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I'm always on the lookout for exciting ideas and new technologies to broaden my knowledge of web development and design. Each week, I'll be posting links to articles on development, design and other miscellanious information that I find interesting. What follows are the highlights of the links I've recently discovered. I hope you find them as useful as I did.


I'm always on the lookout for exciting ideas and new technologies to broaden my knowledge of web development and design. Each week, I'll be posting links to articles on development, design and other miscellanious information that I find interesting. What follows are the highlights of the links I've recently discovered. I hope you find them as useful as I did.


All over the country non-profits and associations are moving to the Drupal platform. Many move as they see others forge the path and admire the powerful web presences being created on the Drupal platform. The non-profit industry is probably one of the most saturated in different options for locally installed and Software as a Service (SaaS) based content management solutions tailored to the industry. These are all relatively inexpensive solutions, so why does an enterprise open source solution like Drupal continue to lead the way and be responsible for the most highly revered non-profit websites in the country?

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Today is the first day of the conference and there where several large announcements worth noting to people that engage the Magento platform at any level. As a quick summary those major announcements include:

Denver DrupalCon kicks off tomorrow for web firms with an all day private training sessions for leaders of the industry. Last year this was extremely valuable as people from all over the industry came to help with solutions for challenges that Drupal firms face everyday. While I'm most excited about this and I'll be providing information on each of the focus areas I wanted to provide the sessions I'm most interested in  coming into Tuesday that take place through Thursday.

When developing a website or web application that is utilizing a base framework or system, it is very frowned upon to do any modifications to to the core system. In the case of Drupal, just like any other open source project, it is actively developed and released to the public in versions which adds new features, along with bug and security fixes. The issue of "hacking core" goes beyond just the core of a system but also to any of the possible add-ons that are developed by a third party. In the case of Drupal these can be modules or themes.

Magento is arguably the most powerful open-source e-commerce solution available. Every detail and setting is completely customizable which let's the store owner tweak everything to work as they wish. However, because the codebase is quite large, the smallest changes can seem like daunting tasks to the new Magento developer.

In this post, I'll share some useful tips for developing and debugging custom code on the Magento platform.

Magento is a feature-rich, professional open-source eCommerce solution that offers merchants complete flexibility and control over the look, content, and functionality of their online store. Magento’s intuitive administration interface contains powerful marketing, merchandising and content management tools to give merchants the power to create sites that are tailored to their unique business needs.

Banner ImageDrupal 7 is here and it's never been more exciting to be one of the front runners in open source content management.

I'm pleased to introduce Unleashed Technologies' first open-source project, "maxchars"!  maxchars is a jQuery plugin for easily adding and enforcing character limits on input elements with a friendly UI.  It works similar to Twitter, where users are presented with a helpful message stating the number of remaining characters or notifying them if they've exceeded the limit.  Similar plugins already exist, but we wanted to design something far simpler and easy to integrate.