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Looking back at my first Drupal events and talks

I have been spending the month of May cleaning out my basement office. I have found a treasure trove of old papers and random things bringing up memories and other thoughts. Just like my last blog post on an organization's values and the culture it creates. This time I found two legal pads which had my notes and planning for my first Drupal Meetup talk and first came session.

Values and culture are what build an organization

Last week I started to clean out my office. It has been the same since I started working from home in the spring of 2014.  I had left a local marketing agency to work for an education software company, called Gaggle. While cleaning I found some items I had kept from my year and a half at the company. That organization's values and my experiences are still vivid in my memory and make an impact still today.

Your organization's values and culture matter. They will create happy and productive employees who build something bigger than themselves. 

Enabling RESTful web service interfaces in Drupal 8

Drupal 8 ships with the RESTful Web Services module which allows you to expose various API endpoints for interacting with your Drupal site. While the community is making a push for the JSON API module, I have found the core' RESTful module to be pretty useful when I have custom endpoints or need to implement Remote Procedure Calls (RPC) endpoints. However, using the module and enabling endpoints is a bit rough. So, let's cover that! Also note, this blog covers the content from the introduction of the Web Services chapter from the Drupal 8 Development Cookbook.

DrupalCon: friends, family & fun in Nashville

DrupalCon is always something I look forward to, ever since attending my first one at DrupalCon Los Angeles 2015. As I wrote over a week ago, I drove down from Wisconsin with my wife and two boys to Nashville. We came down for the weekend before and stayed for the weekend after to do some touristing and vacationing. I tried to write one blog about DrupalCon but realized I couldn't really condense everything I had to say. So I plan on pushing out a few post-Nashville blogs.

ContribKanbanNG: Drupal 8 as a progressively decoupled application

At the end of October 2017, I wrote about the new and upcoming changes to ContribKanban.com. I decided to migrate off of a MEAN stack and go to a more familiar (aka manageable) stack. I decided upon Drupal 8 to manage my backend. Drupal is what I do, and Drupal is amazing at modeling data. People can moan and whine - it handles data models like a boss. I decided to treat it as a "progressively" decoupled web application.