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Front End Drupal

August 9, 2011

Front End Drupal: Designing, Theming, Scripting by Emma Hogbin and Konstantin Kafer is one of my favorite books on Drupal. It's written specifically for Drupal 6, but most of the concepts apply to Drupal 7 as well.

For Drupal theming, this is the go-to book. You'll learn how to create or modify any theme, how to override Drupal's core theming functions, and how to create amazing sites with JQuery. The JQuery section is especially helpful, with examples that spell out clearly how to use JQuery in your theme.

Developing Locally on a Mac

May 23, 2010

It's taken a while (see an earlier post), but I've finally found my perfect setup for developing locally on my Mac.

MAMP & VirtualHostX

MAMP is essential for developing locally on Mac. But with URLs like http://localhost/mysite, testing in a browser was a pain.

Not anymore. A nifty little app called VirtualHostX makes setting up virtual hosts like http://mysite a snap. Goes with MAMP like peanut butter and jelly. (NOTE: VHX works with MAMP 1.8.4, but I couldn't get it working with MAMP 1.9.)

CSS for Layout

May 16, 2010

From the presentation I gave this weekend at the Phoenix Desert Code Camp. You can also view and download the notes at http://bit.ly/cssforlayout

Why Use CSS?

Cascading style sheets (CSS) allow us to separate content from presentation.

  1. Saves time and money. It's easier to change one style sheet than, say, 20 font tags on every page of a 200 page web site.
  2. File sizes are smaller and load faster, saving more time, money and your users from frustration.
  3. Machines love it because...

Using MAMP & VMWare Fusion on a Mac to Test in IE

February 7, 2010

I'm a diehard Mac and Firefox user, and if I were Queen of the Universe, everyone else would be, too. My royal aspirations aside, I realize that I have to take into consideration The Browser That Can't Be Named when developing a site. On average, about 58% of all people are still using some version of TBTCBN. At my place of employment, I'm sorry to say, that number is even higher—up to 68% of ASU's web visitors are poor, misguided souls.

Friday Afternoon Video (on Sunday)

January 17, 2010

You'll probably seen this scene "re-subtitled" a bunch of different ways. This is the first time it's made me laugh out loud. Thanks to Nick Lewis for the link...and the chuckle over "Hitler Finds Out That Drupal 7 May Release Without Panels."

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