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Drupal 7 Form API: Using #states with multiple conditionals (AND, OR and XOR)

I've been playing with D7 forms lately and have found #states to be somewhat challenging due to lack of documentation on Form API page. I've poked around a bit and decided to write a blog with my findings in case someone else is in need of this info down the road.
By Slavko Pesic, Developer

Stack Overflow Careers 2.0

I hesitate to review Stack Overflow Careers 2.0, but I'm so excited I just can't hide it. I imagine that this is what the early adopters of LinkedIn felt. Actually - scratch that. LinkedIn hadn't become a trusted name with candidates across the world before it was carefully opened up to all of the recruiters in the world. For those of you who don't know, apparently Stack Overflow has been a dependable forum for techno-geeks for quite some time. A place to earn badges and reputation points by…
By Randi King, Talent Manager

Attack of the PHP clones: Drupal, HHVM, and Vagrant

For those wanting to give it a spin, Metal Toad has added HHVM support to our Vagrant box: github.com/metaltoad/trevor.
By Dylan Tack, Director of Technology

Family-Sized Business Units & The Agency Holding Company Model

Here is part four in the series following my Drupalcon Austin session, entitled "Oh look, we're growing!" This post takes a look at the goal of maintaining small, highly autonomous teams that are for the most part self-organizing as an organization grows. It'll also touch on why small teams are important to project success, and some approaches to supporting the goal of small teams.
By Adam Edgerton, Director of Project Management & Operations

Toadcast 25 - The Philadelphia Orchestra

For the 25th episode of the ToadCast, it's our first time having a client on the show! Som Prasad from the Philadelphia Orchestra! Tom and Matt, join me to talk to Som about the work they are doing for the Orchestra's website, Amish donuts, and geography.
By Steve Winters, Project Manager

Wait...you do what for a living? My life as a Metal Toad Office Concierge

I must admit, I do have a very unique job. After all, have you ever heard of an Office Concierge? What I have learned since I started is that this position is definitely one of a kind and I love it! So what does an Office Concierge do? Since you asked, I compiled a list, some could call it The Ten Commandments of an Office Concierge as a glimpse into my world. *Note: these are in no particular order of importance
By Aaron Kennedy, Office Concierge

Drupal Solr Search with Domain Access filtering

Metal Toad has had the privilege to work over the past two years with DC Comics. What makes this partnership even more exciting, is that the main dccomics.com site also includes sites for Vertigo Comics and Mad Magazine. Most recently Metal Toad was given the task of building the new search feature for all three sites. However, while its an awesome privilege to work with such a well known brand as DC, this does not come without a complex set of issues for the three sites when working with…
By Aaron Amstutz, Development Team Lead

Metal Toad Project Manager Profile: Rhienna Renee Guedry

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! Adam and Steve have already been profiled, and now it's on to Rhienna!
By Rhienna Renee Guedry, Project Manager

The Best Way to Learn Programming for Beginners

What is the best way to learn programming for beginners? I've spent a lot of time over the past 12 months thinking about this question, and as our firm has grown steadily from 19 to 39 people, I've reflected on what makes the difference between the people who walk in the door and knock things out of the park and those who struggle. Since my blog post on How to Become a Web Developer I have a number of people who regularly ask me this very question, I'd like to share my thoughts and…
By Joaquin Lippincott, President & Founder

Kegerator

Here in Portland we have people who brew beer and many more who drink it! Between the brewing and consuming of it, there is the overlooked step of dispensing it. We at Metal Toad have long had a "Kegerator" in the office, a dedicated refrigerator that holds small kegs of beer with taps mounted on the front. The Kegerator has a handy web site associated with it that shows what beers are on tap and the levels of the beer. We all love the Kegerator, the convenience of knowing the beers are and how…
By Aubrey Francois, Development Team Lead