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Photo by Daniel Cheung on Unsplash

In the second post in our ungoing blog series 'Drupal, React, web development' we have collected some of the best links from our internal developer communication organised by topics.

There are lots of good reading suggestions about design and frontend development, decoupled development, Drupal development and lots of geek stuff.

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Windows desktop with Linux applications
Windows desktop with Linux applications (by Łukasz Cepowski)

Linux’izing your Windows PC into a dev machine

On 30th of March 2016 hell officially froze. Microsoft, the eternal rival of the open source movement, has officially announced that form now on you can run Linux apps on Windows! Just like that.

Those of you who are in IT for years may recall a famous sentence Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft, said in 2001. He called Linux a “cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches”.
Well, times have changed, and so have the large companies.

Building your own CDN for Fun and Profit

Are you amazed by CDN technologies, or did you always have the feeling, that this can't be that complicated?

Fresh from the hold-my-beer department, why don't we build our own little CDN? Here is how

Visualizing Git commits with

This is a fun tool, simply install and let it analyze your Git repository and get something like this:

Visualization of development of deGov in 2017.

Cool things you can do with Git

Git can be customized in many ways. Didn't you always want to praise people instead of blame people for their work. This and more can be found in

Animated unsubscribe page
Animated unsubscribe page

Frontend Development

Animated unsubscribe

Here is a nice technical solution for building an animated unsubscribe page with CSS and JS. The anmation gets more sad as you unsubscribe. It is fun to use, try it out out on

Eliminate content repaints with the new Layers panel in Chrome

Alright, so what exactly is the difference between reflows and repaints? Are they bad, and how can they be optimized?

Well Google Chrome provides tools for this, this interesting blogpost is described how.

Chrome extension Lighthouse

Since we are already talking about chrome: Lighthouse is another great extension.

Lighthouse is an open-source, automated tool for improving the performance, quality, and correctness of your web apps. 

When auditing a page, Lighthouse runs a barrage of tests against the page, and then generates a report on how well the page did. From here you can use the failing tests as indicators on what you can do to improve your app.

Out of the box initiative: Drupal's umami profile
Out of the box initiative: Drupal's umami profile

Improve Drupal's first impression: Out of the box initiative

Installing Drupal currently gives you a mostly empty box. There is no demo content nor much preconfigured functionality. This makes for a weak first impression and makes it hard for the evaluator to connect the dots and find out what Drupal can do for them.

The Out of the Box Experience initiative (OOTB) aims to improve this situation.

Here is a nice blogpost about the awesome umamy installation profile:

Smooth Scrolling

Here is a nice write up on smooth scrolling to anchors both with jQuery and native.

Cheating at Design

This is one of my favourite reads in the lasts months. Here are some tips for non-designers to optimize design in a blog post called 7 Practical Tips for Cheating at Design

Drupal and React
Drupal and React from

React, Javascript, and decoupled Drupal

There is a lot of momentum with Drupal and React at the moment.

In case you missed it, here is Dries' blog post about it: 

And there is also this very nice overview of blog posts and activities regarding Dupal and react on

Building Secure JavaScript Applications

Since Drupal is being used as a decoupled backend, we need to think about securing our decoupled applications.

Here is a good read about mitigating risks like XSS and CSFR in javascript applications:

Modern Javascript and Asynchronous Programming: Generators/Yield vs. Async/Await

In case you ever wondered about Generators/Yield vs. Async/Await, here is a blog post about it:

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash - combined with Drupal Logo
Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash - combined with Drupal Logo

Should I Re-use Existing Drupal Fields?

We always face the problem, if existing Drupal fields should be re-used. I have participated in many esoteric discussions about optimized database schemas vs. creating new fields for every single entities.

In a nutshell: It is often better to create more fields than less. Heres why:

Implementing #autocomplete in Drupal 8 with Custom Callbacks

This on is a nice cookbook howto create your own autocomplete text-fields, comes handy when you need it:

How to generate PDF of HTML code in Drupal 8

Most likely you have done it many times already. But never with mpdf/mpdf, right? mPDF is a smart library that considers the CSS attached to the HTML.

This blogpost shows hot to integrate mPDF with Drupal.

Debugging PHP email with MailHog

Last but not least a nice blogpost about debugging Drupal mails:

See you soon

That's it for now, see you soon. You can find us at

Drupal JAM in Netherlands

Drupal Con Nashville, USA

Drupal Camp Transylvania, Romania

Frontend United, Utrechtm Netherlands

Drupal Developer Days, Lisbon, Portugal

and of course Drupal Europe 2018 in Darmstadt, Germany

Team members of 1xINTERNET posing with Drupal Europe clothes
Team members of 1xINTERNET posing with Drupal Europe clothes



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