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Drupal 8 Interviews: Spotlight on Mike Anello

Mike Anello from DrupalEasy.

It's said that the adoption of Drupal 8 has been slower than any other Drupal version. The Hook 42 team embraces Drupal 8 and are curious about how others in the community feel. In this inaugural edition of Drupal 8 Interviews, we are spotlighting my mentor and former instructor Mike Anello from DrupalEasy.

Mike is a Drupal developer, trainer, and the co-owner of Drupal Career Online. You might recognize him from his Drupal.org profile name, ultimike, or know his voice from the DrupalEasy Podcast. He has been a part of the Drupal community for almost 12 years. He has contributed back in many ways: code contribution, documentation, mentoring, and event planning. He also volunteers for the Drupal Association as part of the Community Working Group. Read more

Flip Flops and Drupal: Increasing Accessibility and Building Community

Florida Drupal Camp 2018 logo

We’re stretching our legs, shaking off the snow, and heading to our first camp of 2018! AmyJune and Carie are on their way to Florida Drupal Camp to share their knowledge in "The Theme Park Capital of the World". They’re thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate and learn with their peers.

Along with their sessions, they'll be helping with the Sunday Contribution Sprints! Read more

December Accessibility (A11Y) Talks

Hook 42 Drupal 8 and Accessibility Logo

As an early holiday present, for December's meet-up we had a very special accessibility guest, Heydon Pickering who chatted about "Prioritizing Accessibility.” For those of you who are veterans of the world of website accessibility, you probably already know a lot about what Heydon has contributed to our field. But for those of you new to this field, let me take a quick minute to give you some more background on our speaker. Read more

Never "Just" a Patch

Hook 42 It takes a Village

There's no such thing as "just a typo."

In Drupal, clients and prospective users see the user interface and documentation first. When we give them demos or when they evaluate the Drupal project, they aren’t just evaluating the code. Grammar, punctuation, readability, and spelling all matter. They give the project credibility. It is just as important to maintain the same high standards with the front facing side of Drupal as we do with the code.

I have been working with Drupal for about three years, and contributing back to the project for a little less than two.

I have learned quite a bit, but, most importantly, I have come to the conclusion that there is no such thing as “just” a typo, “just” a grammar issue, or “just” a documentation patch; not all patches have to fix code to be important. Read more

Field Notes: UI Patterns Module

UI Patterns Module

When it comes to Atomic Design systems in Drupal 8, there’s hardly a shortage of solutions to choose from. Pattern Lab and KSS Node are certainly among the most popular and the recently released Mannequin looks incredibly exciting. However, in all these aforementioned solutions, exposing that component data to Drupal has never been particularly straightforward.

Here at Hook 42, we’ve just finished developing a brand-new Drupal 8 site for a client that utilizes UI Patterns, Paragraphs, and Display Suite to allow content users to construct complex but consistent user interfaces. What follows is our “field notes” from implementing UI Patterns in a production site. Read more

November Accessibility (A11Y) Talks

Hook 42 Drupal 8 and Accessibility Logo

This month we did something a little bit different with the meet-up format. Instead of one person presenting a slide deck, we had a panel discussion on all things accessibility with four accessibility experts - Eric Bailey, Helena McCabe, Scott O'Hara, and Scott Vinkle!

There were some questions lined up to keep the conversation going, but we ended up having some amazing on-the-fly questions from the audience, so it was a bit more spontaneous and a lot of fun! Read more

Hook 42 at New England Drupal Camp

Hook 42 goes to New England Drupal Camp 2017

We're super excited to attend New England Drupal Camp this year!

Aimee is honored to have been invited to be the keynote speaker this year. She'll be discussing inclusion and diversity in the community. In addition to Aimee's keynote, we are partnering up with our longtime friends at Lingotek to put together a hands-on multilingual workshop that covers Drupal 8 and an integration to Lingotek's Translation Management System.

Just in case that wasn't enough, we're also presenting a couple of sessions. One comparing the madness of the multilingual modules on Drupal 7 to the new and improved Drupal 8 multilingual approach. We will be presenting another session covering how ANYONE and EVERYONE can help contribute back to the Drupal project even if they aren't the most advance technical person Read more

October Accessibility (A11Y) Talks

Hook 42 Drupal 8 and Accessibility Logo

This month we had Nicolas Steenhout joining us to talk about "Accessibility: Don't turn off that JavaScript just yet."

The year is 2017, and JavaScript has never been as ubiquitous. Long gone are the days when in order to be considered accessible, pages had to work flawlessly without scripting. Scripting has also come a long way, and developers are now even leveraging the powers of JavaScript to rewrite content in order to make it more accessible to assistive technologies. Read more

Hook 42's BADCamp 2017 Takeaways

Hook 42 at BADCamp 2017

This year at BADCamp we had the opportunity to share in thought leadership by leading a training, participating in the DevOps Summit, and presenting 5 sessions with topics ranging from accessibility, git, project management, A/B testing, and contributing to the Drupal issue queue.

Continuing in the spirit of thought leadership, we also want to share with the whole Drupal community our takeaways, thoughts, and excitement about the new ideas and technologies we learned at BADCamp. Read more

September A11Y (Accessibility) Talk Review

Hook 42 Drupal 8 and Accessibility Logo

We have all heard about website accessibility and know what it means in a broad sense, but what does website accessibility look like in a practical sense?

This month’s A11Y Talk featured Scott O'Hara from The Paciello Group. In this A11Y Talk, Scott O'Hara addressed questions like:
- How do I get started in a11y?
- How do I get my team to care about it?
- Where does one start in trying to incorporate a11y into the work they or their team produce?
- Who is in charge of a11y at your company anyway? Read more

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