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Second Class of MTU

If you missed our first class, you can read up and watch the video here. We completed the second class of Metal Toad University last Thursday. It focused on tools that we'll use to create sites including text editors and graphics programs, and then we went down a list of HTML elements and talked about each one. Well, most of them. We skipped the blink tag and a few others. Read More…

Site Building at DrupalCon 2013 in Portland

I'm very excited to announce that papers are now being accepted for DrupalCon 2013 in Portland! I'm heading up the Site Building track this year and we have some very exciting things to talk about in both Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 this year. Some of the main themes we'll be covering this year in Site Building will include using third-party modules to control the content layout of your site, modules that can add quick functionality with no configuration, and modules that can add very complex functionality without having to have the technical knowhow that would normally be required. If you like using Drupal but aren't looking to master PHP, this is the track for you. Read More…

Metal Toad University

It started with my Dad. He was recently laid off from Comcast after almost 30 years. He wasn't sure what to do with himself, but since he's the one who first showed me code, he has experience with publishing his own podcast, and he has decades of technical expertise in the telephony biz, it only made sense to me to get him into web dev. While thinking about this it occurred to me that over the years a few other friends of mine had expressed interest in what I do. These were all friends who were bright people stuck in lousy jobs. Wanting to share the career that I love with my friends and family, I posted this on Facebook: Read More…

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Book Review: HTML5 Boilerplate Web Development

This book is packed with a ton of various tips and tricks for the novice or the pro. Even with 13 years of experience it still taught me a few things that had flown under my radar that I'll be implementing right away. While it does take some leaps regarding expected reader knowledge, there are plenty of links and resources noted to help anyone catch up. Read More…

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JavaScript: Resizing text to fit in a container

This span is too big for this div This is a simple problem and a simple solution. Often in the world of dynamic data we find ourselves with data that is larger than the container. There are ways of handling this like a scrolling div or adding ellipses to chopped of text, but what if you absolutely must see all of the text and are willing to change to font size to accomplish this? Using this little recursive jQuery snippet you can accomplish this. Read More…

PlaceZombies.com!

Who can resist zombies? They’re everywhere! But on the internet, they are facing an uphill battle against the kittehs. They were dealt a heavy blow with the release of placekitten.com which allowed developers of all sorts to add kittens to their site with a simple URL. But now the zombies are ready to strike back. U CAN HAZ ZOMBIES! Read More…

How I Lost 10 Pounds on the DrupalCon Diet

When I started my new position here at Metal Toad, I was a comfortable 160lbs. After three months of being able to eat at whatever random food cart I wanted, I had ballooned to 180lbs. Believe it or not, I like to play basketball and an extra 20lbs can murder your jump. I don’t want the comment section to devolve into ‘What a healthy weight is’ or anything, so let me just say that 160lbs works and 180lbs doesn’t. My Wii Fit Plus says I’m overweight so that should be satisfactory to the data heads. Losing weight is hard. DrupalCon can help, and I’m here to tell you how. Follow these simple steps that I’ve outlined below and you too can lose 10lbs at the next DrupalCon (In my very own Portland, OR for the next North American one). Read More…

What is SASS?

You may know about some of the problems that CSS has as a language. There is a lot of repetition. There is a lot of repetition. You may have worked on projects with 5000 lines of CSS. Not only is that a lot of code to write, but it's also a lot of code to maintain. But what about its smarts? Read More…

Boilerplate 1.0 for Drupal 7: Responsive HTML5 & SASS

Our new theme has just been released! This theme was developed with a few goals. Great HTML5 support based on the excellent Boilerplate HMTL5 template, full SASS support, and a base fixed/flexible responsive layout similar to Zen but with built in mobile support, all while keeping the code base small. Like Basic, the stripped down version of Zen, this is designed to run alone, not to run as a master theme with sub themes. Read More…

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