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Building an Automated Door Lock System with Drupal 8

If you've been in web development for any length of time, a relative, friend or stranger has had an idea for you. This typically involves listening to a lengthy plan of how their idea will make them rich while you try to pretend that you care.

Finally, a friend of mine had a good idea. He had just purchased a Bed & Breakfast with an automated door lock system. He wanted to create a method to automatically send a guest their door keycode on the check-in date. My wheels started spinning, can I build this in Drupal? Yes!

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Drupal for the long haul: Maintaining and enhancing a large Drupal site for years

As a freelancer or agency, for some projects, we are hired to take it from design to launch and then the money runs out and we're "done". Maintenance is not in the project plan, so you move on to the next project.

Sometimes, though, you have a project that has the budget to sustain long-term maintenance and even healthy growth and evolution.

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Better Together: Impact Through Contribution

Drupal is one of the largest and longest-standing Open Source communities, yet it can feel difficult to make an impact. How do you find your place in such a large and diverse community? Many community members have made contributions to the project outside of code that have had a significant impact. I will share some stories and examples, to provide ideas of how you might be able to provide your contribution to the project. And using the framing of a “hero’s journey” we will explore how all the pieces fit together to make an impact on the greater whole.


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What's for Dinner? Using Predictive UX to Help Users Decide

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Making decisions is difficult. To put this into perspective, picture yourself trying to decide what’s for dinner. You go on your favorite meal ordering app to find something which offers you hundreds of options that you have to browse through and choose from. Now imagine that same application could predict what you’re in the mood for and display only those options, without you having to do a thing!

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Learning Markdown: 20 minutes that will change your life

Don't you wish there was a way to write content faster without having to log into your WordPress site?  Turns out there is and it is called Markdown, which can be written in any text editor you choose.  Based on the basics of HTML and with a goal of making marked up content as readable as possible, Markdown takes only minutes to learn and is the most transportable way you can write your content.  Sites like GitHub, Bitbucket and Reddit already expect it and coming with WordPress 5.0, your default editor will be expecting it too.  

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The Psychology of Fake News (And What Tech Can Do About It)

Fake news spread six times faster in social media than true stories. As technologists, our industry has built the tools that enable the spread of disinformation across social, the web, and beyond. But fake news is nothing new. With each advancement in the technology that powers the spread of information, from the printing press to blogging, fake news is there. What makes fake news so appealing? Is it a tech problem or a human problem?

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Internet 101: Things everyone assumed I knew, but I did not.

Even Sherlock Holmes doesn’t know everything. There are simply too many acronyms and technologies to understand.

This talk will discuss some of the concepts I’ve touched, but never really understood with a focus on computer networking. Let’s look underneath the hood and see what’s going on.

This talk is about why RTFM (read the full manual) is so useful (if time were infinite). Hopefully you will learn something new, or come to a deeper understanding of a concept you’ve worked with, but haven’t quite fully grasped.

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