by kvantomme / 5 February, 2013

A few months ago at a product sprint at our company, Peter Arato showed me his proof of concept for a walkthrough broadcasting module that you could use on your Drupal presentations. It was pretty neat. So I asked Peter to make a prototype for a browser extension that would let you walk through a tutorial, step by step, with some description to explain what each step was about. A few months ago, at a Drupal meet-up, @KristofCoomans suggested that it would be even neater if we could use Selenium to generate the tutorials. That was an awesome idea. So we rebuilt our tool around this concept and this time around we also used Joyride.JS a JS library for site tours, that recently INT3C blogged about on the planet. The result is a tool that makes it really easy to create an interactive web... Read more

by tamas / 30 January, 2013

At Pronovix, we have a daily scrum blog. I don’t really like going to a separate webpage to write about the work I do at the given day. That’s why I decided to bring this closer to where I work: the command line. Creating a Go client for Drupal isn’t particularly hard to do, but there are a few pitfalls you can walk into. In this blogpost, I walk you through a simple client, that can update nodes on a Drupal site. This is an almost complete library, you can either integrate it to an existing software or write a little boilerplate code around it to be a complete program (a command line tool for example). The code below can be used well in REST clients that need to communicate with Drupal. For the Drupal part, you will need to download the services and the libraries module. Go to Drupal'... Read more

by kalman.hosszu / 22 January, 2013

As the organizer of the Drupal User Group in Szeged (Hungary), I’ve been working on a design and distribution package that all Drupal User Groups regardless of language and location could use. It all started when we needed a website for the DUG in Szeged, as we didn’t have a place where members could find information and materials, where all previous presentations and demo files could be collected and made available. As I don’t like ugly websites without a concept, I thought a logo would be the first step that we could then build a design on. And if we are creating a logo, why not make it customizable? So I briefed the designer to use an open source font for the name of the city, so that Drupal User Groups in other cities could easily adapt the logo. This approach led me to the idea of... Read more

by iamzoltanvaradi / 7 January, 2013

Recently we used PhoneGap and Drupal to build Scoreshare: an Android and iOS app for sharing game scores with fellow fans. In the process we fell in love with Go and learned that PhoneGap was not as robust as we originally thought.

The App

PhoneGap To create the Android and iOS apps we used PhoneGap 2.0.0, a free and open source framework that lets you create mobile apps using standardized web APIs for different platforms. With custom JavaScript and the PhoneGap APIs we could utilize the mobile devices’ native resources like notifications and network connection. While using PhoneGap, we found that some functions that were working on iOS were not working on Android, and vice versa. Also when we were experimenting with Phonegap 2.0.0 and 2.1.0 the app worked on Android devices... Read more

by tamas / 21 December, 2012

Because of its limitations, PHP and therefore Drupal can't send notifications to the browser real time. Pinging a URL will be slow (because Drupal has to bootstrap every time), and keeping HTTP connections alive (long polling or COMET) will definitely kill Apache. You have to face this restriction every time a project requires the use of real time notifications, so we’ve come up with a solution.

After reviewing our options for existing solutions, we decided to write our own simple service, which can do one thing only, but do it very well. After considering different technologies, we came to the decision to use Go. It's very easy to deploy (one statically linked ELF executable and a few template files), and it has a very small footprint (it can sit on the production server... Read more

by k.dani / 20 December, 2012

Thank you for your questions about our previous blog post “Drupal as a front-end for Google Drive”. As promised I’m completing the article with a technical background and some more insight into the development. This post will also help you make your own document management system without writing a single line of code.

You’ll need the following Drupal modules:

Google Drive Synchronization - We created a module that connects Google accounts to Drupal accounts and imports the documents into Drupal nodes. Check it on! Organic Groups - to create a group content type for public or private projects Flag - to highlight documents and projects Views - to create and check overviews easily for searching and filtering

We used some other contributions besides the ones... Read more

by hairqles / 28 November, 2012

Each year the Hungarian community organizes Drupal Weekend: a 2-day Drupal camp in Hungarian, where people meet to share knowledge in form of presentations, case studies, code sprints and informal discussions.
This year’s Weekend was held on 24-25 November. Three of us, Dániel Kalmár, Róbert Kovács and me left for Budapest on Friday and although the official program only started on Saturday, we already had the chance to meet some of our fellow Drupal developers and start exchanging ideas.

On Saturday we could choose from an impressive list of presentations, these were some of our favourites:

Bálint Kléri: New in Drupal 8
During this session Balint walked us through each Drupal initiative, then briefly introduced the current status and the remaining work.... Read more

by kvantomme / 5 November, 2012

Out of the box, cloud storage services are not all that useful when you need to collaborate on documents in a organizational context. Most services do a pretty good job for individual use but fall short when you need to manage a complex set of projects. In this post I explain how we are using Drupal as a front-end for Google Drive and how this allows us to better organize our project documentation and create tailor-made workflows that fit our company processes. So far we've been using a combination of a Google Docs Spreadsheet (for overview and tracking) and Dropbox to store and share our official company documents: contracts, purchase orders, offers, invoices. It's great that all documents get synched to a local folder but there are some serious limitations to this approach:

it's... Read more
by kvantomme / 17 May, 2012

It seems like a lot is moving in Drupal for government, after Drupal got serious momentum when the White house launched their Drupal site the Drupal Government Days in Washington DC on 18 May, 2012, will be the third dedicated Drupal Government event.

Last year I (Kristof Van Tomme) helped to organize the Drupal Gov Days in Brussels, together with Ivo Radulovski (Segments, Austria) and Hanno Lans (Datascape, The Netherlands). We organized the event with the support of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Belgium (special kudos go to Bart Van Herreweghe who made it all possible), the Information and Communication Technology FPS (Fedict), the International Press Centre, and the Drupal Association.

We’ve been re-encoding the video’s from the conference and... Read more

by kvantomme / 9 December, 2008

In this demo videocast I explain how articles from PubMed can be integrated in a Drupal site. First I focus on the end-user perspective (e.g. adding RSS feeds for specific PubMed queries). Afterwards I talk about how you can implement this on your own website. This solution can be useful for scientists with a blog or research groups in the medical/biotechnological field that want to give easy access to some of their publications. It could also be the basis for an intranet where you want track and share comments on new developments in specific medical fields. I imagine that you could configure the site with automatic notifications when new content is aggregated and for public sites require the user to approve any new content. The contrib Drupal modules I use are FeedAPI and the feed... Read more