My Drupal Blog
Since the re-launch of this site about six months ago, it has appeared in over twenty different online web galleries. It's been an adventure, and I'm honored to be featured alongside such amazing design and development work in the web community.
One thing I have the galleries to thank for is VISITORS. Without their lovely links and screenshots, my analytic reports would look dramatically different. I'm thinking something like 1 Country. 12 Pageviews. 3 Unique Visitors: My mom, my dad, and me. :)
I recently got a new 15" MacBook Pro and tonight I finally got around to setting up Coda, Drush (love it!), Filezilla, and MAMP for all my development work. This machine feels so fresh, so blank -- it's the perfect opportunity to setup my workspace to perfectly suit my personal & professional needs.
Well, it's official. The much-anticipated personal portfolio of Andrew McClintock has launched. Together, the two of us have made this site truly shine... and just in time for the new year.
I don't know about you, but I secretly love getting Christmas cards in the mail. It's one of my favorite things about the season. Growing up, I always took a sudden interest in the post around the holidays because I wanted to be the one to tear into the Christmas cards first! Deep down, I think Christmas cards say alot about the vibe of your family. But despite the vibe, I love 'em all: the fancy ones, the travel documentations, the snapshots completely unrelated to Christmas...
This is technically my "Food & Drupal" blog, but pumpkins are food, no? Anyhow, I wanted to document my pumpkins from the last two years, and since we're all in the Halloween spirit, I thought today would be a perfect day to do just that.
Just noticed that today is my 3 year anniversary with Drupal. 3 years and 15 minutes to be exact:
I’ve grown to have an affinity for Drupal’s hook_form_alter function. Truly, modifying a form doesn’t have to be as complicated as it may seem. One of the most generic Drupal forms (in my opinion) is the pesky comment form. Out of the box, it comes complete with name, email, homepage, subject, and comment fields.
Mobile is big and getting bigger. Unfortunately, there’s not a one-size-fits-all approach for mobilizing Drupal. Today, a plethora of modules and services exist to help developers create new iterations of traditional site interfaces. We chose Drupal’s Mobile Tools to help us mobilize McMillin Homes and create a custom user experience for their mobile visitors. Here's an overview of our process:
Six months ago I wrote a blog post called Cooking up a Homemade Drupal Theme. A visitor recently submitted a comment to my article that's left me contemplating the target audience for that particular post. "Wait," you think—"shouldn't every writer know for whom they are writing before they publish content to a website?" Technically, I agree with this sentiment, but considering the varied interpretations of the skill sets required of a Drupal themer, defining an appropriate Drupal audience can be a real challenge.
I used to be among the the group of internet users who didn't understand the importance of selecting a web browser. At the time, I was entirely dedicated to Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer ... 6. My transition in 2007 to Mac and Safari came from necessity. I was enrolled in a Digital Art class and every machine in the lab ran OS X. I wasn't particularly concerned I had to use Safari, but I noticed IE's absence.
Drupal themers are like cooks. We use common components (contributed modules) as a starting point for successful websites. Cooks also use common components—tried and true ingredients (salt, pepper, garlic, onions, etc.)—as the base for delicious recipes. The fruits of our labors are robust and flavorful. But somewhere in this busy world, saving time has taken priority. We have decided pre-made is better.
Wowzers. Tonight I made THE most scrumptuous tilapia I've had in a long time. Roasted plum tomoates, pesto, garlic, and lemon added some serious zing to this dish. I am so proud of this fish entree since I'm usually 100% devoted to recipes from my subscription to Cooking Light. This one came entirely from my imagination and was intensely flavorful. Here's the lineup:
Boerne Wild West Day is hands-down my new favorite website. The thing that really set this project apart for all of us was the high amount of creative freedom we were granted and the strong level of enthusiasm that followed. For "creatives," hearing the words "do whatever you want" is like unwrapping that amazing gift you really wanted but didn't think you'd get on Christmas morning. I imagine it's how a hair stylist must feel when a client goes in and tells them they have no idea what kind of hair cut they want, but that they trust them, and to "go to town" on their hair.
I am seriously out of grocies — it seems I can never get myself to the grocery store anymore, which leads me to be more creative in the kitchen and work with the ingredients I've got. Tonight I noticed three humongo yellow onions in the fridge, so I decided to go with my first instinct — a French Onion Soup.