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February 2016

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for February 26, 2016

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week in Web Dev Rev notes: Drupal 6 end of life was February 24, though it received a final release fixing known vulnerabilities; the same vulnerabilities document is referenced for the new Drupal 7.43 release, which will be on all of our servers by the morning of March 1st; is upgrading their PHP to 5.4; updated their contributing organizations page, and the University of Waterloo was in the top 50 (we have since slipped to the second page); with that in mind, we wanted to remind people about Drupal's contributor tasks - you can contribute to Drupal without having to necessarily write code (and if you set your profile to show you work for the University, we'll get credit for your work); the DrupalCon New Orleans session submission deadline was fast approaching, and while it's unlikely that the WCMS will officially send any attendees, the list of tracks is very interesting; a company called "Howdy" has released a Botkit that is supposed to make building Slack Bots easy; and finally, Flexbugs is an interesting GitHub repo keeping track of issues with FlexBox implementations in various browsers, and ways to work around them.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for February 19, 2016

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week's Web Dev Rev notes are pretty short - maybe everyone that generally works on the sorts of things that make it to the notes was busy prepping for DrupalCon Asia? - but here they are: Drupal introduces a new Community Initiatives Process, and DrupalCon Asia is on now and should start generating videos soon.

Drupal: a quick and dirty guide to creating a field formatter

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This guide shows, basically, what is the absolute minimum you need to do to create a field formatter for Drupal 7.

To work with this guide, you'll have to have administrator access to a Drupal site, along with access to the file system to add a custom module.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for February 12, 2016

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week in Web Dev Rev notes: the Drupal 8.1.0 beta and release dates were announced; this month's Drupal core security release window has moved to avoid conflicting with DrupalCon; Drupal founder Dies Buytaert has posted on turning Drupal outside-in; a reminder of the existence of, for looking up how internal Drupal functions work, and the DrupalContrib API reference, a one-stop source for API functions in contrib modules; the GitHub repo "big list of naughty strings" contains, well, a big list of strings that can cause issues when used as input; "Using the internet as a blind person" is a talk that was considered for Web Dev Rev but we're recommending watching on your own due to inconsistent sound; and a progress report on merging Firebug into Firefox's built in developer tools.

WCMS Web Dev Rev wrap-up for February 5, 2016

WCMS Web Dev Rev

This week in Web Dev Rev notes: Drupal 7.42 is out (which includes a patch from our own Liam Morland); Drupal 7's co-maintainer has moved on to Drupal 8, so they're looking for a new Drupal 7 co-maintainer; a new A List Apart article is an excerpt from "Git for Humans" titled "The Art of the Commit" (link no longer available); and Microsoft Edge developers discuss 2016 priorities for the browser.