I wrote a Drupal book!

Drupal boek

There was a good reason why this blog was a bit quiet this summer: I was busy writing a book about Drupal. It's written in Dutch and covers site-building at an intermediate level. There are detailed examples and walkthroughs howto use Views, Display suite and loads of other common modules. It will be available pretty soon.

Designing for retina

After responsive design, the next challenge is awaiting us: designing for retina displays. The blogosphere is starting to post some interesting articles. I particularly liked this first thoughts by a graphic designer. Which led me to retina.js (drupal sandbox here). Another helpful tool is this flowchart howto retinafy your website. Also the responsive images drupal module offers retina support in their latest dev. But I'm not sure yet how it compares to retina.js.

Web app (HTML5) camera capture

Web app (HTML5) camera capture

What's the status on HTML5 camera capture (or photo upload from library)? Native apps can do this, but what about a html5 webapp? The good news: iOS 6 will be able to do this (coming in fall 2012), and Android version 2.3 and higher support the File API (comparison table) which allows to upload from camera or gallery (demo here). The bad news is, this is actually the deprecated way to do it, because HTML5 is moving towards getusermedia, which will also allow us to use effects and such. But the current browser support table for getusermedia decouraging. And iOS 6 won't support it yet either.

Official Drupal store opened

Official Drupal shop store openend

The official Drupal store was launched today! The shop is built using Übercart, which will be migrated to commerce when drupal.org migrates to Drupal 7, here is a background blog post about the design proces.

Mapping in Drupal

Drupal mapping

Mapping in Drupal is becoming more fun each day! Especially when using adressfield + geocoder + geophp + geofield + openlayers. While this may sound scary at first, it's actually a great way of abstracting functionality into different modules which work seamlessly together. Here is a nice guide. Also, there will be a sprint/session @ the Barcelona dev days next week about improving mapping in Drupal even more.

Beans and Boxes


Blocks management has always been a bit complicated in Drupal. Modules like nodeblock gave us some flexibility and boxes took it even one step further. Now, also have the bean module which makes blocks available as entities, and thus fieldable. Boxes, who originated in the pre-entity era of Drupal 6, are now also providing the use of entities with their Entity Boxes plugin. There are even talks about merging both modules, although there seem to be differences in the way it should be exportable using features.

Drupaljam 2012: 8 juni in Zoetermeer

The next big Dutch Drupal community event is coming up: Drupaljam in Zoetermeer on the 8th of June! Drupaljam is a yearly event (kinda like a drupalcamp) which attracts a lot of Drupal minded people. Check out last year's site to get an idea about the event and sign up


Panopoly is a very cool new distributions which has some cutting-edge features. For example, it uses Drupal Apps to download and install functionality on the fly. And it allows in place editting using the brand new redesigned Panels IPE. Furthermore, it has a bunch of responsive layouts (note the use of respond.js) and has a nice editor interface using a clean implementation of WYSIWYG (with media module integration en things like caption filter) and markitup. Other interestingness: page manager existing pages, backports and simplified menu admin. Summing up, panopoly has some great features to improve the content authoring experience, which is currently also a hot topic for Drupal 7 and 8 (Spark).

Frontend United roundup of wrapups

Frontend United wrapup roundup

Here are some great wrapup blog posts from this weekend's Drupal frontend event: We came to Rock - Frontend United was Awesome - A letter from Frontend United and Frontend United. Also check out the delicios stack with all the links here and pictures tagged with frontendunited on flickr here.

TWIG: the new Drupal 8 template engine?

There is lot of activity around building a better theming experience for Drupal 8 at the moment. In fact, there will be a sprint on this topic tomorrow (friday) at Frontendunited in Amsterdam together with people in the United States. One option would be to provide a better, modern template engine. Something like TWIG perhaps. There is an issue on d.o for evaluating Twig using a module. Another reason why Twig might be a good choice: Fabien Potencier is behind it (lead Symfony developer).


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