Before anything else, I want to point out that while this post will focus on maintaining a contrib module on drupal.org, that is just one of the many ways to contribute to the Drupal project. Every contribution is important whether it's a core patch, a documentation edit, a translation, or something else. If you use Drupal, please consider how you might be able to give back to the community. If you're already contributing, then thank you!
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Trellon presented a session about Agile design techniques at Drupalcon Los Angeles which was very well received. Over 100 people were in attendance to hear Blake Maples, Mike Haggerty and Jake Tooman talk about the way we introduced Agile design within Trellon and made it work for the groups we serve.
Slides from the presentation are available at the following URL:
So your company has an awesome Drupal site. Now, the company is expanding overseas and you need identical sites in Spanish, German, and Italian. Thankfully, Drupal makes supporting multiple languages on a single site easy. Instead of having one site for every language, you can have a single site that supports all languages and intelligently supports switching between them.
Translating your content
Drupal actually supports two different approaches to translating content: content translation and field translation.
As Trellon gets ready for a new release of AbleOrganizer this week, I wanted to share this video from Drupalcon Austin.
The Drupal community is hard at work delivering the next major release, Drupal 8. If you are already involved, your help is much appreciated. If not, but you would like to help with Drupal core development and are looking for a way to start, take a look at core mentoring hours. It's a great way for people to get involved, and there are several time slots each week that suit many people's schedules.
If you are doing a lot of theming in Drupal with Sass and Compass, there's a good chance your stylesheets rely on specific versions of gems to compile properly. Mixins and functions can change, and sometimes gems rely on specific versions of other gems to work properly.
Looking to write CSS for your Drupal sites faster and easier, and eliminate common defects? The first step probably involves choosing a CSS preprocessor to make your stylesheets programmable and accelerate the production of code. There are several out there which are widely supported, but the ones we really like to use are SASS and Compass. This article explains how to set up these tools for use within Drupal.
Drupal 8 is not far off from being released, and you may have heard some chatter about the differences in how you create custom modules. The reality is that, while there are some differences, it's not really that hard to wrap your head around them. This article provides a gentle introduction to creating forms in Drupal 8, and highlights the differences and similarities to how you would do this in previous versions of the platform.
This year, DC's two premier Drupal events, Capital Camp and Gov Days were combined into a single conference held on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. Trellon was proud to be a sponsor of this event, and I was particularly happy to attend. Not only was it a great Drupalcamp, but it gave me the opportunity to visit with some of my clients at NIH.
Trellon's new website is now live.
Sure is funny to think how time changes things. The last time we redesigned our website in 2009, desktop widgets / gadgets were a thing, Drupal 6 was just becoming stable enough for everyday use, and we had been debating whether to make a mobile version of the site (and decided not to, because 90% of people back then were not using mobile phones to browse the web.) The Internet is a very different place these days, and it's been time for a redesign for a while now.
Last week, we rolled out the first major feature for CRM Core, called CRM Core Donation. It's available for download now from Drupal.org. You can also download an install profile with CRM Core Donation pre-configured, along with sample forms and data to play around with. This is exciting news.
Today, Trellon released new versions of CRM Core and CRM Core Profile. Both of these modules include new features that are important for anyone looking to build modules that use CRM Core as a backend for storing contact information.
For those of you attending Drupalcon this month - you have good taste! Show exactly how good it is by joining us for a special event to benefit the trust of Aaron Winborn, a long time Drupal contributor who has been fighting ALS for some time now.
This event is on May 20, 2013, it starts at 4:30 and will be held at the offices of EcoTrust. Their address is as follows:
721 Northwest 9th Avenue
Portland, OR 97208
To attend, you can register here:
How do you build a feature that is going to work on any Drupal website? The question is more complex than it seems, and there is an important discussion going on around it in the Drupal community. It's playing out in a number of different areas where smaller groups of developers seek to leverage features as a tool for sharing functionality, and this issue is going to have an impact on the way people think about building websites over time.
The documentation for CRM Core has been updated on Drupal.org. Now that the module has achieved a stable version, we have updated most of the information available about how to use it.
The CRM Core handbook contains information on the following topics: