We got back from DrupalCamp Chicago last week, flushed with success! Michael Haggerty ended up leading two sessions on CiviCRM, introducing it in depth to several of the conferencegoers. Our most recent developer hire, Kyle Cunningham, got to lead an unconference session on forms API as well. Personally, I was blown away by what he can do with that often cumbersome part of the Drupal interface. We're looking forward to being able to package some of his tricks into modules in the near future. Even my presentation was a success, despite some minor technical issues.
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When I was asked to write a blog post about myself I was surprised. Who doesn't know me? However, I figured that some may be uninitiated and figured it would be good idea to fill everyone in.
I'm Kyle Cunningham, Trellon's newest developer, master chef and mad scientist. While I am excited by the cooking opportunities, I'm even more excited about developing awesome websites, the likes of which Trellon is already well known for. It's an illustrious
reputation to live up to so I've supplied a brief history of myself:
All of us at Trellon are getting excited for DrupalCamp Chicago in a couple of weeks. The presentations look really interesting: key technologies like Domain Access, CiviCRM, and Panels are all featured... and this Trellonaut in particular is looking forward to learning more about those incredibly powerful tools.
It's always a special time when Druplicon shows up at any of the Drupal conventions and events. The people at Trellon are always on the lookout for when he is going to make an appearance so we can take pictures with our camera phones and MMS them to friends and relatives. Imagine our surprise when we saw him (her?) show up in a music video on one of our favorite social media sites. Pictures below the break.
PDFs have historically been difficult to integrate into Drupal. Site owners were forced to include PDFs as attachments to content, and accept the interruption to the site layout that the external plugin presented. Building on the excellent Scribd API, our new module allows PDFs to be displayed on your site without the Adobe Reader plugin.
Trellon is hiring again, the job announcement is available at this web page. We are looking to fill multiple positions in our team, ranging from junior developers to senior roles.
The forms Drupal automatically generates have always suffered from the 'silo' effect, where one form field is stacked on top of the other. This often presents a usability challenge for people operating the system, and generally requires some additional level of theming for developers in a really mature site.
It's been about a week since returning from Drupalcon Paris, and the consensus at Trellon is that we wish it never had to end. Many of the members of our team have been going to Drupalcons for a long time, and this was definitely one of the most memorable ones on record.
Greetings from Drupalcon Paris!
At the core of all the hype around "social networking," and "social media," is the fact that "social" websites allow members of a website to connect with each and develop relationships without needing the administrators or content editors to mediate these connections. This from the "build and they'll come," school of design and strategy. In any case, even though Drupal is a fundamentally social platform, there is no user-to-user relationship support in the core of Drupal.
The weekend of June 27th and 28th saw over 200 Drupalers, including myself, flock to Denver for the annual DrupalCamp Colorado. Trellon was proud to sponsor the event. The fact that number of attendees doubled since last year shows the growth and momentum surrounding Drupal. This year, the event was combined with an Ubercamp- a gathering of Ubercart developers and enthusiasts.
I just found out that Drupalcamp Alberta which is taking place from 10-11th July at Lethbridge University is open for registrations. If you are planning to attend why not contact the organisers and propose a session as slots are still available, there is already a growing speaker list including Leisa Reichelt from the Drupal 7 usability project.
This is my first official Trellon blog post! It's been a good first few weeks. I have had a chance to work on some exciting projects. One of which involved using the awesome ApacheSolr Drupal Module which adds support for much better search performance and faceted search.
Nonprofit organizations have been implementing online stores for years. Product sales are an integral part of an organization's annual fundraising program. On average, nonprofits raise 33%+ of their annual budget around the holiday season. E-commerce is a valuable addition to any nonprofit's online fundraising program.
On a recent project we had a situation where the client wished to migrate over all the avatars currently in use by their community. Upon investigate we found out that the folder contained over 4GB worth of data. The data was not segmented in such a way that we could identify the images we needed simply from the file structure. Of these images were only needed to obtain approximately 100MB worth, and the database schema told us which ones we needed.