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Reload CSS bookmarklet - speed up theming

While working on just CSS changes on your Drupal website, it can sometime take ages to reload on performance heavy pages.
Here is a bookmarklet I've found by Erik A. Hanson and improved by Josh L that allows you to just refresh the CSS files without reloading the whole website (hitting the server). Just grab the link below to your bookmarks and click it whenever you want to refresh the styles.

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More on 3D Drupal visualization, now in browser

Those who are following know, that I am experimenting with different ways how to explain designers Drupal in my workshops. The tilt extension worked fine but was not flexible enough (for me) being it written for Firefox. The more I learned about CSS3 I knew I am on the right way to have something out of this. Here is the current result. It is in the early stage, but quite soon I will get where I want with this. Right now it is working with the default Drupal classes, but can be easily extended.

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Drupal Inline Form Errors

For the last two years I am bending Drupal UI as much as possible and approach it rather differently than I did before. Hacking the modules is not a scarry part of the development process anymore, while keeping the patches with changes available for later upgrades. It does come with a price that you have to be careful and review every upgrade, but it also has its benefits in freedom of doing it your way. Sometimes the workarounds (Drupal way) takes longer than changing one line in the code and usually these changes are often not re-usable and of no use to others.

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Visualise Drupal site in 3d using Tilt

Last week I've stumbled upon a firefox extension called Tilt which is aiming to be a DOM inspector such firebug but in 3D using WebGL. You might know that I have been trying several styles/visualizations to make the Drupal structure more readable for my workshops (Visual Drupal, isometric grids in presentations, workflows,...) and actually been trying to visualize the Drupal site using the animations on hovers to lets say highlight the regions, blocks, etc... Didn't get much far with this, so when I saw the Tilt extension I immediately tried to adjust it to what I had in my mind for long time. After tweeting about it I've got some feedback, some people were saying it is cool, but what is the usage, so let me explain some of the ideas.

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Visual Drupal

The idea of having an interactive overview of Drupal phases emerged from various Drupal workshops I did in the past months. People were looking into the materials and the workflows on the paper, but it wasn't interactive, nor it was possible to give it a different function (name) to try it out what it does instead of general function names, which are hard to understand for newbies.

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Drupal Design Camp Berlin - 25-26.6.2011

Drupal design camp Berlin 2011

Where all the EU Drupal front-end developers and designers will be in June 25th & 26th? Yes, in Berlin for Drupal Design Camp!

After a successful Design Camp in Prague last year, we are organising another camp for all you folks that either would like to learn about theming, push the Drupal design into another dimension (learn and talk about Drupal 8 Design initiative) or just hang out and meet the cool people.

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Making the government data open with Scraperwiki and Drupal, pt.1

On March 19th, 2011, I have attended a conference called The Big Clean here in Prague. It was organised in two cities - Prague (Czech) and Jyväskylä (Finland) - as a pre-event of a global event that will be organised later this year.

The Big Clean is a a gathering of citizens in cities around the world to access, clean, organise & re-use local Government Data.

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Drupal theming training in your area organised by you - community

The title says it all. I love to travel, meet new people, experience local community and share my knowledge - I do believe a lot of folks in Drupal community have the same passion. I had this idea in my head for quite some time, but I was slightly concerned about it. Then in September 2010 Gabor Hojtsy wrote a blog post Drupal couch surfers - an idea, which helped me to take on more confidence and try it. Few months later, I would like you to meet the idea of community organised trainings, instead of waiting for trainers to come to your area. Read more >

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Improve scripts loading - Head JS loader and Drupal

Stumbled upon head.loader.js which drastically improves scripts loading. See the tests here

From the documentation (
"Head JS frees the page from script loading burden. The scripts loading is separated from the page rendering and they are always loaded in paraller no matter how many of them and what the browser is. The difference on the user experience can be dramatic especially on the initial page load when the scripts are not yet in cache. It's your crucial first impression."

Experimental code for implementing head.loader.js in Drupal 7. Comments welcome

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Drupal theming nightmares part 2

Welcome to the second part of the Drupal theming nightmares series. Not really surprised by the feedback I've got in the previous post. Most of you were enough lucky to stumble on the same problems. While the post was focused on the theming mistakes, it raised a discussion about unfinished jobs too. So if you haven't read it, it is right here: Drupal theming nightmares part 1.

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