From the latest trends in HTML5 and CSS3 to user interface, user experience, and Drupal web development, the Coal Bucket is where we share our knowledge and experience in building great websites. Feel free to browse around, post your feedback, and maybe learn a little more about website design!
On Wednesday afternoon, our very own Ryan Scotton led a talk at Duke University detailing Coalmarch’s custom integration with Duke's 3rd party system, Scholars@Duke. This is a project that Ryan and the rest of the Coalmarch development team have been diligently working on for almost 2 years, and are beyond excited to begin demonstrating its full... read more
I’ve been in my new role with Coalmarch for just over 90 days (yay!), although it seems like more time must have passed than that. In looking back over my 90 day objectives and reviewing my goals, I’m most proud of this one: “Implement Scrum as the new development methodology.” Jason, our Managing Director, had introduced the idea of Scrum to the... read more
Omega is a base theme for Drupal that uses Drush, Sass, Compass, and Susy to jumpstart your theme. I'm going to break down how each of these things work together to make theme development a whole lot easier. There is a bit of setup involved, so you should be somewhat comfortable with the command line (Terminal). Prerequisites Ruby (I'm... 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