Static and Dynamic Capabilities of Design Systems

Posted on Wed, 08/15/2018 - 12:26

It’s a classic computer science concept: Static versus Dynamic. This fundamental concept is what separates content management systems from static HTML, as a practical example. But, how does this apply to design systems like Pattern Lab and any system(s) that consume Pattern Lab artifacts? The key point to understand is around anticipated changes. What aspects of a pattern can change either based on application, anticipated updates over time, or their conditional placement? Understanding what changes are possible help drive decisions on the use of static or dynamic. Bear in mind, each pattern

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Mid-2018 Drupal Coffee Exchange Updates

Posted on Sat, 05/26/2018 - 15:48

We are about to start another quarter of the Drupal Coffee Exchange. Personally this has been a lot of fun to see this start from humble beginnings and an off-the-cuff idea posted to Twitter to now have a growing membership and have been running for over a year now. We now have international participation and are looking to expand that. For me, it’s yet another reminder our community goes well-beyond the commits. Now we have a way for community members to stay caffeinated and share our favorite coffees between community enthusiasts. It’s unique, it’s fun, and it’s become a creative and

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Achieving Clarity in Component-based Best Practices

Posted on Mon, 04/02/2018 - 14:02

IntroductionHere we are. It’s been over a year now that our community has explored design components (integration of design systems, pattern libraries, etc) and Drupal. The community has shared different tools and solutions, presentations from many individuals representing different companies and perspectives, and processes/workflows that enable the different teams and disciplines. I would classify the time spent to date as research, exploration, and innovation. While this is expected for something new, we need to define best practices. The purpose of this blog post is to help us start a

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LeVeon Bell and Saquon Barkley

Posted on Fri, 03/02/2018 - 12:03

I am a huge fan of both Penn State Football and the Pittsburgh Steelers teams. The Steelers have shown favoritism to early-round Big Ten players (e.g. Shazier, Cam Heyward, Artie Burns) but they don't seem to routinely select Penn State players based on what I believe to be differences in systems and/or philosophies (Jesse James being one recent counter-example to this). Saquon Barkley is a generational talent that all teams should be vying for. The Steelers recently announced they were putting talks on-hold with LeVeon Bell so their staff could focus on the upcoming draft. Is there a chance

sports Roadmap (Early 2018)

Posted on Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:31

The purpose of this blog post is two fold: 1. To be clear on what and how we plan to address issues with the current system. 2. To address where the service is going.The service has a bright and promising future ahead as an open source platform that will serve people well and give people a chance to learn through contribution. The service will remain free and will be community sponsored. Before I begin, I want to start with an acknowledgement. I’m totally in awe over how far ahead of it’s time the SimplyTest service was and this is a testament to PatrickD’s efforts throughout the years. As an


2017 Conference Review

Posted on Sun, 01/14/2018 - 14:49

2017 has been incredible and a year of both personal and professional growth. Events like camps and conferences are critical for me to be active in the community, as I don’t have a local group or regional meetup. In 2017, I gave more presentations than I ever expected to. I travelled to many awesome cities. I had a personal goal of giving a keynote/featured talk. I ended up giving three. I went to many places I had never seen before (both at work and through community events). I’m astonished by how much effort and care volunteers put into these events. I shared meals, craft beers, and locally

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The Future of

Posted on Thu, 12/28/2017 - 11:41

SimplyTest.mePatrickD, the maintainer of, recently expressed interest in transitioning the application to a new maintainer. Let me first acknowledge how valuable this tool is for the community. It helps first time contributors who want to rapidly test a patch. It helps community members prototype modules or distributions without the concern of standing up a server. It’s really helped people, especially those not deeply technical, and should continue to as far as I’m concerned. I’ve used this at code sprints, I’ve tested patches on d.o, and generally point people to this in lieu

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