Chicago Drupal Jam / Drupal 7 Here We Come
I've had a lot of fun today at the Chicago Drupal Jam: http://jam.cdmug.org/
The event featured 7 Drupal 7 presentations. It has been a while since I've fired up Drupal 7 and have to say I'm pretty excited. I think Drupal 7 is really going to blow people away. Especially the Wordpress / Joomla holdouts who love those packages' UIs and bemoan Drupal's. Drupal 7 'out of the box' looks really slick. And under the hood there are some exciting changes.
A couple of notes from the day.
Q: When Will Drupal 7 Be Release?
A: Answer (From Crell), 'When it is Ready'!
More specifically, when the critical issue queue is down to zero.
Most Exciting Drupal 7 Elements
Caching in D7 will be greatly improved. The caching layer will be object oriented so that multiple caching frameworks can be used without hacking core. A lot of the work that went into Press Flow was contributed to D7. This will make scaling a lot easier and projects like Mercury a lot more accessible and easy-to-use.
Brandon Morrison gave a nice breakdown of D7 theme improvements. According to him 80% will be the same for D6 themers but the last has some nice improvements. The addition of Jquery UI to core will be huge. The render() and hide() functions in templates will avoid hacky 'unsetting' of variables, there will be a 'process' function which will sit between the 'preprocess' functions and 'templates', the $help region, the ability to theme forms, and the new hooks available to themes are also pretty cool. If page_hook_alter() does as advertised there will be a lot of satisfied themers.
New database layer, new node access, entities, and fields (of course).
Coming to Terms with the Admin Overlay
I was one of those howling about the new Admin Overlay. Who asked for this? Why make a browser within a browser?! Why include something so buggy so close to relase?! ..were some of my reactions.
Looking at it now it is a lot less buggy, and I'm starting to come around. I think there will be a lot of people who see this and are new to web building and think it is awesome. I showed it to students in a Drupal 6 class recently and they 'oohed' and 'aahed'. People like pretty things. So maybe after all this will be a win. Though I think it should be part of the UI to disable it.
Overall: D7 Rocks!
There is a lot of excitement and energy around this. Looking forward to its release.
Are you an aspiring web developer, fresh out of college and eager to dive into Philly’s exploding tech startup scene? Are you a growing startup or established company in need of talented developers to help take your business to the next level?
Zivtech was thrilled last week when Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that we were one of five winners of Startup PHL’s second round of Call for Ideas Grants, for a 6-week Web Development Bootcamp. We are hosting and teaching this bootcamp along with another awesome Philly web development firm--Neomind Labs--the goal of which is to allow us to share our expertise with, and help create job opportunities for, the next generation of Philly-based professional web developers.
We at Zivtech have been working with Drupal for a long time, some of us for over 10 years, and in that time we’ve gotten to use (and sometimes build) a lot of really cool modules to develop stellar sites for our clients. We have sifted through thousands of modules on Drupal.org, going far beyond the first couple pages of results and venturing deep into the unknown, unheard of, and ultimately under-appreciated modules. We sent out a question to our staff to ask for their favorite obscure modules, and we've compiled this list to share some of these modules that we have found particularly helpful, and to help ensure that they don't fall through the cracks. All of these modules have fewer than 8,000 active installs, and most have under 5,000.
As a Senior Developer here at Zivtech, part of my job is to develop with an eye towards security. If you follow development and security news, you know that achieving security is pretty hard in complex systems. But, while correctly implementing security across a site is challenging, some aspects of security are actually pretty easy and we've known what to do and what not to do for a long time.
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We love Responsive Web Design, and we love Drupal. But do they love each other? After working on a number of RWD and Drupal projects this year, I'm happy to report that they get along just fine. Though "Love" might be stretching it a bit.
Zivtech is happy to be a Gold Sponsor at this year's DrupalCamp NJ. And as always, our developers and designers are conducting training workshops and sessions.