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Custom Sort Drupal Content with the Draggable Views Module

This article is one of Metal Toad's Top 20 Drupal Tips. Enjoy! In the world of sorting, sometimes 'newest first' or 'oldest first' just doesn't cut it. During a recent Drupal project, we had a client who wanted to be able to…
Kronda Adair
February 16th, 2012
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Improved Lazy Loading for iPhone & Android

The latest version of the jQuery Lazy Load plugin (released Jan 29th, 2012) included the ability to customize your data attribute parameter. This is a pretty helpful update; I realized it could be used to set multiple…
Erin Seale
February 14th, 2012
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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…
Dan Linn
February 7th, 2012
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Using Drupal Contextual Filters in Views

This article is one of Metal Toad's Top 20 Drupal Tips. Enjoy! It can take a while when you're new, but once you start to wrap your head around Views, that is when Drupal gets really fun. In this tutorial, I'll go over how…
Kronda Adair
February 2nd, 2012
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Integrating Compass with a Git / Capistrano deployment workflow

When we added the Compass CSS authoring framework to our projects, new wrinkles appeared in the deployment process (which is based on Capistrano. Several workflow options were considered: Committing the artifacts to Git…
Dylan Tack
January 27th, 2012
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Power Utilization within a Colocation Environment

The most common rack's circuit arrangement is known as A/B redundant (aka: Primary + redundant circuit). It enables a total permissible continuous power consumption of 4,992watts in a single cabinet; at a combined 23A…
January 25th, 2012
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Drupal 7 Tutorial: Porting CCK Modules from Drupal 6

One of the biggest changes when it comes to module development from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7, is the functionality of CCK module in 6 is now in core. For most this a welcome improvement to Drupal core, but due to the number of…
Jonathan Jordan
January 25th, 2012
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How to Become a Web Developer

UPDATE: Check out a more recent post how to become a programmer in 2017 or the best way to learn to programming for beginners. So you want to become a web developer? Smart move. The web is a growth industry and I don't…
Joaquin Lippincott
January 23rd, 2012
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WordPress Tutorial : A unique dynamic sidebar for each page - or not!

The last few websites I've built have had sidebars that the client *may* or *may not* need to customize on every page. Some pages don't require a unique sidebar, some do. The client should have the option of a cascading…
Erin Seale
January 13th, 2012
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When it comes to Mobile Development, Stop Worrying about Bandwidth

When it comes to mobile development, I've seen a lot of buzz recently on how CSS3 can help people eliminate images and cut the bandwidth requirement for their websites, however if a good mobile experience is important to you…
Joaquin Lippincott
January 4th, 2012
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Takeaways from Curve Fitting for Project Estimation

The recent blog post, "A MOET and POET Curve-Fitting Approach to Project Management & Meeting Time Estimation" details my investigation into historical data to see what sorts of projects tended to have increased project…
Adam Edgerton
December 29th, 2011
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Pitfalls When Writing a Canvas Game for Android

Recently a client approached Metal Toad to develop a prototype game for Android devices and leaving the option of porting it to other devices open. We decided to develop the game using HTML5's canvas element and wrap it in…
Chris Svajlenka
December 29th, 2011

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