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Last year, I created a presentation for DrupalCamp Atlanta called "Growing the Drupal Community". Since then, it's been my hallway track conversation of choice, and everyone I talk to seems onboard with the goal of growing Drupal. As part of my role on the Drupal Association board, I'm chairing the Community & Governance Committee. We've been having lots of conversations about facilitating community growth, and I wanted to share some of what I've been thinking.
In today's hyper-connected world, offering mobile apps for your business or services have become an expectation. At Evolving Web, we have been actively researching and experimenting with cross-platform technologies. Here's an overview of the pros and cons of React Native and Flutter, two top mobile development frameworks for 2020.
Now that the year is nearing its end, I have the chance to reflect on what I learned about UX design this year, and want to share some highlights from a conference I attended last month.
Good ideas and innovation come from a variety of sources, and we're proud to have built a multinational team and an open culture where ideas are freely shared. Aside from Canada, our employees come from countries as diverse as Vietnam, India, Brazil, Colombia, Germany, and the Netherlands. We're happy to be working with talented people who bring their unique experiences and skill sets to our growing agency every day. Here are the stories of two developers, Robert and Jigar.
Evolving Web attended Acquia Engage in New Orleans last week, an exciting and informative three-day conference where we learned a lot about how different companies are thriving in an evolving digital landscape. We were also sponsors of the event and presented a session on how to create more effective personalization by combining UX research and a strong content strategy. Aside from the fact that New Orleans has great food, music, and people, here are other takeaways from our time in the Big Easy.
There’s never been a better time to be a Drupal user in Canada.
Since I started using Drupal in 2008, I’ve seen anecdotal evidence that Drupal is popular in Canada. Since 2006, and probably earlier, there have been active users groups in Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal, that organize regular conferences and meetups. These local groups are key to the Drupal community’s culture of open source and knowledge sharing. So I wasn’t surprised to learn that Canada is fourth in the world in terms of active users on Drupal.org (behind the US, Great Britain, and India).
The Layout Builder is one of the most exciting new features in Drupal 8. It's a site building tool that makes it easier to configure how your content is displayed in Drupal. You can use a drag-and-drop interface to combine fields, nodes, and other content, and actually control the layout used to contain that content.
Several members of the Evolving Web team attended a marketing cocktail with Pete Favat, Chief Creative Officer of Deutsch North America. He shared several important lessons about guerrilla marketing strategy that he used in creating high-impact TV ad campaigns such as “truth”, which shocked late-90s viewers into realizing the harm being caused by Big Tobacco.