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Amazee Labs: DrupalCon Los Angeles - Day 1: Dawn of the Drupalistas

Tue, 12/05/2015 - 20:15
DrupalCon Los Angeles - Day 1: Dawn of the Drupalistas

Yesterday, just shortly after the sun sprung up and sparked southern California’s beautiful coastal lines, the doors of LA’s Convention Center opened. Welcoming with it, a first wave of eager Drupalistas and surrounding them by its air conditioned walls. And for the subsequent days that are surely to follow, it will continue to receive and house those, transforming it, to the home of DrupalCon 2015.

To some of us, this day began just like two previous iterations in the past, with the Drupal 8 Training for Drupalistas. And like the preceding ones before, the turn out was again, lovely. A fresh batch of new ambitious students took their seats and embarked on a cinematic journey, led by our resident training director, Diana Montalion.

From lively exchanges of know-how, to focused, almost silent moments, the classroom experienced a day of captivating performances. And in-between those, pupils were given hourly breaks to take a breath and pick from a variety of delicious beverages (there were cookies!) and the oh so essential, mandatory coffee.

After a wholesome feast around noon-ish, the reins were passed on to Jason, who expertly guided the keen students through the inner workings of Drupal 8’s translation system. Shortly thereafter, Kathryn took over to introduce them to the beautiful side of Drupal 8 (theming!) before finally ending again within Diana’s experienced hands.

Meanwhile, the lower floor saw a much more handy development: the exhibition hall of large, empty at first, but slowly building up to a small but respectable miniature city of brands. Replacing muffled sounds of classroom keyboards with the repeating cracks of rising booths, only to be broken apart by the occasional clash of shouty staff members.

Thus the day drew to an end, and our students were being led on their way, charged with knowledge and filled with cookies. The building emptied its walls again to prepare for tomorrow, when at dawn, the drupalistas will rise again.

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Jim Birch: Dude, Where are my Templates? Using the Drupal 7 Theme Developer to find the way.

Tue, 12/05/2015 - 19:11

The first line of the description of the Drupal Theme Developer Module says that it is "Firebug for Drupal themeing".  I couldn't agree more.  This is the ultimate tool when you need to find out which theme hook, or which template file to modify based on your design and layout needs.

It is a finicky module though, it doesn't work with the latest version of one of it's dependencies, simplehtmldom API, and when turned on it can break your layout. 

Note that this module injects markers into the DOM to do its magic. This may cause some themes to behave erratically and less capable browsers may make it worse (especially IE)/. Enable it when needed, and disable it afterwards.

To ensure I install the correct branch of the modules, and to speed up enabling and disabling, I set up some aliases in my local/development computer's .bash_profile:

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Nikro: Moldcamp 2015 - Session Submissions!

Tue, 12/05/2015 - 15:56

If you haven't heard yet, we've announced earlier that Moldcamp 2015 is on it's way! Second edition of the Drupal Camp hosted by a small country in the Eastern Europe - Moldova.

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