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Drupal 7 Tutorial: Using Entityqueue with Views

Last time I gave a quick introduction on how to create and manage queues using Entityqueue. This time I'll show you how to use them with Views to display content sorted by their position in the queue. First create your view like you normally would. The screenshots in this example, we are using a view of Content (aka Nodes), but this should be the same process for any entity type.
By Jonathan Jordan, Software Architect

Drupal vs. WordPress? Who Cares?! They Are Both Open Source.

Every week I hear about someone choosing WordPress over Drupal (or vice versus). While there are certainly differences between the two platforms, they are more alike than people typically care to admit:
By Joaquin Lippincott, President & Founder

DrupalCon 2014 Call for Sessions!

It's that time again! DrupalCon is right around the corner and it's time to submit your talk. The theme this year is Drupal 8 and that means that we'll be covering things like Symphony, Twig, and the other new components that make up Drupal 8. Do you have a talk about how to use the new templating system? Want to share how OOP works in Drupal 8? Submit your session now! See you in Austin! The call for content ends March 7th at 11:59PM Austin local time (UTC -6).
By Dan Linn, Director of Development

ToadCast 021 - The Drinking Game!

For Toadcast 21 we interview the man, the legend, Jonathan Jordan. For our 21st we did what any good podcast would do, we celebrated with a drinking game. Hear all the great questions and answers by listening!
By Steve Winters, Cloud Services Manager

Reliably Monitoring MySQL Replication

Replication is a wonderful thing for your clients. Having a 'hot spare' of their database(s) for redundancy, or being able to off-load read operations from the main database to increase performance, giving your client peace-of-mind about their data and application. I won't go into setting up MySQL Replication; there are more than a few guides on that already out there (here's the official documentation).
By Tyler Ward, Cloud Engineer + Office Cicerone

The Show Must Go On (or Hosting the 2013 Emmys on AWS)

When preparing for a big event, it is our job to make sure the general public sees exactly what is expected, and with the help of Amazon Web Service (AWS) we did! All planning comes with a few standard issue assessments/steps: Identify need, identify options, and begin to build!
By Steve Winters, Cloud Services Manager

ToadCast 020 - Joaquin and Robinson

For Toadcast 20 our President Joaquin interviews our newest PM Robinson where they talk about tech, being the new guy, metal bands, and bird poop.
By Steve Winters, Cloud Services Manager

Metal Toad Project Manager Profile: Steve Winters

As part of our project manager application process, we ask applicants to respond to a number of questions about themselves focused on their approach and philosophy when it comes to project management. We figured that if we were going to put applicants up to those questions, we should respond to them as well!
By Steve Winters, Cloud Services Manager

Metal Toad Templates Part 2: Our Agile Burndown Google Spreadsheet

Here’s the first template post in this series, following my opinion piece on when to use a PM tool versus creating your own spreadsheet. True to our nature as proponents of open source software, we also enjoy opening up our process a bit.
By Adam Edgerton, Director of Project Management & Operations

Metal Toad Templates Part 1: Spreadsheets versus PM Tools

I’m starting a new series dedicated to sharing project management templates we’ve created and frequently use at Metal Toad. We use various tools on projects (Harvest, Jira, Basecamp, Trello, Invision, etc.), but like many others we’ve talked to, we still use plenty of spreadsheets and documents to improve project tracking and documentation. Yes, there are tools that accomplish what we’re looking to do, but many don’t do it well enough, and others do it too well. Sometimes a spreadsheet is just…
By Adam Edgerton, Director of Project Management & Operations