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Beer, booze or bytes: Make your own Homebrew!

What is Homebrew? The term "Homebrew" is defined by Webster dictionary as "beer or other alcoholic beverage made at home." This definition which is the most commonly used would refer to the making of beer and wine at home. But beer is not the only thing that is "brewed" at home and referred to by this term. Homebrew also refers to the creation of software, typically video games that are produced for proprietary platforms or via official development kits. Read More…


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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…

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How (and Why) Google Needs to Invest in Open Source

As more and more people start using the internet, and as websites get increasingly full featured Google continues to see growth in its userbase. Open Source CMS platforms (Drupal, WordPress, etc.) are increasingly the go-to technology for many companies with over 800,000 sites using Drupal or almost 60 million on WordPress. As big as these numbers are, they are a drop in a bucket compared to the 4+ million Google searches that occur each day. So why should Google care? Read More…

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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…

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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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Getting Kids Interested in Programming with MIT's Scratch

By day, I am mild-mannered web developer, but by night I go by another title: "Dad". Like most parents, I hope that my children will spend their days doing something constructive instead of wasting precious early development time absorbing mindless entertainment. Bonus points if those activities are things I can get overly excited about showing them. Read More…

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Drupal 7 Tutorial: Using Breakpoint Panels

This tutorial is obsolete for the new version of Breakpoint Panels - New tutorial to come Breakpoint Panels is a new module just released that allows you to specify which panels show in which breakpoints. It integrates with the Breakpoint module, Panels, and specifically the Panels In-Place Editor. In this post, we'll walk through how to use it. Read More…

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Crafting an Apache Solr Schema.xml

Using Apache Solr with Drupal is fairly simple thanks to the apachesolr module, but recently we were tasked with making Solr a vital component of a custom Django project. The Drupal module comes with a Solr schema.xml that is already set up specifically to play nice with Drupal, but we had to craft our own. Setting up Solr, filling it with data, and getting it back out again is relatively easy. However, much like taking a north-Philly street brawler and turning him into Rocky, it takes a bit of work to do it well. Read More…

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Clients and Killer Sharks: The Charisma Myth

Are leaders born or made? In my search to answer this age old question, I stumbled across 'The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism' by Olivia Fox Cabane. Cabane takes the side of nature versus nurture, with the book giving step-by-step instructions on how to be more charismatic. The majority of her lessons focus on what is essentially manipulation - mimicking body language, feigning attentiveness, etc. While useful, this really isn't anything new. Read More…