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Oct 11 2011
Oct 11

Zivtech's Senior Developer, Howard Tyson, recently conducted a Node.js webinar with our Drupal partner, Acquia.

The webinar and description are below:

Bring real time interactivity to Drupal with Node.js integration:

Drupal is a powerful, flexible platform for building applications, but not something that handles realtime notifications easily. Node.js is a breath of fresh air in the Open Source web server landscape. It makes writing applications that handle thousands of open connections at the same time easily.

The Nodejs module integrates Drupal with Node.js, allowing for the best of both worlds. Realtime chat, push notifications and help desk functionality can all be easily added to your Drupal site via the Nodejs module, without the usual scalability and performance issues associated with these technologies on the LAMP stack.

This webinar addresses:

  • Why realtime?
  • Why use Node.js?
  • How does the Nodejs module integrates Drupal and Node.js
  • Current features of the Nodejs module
  • Where the Nodejs module is going

Howard Tyson, Senior Developer at Zivtech has been developing Drupal powered websites since 2006. Howard contributes to Drupal and co-maintains the Nodejs module, Version Control API among others.

Contributor(s): 

Howard

Oct 03 2011
Oct 03

Join us in Portland, Oregon for the Pacific Northwest Drupal Summit October 14 -16, 2011. Zivtech is sponsoring the event and many of our developers and designers have been selected to speak. Be sure to check-out their sessions (listed below) or view the full schedule here.

Andrew Morton (drewish)
Track: Development and Code
Experience level: Intermediate/Advanced

Migrate module is a powerful tool for importing, transforming and syncing content from external sources into Drupal. The power comes from an object oriented API that's tricky to get started with. We'll walk through the various classes in the module and how they work together to manage migrations. Once you understand roles we'll plug some together and move some data around.

Meghan Palagyi (dead_arm)
Track: Design and Theming
Experience level: Beginner/Intermediate

CSS is necessary in order to specify how fonts, colors, images and layout properties look and act. You need CSS to make your site look "good", but why write plain CSS when you can write Sassy CSS? In a world of CSS3 and browser-specific implementations, writing standard CSS can get tedious. Meet the new CSS, Compass, Sass, and Susy. Sass and SCSS (Sassy CSS) are CSS syntaxes that will change your styling' life. Both compile to CSS, and both make writing CSS3 the best ever. Compass is a super-powered framework to save you time and works with both syntaxes. Behold the power of CSS3 mixins, CSS resets, typography shortcuts and helper functions in a single line! The final pièce de résistance is Susy, a flexible grid option for people who like grids, including flexible responsive and adaptive options. Introduce yourself to these three Ruby gems and never write vanilla CSS again.(http://sass-lang.com, http://compass-style.org, http://susy.oddbird.net)

Tim Plunkett (tim.plunkett)
Track: Development and Code
Experience level: Intermediate

Most people visualize events in a daily, weekly, or monthly calendar format, so using Drupal to create and manage calendars is a desirable feature for many sites. Since Drupal 4.7, the Calendar module has handled this need, but for Drupal 6 and 7, there is an alternative, the FullCalendar module. Calendar and FullCalendar are both built around the Views module, but their different use cases makes picking the right one for your project an important decision.
Learn more about the options and features of both modules, and discuss their flexibility, performance, and stability.

Jody Hamilton (Jody Lynn)
Track: Information Architecture and Administration
Experience level: Beginner Intermediate Advanced

With the great demand for complex Drupal websites exceeding the supply of experienced developers and with the barrier of entry to building websites low, badly botched Drupal builds are common. Some lemons are more expensive to fix than to rebuild from scratch, yet website rescue jobs are still on the rise. In my work I often take-on rescue jobs and get to see a nice cross-section of the worst 'professional' sites. In this session I'll answer:

  • What is a Drupal lemon? What are the common varietals?
  • How can some websites work perfectly well but still be a complete disaster?
  • What are some tell-tale signs in the diagnosis?
  • How can you ensure you don't get (or build) a lemon?
  • When is a website beyond repair?
  • What happens in a typical lemon rescue? What are some of the technical techniques used to rescue a lemon?

This session is appropriate to all levels of Drupal builders, developers, evaluators, and project managers.

Sep 23 2011
Sep 23

Zivtech's Senior Developer, Howard Tyson, recently conducted a Node.js webinar with our partner Acquia.

The webinar and description are below:

Bring real time interactivity to Drupal with Node.js integration:

Drupal is a powerful, flexible platform for building applications, but not something that handles realtime notifications easily. Node.js is a breath of fresh air in the Open Source web server landscape. It makes writing applications that handle thousands of open connections at the same time easily.

The Nodejs module integrates Drupal with Node.js, allowing for the best of both worlds. Realtime chat, push notifications and help desk functionality can all be easily added to your Drupal site via the Nodejs module, without the usual scalability and performance issues associated with these technologies on the LAMP stack.

This webinar addresses:

  • Why realtime?
  • Why use Node.js?
  • How does the Nodejs module integrates Drupal and Node.js
  • Current features of the Nodejs module
  • Where the Nodejs module is going

Howard Tyson, Senior Developer at Zivtech has been developing Drupal powered websites since 2006. Howard contributes to Drupal and co-maintains the Nodejs module, Version Control API among others.

About Drupal Sun

Drupal Sun is an Evolving Web project. It allows you to:

  • Do full-text search on all the articles in Drupal Planet (thanks to Apache Solr)
  • Facet based on tags, author, or feed
  • Flip through articles quickly (with j/k or arrow keys) to find what you're interested in
  • View the entire article text inline, or in the context of the site where it was created

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