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rfp-robotRFP ROBOT: Website Request for Proposal Generator

The time has come for a new website (or website redesign), which means you need to write a website request for proposal or web RFP. A Google search produces a few examples, but they vary wildly and don’t seem to speak really to your goals for developing or redesigning a new website. You need to write a website RFP that will clearly articulate your needs and generate responses from the best website designers and developers out there. But how?

Have no fear, RFP Robot is here. He will walk you through a step-by-step process to help you work through the details of your project and create a PDF formatted website design RFP that will provide the information vendors need to write an accurate bid. RFP Robot will tell you what info you should include, point out pitfalls, and give examples.

Creating the “Perfect” CSS System

My pal Lindsay Grizzard wrote about creating a CSS system that works across an organization and all of the things to keep in mind when starting a new project: Getting other developers and designers to use the standardized rules is essential. When starting a project, get developers onboard with your CSS, JS and even HTML conventions from the start. Meet early and often to discuss every library, framework, mental model, and gem you are interested in using and take feedback seriously. Simply put, if they absolutely hate BEM and refuse to write it, don’t use BEM. You can explore working around this with linters, but forcing people to use a naming convention they hate isn’t going to make your job any easier. Hopefully, you will be able to convince them why the extra underscores are useful, but finding a middle ground where everyone will participate in some type of system…

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What is Drupal? An Introduction to Drupal 8 – Online

Start:  2018-09-14 14:00 – 16:00 America/Toronto Organizers:  Meyzi Event type:  Training (free or commercial) What is Drupal? Drupal is a popular, open source content management system. It powers websites for governments, NGOs, communities, and businesses around the world. Drupal 8, the newest version, has many exciting features for end users, site builders, and developers. If you’re considering a platform for your next web development project, this half-day training session is a great opportunity to learn more about what Drupal has to offer. This session is designed for project managers, decision makers, site builders and developers who are new to Drupal and want to learn the basics. Evolving Web also offers more advanced trainings on a variety of Drupal topics. To register and for details : Source:

Drupal Developer – Onward Select – Seattle, WA

Education and mentoring of developers. REMOTE OPPORTUNITY FOR A DRUPAL DEVELOPER to join a project to the end of the year with the possibility to extend…. $45 – $55 an hourFrom Indeed – Thu, 09 Aug 2018 18:55:49 GMT – View all Seattle, WA jobs Source:

How to Give a Great Agile/Scrum Sprint Demo

Overview The Sprint Demo (often part of the Sprint Review ceremony in Agile/Scrum methodology) is a critical step in completing a sprint, an opportunity to excite stakeholders, and a chance for developers to show off their work. For presenters, however, the demo can be a stressful exercise due to a lack of confidence, structure, or practice. If you’re nervous about giving your first demo, haven’t enjoyed giving demos in the past, or you just want to get better at demoing, this post is for you! Note that I’m not going to spend much time describing what a demo is–there are plenty of other posts online about that. This post is specifically geared towards helping you give a great one. Okay, so you’ve been tapped / elected / volunteered to give a demo, what’s the first step? Start by gathering information and setting some boundary conditions for the demo. I like…

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Chrome 69

Chrome 69 is notable for us CSS developers: Conic gradients (i.e. background: conic-gradient(red, green, blue);): We’ve got lots of interesting articles about conic gradients here, and here’s some use cases and a polyfill from Lea Verou. Logical box model properties: margin, padding, and border all get an upgrade for more use cases. Think of how we have margin-left now — the “left” part doesn’t make much sense when we switch directions. Now, we’ll have margin-inline-start for that. The full list is margin-{block,inline}-{start,end}, padding-{block,inline}-{start,end} and border-{block,inline}-{start,end}-{width,style,color}. Here’s Rachel Andrew with Understanding Logical Properties And Values. Scroll snap points (i.e. scroll-snap-type: x mandatory;): What once required JavaScript intervention is now happily in CSS. We’ve been covering this for years. Goes a long way in making carousels way less complicated. Environment variables (i.e. env(safe-area-inset-top);): Apple introduced “the notch” with the iPhone X and dropped some proprietary CSS for dealing with it. The community…

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Browser painting and considerations for web performance

The process of a web browser turning HTML, CSS, and JavaScript into a finished visual representation is quite complex and involves a good bit of magic. Here’s a simplified set of steps the browser goes through: Browser creates the DOM and CSSOM. Browser creates the render tree, where the DOM and styles from the CSSOM are taken into account (display: none elements are avoided). Browser computes the geometry of the layout and its elements based on the render tree. Browser paints pixel by pixel to create the visual representation we see on the screen. In this article, I’d like to focus on the last part: painting. All of those steps combined is a lot of work for a browser to do on load… and actually, not just on load, but any time the DOM (or CSSOM) is changed. That’s why many web developers tend to partially solve this by using…

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Web Back End Developer – Trivera – Menomonee Falls, WI

Experience with Concrete5, Joomla!, Drupal and/or and WordPress will help them hit the ground running. We need our developers to relate and interact well with… $60,000 – $70,000 a yearFrom Indeed – Fri, 03 Aug 2018 18:04:36 GMT – View all Menomonee Falls, WI jobs Source:

VS Code extensions for the discerning developer palette

I am a VS Code extension snob. I like to hunt down the most obscure extensions for VS Code — the ones that nobody knows about — and impress people at parties with my knowledge of finely aged and little-known VS Code capabilities… then watch as they look around desperately for someone else to talk to. It’s like the “Sideways” of VS Code. In my endless pursuit of the perfect VS Code setup, I reached out to my colleagues here on the Azure team and asked them to share their favorite extension in their own words. So clear your pallet and breathe in the aromatic flavors of productivity; I am your VS Code Extension Sommelier. Christina Warren – Settings Sync I cannot live without this extension. If you use multiple machines (especially on multiple platforms, where a sym-linked Dropbox folder won’t really work), this extension is for you. It syncs…

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​Experience a Simpler Cloud Computing Platform with DigitalOcean

(This is a sponsored post.)From deploying static sites and blogging platforms to managing multiple client websites, DigitalOcean provides a flexible platform for developers and their teams to deliver an unparalleled end-user experience with a lightning-fast network, pre-configured applications, and a 99.99% uptime SLA. Simply let us know your needs and our solutions engineers will provide the best options available. Direct Link to Article — PermalinkThe post ​Experience a Simpler Cloud Computing Platform with DigitalOcean appeared first on CSS-Tricks. Source: CssTricks

A Simple Way to Communicate Better with Your Customers

Whenever you get into a situation where you are not sure which version of Drupal to use, or you expect to get challenged by a client, my recommendation is to use the approach of putting together the pros and cons, and see what insights emerge. This actually is a good follow-up to our discussion around Drupal 7 vs Drupal 8. So let’s build a table for that case as an example. This should be easily adaptable whenever Drupal 9 starts to be a thing. It also works for other technology discussions. Note that this table doesn’t intend to be a fully comprehensive list — just a starting point to launch a conversation. It may even need some updating as new Drupal 8 minor releases bring more and more functionality. Criteria D7 D8 Reusability (from D7 platform) Very limited to none Higher reusability between Drupal 8 and next versions (Drupal 9,…

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Oracle Weblogic Administrator – IBM – West Virginia

SOLR Drupal WordPress IHS ColdFusion LAMP Stack WebSphere. Work with vendors and developers for application related issues….From IBM – Tue, 31 Jul 2018 10:52:33 GMT – View all West Virginia jobs Source:

IBM WebSphere Administrator – IBM – West Virginia

SOLR Drupal WordPress IHS ColdFusion LAMP Stack WebLogic. Provide technical support to web application developers when required….From IBM – Tue, 31 Jul 2018 10:52:32 GMT – View all West Virginia jobs Source:

10 Reasons Why You Should Start Your New Project in Drupal 8 (instead of Drupal 7)

Sorry Drupal 7, it’s not you, but it’s time to move on… (to Drupal 8). As developers, we sometimes forget that we live in a tech bubble. In our highly technical world we assume things that not everyone sees. For example, there are still reasons that clients frequently cite to justify staying in an old version of Drupal, in this case Drupal 7, instead of starting a new project straight away in Drupal 8. This is true even when we are talking about starting a brand new project (as opposed to just migrating). Most of the time these reasons are business-related, or politically-related reasons — not technical. And the problem is that without having the right technical background, these reasons often cause clients to underestimate the impacts and benefits that are achieved by making the right choice based on the technology. In this post, I’ll try to give you enough…

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YOOtheme Pro Review: Strong Theme and Page Builder for WordPress and Joomla

Meta: This YOOtheme review focuses on YOOtheme Pro features, functionalities and the corresponding pricing, plus overall efficacy. For now, forget about all the fancy sales language you know. Or your products’ amazing and exceptional features. There’s only one thing that will make your traffic stay immediately they land on your site. Yes, you’re dead right. It all comes down to your web design. And the numbers are astonishing. Basically, 94% of your traffic would not trust a site with poor design. Chances are, they’ll just leave to engage other businesses with better-designed sites. That’s why I’ve always been extremely keen about the themes and templates I adopt for my sites, especially if they come from third-party providers. Speaking of which, WordPress users have always been lucky when it comes to this. We have a wide range of options to choose from, including dedicated theme providers, and page-builders that also come…

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Developer Roadmaps

The path to becoming a front-end developer, as looked back upon by anyone who self-identifies that way, is likely a very windy one full of thorn bushes and band websites. Still, documenting a path, even if it’s straighter and far cleaner than reality, is an interesting exercise and might just be valuable. Three different writer/developers have taken a crack at it this year and their results have been extraordinarily popular. Let’s take a look. These might help inform web education curriculum as well. Kamran Ahmed’s Modern Front-End Developer in 2018 From here. Adam Gołąb’s React Developer Roadmap From here. Adnan Ahmed’s Modern Back-End Developer in 2018 From here. Flavio Copes’s Roadmap to Become a Vue.js Developer 2018 From here. My own path is something I documented in a different format, but is no less complex. It’d be interesting to see if we can get a collection of these going based…

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Demons Through Portal

Building a new type of social network is a lot harder (and easier) than it was even a few years ago. This is because the expectations that users have is grossly different than before the advent of mass-social media adoption. But, it’s also easier from a technology perspective because there’s so much more available to builders and software developers. Still, the never-ending question that I have is how we can best create an experience that is enjoyable without making it an entire cesspool of interaction and conversation. To a certain degree, I suppose, it’s impossible to fully manage that. There is a very fine line between building something addictive and building something useful. As long as it doesn’t send demons through the metaphorical portal, I think we’ll be good to go. The post Demons Through Portal appeared first on John Saddington. Source:

Brizy Review: Visual Page Building Reinforced

Meta: This Brizy Page Builder review covers everything you need to know about the WordPress plugin, with focus on how it would potentially impact your business. Well, of course, we love WordPress for its usability, and most importantly, its wide array of third-party plugins optimized for pretty much everything to do with websites. Come to think of it, we could spend a fortnight comparing different plugin categories, debating about the most essential one. However, if you’re honest, you’d acknowledge that nothing comes close to web design plugins especially when it comes to ecommerce sites. Consider this. The first impression visitors have of your website is 94% related to its overall design. That’s according to a study conducted by Northumbria and Sheffield Universities. The University of Surrey, on the other hand, released a separate report revealing that users’ assessment of your business’ credibility is 75% based on the website design. And…

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How Drupal continues to evolve towards an API-first platform

It’s been 12 months since my last progress report on Drupal core’s API-first initiative. Over the past year, we’ve made a lot of important progress, so I wanted to provide another update. Two and a half years ago, we shipped Drupal 8.0 with a built-in REST API. It marked the start of Drupal’s evolution to an API-first platform. Since then, each of the five new releases of Drupal 8 introduced significant web service API improvements. While I was an early advocate for adding web services to Drupal 8 five years ago, I’m even more certain about it today. Important market trends endorse this strategy, including integration with other technology solutions, the proliferation of new devices and digital channels, the growing adoption of JavaScript frameworks, and more. In fact, I believe that this functionality is so crucial to the success of Drupal, that for several years now, Acquia has sponsored one…

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Apigee Architect – Ajna Infotech – Seattle, WA

Build API developer portal for service providers to on board app developers, add API documentation and customize using drupal/ Developer portal….From Ajna Infotech – Thu, 19 Jul 2018 03:09:27 GMT – View all Seattle, WA jobs Source:

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