Everyone loves Pantheon hosting’s time-saving one-click updates for Drupal and WordPress. If you are putting a site onto Pantheon that already has revision history in Git, then you likely want to keep your history. But if you create a Pantheon site from an existing Git repo, one-click updates will not be available.
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Pixo historically had success with the waterfall model. However, as the industry has changed to demand quicker turnaround times for massively more complex deliverables, we’ve discovered that the increased complexity pushed the waterfall model past what it could handle. It was now a liability.
In addition to the SmallDateTime bug outlined in a previous post, I also encountered this troublesome bug involving truncated SQL data because of a MSSQL nuance on lengthy VARCHAR fields. The Lost Field of Text There existed several string/text fields in the legacy MSSQL database defined with 1000-8000 character capacity. However initially I was only getting the first 255 characters.
Pixo is currently developing a web-based publication workflow application for American Library Association’s Choice Magazine and Choice Reviews Online utilizing the PHP framework Symfony to build a web based publication workflow application. A major component includes migrating 30+ years of legacy data out of a MSSQL database into a redesigned SQL schema in Symfony. Early in the project, I encountered this particularly nasty problem regarding smallDateTime fields as I was setting up the MSSQL side of the migration using the default MSSQL PHP driver.
Here is a handy design pattern for developing wordpress widgets. For this post, we will be generating a sidebar widget with a title and text body. The title corresponds to another page within your wordpress site and hyperlinks to that page.
Last week, Pixo launched an exciting new website, DigitalLearn. org, created for and led by the Public Library Association (PLA), and launched in conjunction with a national digital literacy campaign by the Ad Council for EveryoneOn and Connect2Compete (a national nonprofit on a mission to eliminate the digital divide for all Americans). The goal of DigitalLearn.
Now that we’ve returned from the March DrupalCon in Denver and had a chance to reflect, we’ve pulled together this unofficial roadmap to Drupal 8. Here are the top things you need to know about Drupal’s next big evolution. Mobile-Friendly and Responsive The biggest change coming in Drupal 8 is the built-in support for mobile.
"The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug." - Mark Twain
General Manager, co-owner
Melinda, a.k.a Mel, joined the Pixo staff full-time in January 2012 after finishing her Master’s Degree in library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After serving in various user experience (UX) roles at Pixo, Melinda took on her first company-wide leadership role as Director of Consulting in 2018.
She is currently the General Manager and a co-owner of Pixo where she focuses on nurturing and challenging the consulting team. Her goal every day is to contribute to a healthy, human-centered work environment that helps Pixo provide excellent service to its clients.
A native of Macomb, Illinois, Melinda attended the University of Illinois and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. She moved to upstate New York, where she worked for 12 years in the newspaper industry in Elmira, Ithaca, and Rochester. In 2005, she joined Illini Media, a non-profit student media newsroom. She later earned a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science.
In her spare time, Melinda enjoys genealogy, photography, Legos, and hiking. She lives in Champaign with her wife and pet menagerie — 1 dog and 3 cats.
Information architecture, user experience design, content strategy, user research, usability testing, wireframing
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – M.S. in Library & Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – B.S. in Journalism
Pixo, 2019 – present – General Manager
Pixo, 2018 – Director of Consulting
Pixo, 2013-2018 – Director of User Experience
Pixo, 2012-2013 – User Experience Designer, Information Architect
Illini Media, 2005-2010 – Editorial Advisor
Gannett Newspapers, 1993-2005 – Assistant managing editor, presentation editor, designer, copy editor
I spent a lot of time as a kid playing with Legos. Arguably, I think it was the perfect toy for someone who grew up to be a user experience architect/closet librarian/newspaper page designer. * I started thinking about my own history with organizing when I was reviewing a recent project and reflecting on how user research informed our recommendations.