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Learning Drupal: Back to basics

Drupal is powerful, it's undeniable. What's worrying is that you can get pretty far without understanding much about web development. This poses some challenges for novice web developers. By simply installing the Acquia Dev Desktop you can quickly mock up a great new site with a dizzying array of features which would take you probably thousands of hours to code by hand. That is also not counting the years it would take you to build the relevant developer skills. The Dev Desktop includes a web server, scripts, database software, libraries -... More

Life in the Cloud

While I love life in the Internet Cloud, it was a gray, rainy few days at the end of last week. While it's easy to point fingers at Amazon Web Services, I'm focused on how Acquia can do better. Our goal is to deliver fantastic end-to-end service and support for our customers' web sites irrespective of problems in the underlying infrastructure. That's for us to worry about, mitigate against, and repair — not you. The View from Acquia We partnered with Amazon as the leading provider and innovator of Cloud infrastructure. But more importantly, we designed our high-availability architecture... More

Network services alert

This is an Acquia Service Alert to all Acquia subscribers. Update - 2:10p ET The Acquia Network is now accessible and normal operations are restored, except for access to the Acquia Library. We will continue to monitor for additional issues and will alert you if any occur. This was obviously a major event. We will follow up with further details about what happened and what actions we are taking to mitigate against future such outages after we review the situation and put a plan in place. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for the inconvenience. Update - 12:40p ET We continue to... More

Run Acquia Cloud Sites With Svn, Git, Bzr or Any Other System

Acquia Cloud will be adding native support for git soon, but it is already the version control system (VCS) of choice for many developers. You can develop and host existing projects on the Acquia Cloud right now using git–or many other VCS’s: Subversion (svn), bazaar (bzr), mercurial (hg), CVS, and more–with a one-time setup of your development environment. Acquia's Jakub Suchy did a nice job explaining how to develop in git, but release with svn for the Acquia Cloud (then still called Acquia Hosting) by using the git-svn... More

Multiple sites per server on Acquia Dev Cloud

When we announced Acquia Dev Cloud at Drupalcon Chicago last month, we said it was primarily designed for professional developers who build and deploy multiples Drupal sites. Today, we are delivering one of the key features behind that promise: the ability to click to create and manage multiple sites on a single Dev Cloud account. In case you haven't had a chance to watch the Dev Cloud webinar, here's a quick summary of what Dev Cloud offers: Acquia’s... More

Acquia Search Available for Drupal 7

On Monday we made a series of module and service releases to bring Acquia Search to Drupal 7: The Apache Solr Search Integration project version 7.x-1.0-beta4 includes a number of new features, API improvements, and fixes, including changes to the Solr schema. Acquia Network Connector project version 7.x-1.1 now includes the Acquia Search module which integrates the Drupal 7.x version of Apache Solr Search Integration with the... More

A fresh look at the Media Gallery module for Drupal 7

Yesterday, we made a shiny new beta release of the Media Gallery module on drupal.org. The Media Gallery module allows you to add flexible, extensible image and video galleries to your Drupal 7 sites and populate them with just a few clicks. If you haven't tried the Media Gallery module yet, or if you have tried it but ran into issues getting it working on your site, now's a great time to download the new 7.x-1.0-beta4 version, which resolves many of the bugs that were reported in previous... More

A more usable Drupal

At the beginning of the D7UX project, the very first screencast by Mark and Leisa revealed confusion over Drupal’s installer. Overnight, patches were created to remove the confusion. This situation reveals how fantastic the community is at rising to fix issues that are backed by data. Imagine if all issues or design suggestions resolved themselves this quickly. Would the toolbar redesign have taken fewer than 300 comments, and less than seven months to resolve if instead we were provided with data demonstrating that each tested participant found the redesigned toolbar to be more effective?... More

Starter tips to engage with the Drupal community

It is very common for people to have a hard time starting out with Drupal and gradually improve their relationship with it–I mean both the software and the community! I'm going to take the liberty here of sharing some of the insights I have gained over the years that can help you in and help you through the tough spots. My history in open source I started actively contributing to the PHP community in 2000 and Drupal a few years later, so I have had time to figure out how you can find your place and become an active member of an open source community. I presented sessions titled Come for the... More

Apache Solr module Chicago Slides and Roadmap

At Drupalcon Chicago, Chris Pliakas and I presented Attain Apache Solr Coding Chops to an enthusiastic audience. While some of the content was similar to past presentations, we updated it to highlight more of the changes in the Drupal 7.x-1.x version, and Chris added new recipes for building customized search forms and results. A PDF of the slides is attached, and the video is available already on archive.org. We... More

Drupal Gardens adds the power of Views 3 with a new user-interface

Back in June 2010, we decided we wanted to put the Views 3 module into Drupal Gardens to provide site builders everywhere with Views' power and flexibility to manage dynamic content. We have often said that on the Drupal learning curve, Views is the second major "Aha!" moment for a new Drupal user. There is no better way to put together dynamic custom displays and mashups of content, media, user-profiles, comments and more (for more details on what Views can do see below). But we also knew that the existing... More

What's in an API?

The Acquia Network is getting a serious shot in the arm in the opening months of 2011, and by shot in the arm, I mean something like what turned Jekyll into Hyde—except without the ragged clothes, anger and top hat. OK, maybe we’ll take the top hat. This week we’ll be launching a series of enhancements to the site, starting with a new design that not only looks much cleaner, but makes getting to the tools you need much simpler. There’s also the added Managed Cloud and Dev Cloud tools and enhancements that our hosting team has been working on (I won’t steal their thunder, but it is one of the... More

Rebooting the Acquia Network: New Tools & Services, Same Commitment to Customers

We are very proud to announce today the launch of a revamp of the Acquia Network. The Acquia Network has been at the heart of our offerings to customers since the founding of the company. This launch is the start of a massive upgrade in the software and services Acquia provides to help our customers be successful building and maintaining Drupal sites. Building on feedback from our customers, we have refocused the Acquia Network on providing value to our subscribers in... More

Well, Hello Drupal!

Drupal is growing! At Acquia, we're very proud of Drupal's growth, however, it does mean that companies and organizations are challenged to build their teams. We're excited that we can offer such great news to those who are anxious about finding meaningful careers. From government agencies, to small companies; from boutique development shops to large agencies; with roles in project management, development, design, sales... Drupal really has so much to offer. This is awesome news in this current economic climate, all over the world: Drupal offers excellent careers with innovative software in... More

Drupal Gardens adds SSL, RTL language support, streamlined block editing and more

This sprint the Drupal Gardens team worked on several areas of polish including internationalization, security, multi-image handling, performance and general UX. We hope you like the changes and additions outlined below: Updated all sites to the official Drupal 7.0 release.  Thanks again to everyone who made it possible! Updated the majority Drupal Gardens contrib modules. You can now delete multiple gallery images at the same time. Select the "... More

Acquia's Invite Lost in the Mail?

It’s a bummer Acquia’s invitation to discuss social business software for the enterprise with TechCrunch’s Sarah Lacy got lost in the mail. I hate when that happens. Good news is we’re not easily offended, and will contribute to the discussion anyway. Acquia’s Drupal Commons is a social business software distribution built on the industry leading open source content management... More

Upgrading Drupal 6 to 7 - training at DrupalCon

Do you have a site which is 2 years old, and you’re not sure if your site is ready to upgrade? We can help. Our team will deliver a course on upgrading Drupal, the day before DrupalCon. In the day long course, you’ll get expert advice and feedback from Jacob Singh (Engineer), Joshua Brauer (Client Advisor), and Erik Webb (Technical Advisor) from Acquia on Upgrading Drupal. You can learn about what's new in Drupal 7 and how it will affect your site upgrade. You can sign up for training when you... More

Drupal Gardens and Drupal 7 Essential Training at Lynda.com

Lynda.com has just announced three new training courses... Drupal Gardens Essential Training course, Drupal 7 Essential Training Course, and Drupal 7 New Features. You can have a peek yourself using this... More

Drupal Commons 1.3 beta - more Community Powered Innovation

The first few months of Drupal Commons business for Acquia has been great. We've seen tens of thousands of downloads of the distribution, live sites starting to appear all over the world, and enterprise deployments get underway. With all this activity, we've seen a few trends start to emerge. We've also heard from our customers about the most critical enhancements they wanted. Our new release of Drupal Commons version 1.3 - now in beta - responds to this activity. It also looks a lot prettier. One of the key things we're seeing is that Drupal Commons... More

Shoot the Drupalist

When I submitted my session for DrupalCon Chicago, I wanted to present something that was of a heightened necessity to the community. Working everyday to support some of the most world-class customers in the Drupal space gives you an incredible insight into what challenges sites face most often. Time and time again, that challenge is speed. Your users expect a fast experience. The narrowing gap of broadband connections even in the most unlikely of areas makes even the... More

Why I love BoFs at DrupalCon

Some rights reserved by wildxplorer Wanna come to a BoF about BoFs? Birds of a Feather, has such a nice ring to it. This way of self-organizing allows people of like minds to flock together in their motley way spontaneously sprung from the confines of the well architected schedule which didn’t quite fit their needs... More

Drupal Gardens adds custom surveys, forms and questionnaires

Lately the Drupal Gardens team has been busy adding several highly-requested mega-features.  A mega-feature is a feature so large, some companies build entire products based on that feature.  Webforms is the most recent mega-feature we have added.  Since mega-features can be complicated, we invested hundreds of design hours and thousands of engineering hours to make webforms easy-to-use.   Based on the powerful webform and form builder projects, the team... More

Database Magic on Acquia Hosting

As I discussed in my previous screencast, Drupal site building workflow involves a separate development, staging, and production environment. The different environments use different databases, generally on different database servers since you do not want your testing activities to impact your production site. Traditionally this means you need to juggle multiple Drupal settings.php files containing your database credentials and manually configure database replication and failover yourself. In this screencast, I show how Acquia Hosting... More

Part 2: Testing and applying patches for d7cx

I wanted to show how so-called "non-coders" can make significant contributions to the Drupal project. Probably the quickest way to make friends with a module maintainer is to help out in the issue queue. You can also help out with triage on some of the busiest projects. This requires no coding at all. (Check out the Views bug squad!) After triage, the next things you can do are: Try to replicate bugs - are you finding the same problems under the same conditions? Download and test patches - does the patch work as expected under your conditions?... More

Drupal Commons rocks

How do I love Drupal Commons? Let me count the ways. Ok, so maybe this is just me being enthusiastic about a great day at work. But ok - that's what blog posts are, right? Personal expressions of what's happening? Today I spent a bit over 1/2 day with a customer prospect who is considering using either Drupal Commons or a (proprietary) Social Business Software alternative. (Initial Caps Intentional.) These guys are working on a project that could have big cultural impact in the U.S., and have a user community of millions of users. It's a site you may end up visiting sometime in the next... More

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