In my last post I mentioned that it was possible to build a static music app using Drupal as a backend and Pushtape Cassette as a static frontend. I have put off writing this tutorial because such a simple approach has some real limitations, but maybe it can help folks out there who are curious about decoupled architectures, and perhaps serve as a proof-of-concept and inspiration for your own project.
- A Github account
- A Dropbox Account (or similar, you'll need a way to direct link to mp3 files)
- familiarity working with git, html, css, and json files
- Better streaming music player
- Portable Discography Format (JSON/YAML)
I'm happy to report these last puzzle pieces are now complete and version 1.0 has been released!
I tried working with Bootstrap 3 a few times last year, and while I liked the grid & responsive utility classes, everything else was just way too much. You can configure your Bootstrap build using their customizer to only include the grid, but for my needs I had to fork it (to make it work with LessPHP, without normalize.css, and because I needed to rename the xs, sm, lg class names). I uploaded the result to my github:
I've been thinking a lot about Pushtape development, and I figure it is worth taking a minute to write down where I'm at.
Pushtape 1.0 Release
It's important that things don't stay in beta forever. The goal with Pushtape 1.0 is to get a foundation for a stable distribution, and I'm happy to say that after many months being in beta, beta bug reports have tapered off. Thanks to everyone who filed bug reports and provided feedback!
That being said, there are a couple of critical issues I want to tackle before a 1.0 release:
I just committed a YAML discography schema proposal over on github. This came about as a potential method to import/export discography information for Pushtape. Existing music schemas tend to be either too specific to their implementation, too general for discography use, or too difficult to implement. 
A while back I picked up a used Yamaha EG-112 electric guitar. A cheap strat clone, yes, but it was a decent guitar for my purposes - which usually involves lots of heavy detuning, feedback, and general abuse. But I found myself not playing this guitar much.
I've been working in the dev branch on Drupal for a while, but since the majority of functionality is in place I decided it was time to start tagging releases. Already it has seemed to attract some good bug reports! The discography framework is working, and most of the basic functionality is there. Things left for a beta release: streaming music player, RSS feeds, better installer, theme improvements and general bug fixing.
You can download it here: http://drupal.org/project/pushtape
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