Valuable, easy to navigate, useful and (most of all) usable content. This is the criterion that we use for selecting our favorite Drupal blog posts in a month.
And this is precisely what all the pieces of content that we're about to highlight in this post here have in common.
- inspiring lessons learned while working on a specific Drupal project
- to actionable insights and valuable advice on how to keep up with Drupal's own advancement
- to highlighted modules, that make the perfect fit for particular types of projects and challenges
… each one of these blog posts provided us with content with... an impact.
But let's just get started: here are the 5 Drupal-related blog posts that won the “popularity contest” in our team this month:
1. Texas Creative: Drupal 8: How To Alter Forms Without Modules
Kemane Wright, from Texas Creative, challenges us to imagine (or to recall) a scenario where we'd need to remove/style a field in a Drupal form.
- find one of your forms to be unnecessarily “cluttered” and you just want to reduce the number of fields for the end-user to fill in
- just want to update that particular field's functionality (say turn it from an input field into a select field)
- realize that there's no Drupal module available that you could use
Next, he reveals and details upon his 2 solutions to this dead-end, both of them applicable to your code directly.
Now, don't expect me to divulge them to you here. Do head to this team's website and delve deep into the enlightening information there.
2. InternetDevels: Artificial intelligence and Drupal 8
Another both useful and usable piece of content that we've added to our list of resources to tap into. And that because we're on a constant “quest” for new ways of integrating artificial intelligence into our Drupal projects.
In this respect, we're more than grateful to the InternetDevels team for sharing their selection of Drupal modules that are using AI, all while outlining each one's functionalities.
If the topic of using Drupal for AI applications is of particular interest to you, we kindly recommend you this post, one of the best Drupal blog posts in June.
3. Aten Design Group: Six Drupal 8 Modules for Working with Datasets
Justin Toupin, Aten's CEO, is altruistic enough to share with us mortals here, his team's discoveries while working on one of their previous Drupal projects.
More precisely, their set of 6 tools to keep at hand when dealing with data-intensive challenges and data visualization issues.
4. ADCI Solutions: Drupal best practices: theming
With this post, those at ADCI Solutions launched their “Drupal best practices series”.
For us — and particularly for the front-end developers here, at OPTASY — it turned out to be a true gem, “stuffed” with valuable best practices on how to optimize one's front-end code:
- segmenting code into smaller chunks
- integrating dynamic imports
With everyone asking “How do I prepare for Drupal 9?” these days, Drudesk's piece of content stands out as one of the most useful Drupal blog posts of the month.
It lists all the critical preparations and To-Do's to consider for planning properly for Drupal 9:
- from removing all deprecated code
- to migrating your website from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 instead of waiting to take the leap straight to Drupal 9, once released
These have been the 5 Drupal blog posts in June that had an impact here, at OPTASY:
- on how we'll be using Drupal from now on
- on how we'll be approaching our future Drupal projects
- on how we'll improve our workflow to incorporate the best practices and the useful Drupal tools highlighted in these posts
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