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Drupalcon Dublin: Come to the island and get off the island

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Getting off the island

As a back-end developer, one of the surprising and fun things about this Drupalcon is how much I have learned about front-end and theming in Drupal. This has been my way of "getting off the island" and learning about things a little outside my normal comfort-zone.

Arriving in Dublin

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Arriving in Dublin

Drupalcon Dublin is starting this week. Particularly exciting one for me since
I went to university here about a million years ago (a.k.a. the early nineties).

This was another era entirely, before the internet. I think the arrival of the
internet changed Ireland even more than most other countries. It is mainly
rural, and stuck on the western edge of Europe on the Atlantic. "Surrounded by
water" as the song says. The water comes down from above as well. Very, very
frequently.

Drupal Business and Community Days 2016 - Our Location

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We at erdfisch are very excited to announce that the Drupal Business and Community Days will take place in Heidelberg, Germany from 8-10 April 2016.

This is the first in a series of blog postings explaining what we want to achieve with this event. I'll start with our location.

Before drupalon, is before drupalcon!

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So we arrived thursday evening in Amsterdam central, quite some time before offical drupalcon starts. If you are planning your next trip to a drupalcon, you should consider that, too. Why? Because there is so much to see and do! None-involved people might think it is part of our nature as webdevelopers to prefer lonely dark places where we can focus working. Clishé! Around drupalcon all the nerdy developers came out of their basements to let out their supressed nature. Things to know about drupalists: - They like sprinting!

New module: Image widget default image

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As part of a client project we recently had the requirement of displaying an image field's default image in the node add form, before the user had uploaded a picture. This seemed simple enough to implement but thinking about it I realized this was quite a generic feature request and that such a module might prove useful for others. Rather by accident I even noticed that Drupal.org itself employs the same feature on user profile pages.

A composer based workflow for Drupal 8

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Every developer had a fight once with dependency management of big Drupal projects, which use a couple of modules and maybe one theme with base themes etc.
At the same time there are maybe patches to Drupal core itself, modules are developed internally on some GIT server etc.. It's a pain in the ass to get the code from various places and keep it up to date.

In the node.js world, for example, people use a tool called npm
which fetches all the versions from various sources in a simple and reproducable way.

Multiple versions of PHP with Apache under Linux

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PHP has done significant changes to the language specification during the last relase cicles. Those led to several incompatabilities, which effect the different versions of Drupal: While you can not use Drupal 8 with PHP under version 5.4, Drupal 6 on the other side wouldn't (and won't) run properly with all modules using PHP version 5.4. Most GNU/Linux distributions however maintain newer versions of PHP, which makes sense for security and so on.

Omniauth: Redirect to nodes with comments

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OmniAuth the Single Sign-On suite for Drupal redirects users back to the exact node they wanted to reach, after they have logged in successfully at the provider. But we needed not only to reach the right node, but also jump to the comment that was specified in the url.

The tricky part of this problem: All parts of the anchor (after the pound symbol) do only live in the browser and do not get transferred to the web server.

Drupal Dev Days 2014 in Szeged

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Greetings from Drupal Dev Days 2014 in Szeged!

I'm Michael Lenahan, a developer with erdfisch from beautiful Heidelberg, Germany.

Szeged is a university city with a great Drupal community, largely a result of the Drupalcon which took place here in 2008.

Dev Days is happening in a conference centre which is strategically located between the Novotel and the Salami Museum. We've got to make it there for a visit before the week is over!