Web Design

Checklists, Drupal and First Aid

Nov
05

Stepping outside what we normally do can give us fresh insights into what we do and how we do it. I have just completed the Level 3 Occupational First Aid course. 70 hours in the classroom. Many more hours spent poring over a massive textbook. Learning. There were several moments when I wanted to chuck the course and come back to my computer and web design. But I realized that not only was there First Aid skill building going on I was learning.

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Checklists, Drupal and First Aid

Nov
05

Stepping outside what we normally do can give us fresh insights into what we do and how we do it. I have just completed the Level 3 Occupational First Aid course. 70 hours in the classroom. Many more hours spent poring over a massive textbook. Learning. There were several moments when I wanted to chuck the course and come back to my computer and web design. But I realized that not only was there First Aid skill building going on I was learning.

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Pacific Northwest Drupal Presentation

Oct
02

This presentation is now up on http://www.slideshare.net/apratt/watertortureupgrades

Have you been dreading the upgrade from Drupal 5 to Drupal 6? Torture by water droplet? Have you heard the nightmare stories? Have you heard the quiet hallway whispers "theme upgrading doesn't work"? Then this session is for you. Develop an awareness of where the pitfalls are and how to avoid them.

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Looking over my Shoulder - Adobe's Business Catalyst

Sep
14

This morning I ran across Adobe's new product - Business Catalyst . My first thought was "This is it. This is the product. It has finally arrived." And I am not scared.

Five years ago I sat in a small cramped room in Yaletown for the demo of a new product. It did what I did - building a website with incredible functionality. But it did it with a few cllicks of the mouse.  I walked out scared. Like Pogo in the famous cartoon strip "We met the enemy and he is us"

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Scope Creep, Lack of Planning

Aug
24
Angus: no - I'm laughing... this dam thing is a mess
and is an absolutely classic example of not planning ahead
 

Client: sigh

 

Angus: It's not whether you are going to make mistakes

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