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Metal Toad University: Class 3

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This was a fun class as we talked about CSS, which IMO, is one of the most pleasurable parts of web development. Styling is what everyone sees when they go to your site so it can be viewed as one of the most important steps too.

By Dan Linn, Director of Development
January 16, 2013

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.

By Dan Linn, Director of Development
January 9, 2013

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.

By Dan Linn, Director of Development
January 2, 2013

Metal Toad University

By Dan Linn, Director of Development
December 29, 2012

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This tutorial is obsolete for the new version of Breakpoint Panels - New tutorial to come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.

By Dan Linn, Director of Development
December 21, 2012

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.

By Dan Linn, Director of Development
December 10, 2012

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.

By Dan Linn, Director of Development
July 30, 2012


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!

By Dan Linn, Director of Development
April 22, 2012

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.

By Dan Linn, Director of Development
March 27, 2012

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?

By Dan Linn, Director of Development
February 27, 2012