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Second Screen using Websockets and Node.js

I’ve been playing about with node.js this week, prototyping a “Second Screen” experience using websockets. The idea is that a user visits a website on their desktop computer and is shown a QR code which they can scan on their phone. The QR code sends their mobile browser to a unique URL, which presents controls for interacting with the desktop site. ...

Date
20th January 2014
Tags
node.js
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Change the first row of a view in Drupal

I was just developing a Block View in Drupal for a freelance project, where the markup on the first row was different to the subsequent rows. I needed to change the markup to display an image and teaser, while the subsequent rows just has the title (which links to the node) and published date. ...

Date
13th April 2011
Tags
Drupal, PHP
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IE9 Hell(vetica)

On Tuesday I eagerly downloaded the new version of Internet Explorer, hoping that this version would be a turning point for the browser. I hoped this might be the end of IE’s inconsistencies, the start of Microsoft conforming to web standards, and the death of IE-specific style sheets. ...

Date
19th March 2011
Tags
CSS, IE
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Sort a view using arguments in Drupal

Being able to sort a view using URL parameters seems like the most basic functionality, but it seems this is not possible using using views without some kind of module. I have to say Symphony handles this much better than Drupal. ...

Date
10th March 2011
Tags
Drupal, PHP
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Get the image path of a CCK file upload field in Drupal

I often like to use template files to alter the HTML of a view to cut down on the masses of redundant markup that Drupal creates. But I just came across a problem where I was unable to get the file path of an image in my content type, despite the fact that the image was output in the view settings. ...

Date
8th March 2011
Tags
Drupal, PHP
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Should websites look identical in every browser?

Throughout the course of my web development career I have debated this point with project managers, designers, clients, and even other web developers, who have argued that websites should look identical in every browser. There are several reasons that is impossible ...

Date
23rd February 2011
Tags
CSS, HTML
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Using raquo in a submit button using hook_form_alter

I just got stuck trying to add a raquo (») to a submit button using hook_form_alter in Drupal. I tried altering the text of the submit button as follows: $form['submit']['#value'] = "Submit »"; $form['submit']['#value'] = "Submit »"; but both of these methods resulted in the ampersand being escaped in the HTML ...

Date
21st February 2011
Tags
Drupal, PHP
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Exposed Filter Date Field Format in Drupal

I just had a problem with the date field in an exposed filter in a Drupal view, using the popup form type. Regardless of the site configuration date format, the exposed filter will always default to the format Y-m-d. I ended up fixing this by creating a new module, and wrote a simple function using the form_alter hook ...

Date
18th February 2011
Tags
Drupal, PHP
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