at CP HQ recently that resulted in an article telling our story about website development with Drupal in Michigan. Check-out what they said about us, along with shoutouts to some of our wonderful clients…
I am always fascinated by the tools that other developers use. It’s usually the first thing I ask them. “Hey, I know I haven’t asked you your name yet, but what operating system do you use? What IDE? How many git commits have you made today?”
I don’t ask these questions so I can say “Hmph, you should really only use Emacs on FreeBSD and I have made 1500 git commits today.” I ask them out of true curiosity. I am a fanatic Linux distro and IDE hopper. So, when another developer suggests a new tool my reaction is to try it out.
Drupal developers tend to treat overriding theme functions as a last resort. However, it's sometimes necessary in order to eliminate default functionality provided by core.
One instance we recently found where the default theming was not to our client's expectations was the "unlimited" field widget (the widget is the form element on the edit screen, while a field formatter themes the output on the view screen). Unlimited widgets display with tabledrag re-ordering, without any option to disable it.
I'll be participating on a panel discussion about the decision to use Wordpress or Drupal for your organization's website. Having experience as a former Wordpress developer and now a dedicated Drupal advocate I'm looking forward to this event at the June 1st Lunch Ann Arbor Marketing meeting!
When: Wednesday, June 1, 2011, noon-1:00pm
Where: Conor O'Neills (318 South Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI)
I'll be teaching a class at Washtenaw Community College this winter semester entitled Drupal: Build and Manage Powerful Websites. It's a 6 week long class meant for Drupal beginners and will focus on using Drupal instead of developing or installing Drupal.
The class description is below:
Come join me at the September Drupal User's Group meeting in Ann Arbor on September 27th, 7PM, at SPARK Central. More details below...
We have our September topic lined up. Alex Fisher will be presenting on Netbeans, Xdebug, and local Drupal debugging and bootloading from the CLI. For any programmer who has ever banged their head against the wall while trying to figure out a difficult bug, this topic is for you!
I look forward to seeing you at Spark Central in Ann Arbor on September 27th at 7pm!
I've been asked to webcast an event this Wednesday morning, September 1, by Detroit Public Television. The event will be taking place in Auburn Hills, MI and will have some big players including the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.
Watch it Wednesday, 9/1/10 @ 10 AM ET on DPTV.org
Meet new Drupal enthusiasts, show off your latest sites, and ask for help with your latest Drupal problems at our next Michigan Drupal Meetup, tonight (August 19, 2010 @ 6:30PM). Everyone of all skill levels is invited to join us!
Get more information and RSVP on the event announcement.