Behind the Screens
By Lullabot
About this podcast
News, interviews and tips about Drupal and Open Source from the Lullabot Team.
Episodes (Total: 28 / Page: 1)
Chris gets the skinny from a number of Lullabots and team members on their upcoming sessions at DrupalCon Vienna.
Sept. 22, 2017
Chris goes behind the screens with’s lead developer and trainer, Joe Shindelar. Joe and Chris discuss topics such as: learning Drupal in order to teach it to others, how to prepare for a live presentation and what it’s like delivering a keynote presentation, and advice for new community members who want to get involved. Joe also takes us back in time to his first ever Drupal session, talks about what he would do if the internet went away, and has a special place in his heart for the Twin Cities Drupal Users Group. Bonus: Can you guess Joe’s spirit module?
Sept. 20, 2017
Drupal Voices is being revived and rebranded. We have a new name, an improved format, and some amazing interviews with members of the community.
May 10, 2012
Florian Lorétan, one of co-leads for DrupalCon Munich, takes a moment to discuss what is happening with the upcoming conference and what people can expect. He introduces the overall theme "Open Up! Connecting Systems and People" and explains what it means, how it will tie in to the sessions, and why it's important. This Drupal Voices was recorded at the 2012 DrupalCon in Denver.
May 9, 2012
Kyle Hofmeyer talks with Nathan Haug of Lullabot about Nathan discusses how and why the site evolved from a Drupal module into a full-blown product, as well as the unique features and benefits of this survey tool. This Drupal Voices was recorded at the 2012 DrupalCon in Denver.
May 3, 2012
Kris Vanderwater talks about the Drupal 8 Initiative Blocks & Layouts Everywhere. Kris gives a brief overview of what this is and explains how he is working on the usability side, bringing together designers and javascript experts to ensure this will be a great experience for all users. Kris goes so far as to refer to it as "Panels in Core" and is looking for contributors, so if that strikes your fancy, take a listen to what Kris has to say. This Drupal Voices was recorded at the 2012 DrupalCon in Denver.
May 1, 2012
Joe Shindelar joins Kyle Hofmeyer for a chat with Drew Gorton from Gorton Studios. Drew talks about NodeSquirrel, a remote backup solution for Drupal built off the Backup and Migrate module. Drew also talks about what excites him about the future of Drupal. This Drupal Voices was recorded at the 2012 DrupalCon in Denver.
April 24, 2012
Kyle Hofmeyer talks with John Albin Wilkins about the Mobile Initiative he is spearheading for Drupal 8. John discusses what this means, what's involved, and how you can help. This Drupal Voices was recorded at the 2012 DrupalCon in Denver.
April 19, 2012
Kyle Hofmeyer talks with Greg Dunlap about the Configuration Management Initiative he is spearheading for Drupal 8. Greg dives right in and discusses how, up to this point, Drupal has seriously lacked a proper method for code and development deployment. He gets into some of the nitty gritty of what he is up to and how he is solving the problem. Now that Greg has created a central API, he is looking forwarding to putting some focus on getting a proper content staging process into Drupal. This Drupal Voices was recorded at the 2012 DrupalCon in Denver.
April 17, 2012
Kyle Hofmeyer talks with Bob Kepford who discusses his newsletter, The Weekly Drop. If you're looking for a curated list of the best Drupal news delivered to your inbox every Thursday, subscribe today. This Drupal Voices was recorded at the 2012 DrupalCon in Denver.
April 12, 2012
Kyle Hofmeyer talks with Larry Garfield who is the lead on the Web Services and Context Core Initiative for Drupal 8. After the DrupalCon announcement that components from the Symfony framework are making their way into Drupal core, Larry talks about what that is, why it's happening, and the reaction from the Drupal community as a whole. This Drupal Voices was recorded at the 2011 DrupalCon in Denver.
April 5, 2012
Kyle Hofmeyer talks with Volacci's Ben Finklea about the Blue Drop Awards. Learn what they are, why they came about, and their future as the premiere awards for Drupal-driven websites. Ben discusses how the Blue Drop Awards is more than just a place to vote on websites, but is also a showcase to show the non-Drupal world what amazing sites have been built with Drupal. This Drupal Voices was recorded at the 2012 DrupalCon in Denver.
Sept. 28, 2011
Nathan Smith talks about the CSS framework that he created called Formalize, which allows designers to have more control over styling form elements. He sees it as a reset for forms, and created it because he was frustrated about the gap between the original design intention and the final implementation. He also talks a bit about the 960 grid system, which he also created, and how he got involved with the Drupal community. He also talks a bit about mobile design, and how the larger variance of screen sizes has created different design demands and implementations like the 960 grid on jQuery mobile system.
Sept. 22, 2011
Jakob Persson (aka solipsist) of NodeOne talks about his early estimation process for scoping out requirements and estimating the number of hours to build a project. He talks about the process of breaking down the project into discrete features, determining whether or not you've built it before (add in more uncertainty if you haven't), and then estimating the number of hours in a range from high to low. If there are vague requirements, then it's going to add more complexity to the process. Persson also describes the difference between making agile vs. fixed bids, and the importance of meeting with the client face-to-face in order to understand their requirements and to have the developers be able to ask direct questions. Finally, he mentions some of the most common overlooked things to account for such as testing, deployment, and managing communications with the client. For more information, be sure to check out Persson's DrupalCon Chicago presentation on "Getting Early Estimates Right." Also be sure to check out Seth Brown's article on The Art of Estimation.
Sept. 21, 2011
Aaron Stanush talks about some of the web font hosting services and how to integrate them within a Drupal theme. He talks a little bit about some of different web font hosting services such as typekit, KERNEST, and Monotype's web fonts. These fonts are implemented via CSS, are accessibility and ensure cross-browser compatibility. He talks a bit about the @font-your-face Drupal module to integrate the web font hosting services mentioned above in addition to Google Fonts, Font Squirrel and Fontdeck. For more information, be sure to check out his presentation "The type revolutionary's cookbook" at DrupalCon Chicago.
Sept. 20, 2011
Tom Geller describes how he started writing and producing videos about Drupal, and discusses some of his latest Drupal 7 material including the The Drupal 7 Visual Quickstart Guide book and training videos. He talks about some of the challenges of creating training material for Drupal while it's still under development, and what he's paying attention to in the Drupal community. Geller also shares some of his open questions about the Drupal training space in terms what's in between material geared towards beginners that he focuses on and material targeted to more advanced Drupal users, which he sees sites like addressing. Since Lullabot also produces a number of different training materials, my take on that question was that there's a lot of middle ground in producing training material that are targeting site building recipes like the Using Drupal book that Lullabot produced for O'Reilly and the Fantasy Sites that are built as a part of the Do It With Drupal conference. Since the recording of this podcast at DrupalCon Chicago, Geller has joined Acquia as their Director of Content and Communications.
Sept. 6, 2011
Jeff Eaton talks about the Snowman project for Drupal core, which proposes a number of installation profiles for Drupal 8 core. It's a #smallcore-related project in the sense that it tries to separate the boundaries between Drupal as a product and Drupal as a framework. This d.o. meta issue of "More flexibility for core installation profiles" has some more specific issues related to the Snowman project for creating use-case focused profiles for Drupal Core. And here's a mock-up of "Choose your Drupal" product as suggested by Snowman. It's a demo page of different features and functionality that people may pick as different Drupal products. Also... ☃ Note: This interview was conducted at DrupalCon Chicago, and we have about 20 more interviews from Chicago.
Aug. 10, 2011
In this interview, Katherine Lynch provides an overview of her Advanced Accessibility in Drupal presentation from DrupalCon Chicago.
Aug. 4, 2011
Stella Power is the lead maintainer of the Coder Module, and she talks about the Coder Review module, which provides automated peer review evaluations of your code and sees if it complies with Drupal's coding standards, as well as the Coder Upgrade module, which helps you automatically upgrade your Drupal 6 module to Drupal 7. The coder upgrade module can't do everything automatically, and so there are a couple of handbook pages that shows a chronological list of Drupal API changes from 6.x to 7.x as they happened as well as a more user-friendly, categorical list of 7.x API changes that clusters them by the Drupal subsystem. The categorical list shows whether or not coder upgrade can either inform you of the change (green check), that it either is impossible or hasn't been done (red 'X') or that it's uncertain whether it's possible (yellow warning sign). Power also talks about all of the security checks that she's added to the coder module as a part of her education, and talks a bit about the automated upgrade tool hosted service at Since the time of this recording, there is now a $25 fee to run your 6.x module through the automated upgrade process to 7.x without having to set up the coder upgrade module locally. Coder module is definitely a very helpful module, and has been becoming more and more powerful since it's integration with the Grammar Parser module.
Aug. 2, 2011
Roy Scholten (aka yoroy) talks about his experience as the user experience and usability co-maintainer for Drupal 7. He worked with Bojhan Somers during the last development cycle to help maintain consistency in the user interface and user experience for D7. At DrupalCon Chicago, he and Bojhan presented about Interface patterns for Drupal 7, which was geared towards contributed module maintainers. He also discusses some of the common pitfalls the developers can fall into, especially in terms of when to use vertical tabs. He also talks about which areas of the D7 interface could still use some improvement in the future and how contributed modules can help explore potential solutions that could be tested, proven and eventually migrated back into D8 core.