Category: How to

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Creating Bootstrap columns in Drupal panels with mixins

        Filed under: Drupal, Front-End Development, How to

In terms of Front-End Drupal gives you several ways to achieve your goals, you can use Views, Panels, Display Suite, Templates overrides, Custom modules, etc., so sometimes it’s a bit difficult to define the best (or the worst) way to do something. A couple of years ago, we created a theme for a Drupal 7 … Continued

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How to Plan a Deployment to Production as a Project Manager

        Filed under: Agile development, How to, Project Management, Web Development

In the last month, I had to be on top of four different deployments, and after four smooth (but not issue-free) runs, I’ve decided to write down a list of things I keep in mind for future deployments. Maybe that way, the deployments will finally be issue-free. So here are a few things to keep … Continued

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How to test email notifications in Drupal projects

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Testing email notifications is often challenging because we don’t want to send out testing emails from development and local environments and confuse users. In addition to that, you may want to test headers, subject, body and the overall formatting applied to the information in the message and ensure that it’s readable. There is an easy … Continued

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Usability applies to everything we see, touch, or do

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In web design and development, we have this concept called, “Usability,” which means that we strive to make our websites and user experiences (UX) more intuitive and obvious to our intended target audiences.  Once you become cognizant of usability, you start noticing it everywhere. When I land in a new airport and rent an unfamiliar … Continued

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Why Toggl time tracker is better than JIRA tempo tracker

        Filed under: How to, Internet trends, Project Management, Technology

On my last blog post, I wrote about Why I Stopped Using the JIRA Tempo Tracker and how I instead started using toggl. And as promised, here’s my review on toggl after using it for one month. As I mentioned before, I started using toggl after Tempo’s tracker was updated and no longer omnipresent. Toggl … Continued

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Why I Stopped Using the JIRA Tempo Tracker

        Filed under: How to, Internet trends, Project Management, Technology, Things That Suck

Recently JIRA has been making a lot of changes and improvements, and going through them has been a little hard (like getting kicked out of your account and being forced to create a new one). Eventually, I got used to the changes, until Tempo tracker got “upgraded”. Tempo tracker was never the prettiest or smartest … Continued

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Alternative notifications for Entityforms in Drupal 7

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Entityform already offers a way to send notifications: by integrating with Rules module you can configure your notifications for administrators or other recipients, some of those may be inputs in the form itself, so this is perfect for most of cases, ah and if you need to migrate the form from one environment to another … Continued

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How to Get URL Parameters in Drupal 7

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I’ve seen the horror! (allow me some drama here) I’ve seen code in Drupal projects, trying to get parameters from URLs in this way: $params = $_GET; or $some_var = $_GET[‘some_var’] Drupal has some functions to deal with parameters coming from a URL. Now, let me be honest, it’s not more secure if you use … Continued

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Increase conversion with effective online forms

        Filed under: How to, User Centered Design

Most websites have some kind of form on them, whether it’s to subscribe to a feed, download a resource, or contact the company. According to Formstack‘s very insightful research on how online forms are converting customers, there are more than a few trends that have been found to be either a hit or miss with … Continued

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Git best practices: Commands to create and merge main and supporting branches

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I recently published an article about Git standards to prevent code conflicts. Down below are all the Git commands you need to know to follow those standards. This is highly recommended when you collaborate with other teams that are not in your company, or when your team is not always collocated. We use those standards daily, and they … Continued

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Git best practices: How to minimize code conflicts

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Code conflicts suck, any developer knows how painful it is to pull changes from a Git repository just to discover that she will need to invest another hour working on solving conflicts caused by the work of another developer in the same file. Probably, she will end doing a pair review with the other developer to ensure that … Continued

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Best practices for communication of distributed agile teams

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Having everyone sit together improves the productivity of your agile team because everybody can speak to each other at any given time and get questions answered  fast, and it’s easier to see what everybody’s doing and be on the same page. However, it doesn’t mean that distributed teams can’t perform as good as collocated team, one way … Continued

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How to switch Drupal distributions in an existing website

        Filed under: Agile development, Government websites, How to

Drupal distributions provide site features and functions for a specific type of site as a single download containing Drupal core, modules, themes, and pre-defined configuration. They make it possible to quickly set up a complex, use-specific site in fewer steps than if installing and configuring all those elements individually. Switching Drupal profiles in an existing … Continued

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