Impacts of Drupal and Ambitious Digital Experiences

Posted on Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:34

This terminology has never sat well with me. I haven't had the time really to articulate why. Allow me to explore my thoughts further. I fully recognize that people need to use the right tool for the right job. But, this philosophy suggests Drupal is not the right tool for less ambitious digital experiences. What about sites for local non profits, web presence for a local restaurant without any digital staff, or local religious organizations that desire a straight forward way to communicate their mission to the world on a shoestring budget. Drupal was built on the backs of people creating

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Retrospecting on the Legal and Technical Ramifications of ReactJS

Posted on Tue, 10/31/2017 - 12:56

Over the last few years, there have been substantial discussions around ReactJS, especially with regard to its former license. This has little to do with the fact that ReactJS offers an attractive and innovative front-end development framework and that it has the backing of a major commercial entity. While I'm not an expert, the most controversial bits do not appear to be driven by copyright concern, but how their license applies to patents. I've learned that legal and licensing can be a significant consideration in determining the technology we select on behalf of our clients, how

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Exploring simplicity in Drupal design components

Posted on Mon, 10/02/2017 - 11:40

Component-based architectures have become both a popular and fairly crowded space in the Drupal community. For over a year, I have followed the progress of some tools created by those leveraging Pattern Lab as a component based design library. I can’t claim to know the full breadth of problems these individuals encountered, many of which are experienced technologists in our space. But, every solution I have seen has been complex and demonstrates some architectural red flags. I wanted to take a fresh look. I paid a designer to redesign my blog for a migration to Drupal 8. This presented the

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An Analysis of Drupal Governance

Posted on Tue, 08/29/2017 - 15:54

In my earlier blog post, I researched community governance in other open source communities. While it was not exhaustive, I identified a set of trends and practices communities use to serve community members. The question remains: what can Drupal learn from other communities? To answer this question, we must understand where we are today. It turns out that answering this is quite difficult depending on our individual experience, network, and exposure to the community. Admittedly, with respect to Drupal’s governance, I am far from an expert. While I have been in the community for a while, I

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Local core development environments

Posted on Tue, 08/08/2017 - 14:45

In an earlier blog post, I described my ideal local environment for developing Drupal based projects (DrupalVM). My primary objectives included separation from the host OS, persistence in config (affording disposable sandboxes), and extensibility to customize around project specific configuration (mirroring other environments). In those respects, DrupalVM has spoiled me and I've likely saved hundreds of hours in large part to these efforts (thank you, Jeff and other contributors). Core development is a different story. Technically speaking, you need Composer, Git, and an environment mirroring

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Promoting Community Toxicity

Posted on Tue, 07/18/2017 - 23:36

Something has been bothering me and I haven't been able to put my finger on it. I hesitated writing this. By doing so, I fully understand that some will choose to twist or misinterpret my words to further instill doubt into the community. While this is one's right and often turns into a lengthy Twitter debate, many in the community have shied away from sharing their voice for fear of retribution. As a community, we have accomplished great things not because we agree on everything, but because we know how to disagree without being disagreeable. We are capable of debate through issue queues

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A Drupal Contribution Non-Profit

Posted on Thu, 06/08/2017 - 11:47

Jrockowitz's recent blog post on crowd sourcing, found here, sparked so many ideas for me. I wanted to discuss the most prominent idea in this blog post, the idea for a company that nurtures community contributions. Such a topic has often been on my mind and Jrockowitz post might have helped me to connect enough dots around this idea. Community members (especially maintainers) often volunteer their time and energy to community projects with little incentive aside from their will to do good. BackgroundBefore elaborating further, I think there are some key motivations to align. The first is

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