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DrupalCon Barcelona 2015 - Day 2

Tuesday is a very special day at any DrupalCon. This is the day when the conference officially starts. But also Tuesday is the day after the first meetings, greetings and parties with the community. 

No matter how difficult it can be for one to get up early, you don’t want to miss the Prenote. It is just awesome. This time we learned the most important phrases in Catalan, enjoyed an excurse into Spanish architecture and learned, what it has in common with Drupal 8.

September 23, 2015
Where
Barcelona

Debug Solr queries

Solr is great! When you have a site even with not so much content and you want to have a full text search, then using Solr as a search engine will improve a lot the speed of the search itself and the accuracy of the results. But, as most of the times happen, all the good things also come with a drawback too. In this case, we talk about a new system which our web application will communicate to. This means that, even if the system is pretty good by default, you have to be able in some cases to understand more deeply how the system works.This means that, besides being able to configure the system, you have to know how you can debug it. We'll see in the following how we can debug the Solr queries which our applications use for searching, but first let’s think of a concrete example when we need to debug a query.

June 30, 2015
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Creating nested lists with panelizer and view panes

For one of our customer projects, we wanted to have a list with all past projects. There are two types of projects selected among applicants every year: a winner and there are several finalists or runner ups.

The idea was to show the winner of each year followed by the finalists/runner ups of the year. This should be done in a list where the actual year is the top one followed by the others.

June 25, 2015
When
Where
Zurich

DrupalCon Los Angeles - Day 1: Dawn of the Drupalistas

Yesterday, just shortly after the sun sprung up and sparked southern California’s beautiful coastal lines, the doors of LA’s Convention Center opened. Welcoming with it, a first wave of eager Drupalistas and surrounding them by its air conditioned walls. And for the subsequent days that are surely to follow, it will continue to receive and house those, transforming it, to the home of DrupalCon 2015.

May 12, 2015
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Drupal 7 total language fallback

Reasons for language fallback

Let's assume you have a website divided by countries. The site structure is:

  • Global (en, de, fr)
  • Germany (de)
  • France (fr)
  • Switzerland (de, fr)

You have your content translated to three languages. Normally, this works, but there could be cases when you need languages per country. Words might have a slightly different meaning from country to country (examples) or spelling might be different (en-US vs en-GB, or using "ß" in de-DE vs "ss" in de-CH). Or, for example, the "Contact us" page can contain a country specific information - locations.

So, the site structure can be turned to:

  • Global (en, de, fr)
  • Germany (de-DE)
  • France (fr-FR)
  • Switzerland (de-CH, fr-CH)

This can bring a translation nightmare until you have a language fallback ;)

Languages

Having the language fallback, you would only translate strings/content to the "base" languages and, in special cases, you may also translate to "country" languages.

Fortunately, there is a module for that. The Language fallback.

April 28, 2015
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