Tag Archives: Drupal

Weekly Web Development Round-up May 2-6, 2011

To give our colleagues a better idea of what’s changed in our web applications each week, we’ll be preparing this quick list for publication each Friday. Not all of the details of each change are included below, but we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have in the comments.

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Weekly Web Development Round-up April 25-29, 2011

To give our colleagues a better idea of what’s changed in our web applications each week, we’ll be preparing this quick list for publication each Friday. Not all of the details of each change are included below, but we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have in the comments. Continue reading

Weekly Web Development Round-up April 18-22, 2011

To give our colleagues a better idea of what’s changed in our web applications each week, we’ll be preparing this quick list for publication each Friday. Not all of the details of each change are included below, but we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have in the comments. Continue reading

Weekly Web Development Round-up April 11-15, 2011

To give our colleagues a better idea of what’s changed in our web applications each week, we’ll be preparing this quick list for publication each Friday. Not all of the details of each change are included below, but we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have in the comments. Continue reading

Issue with HTML Emails for Webforms in Drupal Resolved

Last Thursday I got a notice about the module that sends HTML emails for our website was no longer supported and an upgraded version was available. I installed the new version of the module and its supporting modules, tested submitting a form, got an email response that looked appropriate and upgraded our live servers to use the new version of the module. Continue reading

DrupalCon 2011 Sessions that Might Interest You

As I mentioned at the LIS staff meeting, one of the great things about a conference that is put on by an organization that really wants people to pick up and use their software, rather than an organization that organizes conferences, is that they’re willing to make the information from the conference available to anyone. All of the sessions from DrupalCon are now available as streaming video on the conference website. This was also the case for last year’s conference in San Francisco.

Most of the sessions are only interesting to people actively writing code for Drupal. Complicating things, we run a custom module (Monster Menus) that is only run by two sites in the world and radically changes how people editing our site interact with Drupal. Because of this, most of the sessions either won’t be interesting or won’t apply to how you use Drupal at Middlebury or MIIS. I’ve picked out a few that either cover general themes about websites or apply to specific parts of Drupal that we use.

Keynote Speeches

  • Clay Shirky talked about how to involve the people who use your website in the development of its content and design. Audience: content managers.
  • Jared Spool discussed usability, user experience, and how to develop systems that take advantage of people’s knowledge. Audience: interface designers.
  • Dries Buytaert talked about the Drupal 7 release and the roadmap for future versions of Drupal. Audience: people interested in where Drupal will be in two years.

Using Drupal

  • Webform 3: The Survey Tool for Drupal: We upgraded to Webform 3 for our site last November. This session goes through the new features of Webform 3 (branching logic, email templates, and reporting) with over a half hour of examples.
  • Teaching Drupal: Creating Effective Drupal Training Materials for Clients, Employees, and the Public: I don’t need to add much of an explanation to this title except to say that the presentation covers both general and Drupal-specific topics.
  • Media: This has nothing to do with our current site. The Media module for Drupal 7 is brand new and still being heavily developed. This session gives you a look at where media (image, document, video) management is heading in the future with Drupal.

Design

  • Design for Mobile: An overview of design challenges for mobile device applications that touches on Drupal.
  • Making Beautiful Maps: We’re going to be working on an update to our Campus Map this Spring. I haven’t had a chance to watch this presentation yet, but I’m very excited to learn about how we can take the map interface beyond the default tiles that Google Maps uses.
  • The type revolutionary’s cookbook: You’re probably reading this sentence using Verdana or Arial as a font. This session discusses how that is going to change very soon as websites can now start to render text in fonts that you don’t have installed on your home computer.

If you find something in the larger list that you found particularly interesting that I forgot, point it out in the comments.

Facebook Integration for Drupal

A few months ago, we added support for Meta Tags on Drupal nodes, which gave you access to add an optional description and list of keywords to news stories, profiles, or other content types on the site. This feature was mainly added because when you link to a page in Facebook their site will try to fetch a description for that link and, if you don’t supply one in the meta description field, it will guess. It’s not very good at guessing. Continue reading

DrupalCon 2011: Day 1

This week Ian and Adam are in Chicago for the bi-annual DrupalCon developer conference. Drupal is the software that we use to manage the Middlebury and MIIS websites, as well as a couple others.

Read on for notes on the sessions we attended.

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