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||CleanFlorian Loretan talks about DrupalCon Munich||Florian Lorétan, one of co-leads for DrupalCon Munich, takes a moment to discuss what is happening with the upcoming conference and what people can expect. He introduces the overall theme "Open Up! Connecting Systems and People" and explains what it means, how it will tie in to the sessions, and why it's important. This Drupal Voices was recorded at the 2012 DrupalCon in Denver.||5/10/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNathan Haug talks about Webform.com||Kyle Hofmeyer talks with Nathan Haug of Lullabot about Webform.com. Nathan discusses how and why the site evolved from a Drupal module into a full-blown product, as well as the unique features and benefits of this survey tool. This Drupal Voices was recorded at the 2012 DrupalCon in Denver.||5/9/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrew Gorton talks Backup||Joe Shindelar joins Kyle Hofmeyer for a chat with Drew Gorton from Gorton Studios. Drew talks about NodeSquirrel, a remote backup solution for Drupal built off the Backup and Migrate module. Drew also talks about what excites him about the future of Drupal. This Drupal Voices was recorded at the 2012 DrupalCon in Denver.||5/1/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJohn Albin Wilkins - Drupal 8 Mobile Initiative Lead||Kyle Hofmeyer talks with John Albin Wilkins about the Mobile Initiative he is spearheading for Drupal 8. John discusses what this means, what's involved, and how you can help. This Drupal Voices was recorded at the 2012 DrupalCon in Denver.||4/24/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGreg Dunlap - Configuration Management Initiative||Kyle Hofmeyer talks with Greg Dunlap about the Configuration Management Initiative he is spearheading for Drupal 8. Greg dives right in and discusses how, up to this point, Drupal has seriously lacked a proper method for code and development deployment. He gets into some of the nitty gritty of what he is up to and how he is solving the problem. Now that Greg has created a central API, he is looking forwarding to putting some focus on getting a proper content staging process into Drupal. This Drupal Voices was recorded at the 2012 DrupalCon in Denver.||4/19/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBob Kepford - The Weekly Drop||Kyle Hofmeyer talks with Bob Kepford who discusses his newsletter, The Weekly Drop. If you're looking for a curated list of the best Drupal news delivered to your inbox every Thursday, subscribe today. This Drupal Voices was recorded at the 2012 DrupalCon in Denver.||4/17/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLarry Garfield and the Symfony Integration in Drupal 8||Kyle Hofmeyer talks with Larry Garfield who is the lead on the Web Services and Context Core Initiative for Drupal 8. After the DrupalCon announcement that components from the Symfony framework are making their way into Drupal core, Larry talks about what that is, why it's happening, and the reaction from the Drupal community as a whole. This Drupal Voices was recorded at the 2011 DrupalCon in Denver.||4/12/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBen Finklea and the Blue Drop Awards||Kyle Hofmeyer talks with Volacci's Ben Finklea about the Blue Drop Awards. Learn what they are, why they came about, and their future as the premiere awards for Drupal-driven websites. Ben discusses how the Blue Drop Awards is more than just a place to vote on websites, but is also a showcase to show the non-Drupal world what amazing sites have been built with Drupal. This Drupal Voices was recorded at the 2012 DrupalCon in Denver.||4/5/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNathan Smith on styling forms with the Formalize framework||Nathan Smith talks about the CSS framework that he created called Formalize, which allows designers to have more control over styling form elements. He sees it as a reset for forms, and created it because he was frustrated about the gap between the original design intention and the final implementation. He also talks a bit about the 960 grid system, which he also created, and how he got involved with the Drupal community. He also talks a bit about mobile design, and how the larger variance of screen sizes has created different design demands and implementations like the 960 grid on jQuery mobile system.||9/28/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJakob Persson on making early estimates||Jakob Persson (aka solipsist) of NodeOne talks about his early estimation process for scoping out requirements and estimating the number of hours to build a project. He talks about the process of breaking down the project into discrete features, determining whether or not you've built it before (add in more uncertainty if you haven't), and then estimating the number of hours in a range from high to low. If there are vague requirements, then it's going to add more complexity to the process. Persson also describes the difference between making agile vs. fixed bids, and the importance of meeting with the client face-to-face in order to understand their requirements and to have the developers be able to ask direct questions. Finally, he mentions some of the most common overlooked things to account for such as testing, deployment, and managing communications with the client. For more information, be sure to check out Persson's DrupalCon Chicago presentation on "Getting Early Estimates Right." Also be sure to check out Seth Brown's article on The Art of Estimation.||9/22/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAaron Stanush on embedding webfonts in Drupal||Aaron Stanush talks about some of the web font hosting services and how to integrate them within a Drupal theme. He talks a little bit about some of different web font hosting services such as typekit, KERNEST, and Monotype's fonts.com web fonts. These fonts are implemented via CSS, are accessibility and ensure cross-browser compatibility. He talks a bit about the @font-your-face Drupal module to integrate the web font hosting services mentioned above in addition to Google Fonts, Font Squirrel and Fontdeck. For more information, be sure to check out his presentation "The type revolutionary's cookbook" at DrupalCon Chicago.||9/21/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTom Geller on Drupal Training||Tom Geller describes how he started writing and producing videos about Drupal, and discusses some of his latest Drupal 7 material including the The Drupal 7 Visual Quickstart Guide book and Lynda.com training videos. He talks about some of the challenges of creating training material for Drupal while it's still under development, and what he's paying attention to in the Drupal community. Geller also shares some of his open questions about the Drupal training space in terms what's in between material geared towards beginners that he focuses on and material targeted to more advanced Drupal users, which he sees sites like Drupalize.me addressing. Since Lullabot also produces a number of different training materials, my take on that question was that there's a lot of middle ground in producing training material that are targeting site building recipes like the Using Drupal book that Lullabot produced for O'Reilly and the Fantasy Sites that are built as a part of the Do It With Drupal conference. Since the recording of this podcast at DrupalCon Chicago, Geller has joined Acquia as their Director of Content and Communications.||9/20/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJeff Eaton on the Snowman Installation Profile for Drupal 8 Core||Jeff Eaton talks about the Snowman project for Drupal core, which proposes a number of installation profiles for Drupal 8 core. It's a #smallcore-related project in the sense that it tries to separate the boundaries between Drupal as a product and Drupal as a framework. This d.o. meta issue of "More flexibility for core installation profiles" has some more specific issues related to the Snowman project for creating use-case focused profiles for Drupal Core. And here's a mock-up of "Choose your Drupal" product as suggested by Snowman. It's a demo page of different features and functionality that people may pick as different Drupal products. Also... ☃ Note: This interview was conducted at DrupalCon Chicago, and we have about 20 more interviews from Chicago.||9/6/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKatherine Lynch on Advanced Accessibility||In this interview, Katherine Lynch provides an overview of her Advanced Accessibility in Drupal presentation from DrupalCon Chicago.||8/10/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStella Power on the Coder module||Stella Power is the lead maintainer of the Coder Module, and she talks about the Coder Review module, which provides automated peer review evaluations of your code and sees if it complies with Drupal's coding standards, as well as the Coder Upgrade module, which helps you automatically upgrade your Drupal 6 module to Drupal 7. The coder upgrade module can't do everything automatically, and so there are a couple of handbook pages that shows a chronological list of Drupal API changes from 6.x to 7.x as they happened as well as a more user-friendly, categorical list of 7.x API changes that clusters them by the Drupal subsystem. The categorical list shows whether or not coder upgrade can either inform you of the change (green check), that it either is impossible or hasn't been done (red 'X') or that it's uncertain whether it's possible (yellow warning sign). Power also talks about all of the security checks that she's added to the coder module as a part of her education, and talks a bit about the automated upgrade tool hosted service at http://upgrade.boombatower.com/. Since the time of this recording, there is now a $25 fee to run your 6.x module through the automated upgrade process to 7.x without having to set up the coder upgrade module locally. Coder module is definitely a very helpful module, and has been becoming more and more powerful since it's integration with the Grammar Parser module.||8/4/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRoy Scholten on being User experience co-maintainer for Drupal 7||Roy Scholten (aka yoroy) talks about his experience as the user experience and usability co-maintainer for Drupal 7. He worked with Bojhan Somers during the last development cycle to help maintain consistency in the user interface and user experience for D7. At DrupalCon Chicago, he and Bojhan presented about Interface patterns for Drupal 7, which was geared towards contributed module maintainers. He also discusses some of the common pitfalls the developers can fall into, especially in terms of when to use vertical tabs. He also talks about which areas of the D7 interface could still use some improvement in the future and how contributed modules can help explore potential solutions that could be tested, proven and eventually migrated back into D8 core.||8/2/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBill Fitzgerald on the VoiceBox install profile for community sites||Bill Fitzgerald of Funny Monkey talks about the VoiceBox installation profile for Drupal communities that received some Knight Grant foundation money to help develop. He talks about some of the features such as the aggregation tool, site blog, ability to publish as magazine issues, how it sets up the input filter & WYSIWYG in a secure way, and some of it's media handling capabilities. He also discusses it's integration with the Hexagon theme. He talks about some of the use cases and live sites that are using it such as the Voices on the Gulf site, which is a community discussion forum about the Gulf Oil spill. For more information and a fully-bundled download, then be sure to check out http://code.funnymonkey.com/project/voicebox.||7/27/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIan Cairns on Being an Independent Project Advisor||Ian Cairns talks about being a project advisor in the Washington D.C. area helping Drupal projects as an independent consultant and non-vendor. He is helping coordinate between multiple vendors, but also advising on strategies for implementing Drupal especially when it's a cultural paradigm shift from proprietary CMS world. He talks about teaching people how to become their product manager with open source software, discussing long-term cost of ownership issues, different architectural implications of Drupal, how to navigate the software and community, and some the broader businesses issues of using open source software. Cairns also gives a little bit of history of the US Government's involvement with Drupal going back to the US military's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) and Bryght's consulting on the SPAWAR project, but that the White House's move to Drupal was a more recent tipping point. He also names some of the big, prime contractors and "systems integrators" for the US government web site projects like General Dynamics Information Technology, IBM, Deloitte and SRA. He also discusses some of the differences between the Open Data and Open Government initiatives, and how Drupal fits into them. Cairns worked for Development Seed for four years doing Business Development and Client Relations Manager, and his new consulting company is called Watershed Strategy.||7/25/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDoug Green on Practical MongoDB||Doug Green talks about some of the lessons learned from implementing MongoDB on Drupal 7 at Examiner.com. He talks about what parts of Drupal can be used with Mongo including the fields via the Field API and blocks, and which parts are not in Mongo. He also shares some specific traffic that they're able to handle with the details of the infrastructure hardware at Examiner.com. For more information, be sure to check out the "Practical MongoDB" presentation that Green and chx gave at DrupalCon Chicago.||7/19/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSam Boyer on the migration to git on Drupal.org||Sam Boyer (aka sdboyer) gives a retrospective on the process of migrating drupal.org's version control infrastructure to git. He talks about the momentum throughout the different phases, and how moving to an agile project management process helped bring the project to completion. He also discusses git sandboxes and how people are using them for three different use cases of experimentation, forks of existing projects, or non-module scripts or things that won't ever become full drupal.org projects. Finally, he talks about some of the open questions around deploying drupal sites by using git clones of modules from drupal.org, as well as how git will be used in the future of core and contributed module development.||7/8/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLarry Garfield on the Context Core Initiative for Drupal 8||Larry Garfield (aka Crell) provides an update on the "Butler" project, which after this interview was conducted has been accepted by Dries as one of the Drupal 8 core initiatives that has been renamed to be the "Web Services and Context Core Initiative." I interviewed Larry last year at DrupalCon San Francisco after the preliminary discussions for how to better preserve and present the context within Drupal, and there have been a number of architectural discussions on g.d.o. and a Drupal 7 butler module where the development is taking place. He talks a bit about the performance implications, how this helps with mobile distribution, and how he sees that git can help facilitate the parallel development of this functionality since it touches so many different aspects of Drupal core. Larry always has a big ideas and big plans for the future of Drupal, and has been helping lead the discussions and documentation of this effort at DrupalCon San Francisco, Copenhagen and Chicago. For more information on the four phases of development for implementing the Context, Plugins, REST Services, and Layouts, then be sure to check out Larry's blog post laying out his gameplan.||7/5/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKen Rickard on the Workbench Access module||Ken Rickard (aka agentrickard) talks about the Workbench Access module, which provides editorial access control to content based upon hierarchal groups using either taxonomy or menu. It can be used along with the editorial suite of other Workbench modules, but it can also be run as a stand-alone module without any dependencies. Workbench Access can control access to the editing of content, but it doesn't provide any access controls for viewing content. Rickard talks more about some use cases that they're using Workbench Access and some future plans for it.||6/28/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
Thanks for these! I always learn something new. Keep it up!
Thanks for these inspiring
Interviews! I appreciate the insightful questions the interviewer asks.
One request if you remove "drupal voices" from the podcast title it will be easier to see the topic when looking at them on the iPhone via iTunes and podcast player.
If you are interested in keeping up with the trends in Drupal this podcast is a MUST!
The best part is that it's short and to the point. Relevant and interesting questions too...