YAR! Here there be Pirates, Drupal, BuddyPress, videos, and HHVM!

A'vast ye bilge rats, it be that time of year, yet again. Time fer the entire Internet to grab their swords and eye-patches and play pirate for a day. Smartly, lads & lasses, grab ye a mug of grog and belly up to the bar....gees, this is a lot harder than I thought it would be. Here's a picture of me dressed like a pirate. There, I've done my duty as a geek on the Internet on September 19th. Now let's take a look at what is going on around the ecosystem.

 

Yarrr! Talk Like a Pirate Day Is Almost Upon Us!

If you don't understand the opening, here is a quick read from WordPress Core Developer Emeritus, Dougal Campbell.

Once again, Talk Like a Pirate Day is almost here. And swab the deck! Aye, this Friday, September 19 is Talk Like A Pirate Day, and all good citizens o' th' Interwebs are expected t' participate!

Give it a quick read and then tweet like a Pirate. 

 

Configuring CSS Source Maps & Compass

Here is one from HackMoney for all my designer friends out there.

After hours of searching Google, lots of trial and error, and a bunch of grumbling, I had a breakthrough and finally figured out how to get Source Maps to work under Chrome and Compass. The problem is that this functionality has been around for over a year in various forms in the pre-release versions of Sass and Chrome. As such, many of the posts I found were out dated and didn't work with the current, stable versions. So this post is partially to document the process for myself (and a small victory lap!), but hopefully someone else will get something out of it.

This one only has a little code to view but it has lots of pretty screen shots. 

 

The Small Business of Open Source

Our buddies at ThinkShout are at it again. This time Sean Larkin has penned a bit of a think-piece for us to consume.

This summer, ThinkShout was named the 9th Fastest Growing Private Company in Portland, Oregon. Admittedly, this came as sort of a shock to me and Lev. Over three and a half years, we’ve grown the company from two dudes renting desks in an incubator space to a full-time team of 17 professionals averaging 10 years of experience each. But most of the time, it doesn’t feel like we’ve come up with any secret sauce for running a successful business. We try to listen to our employees and our peers in the industry. We partner with nonprofit clients trying to make the world a better place, and we do our best to treat them with integrity in all aspects of our work - from our design and engineering practices to our approach to project management and our billing process.

Like everything ThinkShout does, this is not a quick blog post dashed off and shoved onto the web. This is a thoughtful look at the topic. Save it to your tablet or phone and read it on your next lunch hour or commute. (Not while you are driving, please.)

 

Top 10 Development Lessons They Didn't Teach You in School

Amanda Shareghi of Alley Interactive interviewed Dustin Younse about his session "Top 10 Development Lessons They Didn’t Teach You in School".

Many colleges have hefty syllabi for computer science courses, but software developer Dustin Younse believes that there are still a few key lessons missing. In his NERD (New England Regional Developers) Summit talk, “Top 10 Development Lessons They Didn’t Teach You in School,” he’ll be discussing what you’ll need to know as a developer on the job. 

The interview is not a replacement for seeing the session, but it is a good overview. Give it a read. While you are there, leave them a comment.

 

BuddyPress 2.1 “Patsy”

Boone Gorges announces the release of BuddyPress 2.1 with a list of all that is new and updated.

BuddyPress 2.1 is named for Patsy’s, a classic pizzeria in East Harlem, NYC. Aside from top-notch pies, Patsy’s is famous for its claim to have originated the practice of selling pizza by the slice. What better way to celebrate a new version of BuddyPress than grabbing a slice for yourself?

What? If I put any more in there then you won't need to visit the article. Go, check out the shiny.

 

My Thoughts on the Drupal Project Application Process

Michael Hodge Jr wrote up his thoughts on LightSky and their contributions back to Drupal.

Giving back to the Drupal community was one thing I wanted to make sure we did more of as a company. It's been a little over a year since I took ownership of LightSky and our Drupal contributions are increasing. We are actively contributing patches where we can, sponsoring local Drupal meetups and camps and even hanging out on IRC. One thing we have not done until now was to contribute a module. At some point, I would like all my development staff to contribute a module (or modules) back to the community and I figured if I was to ask this of my staff, it was only fair that I did it first. It took some time to figure out what to contribute back, but once I had an idea I was excited to get started.

Honestly, that's about half of the article right there. It is not a long read but one I recommend to any Drupal developer. 

 

Webinar Video: Love Your Load Times

Our friends over at Door3 wrote a quick little post showcasing a webinar they did about Drupal load times.

During our recent partner webinar, “Love Your Load Times”, our rockstar Antonio Estevez joined Timani Tunduwani of Pantheon to discuss streamlining your digital assets for optimal website performance.

The video clocks in at right around an hour. It's a great way to take a break from the current problem and give your brain time to work in the background.

Also, since he said "rockstar" when he meant "most excellent developer", I am obligated to link to this article What developers think when you say "Rock Star".

 

The Automagic Speed-Up Cache

Over at Drupal WatchDog,  Fabian Franz gives us the best, in-depth, developer focused, code-containing article of the week. This is a good one. 

One can have the most effective cache in the world, but if it clears entirely on any content change, it is not really workable. A “page” in Drupal can have blocks, listing, entities, regions, and many other objects. When one contained item changes, the container of that item needs to be fully rebuilt; often, that is the whole page, a problem requiring a much-needed solution.

If you finish up today's project before lunch, take the afternoon, dig into this article and play with the ideas. Learn something new or stretch your imagination a little. 

 

Interview with Sara Golemon

Sara and the Pirates By Sebastian BergmannFinally, let's close things out with something different. Those of you who know me know that I produce a podcast in my spare time, Voices of the ElePHPant.  Recently at Drupal Camp LA, I was privileged to sit down with PHP core contributor Sara Golemon of Facebook. We talked about HHVM and Hack.

There is really nothing to quote from the page since it's just her twitter account and a link to her blog. So while you are contemplating when - not if - you want to give it a listen, here is a picture of Sara dressed as a pirate and hanging out with pirates. This photo was taken at ZendCon 2006 and was taken by my friend - and PHPUnit creator - Sebastian Bergmann.

 

Photo Credit: Sara and the Pirates by Sebastian Bergmann

Used under CC-by-sa

A'vast ye bilge rats, it be that time of year, yet again. Time fer the entire Internet to grab their swords and eye-patches and play pirate for a day. Smartly, lads & lasses, grab ye a mug of grog and belly up to the bar....gees, this is a lot harder than I thought it would be. Here's a picture of me dressed like a pirate. There, I've done my duty as a geek on the Internet on September 19th. Now let's take a look at what is going on around the ecosystem.

 

Yarrr! Talk Like a Pirate Day Is Almost Upon Us!

If you don't understand the opening, here is a quick read from WordPress Core Developer Emeritus, Dougal Campbell.

Once again, Talk Like a Pirate Day is almost here. And swab the deck! Aye, this Friday, September 19 is Talk Like A Pirate Day, and all good citizens o' th' Interwebs are expected t' participate!

Give it a quick read and then tweet like a Pirate. 

 

Configuring CSS Source Maps & Compass

Here is one from HackMoney for all my designer friends out there.

After hours of searching Google, lots of trial and error, and a bunch of grumbling, I had a breakthrough and finally figured out how to get Source Maps to work under Chrome and Compass. The problem is that this functionality has been around for over a year in various forms in the pre-release versions of Sass and Chrome. As such, many of the posts I found were out dated and didn't work with the current, stable versions. So this post is partially to document the process for myself (and a small victory lap!), but hopefully someone else will get something out of it.

This one only has a little code to view but it has lots of pretty screen shots. 

 

The Small Business of Open Source

Our buddies at ThinkShout are at it again. This time Sean Larkin has penned a bit of a think-piece for us to consume.

This summer, ThinkShout was named the 9th Fastest Growing Private Company in Portland, Oregon. Admittedly, this came as sort of a shock to me and Lev. Over three and a half years, we’ve grown the company from two dudes renting desks in an incubator space to a full-time team of 17 professionals averaging 10 years of experience each. But most of the time, it doesn’t feel like we’ve come up with any secret sauce for running a successful business. We try to listen to our employees and our peers in the industry. We partner with nonprofit clients trying to make the world a better place, and we do our best to treat them with integrity in all aspects of our work - from our design and engineering practices to our approach to project management and our billing process.

Like everything ThinkShout does, this is not a quick blog post dashed off and shoved onto the web. This is a thoughtful look at the topic. Save it to your tablet or phone and read it on your next lunch hour or commute. (Not while you are driving, please.)

 

Top 10 Development Lessons They Didn't Teach You in School

Amanda Shareghi of Alley Interactive interviewed Dustin Younse about his session "Top 10 Development Lessons They Didn’t Teach You in School".

Many colleges have hefty syllabi for computer science courses, but software developer Dustin Younse believes that there are still a few key lessons missing. In his NERD (New England Regional Developers) Summit talk, “Top 10 Development Lessons They Didn’t Teach You in School,” he’ll be discussing what you’ll need to know as a developer on the job. 

The interview is not a replacement for seeing the session, but it is a good overview. Give it a read. While you are there, leave them a comment.

 

BuddyPress 2.1 “Patsy”

Boone Gorges announces the release of BuddyPress 2.1 with a list of all that is new and updated.

BuddyPress 2.1 is named for Patsy’s, a classic pizzeria in East Harlem, NYC. Aside from top-notch pies, Patsy’s is famous for its claim to have originated the practice of selling pizza by the slice. What better way to celebrate a new version of BuddyPress than grabbing a slice for yourself?

What? If I put any more in there then you won't need to visit the article. Go, check out the shiny.

 

My Thoughts on the Drupal Project Application Process

Michael Hodge Jr wrote up his thoughts on LightSky and their contributions back to Drupal.

Giving back to the Drupal community was one thing I wanted to make sure we did more of as a company. It's been a little over a year since I took ownership of LightSky and our Drupal contributions are increasing. We are actively contributing patches where we can, sponsoring local Drupal meetups and camps and even hanging out on IRC. One thing we have not done until now was to contribute a module. At some point, I would like all my development staff to contribute a module (or modules) back to the community and I figured if I was to ask this of my staff, it was only fair that I did it first. It took some time to figure out what to contribute back, but once I had an idea I was excited to get started.

Honestly, that's about half of the article right there. It is not a long read but one I recommend to any Drupal developer. 

 

Webinar Video: Love Your Load Times

Our friends over at Door3 wrote a quick little post showcasing a webinar they did about Drupal load times.

During our recent partner webinar, “Love Your Load Times”, our rockstar Antonio Estevez joined Timani Tunduwani of Pantheon to discuss streamlining your digital assets for optimal website performance.

The video clocks in at right around an hour. It's a great way to take a break from the current problem and give your brain time to work in the background.

Also, since he said "rockstar" when he meant "most excellent developer", I am obligated to link to this article What developers think when you say "Rock Star".

 

The Automagic Speed-Up Cache

Over at Drupal WatchDog,  Fabian Franz gives us the best, in-depth, developer focused, code-containing article of the week. This is a good one. 

One can have the most effective cache in the world, but if it clears entirely on any content change, it is not really workable. A “page” in Drupal can have blocks, listing, entities, regions, and many other objects. When one contained item changes, the container of that item needs to be fully rebuilt; often, that is the whole page, a problem requiring a much-needed solution.

If you finish up today's project before lunch, take the afternoon, dig into this article and play with the ideas. Learn something new or stretch your imagination a little. 

 

Interview with Sara Golemon

Sara and the Pirates By Sebastian BergmannFinally, let's close things out with something different. Those of you who know me know that I produce a podcast in my spare time, Voices of the ElePHPant.  Recently at Drupal Camp LA, I was privileged to sit down with PHP core contributor Sara Golemon of Facebook. We talked about HHVM and Hack.

There is really nothing to quote from the page since it's just her twitter account and a link to her blog. So while you are contemplating when - not if - you want to give it a listen, here is a picture of Sara dressed as a pirate and hanging out with pirates. This photo was taken at ZendCon 2006 and was taken by my friend - and PHPUnit creator - Sebastian Bergmann.

 

Photo Credit: Sara and the Pirates by Sebastian Bergmann

Used under CC-by-sa

 

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