Dave Chakrabarti builds websites for nonprofits, startups, and institutions. Usual roles involve project management, site building, and authoring front-end code. He's been working with the Drupal CMS since 2005.

Work Writing Biography
Recent Posts

Installing Grunt For OSX El Capitan

Grunt, or any task runner for that matter, tends to be something we install once and forget about. Till an OSX upgrade breaks stuff, of course, and then we frantically look through our installation notes and wade through dependency / permission hell trying to figure out what went wrong. After discovering that my Homebrew installation was borked and reinstalling it from scratch, I figured a clean reinstall of Grunt was the way to go.
August 14, 2016

Gutter Colors For Sublime Text

The premise is so simple you'll wonder why every IDE doesn't do this by default: for any line of CSS that includes a reference to a color, this will place a small dot of that color in the gutter next to the line numbers. If you work on Other People's Code, especially, this can save you a lot of pain tracking down nested overrides in Chrome's dev inspector.
August 08, 2016

18 Months With The Pelican S100 Backpack

My Pelican backpack has survived a year and a half of extremely rough digital nomading around the world, through some of the harshest conditions I've subjected my gear to. I thought it was time to revisit my initial review with updates on how it's doing.

July 28, 2016

Bandwidth-Challenged Programming: Drupal in Sikkim

Building modern websites without modern internet.
April 09, 2016

Shared Hosting

Welcome to the 99 cent cheeseburger of the web infrastructure world.
April 06, 2015
Recent Work

Drupal Training / Mentoring, Afghanistan

Developed training materials, produced trilingual screencasts, and conducted onsite Drupal site-building training for staff at eleven Afghan universities and the Afghan Ministry of Higher Education as part of FHI360's USAID-funded USWDP project.

Project Review

Capacity Building, Strategy

Provided mentorship, consulting CTO services, and office hours for startups as Technologist in Residence for the Technopreneurs startup incubation space.

Project Review

Case Study: Intranet Job Placement Database

GeoScholars required an intranet with searchable databases for recent graduates and available jobs with placement partners. This was the first Drupal project from the Technopreneurs' startup incubation program.

Case Study

University of Illinois Admissions Portal

For the first of two university projects for LimeRed Studio, I authored front-end code for the Drupal relaunch of the University of Illinois Admissions portal.

Case Study

University of Illinois College of Dentistry website

Authored front-end code and assisted with Drupal site-building features, including mega-menus, views, and a custom breadcrumb-embedded menu system, as part of the LimeRed Studio team.

Case Study
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