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Mediacurrent Dropcast: Episode 8

This episode we welcome Shellie Hutchens, Mediacurrent’s Marketing Director, to talk about upcoming webinars and and the fact that Mediacurrent is hiring. Ryan picked Stage File Proxy as the Module of the Now. We discuss our first non-drupal article from Four Kitchens about Saucier (pronunciation TBD). Mark stumbles through some D8 News and of course we finish off with some great conversation during Ryan’s Final Bell.

Episode 8 Audio Download Link


Show Updates:

Weekly Drop

Mediacurrent Blog Mentions:

  • Part 1: Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3: Tips and Tricks To Start User Testing  by Beth Davenport - Senior Digital Strategist - her very first post.

    A roadmap to usability testing.  Very important for client feedback.  You want it often and early.  Once a website is ready, it is important to do usability       testing with the stakeholders so you can get feedback in order to make any adjustments before    delivery of the product.  Some of the key elements for success:

    • Schedule the testing session and do not make it to long.
    • Make sure you have the right testers.
    • Have scenarios and scripts for them to execute.
    • Record the testing session.
    • Document any issues found.
  • 17 Tips for Leading Effective Conference Callsby Rob McBryde -  Project Manager

    Good blog on having efficient and productive conference calls.  Rob sent out a survey to the Mediacurrent team about what they would like to see done better in conference calls.  Here are some of tips they came up with:

    • Join the call at least a minute or two before the scheduled meeting time.
    • Don’t start unless the key people are there so you don’t have to repeat things
    • Address someone by name if you want them to respond
    • When not speaking, attendees should mute their phone/mic
    • Provide a meeting recap at the end of the call

Special Guest: Shellie Hutchens

  • Upcoming Webinars
  • Upcoming Camps / Cons
  • MC’s Culture of Content
  • We’re Hiring (make sure you tell ‘em we sent ya)


  • Jeff from Innoppl sent us an article about assembling a Drupal 8 Development Team. PS: He addressed it to someone named Robyn.. Do we have one of those on our podcast?

Module of the Now:


  • Introducing Saucier

    Saucier is a Node.js framework that is designed to consume content provided by a Drupal API backend. It uses templating engine called Dust.js that provides both server and client side rendering.

This week in Drupal 8:

The Final Bell:


Meet team member, Markie Casias

Mark brings a fifteen year programming background and six years of Drupal experience to his role as Senior Drupal Developer at Mediacurrent. Highly involved in his local web community, Mark runs the ABQ Webgeeks Group and started the Albuquerque Drupal Users group.

A former radio personality, Mark switched careers to become a programmer when he realized he could have a fun job and eat. (No seriously, kids, radio pays horribly). But as a nod to his days as in radio, Mark hosts the bi-weekly Mediacurrent Dropcast show and the Friday 5 video seriesPrior to Mediacurrent, Mark first dove into Drupal to convert to a better CMS than it had. Through that he was sent to Do It With Drupal in New Orleans, where he met the great people of the community. From that point, he was hooked. 

Mark resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico. When not in front of the computer, he enjoys playing hockey, tennis, and a good craft beer- not necessarily in that order.


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