Distribution Exploration: Thunder and Lightning

Distributions aren’t something with which I’ve had a lot of experience (other than a failed attempt at setting up OpenAtrium back in the Drupal 6 days). However, I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of using a distribution to get a head start on development, since I always seem to install the same set of modules for every website that I develop.

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Genuine’s First Client-Inspired Hackathon

In our industry, clients occasionally ask for a proof of concept before committing to larger projects. The POC is a fun exercise that shows the capabilities and talent of our teams, and ultimately proves that an exciting creative idea can become a reality. Recently, we were asked to do just that by a client, but with a twist: they wanted it run like a hackathon.

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Digital Experience Cloud and Episerver Managed Services

Digital Experience Cloud is Episerver’s cloud offering wrapping Episerver CMS, Find, and Commerce together in one hosted platform. Episerver Managed Services is the support team behind that operation which provides the following: a help desk and a team of technicians that will deploy sites, manage environment revisions, create database backups, and troubleshoot incidents for you. They have operations centers around the world which allow them to support applications 24/7.

Let’s take a look at the takeaways from Genuine’s recent opportunity to implement the Digital Experience Cloud Platform and work with Episerver Managed Services.
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Solving Problems with the OBJECT (Element) in IE/Edge

The moral of this story was quite simple: the OBJECT Element in IE/Edge Doesn’t Work the Way You Would Think It Should. It was getting through the issue and to that conclusion that made some of our developers view this brick wall (above) as being ripe for a head-bashing (our own heads, that is). What we found in the end was that, if you’re using the OBJECT element to bring in external content, make sure the server and firewall of the server that the content lives on allows HEAD requests. Duh! Read More →

Sitecore Page Performance Part 5: Critical Assets

 

Developers should be familiar with the concept of “Semantic HTML.” It’s a practice where HTML markup is used only to describe and organize content with the display details applied independently through discrete files. This separation of concerns helps address search engine optimization needs as well as screen reader support, and ultimately both “responsive” and “adaptive” design. The concept has deep roots in XML, where the markup is nothing but the data, and it’s up to the interpreting system to display it.

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Creating AJAX Callback Commands in Drupal 8

Mike Miles will be speaking on AJAX Callback Commands at MidCamp 2016. Read on for a sneak preview of that talk. Article reposted with permission from Mike Miles.

One of the biggest benefits of the AJAX framework introduced in Drupal 7 were callback commands, functions which return a json object of commands to run for any AJAX request. Callback commands, like many things in Drupal, are extensible meaning you can create and invoke your own.

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