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We need Drupal-savvy Project Managers!

on Thu, 07/05/2012 - 9:45pm

We're looking for experienced, Agile-friendly freelance Drupal Project Managers, to work with some of the best developers in the business, on our fun, cutting-edge client projects. For more information or to discuss, please contact me using the Contact link on this site, or via email.

Thank you for your interest in joining the BatCave (or Arkham Asylum, depending on your perspective ;)

-Kelly Bell

Founder and CEO
Gotham City Drupal

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The DrupalCon Rush - part 1

on Fri, 03/16/2012 - 4:41pm

As you can imagine, it's a beehive of activity here at Gotham City Drupal, as we prepare for DrupalCon 2012 in Denver, which starts this weekend. One thing I had put off for too long was getting a new round of business cards printed, and so you can imagine my dismay when I realized I had three (3!) days to go before I left and had "forgotten" to get them done.

Fortunately, one of our beloved clients, Jason Kessler of Tussle, came to the rescue, with a local (NYC) recommendation:

Paper Slam, Inc.
531 East 13th Street
(ground floor (btwn Ave. A & B)
New York, NY 10009

Suffice to say, I

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We're hiring! GCD is looking for Senior Freelance Themers

on Tue, 03/06/2012 - 3:12pm

Gotham City Drupal is a growing, quality-focused and progressive development company, and we're looking for an experienced, community-engaged, like-minded themer who specializes in Responsive/Omega custom themeing. We're a fun group of senior-level Drupal freelancers, with profit-sharing, organized community contribution and big plans for the future.

You are fluent in:

  • Omega / Delta themes
  • responsive themeing
  • JQuery / AJAX / Javascript / JSON
  • HTML 5
  • CSS 3
  • PHP
  • Git
  • phptemplate
  • x-browser compatibility
  • mobile device user agents
  • lifetime learner
  • Agile/SCRUM
  • PSD-to-Theme
  • wireframing / UX /IA
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Gotham City Drupal moves from GoDaddy to NameCheap

on Thu, 12/29/2011 - 5:19pm

Like many others, we at Gotham City Drupal decided we could no longer support GoDaddy after learning of their stand on SOPA (fake-retracted though it may be). So on December 24, we moved all our DNS (20 domain names), hosting (3 servers) and numerous email and other myriad services to, which company has aggressively come out against SOPA.

We are happy to report a smooth transition was effected, with virtually no associated downtime. We are very happy with namecheap so far.

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DrupalCamp NYC #10 is coming - sign up NOW

on Tue, 11/08/2011 - 2:27pm


Another wonderful DrupalCamp here in NYC is coming up - seats are filling, so be sure and register soon. I am planning to present a session on Pantheon again at this camp, so if you're interested in hearing about Pantheon from a developer's perspective, please register. I hope to see you there!

Here's the formal announcement of the Camp from the organizers:

DrupalCampNYC 10 will be the largest New York City Camp to date, with 500 anticipated attendees and over 30 high-quality sessions across a spectrum of Drupal-related disciplines.

It's all happening on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at

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Saying Goodbye to Steve Jobs

on Thu, 10/06/2011 - 10:58pm

Steve Jobs changed my life.

Spring of 1984 was the second semester of my freshman year of college at The University of Texas. I was 17, a musician and Plan II Honors Program major. I was taking computer science classes, but the languages were Pascal and CPM, and the machines I worked on were clunky and command-line driven (DOS was king). I had started coding when I was 12, in BASIC using a Radio Shack TRS-80 16k machine my grandfather bought me.

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How to update from drush 3.3 to 4.5 dev on Pantheon

on Thu, 05/12/2011 - 1:55am

1. login to your Pantheon site via SSH 

2. cd /opt 

3. sudo tar czfv old-drush.tar.gz drush (save your old drush just in case) 

4. sudo rm -rf drush 

5. sudo git clone --branch 7.x-4.x

4. sudo chmod 777 /opt/drush/includes 


6. copy Table.php to /opt/drush/includes via SFTP

7. rename Table.php as 

7a. an alternate - and probably better - method is to git clone your "new" drush to your local, perform steps 5-7 on your local, and then commit/push the file to Pantheon

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Documenting the Deltas: a response to J. Lambert's "On containing risk vs getting things done"

on Mon, 03/14/2011 - 5:24pm

I was so pleased to read this article by the inestimable Jonathan Lambert of Workhabit fame: I couldn't agree more with Jonathan (which doesn't surprise me, since he's a mr. smarty pants, and by "mr.

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It's Thursday night at DrupalCon Chicago, Code Sprint tomorrow!

on Fri, 03/11/2011 - 12:39am

This DrupalCon is really awesome in many respects. One thing that's a little hard to take is some of the "slicker" aspects. For instance, I absolutely HATED the super-slick keynote feel-good slideshows - and I hated the MUSIC even more I do really like the Expo in general, because I really enjoy meeting folks who are collectively doing great stuff with Drupal. My favorite booth by far was the Workhabit booth. On Tuesday it was pretty much similar to everyone else's booth.

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DrupalCon Chicago Roundup

on Tue, 03/08/2011 - 2:40pm

I'm going to be posting videos and comments from DrupalCon Chicago, hopefully as close to real-time as possible. Please stay tuned for more!

Session: Core Conversation: Why our approach to the deployment problem is all wrong

There was a lot of discussion about getting rid of hook_node_load, and an excellent point about the need for a batching system that will allow a way to manage those processes that take longer than a user's normal "one-click" expectation.

Call to action: if you run across an action that a module implements that cannot be done in drush, please submit a critical issue in