As a professional at a higher education institution, how can you find Drupal resources on campus and use them to super-power your website? Familiarity with these people can make the difference between a successful and a failed project. In this post I outline a few easy ways to start finding what you need to use Drupal at your university.
It's that time of year again, when Drupal developers from far and wide come to take advantage of the lingering California summer and revel in Drupal nirvana at the Bay Area Drupal Camp (aka "BADCamp").
Drupal 8 is here. Almost. As a marketing or IT leader at your university you’ve got enough to worry about. Let’s hold hands.
As a veteran entrepreneur, self-taught coder and Kalamuna’s Support Manager and a senior developer, I’ve been around more than “a block or two.” With so many of you kids getting into development, I figured I would try to make my humble mark on this planet by throwing out my take on the kind of mentality that can help someone thrive in our field. So here’s my story (abridged!) and a few tips on how to think about work.
A long time ago in a galaxy not too far away, I supported myself through college (and then some) by waiting tables. It was a lot of fun and good cardio, but not the kind of thing that I thought would look good on a resume when my aim was to leave the hospitality business. But nothing could be further from the truth. I learned important life lessons, including how to manage my time, work under pressure, and feel more empathy for people. Waiting tables prepared me for my professional career far better than all of the internships I had over my collegiate career.
I might be completely alone in this, but the support desk is one of my favorite aspects of my job. It’s the instant-gratification of web development. Receive a request, solve a problem, and BOOM: happy client! Every time I close out a ticket, I feel like I’ve made a client’s life just a little bit easier. So here’s a few tips to help support clients return the favor:
A long time ago, in an agency far, far away… Darth Salesman has just handed over a long-winded statement of work to the green project manager and beleaguered discovery team. Confusion and despair ensue. How is the team supposed to know exactly how to proceed? What kind of promises, parameters and expectations were made beforehand? What tone should they take as they work with the client? How can we bridge the gap between the sales process and discovery phase?
Drupal’s Print module has some pretty dated-looking icons that come bundled with it. However, support for Windows 3.1 ended 14 years ago and so did the need for tiny little pixelated icons. Being the fashion-forward web developers we are at Kalamuna, we’d like you show you how to imbue your Print module links with a modern aesthetic that will look great at any size and on any screen using FontAwesome icons.
I have been Kalamuna’s resident supportbot and site-builder for the last six months (and a summer intern before that), but now I’m taking the great leap forward into Jr. Developer-dom. How did I get here? Mainly by being in the right place at the right time, working hard, and being game for whatever challenges got thrown my way. Here are some things that have helped me go from “intern” to “junior developer.”