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Cherry Picking - Small Git lesson

Shea McKinney Posted by Shea Ross McKinney on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 9:56am

Small commits allow for big wins.


Something that I have been using a lot lately is GIT's cherry-pick command. I find the command very useful, and it saves me bunches of time. Here is a quick lesson on what it does and an example use case.


What...

Writing for the Web #6: Freeing your content from HTML tables used for layout

Linnea Williams profile pic Posted by Linnea Ann Williams on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 8:00am

A long while ago I wrote a post about working with Google Docs to prep and remove old formatting from content, which was serving me well, but I recently encountered a site that my old methods weren't helping. The site used table cells for creating layouts within content and...

Top 6 things to do while your cache clears on its own

Linnea Williams profile pic Posted by Linnea Ann Williams on Monday, June 23, 2014 - 3:05pm

Caches are a great tool, they store your website's database and code information in a way that loads much faster. But they DO mean that your changes don't appear right away.


Where are my changes?


One of the things we here at Stanford Web Services get emailed about...

3 Tips for Making Your Drupal Features Highly Reusable

a face for radio Posted by Zach Chandler on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 8:00am

Dear Developers, if you follow these simple guidelines, your Drupal Features will be much more useful to institutions like Stanford over time. You will win friends and influence people. Drupal will live up to its...

Choosing your project's internal web team

Linnea Williams profile pic Posted by Linnea Ann Williams on Monday, March 31, 2014 - 10:02am

Imagine you're an academic department or program and you're starting on a project to revamp your web presence. The first thing you'll need to do is figure out who should be on your internal web team that will see the project from inception to launch. This might be some...

Getting Started on Sites: Improving the Node Edit Form

Cynthia Mijares Posted by Cynthia Mijares on Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 8:00am

Welcome back! This is the blog post number ten in a series on how to create a Drupal 7 personal website using Stanford Sites....

Scrum Resources: Learn about Agile Project Management

Linnea Williams profile pic Posted by Linnea Ann Williams on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 8:00am

Welcome back! We're kicking off the new year with a post on Agile Project Management. I've been speaking a lot to folks recently about Scrum and how to think about incorporating it into your team structure.


One form of Agile project management, Scrum is an iterative...

Thoughts on User Experience Intensive 2013

Megan Erin Miller Posted by Megan Erin Miller on Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 9:00am

At the beginning of November, I was fortunate to be able to participate in Adaptive Path’s User Experience Intensive (UXI for short). The event consisted of four solid days of workshop-infused learning, where we covered new...

Drupal Sitebuilder, Citizen-Engineer

a face for radio Posted by Zach Chandler on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 1:15pm

Either we shape the the technologies that we use, or they will shape us.  Stanford’s commitment to the Drupal CMS enables more of us to think like engineers, embrace the Maker ethos, and craft our own tools.


“The most profound technologies are those that disappear...

Writing for the Web #3: Composing a good block in Drupal

Linnea Williams profile pic Posted by Linnea Ann Williams on Friday, November 15, 2013 - 12:35pm

This is the third post in my series on Writing for the Web. In this post, I will outline some options for how to write a great, readable block.


Anatomy of a block


Drupal blocks are small, reusable chunks of information that can be added to the pages of your site....

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