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Mapping County Health Rankings: Mapnik, Node.js and PostgreSQL

The third launch of County Health Rankings has been the most exciting out of any of the three due to the mapping component that serves as the primary way to access the rankings.

The third iteration of the County Health Rankings website has a great set of new functionality to get the mapping in place. Mapnik, and Node.js and PostgreSQL — oh my!

Nginx: The Little Web Server That Could

For some time now we have been keeping our eyes on and following the development of Nginx. Nginx is an open source alternative to the ubiquitous Apache web server (the “A” in the LAMP acronym). Just like a lot of web development firms we have always used Apache because “that’s what everybody else does,” however, in recent years we have had more than one run-in with Apache’s taste for RAM, especially when running it with PHP integrated as a module.

For some time now we have been keeping our eyes on and following the development of Nginx. Nginx is an open source alternative to the ubiquitous Apache web server (the “A” in the LAMP acronym).

Drupal Module: Introducing Nodequeue Extras

The Nodequeue module is an invaluable tool in the Drupal developer’s toolbox.  It’s often the best and most versatile way to allow site admins to promote featured content.  That said, it is not without its drawbacks.

The Nodequeue module is an invaluable tool in the Drupal developer’s toolbox.  It’s often the best and most versatile way to allow site admins to promote featured content.  That said, it is not without its drawbacks.  The initial release of Nodequeue Extras attempts to solve two common shortcomings of Nodequeue.

Why We're Excited for DrupalCon and Drupal's Future

Hey, Nice Nodes!We've been DrupalCon participants for a while now, going back to our first participation at DrupalCon Washington DC in 2009. Since then, Drupal's growth and the growth of this event have been exciting to watch, and we're thrilled to have our biggest participation ever in the event this year.

We'll have 13 of our web developers and senior strategists attending. We're a Platinum Sponsor – and perhaps most importantly – we'll be debuting new, freshly minted "Nice Nodes" T-shirts along with "Nice Nodes" stickers.

GovLoop and Working with the Ning API

We recently had the pleasure of working with the awesome folks at GovLoop on an information architecture and design project. The purpose: to give GovLoop a quick facelift and use the Ning API to develop new “community pages” to make it easier for users to find content on key topics.

We recently had the pleasure of working with the awesome folks at GovLoop on an information architecture and design project. The purpose: to give GovLoop a quick facelift and use the Ning API to develop new “community pages” to make it easier for users to find content on key topics.

The State of Open Source Content Management Systems in 2011

What happened in the world of Content Management Systems (CMS) last year?

What happened in the world of Content Management Systems (CMS) last year?

Mobile Storytelling: An Evolving Story

I was recently invited to speak at DUXcamp hosted by NPR and then again at Microsoft Research around the subject of mobile and storytelling. I created a rather stream of consciousness presentation, bringing together various thoughts about storytelling in the mobile space. Still very rough around the edges but a central theme is beginning to emerge: Mobile allows stories to have scale.

Here’s the presentation deck:

I was recently invited to speak at DUXcamp hosted by NPR and then again at Microsoft Research around the subject of Mobile and Storytelling. I created a rather stream of consciousness presentation, bringing together various thoughts about storytelling in the mobile space. Still very rough around the edges but a central theme is beginning to emerge: Mobile allows stories have scale.

WordPress Plugin Integration: Gravity Forms

Today we're going to explore Gravity Forms' form submission hook.

Gravity Forms is a WordPress forms plugin. It lets you visually create public-facing input forms, similar to Wufoo. You're able to build things like website surveys, event registrations, and (multi-step) payment processing forms.

This tutorial explains how to access data from the Wordpress forms plugin Gravity Forms when a form gets submitted.

9 Essential Tools for Professional Drupal Development

Here is a list of my favorite Drupal tools that aid in developing, managing, and maintaining a Drupal website.

Drush

Versions supported: All Drupal versions

To quote the module description for drush:

A list of  web programmer Norman Bucknor's  top nine favorite Drupal development tools and modules that he uses to build large, complex drupal sites.

Mobile: Getting Started Guide

    

When it comes to communication channels...

The PC is a bit like George Clooney — been around a long time, tried and true, and still very relevant.

Given the rise in adoption of mobile devices, especially among populations that were traditionally hard to reach because of the digital divide, it is not surprising that organizations are looking to incorporate mobile into their communication strategies, processes, and offerings.

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