Welcome to the Coalmarch blog, where we write about website design, programming, Drupal, Adobe Photoshop, how not to get run over by a downtown Raleigh bus, and much, much more.
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Here at Coalmarch, our fundamental business challenge is to interpret the objectives of our clients and translate them into marketing strategies and functional websites. The more effectively we do this, the happier our clients are. The more efficiently we do it, the happier our bottom line is. And therein lies the rub- how can we build... read more
Let’s get growing! On my first day of work at Coalmarch, I had a red book on my desk: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland (frequently referred to as “the good book” by members of my team). I was told that the company would soon be migrating to a development model called SCRUM. By my second week, I took on the... read more
If someone asked me about Cron jobs a year ago when I first started working at Coalmarch, my first thought would’ve been “Which Transformer was Cron again? And why is he looking for work?” I was completely new to Drupal and had no concept of what Cron was or what role it plays in Drupal website management and maintenance. Do you really only want... read more
Writing a Drupal “installation profile” or Drupal “distribution” can be quite confusing and daunting at first. In fact, it can be so confusing that it’s hard to even know where to start! When Coalmarch tasked me with creating a new distribution for some of our internal projects, I knew I had a big task on my hands. So, I wrote this post to,... read more
There are so many companies out there who preach the benefits of having some type of unique culture instilled into its core values. Some do it well, and some don’t do it at all. I’ve had the privilege of working for a variety of different companies, across multiple states, in multiple industries - all of which have had a different culture and a... read more