DrupalCamp LA: A Recap (and the power of local community)

This past weekend was the weekend of my local DrupalCamp, DrupalCamp LA.  This year was again at the University of California Irvine campus, though the camp had moved to a new building.  The new digs were quite nice, especially the largest room which provided auditorium seating and held many more people than the space did …

Saving Time with Component-based Design

blue bin filled with legos

As someone who creates and implements designs for nonprofit organizations, I have learned a lot of ways to keep costs down. There are many little tips and tricks, like leveraging open source software, free fonts, and creative commons stock photos. But the most comprehensive way I’ve found to both meet client needs, keep project costs …

Fake it til you make it: A recipe for slanted text

In Jen Simmons’ recent presentation on modern layouts for the web, she takes down current web design conventions, and asks us to consider looking at the print world for inspiration. One such inspiration she points to is text wrapping around complex images. Why hasn’t there been more of that? Well, we haven’t been able to do it in …

Announcing the Advomatic Scavenger Hunt @ Drupalcon New Orleans

New Orleans

  Last year at Drupalcon LA, our team did a conference scavenger hunt based off a list of funny/unusual things we’ve encountered at Drupalcons past. We took a photo of each item for proof, and at the end of the conference, we went through our list and shared our photos. This was a good time. This year, we’re taking …

How do I manage the security of my Drupal 6 site?

In our last post we talked about how the Drupal Community is supporting Drupal 6 after its end-of-life and what that means for your Drupal 6 site.  In this post we’ll get a bit more technical and talk about what exactly you need to do to keep your website up to date. Step #1: Getting …

The roles of the web and how to break in

Over the holidays my brother in-law was asking about the world of the web, and how he might start a career in the industry. I started thinking about all the different disciplines involved in creating a website and I realized that this was going to be bigger than just a few words in between bites …

Front-end Code Review Fundamentals

We’ve been thinking about code reviews lately here at Advomatic.  Fellow Advo-teammate Oliver’s previous post covered the whys of our code review process, and Sarah covered the hows when she did a overview of some tools we use regularly.  This post focuses on the front-end side, and deals more with the whats of front-end code …

Drupal Code Review Tools & Resources

Tools

Code reviews are a regular part of our project process and give us the opportunity to catch bugs and standardize code before work is tested by our project leads or clients. You can read more about our code review philosophy in our last post. This post aims to give an overview of some of the …

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Code Reviews

Code reviews, or the practice of going over another’s code, have become an integral part of our team’s development workflow. There are several types of code reviews, but this article will focus on a few key scenarios where code reviews have served to significantly enhance our process and the quality of our work. At Advomatic, …