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How to generate dynamic map showing multiple locations

Google provide many free services, one such useful service is google maps. google maps allow you to search location anywhere in the world. Most of the people know about google maps but google also provide the functionality to pinpoint various locations on a map pinpoint them and also to embed those maps on your site. In this post we are going to tell you how to generate a dynamic google map showing multiple locations.

Here are the steps

How to setup LAMP on Cent OS 6

At sparxsys we use different flavors of Linux operating system like ubuntu, centos and fedora. Most of our servers where we host our Drupal sites are run on Cent OS machines. On all these operating systems for website development there is a need to have Apache, PHP and MySQL installed. Today let us see you how to setup a lamp stack on Cent OS6. Well here I am assuming you already have installed Cent OS on your machine so I will provide info on how to start configuration on your blank machine.

How to copy or clone a Vagrant box

Submitted by ravisagar on Sat, 05/23/2015 - 16:20

We started using Vagrant last year in 2014 mainly because we find it really good for managing virtual machines and also for provisioning the platforms. Most of the developers in our company use fedora, but some also use Ubuntu and Windows too. Now it is possible to setip LAMP or XAMP in all the platforms but it is difficult to develop your application in one fedora and expect it to work perfectly in other operating system.

How to use screen command with multiple windows

Submitted by ravisagar on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 15:27

Do you love working on console without any graphical environment or any sort of GUI? If yes then read further. At sparxsys we work mostly on Linux based operating system like Fedora, Ubuntu and CentOS. No matter what the O.S. is we use Emacs a lot, we love it because this single editor can be used for various programming languages and also it is like a mini O.S. on its own. You can also manage your files using Emacs and it can be automated to load the modes based on the file extension.

How to show/hide a JIRA field based on other field's value

Submitted by ravisagar on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 21:04

JIRA is indeed one of the best issue tracker in the market. The best thing about this tool which I like is the customizations that you can do in it that too managed from the UI itself. Of course there are lot of things are can be done through the interface but sometimes there could be a possibility that you are looking to implement some behavior in the the interface but couldn't find the right solution.

How to add your own CSS for customizing JIRA look and feel

Submitted by ravisagar on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 21:02

JIRA comes with an in built feature to change the colors of various elements, you can also upload your own logo on top and use the colors that are standard in your organization. Though sometimes changing the colors might not be sufficient. You may want to change the size of regions, or giving extra padding at certain locations. How would you do that. There are certain add-ons that you can use to install various theme that can change the look and feel completely but I prefer to have my own style.

It is possible to insert your own CSS file and override the default look and feel.

How to setup Omega4 on Fedora/CentOS running on Vagrant

Submitted by ravisagar on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 21:00

Omega 4 is a great theme for creating amazing responsive site in Drupal. There are lot of improvements in Omega 4 over Omega 3 but it is a bit difficult to work on Omega 4, which is actually for a good reason as it brings lot of flexibility. Omega 4 now supports SASS and the system need to be prepared first before you can start using SASS.

Today we are sharing instructions to setup Ruby, RVM, Gems and Bundle

Install RVM

su
\curl -sSL https://get.rvm.io | bash -s stable

How to create floating top bar or menu in Drupal using Jquery

Submitted by ravisagar on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 20:58

In this blog we are going to share how we created a floating topbar on our company's website - www.sparxsys.com The moment you open the site, the topbar looks normal, just like any other site, but the moment you start scrolling the bar goes up, disappears and it comes back and stays on top for the rest of the site. It could be a great way to engage with your users and highlight certain links of your website.

10 Drupal best practices for creating a solid website

Submitted by ravisagar on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 20:55

Learning Drupal is not difficult at all. You can learn to create a decent website in Drupal in few months only but when your site grows both in terms of content and functionality then you need to make sure that the site performance is not hampered and also it should be easy to maintain it.

There are lot of mistakes that new Drupal developers do when they create big Drupal sites. Today we will highlight some of the things to keep in mind for creating and maintain a Drupal site.

Have you ever wanted to replicate/clone a node in Drupal?

Submitted by ravisagar on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 20:52

If you have been working on Drupal creating websites then I am sure you must had a need to clone or duplicate a node. Let me give you an example. These days I am working on a website for one of my client where we need to display electronic house hold products like Water Heaters, Ventilation Fans, Cooks Tops etc. Now most of these products in the same category have similar attributes but only difference in size or color. Now when we add a new product it is a pain to fill all the fields that contains the product specifications. I thought there must be a way to clone it.