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With the Drupal 8 release on the horizon I wanted to point out some of the things I'm excited about, whether functionality-wise or for expanding Drupal. These new Drupal 8 features are all welcome additions!

Some really great Drupal and Magento development posts out this week as well as good CSS tool and methodology recommendations. Get your code on and have a great weekend!

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Next USB plug will finally be reversible

This week, there are some new developments in the social and eCommerce world that I thought would interest you as well as some new developments in "mobile awesomeness" with a responsive jQuery plugin. 

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Facebook no longer lets users hide from search


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.


When Ben came back from DrupalCon and mentioned how Drupal 8 was going to be built on the Symfony 2 Framework (and was talked about in this blog post here) I was beyond excited. I've used Symfony on the past (both versions 1 and 2), and by far it's probably my favorite framework to work with in PHP. I've used others, like Cake, CodeIgniter and Zend, and I've even created one of my own just for fun. And so far, nothing seems to be as light weight and unintrusive as Symfony is. It feels like it moves naturally with PHP code, without trying to change how you program an application.

Day 2 at Drupalcon offered a number of great sessions for developers, project managers, and hybrids alike. The best one was the discussion behind the Symfony2 framework and a slight discussion of how it may be integrated into Drupal 8. I had been aware of Symfony2 before Dries mentioned it in his keynote on Tuesday, but this session definitely awoke me to how awesome Symfony2 can be. Do yourself a favor, take 5 minutes, and read about Symfony2 here: http://symfony.com/symfony-in-five-minutes.

The first two days of DrupalCon have really focused on the challenges that service firms and the platform itself are facing as Drupal continues to grow as one of the most dominant CMS products in the world. The key initiatives that have been outlined in order to meet those challenges include: