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April 7th, 2015
In my previous post, I talked about getting started with using CasperJS for testing Drupal sites using the Drupal CasperJS project. Now I’ll cover where (I think) the real fun starts: automatically running your tests in Jenkins and reporting the results.
This article assumes you already have a Jenkins server setup with some kind of build process for Drupal. If you do, skip ahead. If you don’t, there are many options for setting up Jenkins to build your Drupal site. How you implement will largely depend on your development workflow. A very simple command-line based build for dev might just pull new code when a change is detected from GitHub, run drush upda (or drush si -y), and clear caches. You might also want to build with ping or ant or generate files with grunt or use any number of other tools. Again, your approach will vary depending on your workflow, and prescribing one is outside the scope of this article.
April 2nd, 2015
April 1st, 2015
Living in the DC Metro Area, a 40+ minute commute is often the rule rather than the exception. Going from the front door of your home to the front door of the office means an extended period of negotiating traffic in your car or finding a seat to zone out on public transportation.
Because I have discovered my brain is at its freshest in the morning (which was a considerable surprise to me, considering how much I love to sleep in), this is valuable time for me to learn something new. Podcasts have become my go-to form of passive entertainment as I drive to work. But it has also become a way to keep tabs on changes and developments in how we build things for the web.
Here is a list of some of the best web industry podcasts out there.
March 26th, 2015
I recently received a Facebook invitation to my 10-year high school reunion. My initial reaction was refusal to believe that I’m getting this old followed by a mixture of stress and nostalgia. When you hit certain milestones it’s important to stop and evaluate where you are versus where you thought you were going to be. Ten years ago, Facebook itself was in its fledgling stages; since then it has gone from being available only to certain colleges and universities to a completely public platform (despite several threats from users that if X or Y happened they’d abandon it). It is still such a powerful form of communication that my former schoolmates are using it to reunite the Class of 2005. “Flip phones,” once the beacon of modern communication technology, have long been replaced by smartphones. It’s only ten years later, but the ways in which we communicate and stay in touch with one another have changed drastically in a short period of time.
March 25th, 2015
Most of us know that content is the Holy Grail of digital marketing. But few organizations are able to devote dedicated resources to creating that volume of content. Instead, content creation is a responsibility that is shared across an organization– where, frankly, it should be. Content from the horse’s mouth – aka the experts – is more interesting, more detailed, and injects an element of humanity and personality. As self-assured as we marketers are, we recognize that readers want to hear from the experts themselves.
But getting that expert-generated content is another story.
March 20th, 2015
Brian is a problem-solver at his core: He thrives on the push-and-pull of strategy and design, pursuing solutions where smart creativity forges masterful digital experiences. Outside of work, Brian loves to prowl the D.C. record store scene and travel to Ghana to visit his family.
March 18th, 2015
Users rarely think about a mobile app’s navigation unless it does not meet their expectations. An important part of my job is to make it easy for users to navigate to what they need without noticing how they found it. This involves creating an intuitive content hierarchy with familiar nomenclature and identifying the established navigation pattern that works best.
March 12th, 2015
I have been looking at the Internet of Things (aka IoT) in a different light as of late. I’ve taken an interest in 2015 state-of-the-art IPv6 automobile systems and their potential to broaden our understanding of the IoT. Articles such as Dave Lewis’s Is the Internet of Things IPv6 Ready? (www.forbes.com) and Gonzalo Carrasco’s, Blackberry’s QNX: Securing the Internet of Things (www.seekingalpha.com) are great reference points for the conversation surrounding what IoT will look like as it continues to grow.
March 11th, 2015
You sit in a room with a participant for an hour. You ask them to complete tasks for testing a new project. At the end of the session, you’re lucky if you walk away with more than a handful of useful comments. Why is it that so many participants remain virtually silent, even after being asked, repeatedly, to share their thoughts and “think out loud”?
March 5th, 2015
A recent study asked participants to look at a symbol and try to avoid thinking of both the word associated with that image, as well as how many letters that word had (for example, a subject is told to look at a frog and not think “frog” or think “4,” the number of letters in the word). Nearly 80% of people could not stop themselves from “sub-speaking” the word in their head and only 50% could stop themselves from saying the number of letters in the word. Stopping the brain from making associations in the subconscious is nearly impossible, which makes it extremely important to ensure that visual icons and representations are completely recognizable and aren’t easily confused by the user to have another meaning.
March 3rd, 2015
This weekend marked a first in NavigationArts history. We locked our brightest minds in the office for 24 hours for the first ever NavigationArts Hackathon. The goal: Rebuild the NavigationArts website. What ensued was nothing short of incredible. In the words of Leo Mullen, our CEO:
To paint a picture for those who weren’t here or didn’t log in to the live web feed – it was a sight to behold. Think of a college all-nighter crossed with Marine boot camp, with the smartest people you’ve ever met packed into conference rooms along with queso, cookies, fruit, candy, beer, and more laptops than humans. There was more pure horsepower, ego, intellect, humor, and eccentricity pulsing at NavArts than at any time in history.
February 26th, 2015
As a Project Manager I have represented clients from a wide range of professional sectors and customer bases. While I whole-heartedly believe in addressing the client’s needs first and foremost, it’s also incredibly important to keep your eye on the future and intuit what a client might need down the road. And guess what, world? The future is responsive and your success will be tied to your ability to adapt.
February 23rd, 2015
Nerd alert: In honor of World IA Day 2015’s theme of “Architecting Happiness,” we rounded up some of our expert Information Architects to tell us what app, website, or digital interface makes their everyday lives more awesome.
February 19th, 2015
The debate around what tools we should use to create and deliver our designs here at NavigationArts heats up more and more every year. On one side there is the traditional method of creating static wireframe documentation. On the other side there is the emerging and now widely adopted practice of building interactive wireframes with rapid prototyping software, such as Axure or Pidoco, that actually simulate the intended user experience (to varying degrees).
February 18th, 2015
Using Twitter as an outlet to vent can be an effective way to achieve the instant gratification you feel when you blow off steam to a friend. But doing so is definitely not beneficial for anyone’s health. According to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, angry tweeting has been linked with death from cardiovascular diseases.