Three Keys to Developing Successful Apps with iOS 7

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The creative and delightful new style of iOS 7 gives iPhones, iPods, and iPads a refreshing new look. But if you know how to take advantage of the new direction of iOS 7, many of the technical and functional changes under the hood are even more exciting, making brand engagement via apps more powerful than ever before. Here are 3 key concepts to keep in mind when developing your iOS 7 mobile experiences.

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Version Control & Drupal

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Problems with Drupal and version control.

There is one staple of team-based development that Drupal unfortunately falls miserably short on: version control. Mariya Lysenkovain outlined perfectly many of the reasons why Drupal sucks, and again in her follow up article. Among her reasons she mentions how Drupal stores most of its configuration in the database. But so what? What does that have to do with version control and multiple developers? Actually, a lot. Databases are not shared between developers or environments, nor should they be, so any configuration that is saved on one machine will not be reflected anywhere else. This is a huge hurdle when trying to use version control, and can break a Drupal site faster than 777 permissions on the files directory (gratuitous nerd joke #1).

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Cautious Optimism on Drupal’s Future

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In my past few years, I’ve become something of a “Drupal developer.” However because of my recent experiments with MVC frameworks, Ruby on Rails in particular, I have since been left wanting with Drupal. And anybody who knows what a “Drupal developer” is knows it’s not necessarily a compliment. I’ve spent so much time in Drupal land that I most certainly am not growing my skills as a web developer as much as I should be. I can write a Drupal hook or a custom module with ease, but these are only skills that will help me with Drupal.

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Would I Buy an Apple Watch?

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Recent rumors are suggesting that Apple has a new device in the works. Not another iMac, iPod, or iPhone, but a device you can wear. As it turns out, a smart watch or “iWatch” seems to be already in the works. Bloomberg reports that Apple already has a team of 100 employees working on such a device. Both Apple Insider and Patently Apple have now also reported that a patent application that was recently published for “an advanced wearable computer in the form of a bracelet that could double as a watch.”

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Is There a HiPPO In The Room?

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Imagine yourself in a conference room with the stakeholders involved in your website redesign. There are representatives from Marketing, Sales, Product, and Engineering. Your designer presents the concepts to the group. Do the majority of people around the table hide their feedback until the HiPPO has given an opinion? If so, your organization has fallen to the HiPPO method of decision-making.

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