As a Drupal developer, you may believe your spirit animal burrows somewhere between Drupal 7 and Drupal 8. Mine resides in Backdrop. Let me tell you how I discovered it there. I saw Jen Lampton give a great session on Backdrop for the first time at Florida DrupalCamp 2014 and I really didn’t give it much thought. People were still yammering on about Drupal 8 and no one was adopting anything at the time. We were still trying to get people on Drupal 7. Flash forward to Spring 2016: Kalamuna won a small project through a nonprofit client in the San Francisco Bay Area. My dilemma: build the tiny site in Drupal 8, or do it with Drupal 7 (Panopoly and Kalatheme) — or go with Backdrop. I thought about it for a week and I landed on Backdrop. Here’s why:
I'm looking forward to attending Asheville Drupal Camp this August 12th-13th at Asheville–Buncombe Technical Community College in North Carolina. If you haven’t visited Asheville before, you can expect a town that feels small but that still offers exciting food, drink, and tourist destinations.
DrupalCon is once again upon us, and I’m looking forward to not only visiting New Orleans for the first time, but also co-presenting my first Drupalcon session. Our support manager, John Ouellet, and I spend most of our time in the support trenches, so we’ve thought a lot about what makes a successful model for web support. We’ll be covering the who, what, how, and why of Drupal support, so if you’re going to be at DrupalCon this year, come see us and bring your questions. Below is a sneak peek of what we’ll be presenting.
I’m a senior developer at Kalamuna with 22 years of experience developing sites (with the last 6 or so in Drupal) so I was pretty excited to jump into Drupal 8 when it was released. I jumped in feet-first and without much preparation on my first D8 site. Once I got behind the scenes, I saw right off the bat that adopting it will be a massive shift for everyone who has ever been involved with the project. After building two sites and working on a third, I’ve got some predictions and lessons to share. We will address fun topics such as: What will D8 mean for developers? Why move to OOP PHP? Will people adopt Drupal 8? What are the things that will make Drupal 8 easier to use? Finally, we will also cover what you can do to embrace the change and continue on with your Drupal conquests.
Nonprofits around the world use Drupal to create sites because it provides a low-cost, flexible and scalable platform for any kind of organization. It offers thousands of modules and contributions from its community to tailor sites to fit their unique needs. So how do you use Drupal to fit your particular project? Learn about developer Katy Pool’s session at the Nonprofit Technology Conference Drupal Day in San Jose, March 22.
We were brought up to believe that a true friend does whatever he or she can to ease the suffering of daily life. Find out how Kalabox can bring joy back into your workflow and be the perfect companion for development life.
The Age of Kalabox 2 hath dawned. Our dev dungeon toil has come to sweet fruition and we have released the command line interface version. I’d like to highlight some of the new features of KB2 over its predecessor. More importantly, I’d like to call on developers and orgs to help us test the new release. Interested? Start using Kalabox 2 and post some issues on Git.
In my first year at Kalamuna, I’ve noticed that people here have a Thing about self-teaching. This may be a common trait among developers, or it might be something that brought the agency together. Noticing the tendency, I thought to ask everyone here to point out the most valuable summits, projects, and technologies from the past year -- the things that helped them most, and that, hopefully, will help you, too. The bits below are the cream of the crop. 1. The Aspiration Non Profit Development Summit (@aspirationtech)
Once upon a time, a Drupal shop owner hired a contractor for a project. The contractor signed papers, met the team, and then started work. On the first day, the contractor’s invoice listed “local environment setup” as a line item. On the second day, the contractor’s invoice listed “problems refreshing local environment” as a line item. On the third day, the contractor’s invoice listed “fixing PHP version-related error” as a line item. Are you a character in this story? Does it have a happy ending?
I’m proud to announce that we’re broadening access to Drupal development tools by creating Kalabox 2.0 -- now in the works. The new version, supported by a Kickstarter campaign (and hopefully, you!) will include technologies that will make it faster, easier to use, and accessible to a much wider user base.