Ideas & Insights

It's OK Not to Be Sexy

It's OK not to be sexy. Now that I have your attention, and have you wondering if you accidentally stumbled onto a self-help site instead of a tech blog, let me explain. Everyone wants to work on the "sexy" projects, exciting tasks, and newest tech. I'm here to say we, as developers, need to embrace the boring, the mundane, the proven. Recently our company has been engaged in an ongoing discussion about testing, documentation and code review. Terms that I can guarantee made more then a few of you cringe.

"Peeling the Onion" on Problem Projects

When working on problematic projects, there are often some common symptoms that arise and cluster together. Your developers may complain of shifting requirements. The project managers think they are capturing the right tasks, but meeting after meeting the requirements seem to change. Clients or stakeholders may start to wonder what their money is actually being spent on during this entire project. When things don't add up, it's a good time to "peel the onion" and ask what is REALLY going on.

Making sense of the Drupal Hacked! report

In an earlier post about drupal site audits I introduced the hacked! module, and talked a little bit about how it can be used to identify hacked files in Drupal core and contrib modules. Today we will dive a little deeper into the world of the hacked! module in an effort to make some sense out of the reports this module produces.

Drupal Thoughts on a Snowy Day

For those of us in New England, today is a day we are hunkered down in blizzard-like conditions pondering thoughts of the new year and what it has in store.  At Isovera, we continually take cues from our clients to get a feel for how folks are approaching their web strategy for 2014 and beyond. As a Drupal-focused technology firm, we are very excited about what is on the horizon. Here are just some random thoughts about Drupal, etc. (with some possible helpful links from others) that you may or may not find interesting:

The Ambiguously Administrative Duo

Here at Isovera, we manage quite a few Drupal sites. Many that we’ve built ourselves, soup-to-nuts so to speak, and plenty of others that we’ve inherited from other agencies or in-house teams. It is always interesting to see how other shops approach basic aspects of site building.

Random Thoughts on Backdrop CMS

I've been reading about Backdrop CMS, the new fork of Drupal. Personally, I think forks are great. I think it's wrong to think of a fork as an insult to a project or a community. Forks are a feature of open source development.

That said, I don't share the concerns of the Backdrop project leads.

Responsive Images and Effects for Drupal 7

This blog is a follow-up to a presentation I gave at this year’s Design4Drupal in Boston, MA. During my session “Responsive Images & Effects for Drupal 7”, I discussed the definitions of “adaptive” versus “responsive” design (as I understand them), and also provided detailed instructions for how to setup automatic responsive image handling on a Drupal site. In addition, I also demonstrated a few imagecache effects that can be achieved using just a few contributed modules and simple configuration. Below, I will elaborate on each topic that was covered during my Design4Drupal session.

Library Technology: The wheel is here. No need to reinvent it.

I recently returned from ALA Chicago, hearing once again a familiar refrain and theme that the library MUST reinvent itself. If you’re in the profession, you hear this alot. There is a need to reinvent every aspect of your organization. You need to reinvent your workflows and processes, let’s say, for your interlibrary loan program. You may be asked to reinvent how you view your patron. Is your patron a patron or are they now a customer? Is your patron always going to be at your brick-and-mortar main branch or university library?

It's Time For a Physical for Your Drupal Install

Call it a "site audit" or a "health check", from time to time we all should take a look at our Drupal installations and see how much of a mess we have made. A Drupal site audit is like a physical, you do it to make sure that things are running smoothly and catch issues early, if they exist. But just like yearly physicals, we all try to avoid site audits for as long as we feel healthy.