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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; drupal.org is upgrading their PHP to 5.4; drupal.org 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 drupal.org 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 api.drupal.org, 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.