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Drupalcon Denver


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In this special edition podcast, Rob Feature and Matt Farina return, joining Shrop and Hans, with special guest Brian Lewis (from Modules Unraveled). We wrap up Drupalcon in a roundtable discussion where we discuss highs and lows of the conference. The guys discuss a wide range of topics including the Drupal Churches conference meet up, integrating Facebook with your church site, responsive web design, and Rob gets harassed for being a Negative Nancy. Great stuff and a good time packed into an hour show.

My take on Responsive Web Design

Great to have another podcast episode out! Yes, it's true, we've been on an unscheduled and unannounced hiatus for a few months. We didn't plan things that way, but the whole hosting crew had changes hit us around the same time that made it difficult not only for scheduling recording times but for devoting the necessary time to plan and prepare for new shows. Episodes like this one are great because they can be pulled together on short notice. We'll be back when we can with more, but we don't really have a set schedule at the moment.

I did want to comment on Rob's remark about responsive web design being overblown. Even though I didn't attend this DrupalCon, I did watch to Luke Wroblewski's keynote live, and have been paying a lot of attention to activity in this space lately. Here's my take on the whole thing: over the past year or so, some of the smartest people in web design are trying to figure out what to do (long term strategy) with the disruption caused by the diversity of web-enabled devices now available. As far as I can tell, nobody has really solved this yet, but some good techniques like responsive web design are starting to emerge.

In the meantime, these are my two big take aways:

  1. If you can't do mobile-first, at least do mobile-something. At the very least try to not be mobile-antagonistic.
  2. Mobile first and RWD should not mean reduced functionality, unless you're stripping away cruft that your desktop users should be hampered with, either.

So, for starters, I've been looking at sites I build -- especially ones I actually use -- in mobile browsers and fixing the worst problem I see. Does this mean we can take a big messy desktop-oriented site, slap in some media queries and call it mobile-friendly? Of course not! But it's amazing how a couple of simple tweaks can make a site more mobile-friendly. Here are a few I've used:

  • Add the viewport meta tag. (1, 2)
  • Use min-width and max-width instead of fixed width on the main page container div.
  • Set max-width: 100% on content img tags.
  • Use media queries to resize or relocate sidebars based on browser or device width.

These are just some simple things to get started down the path without going full-blown into RWD.

Yes, Luke's keynote did talk a lot more about apps than the web. For a more web-centric conversation, check out his recent appearance on The Web Ahead podcast.

I think this would make a good follow-up topic for a future show. As I start migrating to Drupal 7, I've been looking at the Omega theme for layout and RWD.

I'd also like to follow up with yet another conversation about Facebook integration. This came up last year at DrupalCon Chicago during the Churches BoF, too. I'm in the middle of migrating one of our church's Drupal sites to Facebook comments and adding some Open Graph integration, and I'd like to have a conversation that discusses integration without forgetting the importance of curation.

I don't know when we'll be able to record next, but I think those would make good show topics. In the meantime, we look forward to your comments here, and yes, I do still monitor the Geeks and God at Gmail account and the voice mail is still active at 313-444-2634.


I'm a procrastinator

Hey Everyone,

Yeah, I'm a bit late with this post, but it was great meeting everyone at Drupalcon Denver. And the live G&G podcast recording was a real treat.

Thanks again,

Thanks Shane

Thanks Shane, it was great to finally meet you face to face.


Thanks Shane for sharing this post i knew that i am late on this post...

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