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Ann Arborists and Drupalists!

Steve and I recently sat down with Jon Zemke of Concentrate for a lively discussion about working and living in Ann Arbor. Check out the full article, Young & Entrepreneurial: A Q&A with Switchback, for our thoughts on some of the best food in town, the appeal of Drupal and Switchback, and how Ann Arbor can attract more young entrepreneurs.

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Switchback is Hiring Engineers!

Looking for Passion in the Workplace?

Us: Young and growing web development company in Ann Arbor, MI. We love user-centered design, open-source technology, and a good bottle of beer. But most of all, we live for building websites that light up our clients' lives. Looking for a long-term relationship built on great communication, stellar software development, and top-notch teamwork.

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Drupal Breadcrumb Fun!

One of the most useful pieces of navigation for a user is the 'breadcrumb' trail at the top of any page on the site they're visiting. It's something that is easy to forget, but so important (and expected) in all but the most simple of sites.

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Refresh, Part Deux, or: Synchronizing Database Changes Between Development/Staging and Live Production Servers

Now, onto the geek...One of the rooms at DCC was dedicated to Birds of a Feather (BOF) sessions, where groups of people interested in the same topic could just run an ad-hoc session.

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i just got back from Drupal Camp Colorado (DCC) last weekend. What a great experience! Many thanks to the the CommerceGuys (another local MI firm!) for covering nearly all my travel, lodging, and conference costs.

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Book Review: Drupal 5 Themes

The first thing new Drupal developers ask me is, "How do I make my new Drupal site look different from the rest?" Drupal 5 Themes by Ric Shreves is the first book dedicated entirely to theming Drupal. This topic certainly deserves its own book and I'm glad we now have it. (On the down side Drupal 6 is already released and Drupal 7 is in the works.)

Somehow I’ve been able to avoid advanced theming by using sub-contractors or taking themes from the Drupal Theme Garden. But I realize that designers and programmers cannot go it alone. In order to build the most interactive sites, we need to reach across the gap and learn a bit about each other’s craft. Enter Drupal 5 Themes.

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