Ashday's Digital Ecosystem & Development Tips Blog

Digital Ecosystem & Development Tips Blog

Elegant Solutions

Sep 23, 2013 7:49:00 PM John
There’s a recursive function that I wrote back in college to solve a particularly complex homework problem in only five lines of code that I’m still proud of a decade later. Those perfect, concise functions that do exactly what you need them to do (and no more) are incredibly satisfying to write... even if no one else is likely to delve deep enough into your code to ever see them. It’s hard to ...


You Say "Tomato," I Say "Taxonomy Term Reference"...

Aug 30, 2013 3:22:00 PM Clint
In years past I spent a whole lot of time developing applications from scratch, versus from frameworks like Drupal or whatever your framework of choice is. Building from scratch, you can make an app do precisely what you want it to and you can quickly figure out what needs to change because you built it from the ground up. Building from scratch though also means you also can bank on hundreds of ...


Tags: Drupal User Interface Administration

Programming as a Team

Aug 30, 2013 12:19:00 PM Nate
Knowing the best approach can often make the difference between getting a job done on time and within budget when working on larger sites, difficult engineering challenges, and team projects.


Tags: sysops pair programming web development teamwork

Upgrading the Phoenix Drupal User Group

Jul 24, 2013 11:06:00 AM Russell
The Phoenix Drupal scene is an interesting beast, and it’s changed a lot over the past 3 or 4 years. When I moved back to town, the Phoenix Drupal User Group was meeting in a Scottsdale coffee shop monthly, only rarely having a set topic, with a handful of attendees, and only a few of them regulars. Lately, we’ve been meeting in downtown Phoenix, with topics published in advance, still with only ...


Tags: Drupal Phoenix Meetup

InfusionCon 2013 Was Well Worth the Investment

May 1, 2013 10:33:00 AM Russell
Infusionsoft is one of the fastest growing Arizona tech companies, and as luck would have it, they're new corporate headquarters are 10 minutes away from our office. And Infusionsoft's softare is, simply put, amazing.


DrupalCamp Phoenix 2013

Mar 9, 2013 9:00:00 AM Matt
DrupalCamp Phoenix is a two-day conference organized by professional Drupal organizations and the Phoenix Drupal User Group (PHXDUG) to promote and advance the Drupal community in Arizona and the Southwest region. Anyone who is interested in learning about Drupal or expanding his or her skills is encouraged to attend.


If You Have the Means, Get Netbeans

Jul 24, 2012 4:18:00 PM Clint
The deeper I get into Drupal development, the more I depend on developer tools like code searching, debugging, code syntax highlighting, etc. Drupal is an amazing tool for developing websites, but unlike most custom scripting language sites - you're navigating a framework, which can be quite baffling at times. Knowing how to navigate your way around Drupal's infrastructure is critical if you have ...


Tags: Drupal

In-Browser Design: Introduction to Designing for Web 2.0+

Jul 24, 2012 11:06:00 AM Nate
I have been spending some time learning more about various in-browser design techniques, tools and approaches, and I hope to have a chance to talk more about this at tomorrow's Phoenix Drupal meet-up! In any case, I wanted to introduce the wide variety of tools, articles, people and resources that I've come across in this world of designing for the browser.


Tags: Drupal Phoenix SASS

Talking SASS at Tonight's Meetup!

Jun 27, 2012 8:28:00 AM Clint
Hey gang! Tonight, I'll be talking about SASS at the Phoenix Drupal meet-up. SASS allows you to write compilable CSS, which means you can use variables, functions, nested class references and other cool programmer mechanisms. You can also split your css up as granular as you want while still producing just one or a few compact css stylesheets to serve up to the browser. Come meet the group and ...


Tags: Drupal Phoenix Meetup SASS

Phoenix Drupal User Group June Meetup

Jun 26, 2012 11:41:00 AM Russell
After taking a hiatus last month when our meetup location disappeared (LaunchSpot is currently in the process of rebooting/relocating/relaunching), we’re going to get together again for our monthly, um, get-together. Since everyone else seems to like it better when we have scheduled presentations, I kind of volunteered myself and Clint, so it’s going to be an Ashday-dominated kind of night. ...


Tags: Phoenix Meetup SASS git