DrupalCon Portland Proposals Galore

I hope you’re ready to put a bird on it and pickle that, because DrupalCon Portland is coming!

We submitted a whole lot of sessions this year on a huge variety of topics, from frontend to backend. Here are the Web Chef proposed sessions for DrupalCon Portland. If any of these strikes your fancy, please feel free to leave a comment and make your voice heard.

Minified JavaScript, on the Fly!

As web applications become richer and more complicated the amount of JavaScript running them increases. More code means longer download times which means more waiting before your application or web site is usable. Thankfully there’s an easy solution that’s already widely used in the web development community: minification. Minified JavaScript strips whitespace and renames variables to produce a smaller download size.

LMSs and more: Drupal in Education

At Four Kitchens, we have done quite a bit of work within the education industry. As we began looking into expanding our footprint within the education web technology space, we discovered that there was a corresponding need in the marketplace waiting to be filled; especially within higher ed. Universities and higher ed institutions continue to look for ways to cut costs, deliver content more effectively and easily, ease administration, and facilitate online learning/training. While several (open source and proprietary) solutions exist, there seems to be little clarity into what the options are, and perhaps more importantly, what the possibilities may be.

Responsive Images: a Drupal Implementation

The popularity of responsive web design is constantly exposing behaviors that web browsers have gotten away with over the years. Many of these behaviors — while brilliant for a single-screen web — become a direct hindrance when dealing with the multi-screen extravaganza that we face now.

One of the most hotly debated topics is responsive images. This was a topic widely exposed by Filament Group due to their work on the Boston Globe, and it continues to be an issue for every bandwidth-conscious site today.

Inlining one-use JavaScript

Everyone does it.

There’s a piece of JavaScript that will only be used on one page, perhaps to provide some unique interactivity. It’s probably attached to a View or maybe a unique node ID. It’s so easy to toss in a drupal_add_js() and move on — or worse, throw the code in your theme. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could inline all these one-use scripts and make them appear only on the page they’re needed?

BADCamp 2012 Trip Report

I recently attended BADCamp 2012 in Berkeley, California. This was my first Drupal camp experience and I’ve had some time to put together my thoughts from the experience:

Bad to the Bone: Our BADCamp session submissions

The Web Chefs are going to BADCamp. In addition to being a Contributing Sponsor (we’re doing fun things with our booth. Stay tuned!) and providing some awesome training sessions on PHP and Node.js, we have also submitted a few talks.

Our two training sessions are full, but you can take a look at our proposed sessions below. If you feel like taking a look and voting for your favorite ones, we’d love your support. Also, feel free to leave feedback on our proposed sessions in the comments. We do love hearing feedback on session submissions.

Drupal Day Austin Recap!

The very first Drupal Day Austin took place this past weekend, and it was a great success!

First off, many thanks to everyone that came out for the event! This year, we were unable to have a full-on DrupalCamp Austin, so we had to make do with one day. We appreciate the community for being so understanding and awesome! The speakers were truly all amazing, and their talks generated a great deal of healthy discussion.

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