Drupal has a fantastic community of hard-working individuals, many of whom do not see remuneration for their efforts to keep Drupal moving forward. It can be truly rewarding to contribute to large projects like this, knowing that the work you do is improving the lives of many developers and clients the world over.
Doctors of BC was founded in 1900 as the British Columbia Medical Association, and has a long history of working for members, improving patient care, and influencing health care policy. As part of a rebranding process started in late 2012, Doctors of BC (formerly the British Columbia Medical Association), engaged Fuse to build a new Drupal based website in spring of 2014. The Doctors of BC had been running on Drupal 6 for years and the site served successfully as a key communications and transactional resource for Doctors of BC staff & members. However, with a new brand, a desire to better support mobile users and a need to replace an aging codebase it was time for a rebuild.
It’s going to happen. We’re not exactly sure when, but it is likely (or at least possible!) that Drupal 8 will have a full release in the final quarter of 2014. With any major version update we typically get calls from at least a few panicked clients wondering what they need to do. “do we have to upgrade?”, “will my version continue to be supported?” or “IS MY SITE GOING TO EXPLODE?”
Grunt and Bower are great command line tools for automating tedious front-end workflow tasks, and quickly adding libraries to a project. With Grunt we can define a series of tasks such as concatenating files, compressing images, running scripts, and so on. Bower is self-described as a “package manager for the web”. It provides an easy way to install a wide variety of libraries into a project, from twitter bootstrap, jQuery, font-awesome, and even your own personal repositories.