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Acquia Managed Cloud and DIACAP

Acquia has submitted our first DoD Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP) package working with our customer, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) customer this past month. This is still a major milestone for the Acquia and for the DSCA project as a whole. This was truly a team effort between each of the individual teams at Acquia and with our partner on the effort SecureInfo. The Acquia team decided to split the DIACAP submissions into two packages: Application and Infrastrucuture. By spliting the package and inheriting controls, we can more... More

5 days, 5 challenges for Drupal

One of the great assets of the Drupal Community are its events: from local to regional and specialist meet-ups and user groups, to DrupalCamps and summits, and of course the big international DrupalCon conferences. One of Acquia's core goals is to grow and nurture the Drupal project and spends a lot of time, effort, and money supporting these events. As part of this, I signed up to attend DrupalCity Berlin with Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire and over 300 other attendees eager to talk,... More

Writing JavaScript without anonymous functions

Most of the JavaScript you see on the web is full of anonymous functions. I don't think most of them are necessary. Allow me to demonstrate. Imagine a PHP developer—let's call her Sunny—who doesn't really write JavaScript, but needs to toggle some text on a page. Sunny goes searching for examples on Google, and finds this jQuery snippet: $ = jQuery; $(document).ready(function () { $('a#toggler').click(function () { var $paragraph = $('p#text-to-hide'); // Show the paragraph if it's hidden. if ($paragraph.is(':hidden')) { $paragraph.show(); $(this).text('Click to... More

Why DrupalCon London Codesprint was so good

By Heather James Confession: I'm not a coder, and I love code sprints. Previously, I wrote about how Awesome BoFs are, but really, the best part of DrupalCon is: The Code Sprint. And London's was a great example. Here's why: the context, the space and organization, which I'll describe in more detail. Even with the amount of people involved (150+ about 10%) we could have fit more! I'd also like to convince you why you really don't want to miss the next one... because you will be guaranteed to experience the zeitgeist moment you can only get at the code sprint at DrupalCons. Context Reflecting... More

Drupal Gardens adds custom date fields, external links, automatic redirects and more!

This release of Drupal Gardens has something for every site builder.  In particular, support for custom date/time fields has been one of the most requested features.  As is the Drupal Gardens norm, we kept the bar high and only added these modules after putting in enough design, engineering and testing to deliver a UX that was easier, but not watered down.   So that all Drupal users could benefit, the Drupal Gardens' designers and engineers worked closely with several prominent Drupal community module maintainers to contribute our changes back to... More

New white paper: "The Drupal-Powered Enterprise"

Guest post by Geoffrey Bock, author of "The Drupal-Powered Enterprise". Across the Drupal community, we all know that “Drupal rocks.” But for enterprise decision makers, the more pressing issues revolve around how to benefit from their IT investments. Today, Acquia published a white paper on the Drupal-Powered Enterprise. We’re focusing on one important concern: managing interactive experiences across multiple websites. We’ve identified three ways to... More

Creating a Carousel on Drupal Gardens

At Acquia, we created a Drupal Showcase site to display some of the most beautiful Drupal websites around. We wanted to highlight some of the more popular sites in a featured carousel when people visit the site. Since we wanted the site to be on Drupal Gardens, however, we couldn't install the jCarousel module, so we had to come up with our own way to have a Carousel on the site. 1. Download... More

Acquia adopts the Omega theme for its web site reboot

In early 2011, Kevin O’Leary, one of Acquia’s UX Jedi, launched an effort to redesign the visual branding of Acquia. By May, the design work was far enough along to allow us to start developing a Drupal theme for a complete reboot of acquia.com. Michael Cooper lead the effort with his team including Mariano Asselborn, Yoni Gray, Rob Loach and... More

Learn to love the drop: A radio-style talk show, with your host, Jacob Singh!

By Heather James Thursday, July 21st, Jacob Singh is hosting two call-in webinars at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. EDT with special guests from the Drupal community with backgrounds from Java to front-end development. You can listen as this panel of experienced Drupal professionals discuss some of the things they wish they knew, and you can have your burning questions answered directly. Drupal’s learning curve is well known as being steep, occasionally frustrating.  This is more pronounced... More

BrowserID: from announcement to Drupal module in under 24 hours

Yesterday, Mozilla announced a new initiative called BrowserID, which is an easy, secure way to log in to websites without having to remember your password for each individual website. So last night I wrote the BrowserID Drupal module, which lets people log in to Drupal websites using BrowserID. You get a choice of "Sign in" buttons to display to the user in either a block or on the existing Log in forms... More

New Acquia Dev Cloud documentation release!

I’ve been at Acquia as the Director of Engineering Services for 8 weeks, and I’m really excited to announce a new release of the Dev Cloud documentation! In two short months we re-architected the Dev/Managed Cloud docs from end-to-end making it easier for you to find what you need. I was so impressed with the folks who helped us pull this off so quickly. Not only were changes implemented to add new functionality to the documentation pages themselves, but the Engineers heroically endured my “friendly following up” to ensure all material was reviewed. I truly appreciate their efforts, and am... More

Acquia, Drupal that never sleeps

I’ve only been with Acquia for three weeks as a intern and I have to say I love every moment of it. I work on the Operations and Hosting Engineering team and last week, my second week, I was placed on a on-call rotation for Operations. A on-call rotation is like being an E.R. Doctor though my patients were servers. You have to set up your phone and laptop to receive ‘critical’ notifications from our internal monitoring and notification system as well as be prepared with all the tools you could possibly need to handle any situation. Being on call is like being a technology boyscout, always... More

Community, DrupalCon and Damn Quick Drupal

I've recently crossed my six month mark with Acquia and have to say that it is the ride of a lifetime. I was certain when applying that this would be my dream-job and it turns out that I wasn't wrong. Acquia has been a great place to expand my knowledge and experience and to get a deeper connection to the community. It has been a long time since I've gotten deeply involved in online communities--not since 1996 and the early online chat rooms of MSN (the orignal Microsoft Network). Back then things on the web were a bit slower and you could sit and have a 3+ hour chat with 10 or so like minded... More

A Drupal Safari in London

As those that attended my last talk at DrupalCon know, I (and others before me) intend to change the way sessions are presented. In Chicago, I let the audience pelt me with 100s of Nerf Darts to describe the concepts of caching. Armed with a large blue shield aptly named "The Cookie Monster", about 20 participants fired on cue. In London, we'll take a Drupal safari together to learn how the system lives and breathes. To... More

Using Enterprise 2.0 to Collaborate Around the World

Acquia, along with our partners Merlin International, Navigation Arts, Forum One Communications, and VML, is currently working with the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) in the Department of Defense (DoD) to deliver a collaboration platform based on the latest Enterprise 2.0 concepts. The new platform is in support of two Initiatives at the DSCA: Partnership for Peace Information Management System (PIMS) and the Regional International Outreach (RIO) program. “The Partnership for Peace (PfP) is a major NATO initiative introduced in January 1994. The program aims to enhance... More

Bring on the future of open source!

Yesterday, North Bridge Venture Partners announced the results of its annual Future of Open Source Survey. Survey respondents concluded that open source is so attractive because it offers freedom from vendor lock-in, lower costs, and flexibility. The survey results also cite that user confidence in open source has increased dramatically, largely due to shifting philosophies toward licensing and conforming to an organization's internal... More

Acquia Drupal Courses in Boston

As one of the first things I'm doing as the new Director of Learning Services at Acquia, I'm proud to announce some (close to) FREE Drupal courses in Boston! We'll will be holding two 2-day workshops in Boston (still nailing down exact location - check back for an update on that front). For more information, or to sign-up, please check out:Rocking Drupal - Crash Course for DevelopersModule... More

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

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