Blog posts archive

July 2015

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for July 31, 2015

WCMS Web Dev Rev

We started with a quick observation on unused web pages, and then moved on to this week’s short and sweet Drupal-related news: DrupalCamp Ottawa just went by; DrupalCamp Toronto 2016 has been announced; and Drupal Global Training Days were announced for August 21 and 22, 2015.

Web accessibility tip: Create HTML web pages rather than documents

HTML (web pages) vs. PDF

Reading HTML online is generally a better experience than reading a PDF online. With good HTML, the user can choose a font size so the text is easy to read, and the paragraphs are laid out to match the user's preference.

Drupal North Highlights: Kevin Paxman

Drupal North

There's always a few sessions at Drupal gatherings that are more generic - about tools that any web developer might use, regardless of platform. For me, among these sessions, the highlight was Trevor Kjorlien's talk, "Then He KSS’ed Me": Automatically Generating Living Style Guides With 'KSS'.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for July 24, 2015

WCMS Web Dev Rev

In Drupal-related news this week: DrupalCamp Ottawa is on now, which will hopefully generate some videos and/or slides; the Chair of DrupalCamp Bristol posted an interesting article on tips and feedback from organising a DrupalCamp; we discovered’s topic suggestion page; the Modules Unraveled training videos are now free for everyone; Angela “webchick” Bryon posted a complete list of Drupal 7 modules sorted by popularity; and finally, all of the WCMS team’s Drupal North Highlights blog posts have been published.

Drupal North Highlights: Tyler Struyk

Drupal North

Decoupled Drupal was a hot topic at Drupal North. There were over 5 sessions spanning the 3 tracks: business, front-end, and back-end. They ranged from "Selling Decoupled Drupal" to turning your Drupal site into a RESTful API.

Drupal North Highlights: Michael Tjendra

As an aspiring project manager, I was thrilled to learn that “Exposing Project Management’s Scary Language: The Truth About Starting a Project” was offered at the 2015 Drupal North Regional Summit in Toronto. I am interested in learning more about managing software development projects, and in gaining insights that will be helpful in obtaining my Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for July 17, 2015

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week in Drupal news, NYC Camp has started, and hopefully will post some of their sessions online; the schedule for next week’s DrupalCamp Ottawa has been posted; the minimum PHP version for Drupal 8 has moved to 5.5.9; the WCMS team’s “Drupal North Highlights” series of blog posts has started to be posted and will continue throughout next week; and the WCMS web development roadmap has been updated to show what’s being worked on in the team’s current sprint.

Drupal North Highlights: Nathan Vexler

Drupal North

Thanks to the powers of knowing the French language (and myself being the only almost-native French speaker on the WCMS team), I was the only WCMS developer to attend the Vagrant Drupal Development (VDD) session at this year’s Drupal North conference. Vagrant Drupal Development is a fully configured and ready to use development environment built with VirtualBox, Vagrant, Linux and Chef Solo provisioner.

Drupal North Highlights: Eric Bremner

Drupal North

Two of the sessions I went to during Drupal North were about theming: Creating a Drupal 8 Theme with Node.js, LibSass, Gulp & BrowserSync and Drupal 8 Theme System: hook_theme() to Twig Template. Two points of interest I took from these sessions:

Drupal North Highlights: Lily Yan

Drupal North

When I attended Drupal North in Toronto, I was very interested in the session D8 Test Drive - Module Development given by Nick Selvaggio.

From this session, I learned the module development changes in Drupal 8 and how to set up a simple module using a Symfony controller.

Drupal North Highlights: Liam Morland

Drupal North

There were two sessions I would like to highlight.

Drupal North Highlights: Chris Shantz

Drupal North

The highlights from this year’s conference for me were two of the keynotes. For both of these talks the theme was about content and how we need to move beyond thinking of content on a desktop or mobile device.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for July 10, 2015

WCMS Web Dev Rev

It’s Friday, and time for another Web Dev Rev! We started out noting that DrupalCon Barcelona’s early bird discount ends today, and that NYC Camp (apparently pronounced “Nice Camp”) looks very interesting, and is free if anyone should happen to be visiting New York next week.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for July 3, 2015

WCMS Web Dev Rev

After a week off, Web Dev Rev is back!