Tagged Frontend Development

Talking Accessibility at GRWebDev

This October I was invited to be a speaker at GRWebDev, a leading development Meetup group here in Grand Rapids, MI. I love sharing my knowledge of Web Accessibility with the local tech community, so I jumped at the opportunity. Many thanks to Sloth over at SlothWerks for extending the invitation! 
Ellen speaking in front of a slide that asks, "What does inaccessibility feel like?"

All Aboard To Chattanooga

Hook 42 is headed to Tennessee for our next community event. Not only have we proudly sponsored Drupal Camp Chattanooga, you'll also find us doing a Gatsby.js training as well as giving talks about topics we hold near and dear to our hearts. Come say hello if you're there.
Hook42 Team
Drupal Camp Chattanooga logo overlaying a Tennessee forest with train tracks

Switching Themes For Progressive Enhancements

One of our recent projects required a progressive enhancement approach for visual changes. Instead of a full end-to-end rebuild of a Drupal theme, a progressive approach can be accomplished with theme switching. Many Drupal 8 projects leverage custom block types, Paragraphs, or Layout Builder to place one or more design components on a page. This provided the client with the ability to split up a larger architectural change into a small set of pages and components that can be gradually rolled out.

Hook42 Team
Street signs pointing in multiple directions labeled layout

UCSF PleasePrEPMe

homepage of please prep me displayed on laptop tablet and mobile device

UCSF's PleasePrEPMe.org site is a searchable, location-responsive PrEP provider directory for California. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is an effective HIV prevention strategy available by prescription. The PleasePrEPMe team chose Hook 42 to migrate their website from Angular to Drupal 8 with a React front-end for their interactive map.

We’re Following the Yellow Brick Road...to Emerald City

Look out for Hook 42 at DrupalCon 2019 in Seattle!

It’s that time again, another DrupalCon is fast approaching and our team couldn’t be more excited for this year’s Seattle event. We’ve got a lot in store for you this year, from presentations, BOFs, sponsorships, partnership collaborations, and using our listening ears. You’ll find our team distributed all about.

We’re bringing a stacked line-up of knowledge and experiences to drop on 'ya this year. Not only that, we’re looking forward to hearing all the ups and downs you’ve had this past year, and how we’re all growing together within the Drupal community. 

Let’s get to sharing!

DrupalCon 2019 logo

BADCamp 2018 Retrospective: A GatsbyJS Primer

Now that I’ve settled back down in Alaska after a fun trip to Berkeley for BADCamp, I’m finally digesting all of the info I gathered throughout the week. As always, it was cool to look over the schedule and see what topics were getting a lot of attention; and, without a doubt, it seemed like GatsbyJS was the hot-ticket item this year. So here’s a primer on what GatsbyJS is and why the Drupal community seems so head-over-heels for this up and coming site generator.

Drupal BADCamp and Gatsby logos

Drupal 8 Interviews: Spotlight on Andrew Dunkle from Go Overseas

Andrew Dunkle is the CTO of Go Overseas. Go Overseas is a platform that strives to help people find meaningful travel experiences abroad. They often describe themselves as the Yelp or Airbnb of study abroad programs. Volunteers, recent high school graduates, or anyone who is looking to travel in a more impactful way can use the site to find opportunities. Andrew and his business partner, Mitch, co-founded the company in 2008, while teaching together in Taiwan. They recognized the need for a platform to provide information and encouragement about taking the opportunity to go overseas and give back at the same time.

Hook42 Team
GoOverseas logo and Andrew Dunkle photo

Drupal 8 Interviews: Spotlight on Jill Cohen from Autodesk

 

Jill Cohen is a Senior Software Application Engineer at Autodesk Inc. Autodesk is a global company that empowers users to design and create just about everything on this planet - and in virtual worlds. She works with the Digital Platform and Experience Organization on the Digital Help team, which manages the Autodesk Knowledge Network and Services Marketplace. She is also on the board for Autodesk Women in Leadership.

Hook42 Team
Jill Cohen smiling from her desk

Giddy Up! Hook 42 Moseys over to Texas Drupal Camp

Dust off your saddle and get prepared to optimize your workflow. There is a lot packed into 3 days in Austin. Pull on your chaps, fasten your leathers, dig in your spurs and head on over to Texas Drupal Camp. On Thursday, make sure you check out the trainings and sprints. On Friday and Saturday, catch all of the keynotes and sessions.

Our own Ryan Bateman will be at Texas Drupal Camp to share his presentation about visual regression testing.

Texas Drupal Camp is Thursday, May 31st through Saturday, June 2nd at the Norris Conference Center in beautiful Austin, TX.

Hook42 Team
Texas Drupal Camp logo

March Accessibility (A11Y) Talks

In March, A11y Talks welcomed Melanie Sumner, an application architect from JP Morgan Chase. She is an accessibility advocate and is an EmberJS core team member and meetup organizer in Chicago. The tagline for Ember is "the framework for building ambitious applications". Melanie spoke of ways to inject accessibility into not only the Ember project, but into other single-page applications so some users are not left behind.

Hook42 Team
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