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Event summary: DrupalJam 2013

Last Friday the annual one-day DrupalJam conference was held in the Rotterdam Feyenoord soccer stadium. The conference, which saw its eighth edition - if I recall correctly - is shifting to be more business focused with its new motto Drupal beyond the code, and was a great success with over a 100 participants. This blog post serves as a high-level summary of a couple of the talks that I attended. Some of the talks were in English whereas others were in Dutch, as the... More

Sign up for free Drupal for project managers - mini-course

Are you a project manager working for a company adopting Drupal? Are you new to managing Drupal projects? This course is the right one for you! This course follows the life cycle of a Drupal project from start to finish and back again and is based on our full day Drupal for Project Manager’s course. I did a call-out internally for co-teachers on this course, and I was delighted by the response. In fact, the materials for the course reference a book chapter by Amye Scavarda... More

Dream It. Drupal It. (Drink It!) DrupalCon.

Can you believe that DrupalCon is less than a month away? I certainly can't! This year, DrupalCon is taking over Portland, Oregon, the home of the Drupal Association, our west-coast office, as well as a burgeoning open source community.  For those of you unfamiliar with DrupalCon, it is an international event that brings together the people who... More

The State of COD

Many people have asked how COD, otherwise known as the Conference Organizing Distribution, is going. Currently its a community supported project, with lots of great new features going into the 7.x branch! This weekend, Acquia was at Linuxfest Northwest (LFNW, http://www.linuxfestnorthwest.org), a regional conference of about 1500 open source enthusiasts, and COD was running behind the scenes to help make the fest run as smoothly as possible. The current status of Alpha 2: LFNW is running of the alpha2 version of COD 7, the most recent release... More

Sign up for a Views mini-course!

I'm delighted to announce that I'm getting my own show at Acquia! *doing tap dance with jazz hands* OK, not a show, more like a virtual classroom! Each Wednesday, I'll be talking you through tutorials to learn Drupal. These will be recorded of course, but please do sign up to the live classes to get your questions answered. First class on Views: sign up here! Free Mini-courses! I'll be grouping the classes into "mini-courses". These will be based on distributions, specific modules or... More

Easy, often overlooked, tips for a great education site.

As a new member of the Acquia team, I’m in awe of the breadth and the passion of our community. Acquia is a dynamic mix of our customers, our employees, our technology partners and our consulting partners. NavArts is one of our Enterprise partners. Among their many talents, they are edu savvy. Ted Slesinski recently published a blog post that recommends 9 Drupal modules that are great for higher education, but are often overlooked. Ted points out that 'Using different modules within the Drupal platform is a way to customize the technology to the specific needs of your school based on its... More

3 Reasons to Take 10 Minutes for the Future of Open Source

Time is running out to weigh in on the 7th Annual Future of Open Source Survey. The survey is an annual report of the state of the open source industry, and is only open to participation from the open source community for two more days. If you haven’t taken time to participate, there are a few reasons why you should before the March 28 deadline. Priorities and Trends are Ever Changing The trends that are revealed by this survey anchor the focus of key open-source influencers and help to set benchmarks that track the community’... More

DrupalCon Training - Portland 2013

We work hard with partners to keep a steady flow of Drupal training events in our calendar to bring Drupal training as close to you as possible. However DrupalCon poses a great opportunity for you to get training on a variety of speciality topics. It’s an opportunity to learn from people whose skills are much in demand. A great value! DrupalCon’s registration price is exceedingly low. So if you think about it, adding the cost of training provides a huge advantage - and the total cost is still even lower than most tech... More

Drupal security training at Drupalcon Portland

Did you know that there is a strong likelihood a Cross Site Scripting vulnerability exists on your site? Have you specifically tested your site for XSS or other vulnerabilities? Are you not sure what that even means? At DrupalCon Portland learn best practices of Drupal security with a full-day course from members of Acquia’s Engineering and Professional Services teams. We’ll show you what vulnerabilities you are most at risk for and the technical specifics of attacks like XSS and SQL injection. You’ll learn how to find and fix vulnerabilities during an in-depth, hands-on study of a vulnerable... More

Drupal How-To: Find great beginner tutorials on Drupal 7

In my first blog post, I outlined the main sources for fresh news and info about Drupal. In this post, I’ll round up the best blog sources for tutorials in the Drupal community. Great Beginner Blogs Round-up There’s such a large volume of great content coming out for Drupal lately for both new and experienced Drupal developers. Great standby sources such as LevelTen ,... More

Drupal How-To: Keep on top of news and developments

If you’re new to Drupal you maybe haven’t noticed yet. Things more fast in Drupal. One of the mottos is: “The Drop is always moving”. It can be hard to find out what new tools and methods are becoming popular and where the action is. Good thing is, there’s lots of great sources with a high signal-to-noise ratio. In this first blog post, I’m going to show you the main sources for fresh news and information about Drupal. In the next post, I’ll round up the best blogs and sources for tutorials in the Drupal community. Drupal Planet. Drupal... More

A story of an intern at Acquia

The history of my engagement with Acquia started a while ago — well, a couple of months. Considering how fast Acquia is growing, I'd call that "a while ago" around here! My name is Nick Veenhof (nickveenhof.be). After getting a Bachelor's degree in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in Ghent, Belgium, I started out in a big Drupal firm in Belgium. But the itch to study came up again, so I went to Barcelona, Spain for a Master's degree in IT. While I was in a student exchange program in Portugal for a couple of months, I met Robert Douglass at... More

Minnesota Search Sprint: Your top-five feature requests

In the same way that the Internet itself would not have achieved greatness without the ability to search it easily and efficiently, Drupal's greatness will always be tied directly to the effectiveness of its core search solution. Improving core search for Drupal 7 will be no small task, however. The current implementation is both elegant but complex, robust yet inflexible. The seven coders participating in the Minnesota Search Sprint this weekend have a great challenge as well as a great opportunity. Here are some of the... More

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