I didn’t attend any responsive web design sessions at DrupalCon Denver 2012 because there was just too much going on under the hood, both for Drupal 7 and Drupal 8. But before this milestone event fades into the past, it is necessary to grab what this historic “reaffirmation” DrupalCon tells us about the state of Drupal is in this key area and how the rest of us should incorporate it into our development process. What frameworks, base themes, standard configurations, and other approaches should we adopt?
This corrects the grave omission of the whole key subject of responsive web design from my recent report back article on DrupalCon Denver 2012.
Here I attempt to address the question by treating myself to an Easter Sunday responsive web design marathon, and grabbing my first conclusions, synthesized with my thinking up to the present (“Mobile first” is the tip of the iceberg and when blithely repeated reduces to a buzzword without addressing the huge multi-server and services, real time and single page app challenges that are increasingly facing the web app builder. While mobiile first (there, I’ve said it) responsive web design is key, promiscuous Drupal with multi-node servlets and services integration is fundamental). But this material is absolutely essential, there’s a lot to learn, don’t go to work without it: I present here my take on each of the following presentations: Rethinking responsive building techniques with drupal – johnalbin, Responsive web design: the past, present, and future – lewisnyman, A responsive project process – daveruse, Creating responsive and mobile-first drupal themes – himerus, Html 4 s – while we’re waiting for the revolution – mortendk, and finally Keynote – Luke Wroblewski. BTW, Panopoly is responsive out of the box (what does that even mean?).