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The Config Split module

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Along with others in the Hydrant Dev team I attended the NWDUG unconference in Manchester earlier this month and a talk by @Paul_Gregory which addressed a subject I’ve asked myself the best way to solve when using Drupal 8 in a development, staging and live environment.

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PHP North West 2017

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At the end of September 2017 one of our Drupal development team, Alejandro attended the 10th and (what sadly turned out to be the last for the foreseeable future) PHP North West Conference. The event combined a full day of active learning and lesson based sessions on a range of subjects, followed by a 1.5 day conference with 3 tracks of talks and best practice knowledge for over 500 delegates. Here are a few of Alejandro's tips and highlights.

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Greenscreen lighting tests - Hyper Jump

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Quite often someone in the creative team will come up with a technique or idea that sends us on a journey of testing and retesting, then more testing and retesting, then a brainwave, then more testing and retesting.

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“Breadcrumbs” and “Active trails” in Drupal 8

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A regular feature we've needed a solution for in any Drupal website build is how to handle showing the breadcrumb and active trail (highlighted menu items). Drupal Core has always catered for this by using the menu structure, but when it comes to placing another page or pages of a certain type into the this active trail, a contributed solution has been required.

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Continuous Delivery with Feature Flags and Symfony

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No doubt that while perusing the Hydrant Journal you will have seen a series of posts by Leo White focusing on Holacracy and how it touches everything we do as a company. If you’re somewhat familiar with agile in its various forms, some of the reasoning and approaches taken may even sound familiar. Particularly if you’ve also noted the preference towards constant bite size improvements on popular web services.

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Integrating Microsoft Dynamics with Drupal 7!

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At Hydrant we’ve recently been working with a client on developing a new site that integrates data from a backoffice CRM to drive website structure, content, and user interaction. The backoffice system is a Microsoft Dynamics installation.

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Integrating with your CMS: eMarketing

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Integrated solutions Building websites with our clients is normally just part of a broader digital strategy. Many companies will need to consider how the website integrates with their social media channels, and how it can support their marketing activities and customer engagement. With modern technology, the possibilities are almost endless - but there are some common threads. Most organisations capture information about their users. For some it can be as simple as a name and email address being added to a mailing list. Other organisations store more information about their users - perhaps their purchase history, geographic location, or preferences. Exposing that information to other channels and services is a key part of ensuring that digital interactions are strong and relevant.

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Tablet APIs with Symfony & Drupal

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Solving problems It's for good reason that our company blurb describes us as "a UK digital agency who solve problems, build solutions and support you" rather than just "Drupal website builders". It's rare these days that the problems that we solve for our customers fit neatly inside the confines of the content management system (CMS) alone. There are often parts of the overall solution that go well beyond the website. For some clients it can be a need to integrate data into the CMS from other business systems, or to push data out into other systems such as customer relationship management (CRM) applications.

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Rescue projects: the importance of site audits

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Need helping making some changes to your current website? Is it time you updated your site based upon the latest insights, understanding of your visitor behaviours, or just need some new features and a design refresh? Or maybe you’ve found yourself in a sticky situation with your current website supplier?

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CORS pre-flight requests and headers with Symfony HttpKernel component

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Here at Hydrant we're currently working on a new mobile application, using a combination of Phonegap, Ionic Framework and the ever-fantastic AngularJS. The app talks to a JSON API, which in turn gets its data from both a local data-store, and also a Drupal 7 site via the Services module, so our chosen toolset had to be flexible and easily extensible. ( Psst... If this stuff sounds interesting to you, we're hiring - get in touch! )

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