I've published another article on the Lullabot site! This time around the topic is Drupal 8 Theming Fundamentals. This is part one in a two-part series that will help folks get up to speed on all the changes in Drupal 8 theming.
At the conclusion of the series there will be a starter theme made available on GitHub. Although not discussed in the posts, this starter theme will also include a basic Gulp workflow to make it as easy as possible to get started.Continue reading
On Tuesday, Dries gave the best keynote I’ve heard him deliver. It included some very interesting Drupal history and it brought home to me how extraordinary Drupal really is. There were so many points in the project’s history when things could have happened differently - or not happened at all. To see a photo of the first DrupalCon attendees 10 years ago (27 people) while sitting among ~3000 Drupalists from around the world was pretty amazing.
There are so many people doing big, interesting things with Drupal. Despite concerns about corporate influence within the Drupal community, the project empowers a huge number of non-profits and institutions of higher education and it was great to see them so well represented here. It might be weird to talk about software as a force for good, but that’s really how I see Drupal. It makes a huge difference to a lot of organizations and the valuable work they contribute to society.Continue reading
Lately it's been tough to write on a regular basis. I've been working on a rather all-consuming project for Lullabot - the redesign of the Grammys website. It was a great project that will be launching shortly, but my work on it has finished up, leaving me with some time to crank out a blog post.Continue reading
I recently had the opportunity to see Nate Haug deliver a presentation about his Backdrop CMS project and it's upcoming 1.0.0 release (Jan. 15). It had been a while since I had taken a look at Backdrop and I came away quite impressed with both its progress and direction.
Many of you reading this will be familiar with Backdrop, but for those of you who haven't heard of the project, it is the first fork of the Drupal project, and the source of a great deal of controversy and angst in the Drupal community.
Backdrop has been perceived as a threat by many Drupalists, but I think as we step through the features and approaches of the two projects, those fears will be at least somewhat allayed. My own take is that the two systems seem complementary instead of competitive.Continue reading
So, in between my Drupal theming projects over the past four or five months, I've been reading quite a bit on Angular, creating a few trivial projects and generally trying to understand the framework more deeply before tackling a substantial project for a client.Continue reading
Whenever I come across articles on web performance, they typically focus on a single aspect of making high performance websites - usually the backend. That's why you'll often see posts on caching and the like, similar to what's in the first part of my series on building high performance Drupal sites (which I'll be returning to once I have a nice block of time for writing the lengthy second installment).
There are other areas that get less attention, however. Frontend performance, for example. Fortunately, the neglect of frontend performance seems to be ending and there are great tools now available to help diagnose and fix problems, first and foremost the outstanding Chrome DevTools. Also see webpagetest.org if you're not using it already. But the thing that's on my mind lately is neither of these two areas, but rather how the site performs once it's fully loaded in the browser. Yeah, I'm talking about runtime performance.Continue reading
What follows is part one in a series of posts on web performance that I've wanted to write for quite some time. I'll not only be talking about optimizing web performance generally, but also providing specific guidance for speeding up Drupal sites.
Although I'm not a web performance specialist or expert, I have taken a keen interest in the topic in my work as a frontend developer building responsive websites. I love building fast sites and have gained some experience over the years getting Drupal to shed some its inherent sluggishness.
As a way of systematically tackling what can be a complex subject, we'll use the results of a test from WebPageTest.org, a Google-sponsored tool that provides very in-depth information about the performance of a site in nice, easily digestible chunks.Continue reading
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