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Web Technologies & Development at 2018 Tech Summit

2018 Texas A&M University System Technology Summit
Moody Gardens Convention Center, Galveston, TX
February 26-28

The Texas A&M University System Technology Summit is the place technology experts come to learn from the best, exchange ideas on common challenges and spend time together. Professionals have the rare chance to blend technical learning across a wide range of subjects. TechSummit offers sessions to help you master your daily work, while enjoying a taste of island time. This year’s web track is full of valuable sessions:

  • New App, Who Dis? : A Journey Into Modo’s Mobile App for Education
    A presentation on what went into Tarleton’s decision to leave their old (Ellucian) mobile app and go to a new app powered by ModoLabs. Presentation includes what Modo is, pros and cons of the two apps, and lessons learned throughout the process of getting people to abandon the old app and embrace the new one.
  • Code K-9
    Automation has become an integral part of any successful team in software industry. A team which can master the concept of doing more with less, can achieve rapid product development with consistent higher standards. PHP Code Sniffer, which analyzes your code directory against a set of rules/coding standards, will be discussed.
  • Infrastructure as a Service at UNT: A Case Study of a Successful Private Cloud
    The University of North Texas System provides IT services to three universities in the Dallas area. By embracing Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), we have successfully provided self-service cloud services to our customers with greater reliability compared to traditional IT systems, and significant cost savings compared to public cloud offerings. We have proved that the journey to the cloud starts in your data center on premise.
  • Getting the Most Out of HTML Emails
    Email continues to be the most reliable form of communication to campus members, but mastering this tool can be very intimidating. Using campus tools like Bulk Mail, Maestro, and Listserv allows you to do and learn more to reach your audience. Join this session to explore the possibilities (and constraints) of HTML emails, how to use analytics to determine the success of your message, and address accessibility in your inbox.
  • Creating a Custom WordPress Plugin 101
    WordPress has many functions that come “out of the box” and you can find plugins that perform a lot of functions. What do you do when you can’t find a plugin to meet a need or you need to change some functionality of a plugin? We will discuss the basic principles of plugin design and development. We will take a look at a custom plugin that modifies an existing plugin. Lastly, we will look at a custom plugin that has an admin form, custom database table, and presents content to users. Come hear how you can use custom plugins to tailor WordPress to your needs.
  • Find: “Motivation” – Describing and Finding The Right Image
    “A picture is worth a thousand words” is an understatement. In this talk, we will unlock the data in an image. With a functional examination of strategies, techniques, and technologies we will define and leverage what images hide in plain sight. 
  • Enhancing Web Accessibility and User Experience with ARIA and HTML5
    HTML5 offers some great ways to make our sites more accessible, but there is one catch: not all browsers support these new techniques. Enter ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications), which can extend the capabilities of HTML by adding attributes and allowing interaction of dynamic changes to content that are well supported by most browsers and assistive technology. In this session, you’ll explore the differences between HTML5 and ARIA and learn how ARIA – when properly implemented – can complement your HTML5 markup to enhance the accessibility of your website.
  • Next-Generation Campus Portal Implementation
    TAMUCT has recently implemented a next gen campus portal environment that allows students, faculty and staff to quickly locate and access services—from any computer or mobile device. This session will outline why a new portal was needed, the implementation process and the lessons learned during the first semester of use.

Pre-conference workshops specific to web development:

  • Workflow Essentials for Web Development
    This workshop will expand your knowledge of the web development process by providing you with a few essential tools and tricks needed to help you create more user-friendly and accessible websites.

GoWeb After Dark

Howard Technology Solutions treats you to hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary first drink. Join the Texas A&M GoWeb group and end your day in a casual setting. Network with web professionals and discuss everything web, from the latest trends on analytics, accessibility and branding to recent successes and challenges.

Please check out the complete schedule and we hope to see you in Galveston!


Donald St. Martin & Morgan Hammond
Track Chairs, Web Technologies & Development

CMS Systems In Use Across Campus

Several years ago we did a survey of what content management systems were in use across campus.  After several years of change in this space we thought it would be good to see what those numbers look like now.

A trend of consolidation stands out.  Through self selection, the majority of us are naturally aligning around Cascade and WordPress.  Most of those who have not made that migration are considering it.  The exception is Provost IT, which is firmly tied to Kentico.

Cascade

  • Bush School – moving into Cascade
  • College of Architecture
  • College of Engineering – moving from Umbraco to Cascade
  • College of Geosciences
  • Health Science Center
  • Libraries
  • Division of Marketing & Communications
  • TAMU IT
  • TAMU Galveston
  • Tarleton State University – for the entire university

WordPress

  • AgriLife
    • Extension programs
    • Department of Wildlife & Fisheries
    • Department of Entomology
  • College of Dentistry – for news site
  • College of Education – moving from Drupal to WordPress
  • College of Engineering – for some smaller sites
  • College of Science
    • Department of Statistics
  • College of Veterinary Medicine – moving from Umbraco to WordPress
  • Health Science Center
  • Mays Business School
  • Division of Marketing & Communications – for news site
  • Public Policy Research Institute
  • Student Affairs
  • TAMU IT
  • TAMU Qatar
  • TEEX – will soon begin using for microsites

Drupal

  • Education – but actively moving to WordPress

Umbraco

  • College of Engineering – but actively moving to Cascade
  • College of Veterinary Medicine – but actively moving to WordPress
  • Finance & Administration – but considering moving to Cascade or some other platform

Kentico

  • Provost IT

Drupal

  • College of Education – but actively moving to WordPress

Sharepoint

  • TEEX

No CMS

  • Transportation Services -but considering moving to Cascade or some other platform

Custom

  • College of Science – but likely to change

Web Technologies & Development at 2017 Tech Summit

2017 Texas A&M University System Technology Summit
Moody Gardens Convention Center, Galveston, TX
February 20-22

The Texas A&M University System Technology Summit is the place technology experts come to learn from the best, exchange ideas on common challenges and spend time together. Professionals have the rare chance to blend technical learning across a wide range of subjects. Tech Summit offers sessions to help you master your daily work, while enjoying a taste of island time. This year’s web track is full of valuable sessions:

Pre-conference workshops specific to web development are:

GoWeb After Dark

Equidox by Onix treats you to hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary first drink. Join the Texas A&M GoWeb group and end your day in a casual setting. Network with web professionals and discuss everything web, from the latest trends on analytics, accessibility and branding to recent successes and challenges.

Please check out the complete schedule and we hope to see you in Galveston!


Donald St. Martin
Track Chair, Web Technologies & Development

Mobile Emulation View in Chrome

Google Chrome makes it pretty simple to see how your page will look on a variety of mobile devices using its built-in Emulation view.

How to Use Mobile Emulation Mode in Chrome

The article above lists instructions for Chrome 32. As of this writing, Chrome 34 is available. The instructions on accessing the Emulation View are a little, but not substantially, different now.

For Macintosh, click on View > Developer > Developer Tools (CMD+OPT+I). Click into the developer console and press Escape. Select Emulation from the view window, and select the device you would like to emulate.

For Windows, click on Menu > Tools > Developer Tools (CTRL+SHIFT+I).?Click into the developer console and press Escape. Select Emulation from the view window, and select the device you would like to emulate.

LESS and SASS: Shortcuts for Creating Great CSS

At the April 2014 IT Forum, John Phillips and I had a great time discussing the differences between LESS and SASS, and how using a CSS preprocessor can decrease your front-end development time. All of the examples used in the demonstration are listed using Codepen.io. Codepen is an online playground for developing SASS, LESS, JavaScript and HTML. Feel free to play with the examples to gain a better understanding of SASS and LESS.

Also, here is a link to the PDF version of our presentation to download and review.

Flexbox – True Layout Properties for CSS without a Framework

We have tried everything to tame the elusive HTML layouts. We began with tables, then divs using CSS floats and even changing the display property but nothing was easy without a number of hacks and feats of magic.

Now entering, Flexbox! The flexbox module is a collection of wonderful new CSS properties that?I’ve been excited about since I came across it on www.css-tricks.com?and?even more so, when I attended a workshop at the WebVisionEvents conference in May. It is the true layout module in CSS without a framework.

Resources from Go Mobile RWD Clinic

Resources that were discussed in the RWD Clinic on Friday, June 14, 2013:

WordPress resources

Responsive tables

Other resources mentioned

Best of both worlds: How to think like a designer, work like a developer

Watch the presentation or download, Best of both worlds: How to think like a designer, work like a developer, at mediamatrix.tamu.edu/streams/491562/IT_Forum_06-05-13.

View the presentation slides.

The speakers, Laura Root and Xavier Porter, graphic designers with Texas A&M Information Technology, provide insights on how the design process fits into the new responsive website paradigm. Key takeaways include how to integrate RWD into your team process, the importance of wireframes, and helpful tools and resources for designers and developers.

Mobile first presentation for designers and developers, June 5 3:00 p.m.

Join the Texas A&M Mobile Team for an on-campus presentation, “Best of both worlds: How to think like a designer, work like a developer.” Gain insights from two designers with different backgrounds and approaches who embraced mobile-first design. Learn how the design process fits into the new responsive website paradigm.

When: Wednesday, June 5, 3:00 ? 4:00 p.m. (Q&A follows the presentation)
Where: Rudder 601
Speakers: Laura Root and Xavier Porter, graphic designers with Texas A&M Information Technology

Who should attend: Experienced and novice designers, developers and communicators. Anyone who wants to learn more about going mobile.

Takeaways: How to integrate RWD into your team process. The importance of wireframes. Helpful tools and resources for designers and developers.