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Drupal 8's new theming layer – Joël Pittet and Scott Reeves

Fixed! The version originally posted on August 5, 2014, got cut short by technical difficulties in production. Here are the complete audio and video versions of that conversation for you! Drupal 8 theming layer co-maintainers Joël Pittet and Scott Reeves sat down with me at NYC Camp 2014 at United Nations Headquarters in New York City to talk about how Twig and the new theming layer in Drupal 8 empowers front- and back-end developers, convergence and contribution in PHP, and more. Twig: empowering developers Scott explains, "A lot of the work I do in my day job is bridging the gap... More

Digital has Moved from a Marketing Discipline to the Core of the Business

Just four years ago, it was commonplace for digital to be owned by the CMO. Many a CEO viewed digital as simply a marketing discipline. However, now in 2014, digital is fast becoming the crux of many business growth strategies - not just agile start-ups, but global enterprises. Being ‘digital-first’ is one of the best ways to meet and exceed customers’ growing expectations. Customers want to be able to connect with businesses in whatever way they choose; whether at home, at work or on the go and they want to do it on their own terms. As customers, we want information in one go and we don’t... More

Life Science Professionals: Don’t Give Up on Social Media

It's one report I never thought I'd see in my morning life sciences feed: The Colbert Report. But there it was: Stephen Colbert riffing, hilariously, on recent FDA guidance on the use of social media, specifically Twitter, by pharmaceutical companies. One Colbert recommendation: use emojis to represent known risks for any drugs mentioned in tweets. Funny. The comic potential must have been obvious to Colbert's writers: tweeting 140 characters does seems incompatible with the extensive... More

The Last-Ditch Fix - Programmatically changing a Drupal 7 view

Originally posted on Yellow Pencil's blog. Follow @kimbeaudin on Twitter Here is the deal Drupal generally runs on a LAMP based setup (which I strongly recommend), but if clients are restricted to certain hardware and software, sometimes you have to make it work with what you've got. On a recent Drupal 7 project of ours, our clients wanted to use their in-house setup on Windows Servers with IIS and a MS SQL database back-end. With a bit of research,... More

Drupal Core Updates for Aug 4, 2014

What's new with Drupal 8? It's been an exciting two weeks as Twig Autoescaping was turned on by default, the menu links system was completely revamped, entity caching was finally added to core, and we switched Drupal 8 version numbers to Semantic Versioning! The switch to semantic versioning means that if you have a clone of Drupal 8 core, you shouldn... More

Why Pound is awesome in front of Varnish

We all know Varnish is awesome. I went as far as presenting a topic on Varnish then writing about it. This is a known fact. However, what happens to all that caching goodness when you want to run your entire site over SSL? Out of the box, Varnish doesn't support it. While I've heard some mention that not supporting SSL is an oversight,... More

Keeping Pace with DigitalDisruption.com

Here are some of the past week's highlights from DigitalDisruption.com, Acquia's portal for examining the impact of digital disruption. Google Glass Is Helping Save The Rhino Can Google Glass and other emerging pieces of technology save the Rhino and other endangered animals in the Amazon? Carter Roberts, the President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund in the United States certainly thinks so. He recently created a $215 million fund that will be used to help protect and better serve that region, by forming strategic business... More

Michael Schmid – Drupal 8 means better business

Michael Schmid, CTO of Amazee Labs, and I got the chance to talk in front of my camera during the Drupal Developer Days in Szeged, Hungary. As the technical lead of a successful and growing Drupal shop, I was keen to get his perspectives on how the technology of Drupal helps him do business and how Drupal 8 might help him and his clients even more than ever before. Clicking v coding - love it or hate it? Early in the interview, Michael talks about how Drupal 7 and 8 look like "tools with a lot of brainwork behind them" with... More

Open source tools are free

In a previous job, I had a boss that I really admired. He's near the end of his career and his experience had made him wise. He was humble, but would chime in as needed. One of my favorites was his ability to bust out short one-liners that would hit the nail on the head. Around the water cooler, we regularly discussed open source. Here are some worth mentioning: Free like a puppy This one always made me chuckle. But, it's true in so many ways. I look at the open source community. At times, people's evaluations of open source tools are skin deep. "Ah, they are free!". This typically follows... More

10 Reasons Enterprise Marketers Choose Drupal

Cross-posted with permission from Mediacurrent As marketers, you understand the importance of having a system that promotes ease and efficiency when it comes to implementing marketing processes. You want to create content once and use it over and over in different ways to create contextual user experiences. Drupal provides you with a variety of powerful, integrated tools to not only help... More

New Cloud Features & UX Improvements

Acquia is constantly working to improve our service offerings, and that means cleaning up existing features and adding new ones that we know will make a big difference in people’s workflow for the better. Despite the scale of some of these improvements, they’re not always immediately visible at first glance, so I’ve taken a bit of time to highlight three recent ones. Log Streaming: We’ve talked about log streaming in previous blogs when it was in beta, but we’re now taking it out of beta after very positive feedback during the beta period. I’ve been using this... More

Why Drupal Was Chosen to Build a Platform for Global Problem Solving

Saïd Business School’s GOTO website is the online platform of the Global Opportunities and Threats: Oxford (GOTO) community, an action-oriented problem-solving community tackling the issues the world is facing today. Pronovix became a finalist in Acquia's inaugural Partner Site of the Year Award Program for its work on the SBS GOTO site in the External Community Site category. The Global Opportunities and Threats: Oxford (GOTO) community connects students, alumni and the faculty from across the University of Oxford and their research via this online platform to discuss, debate, and drive new... More

Keeping Pace with DigitalDisruption.com

Here are some of the past week's highlights from DigitalDisruption.com, Acquia's portal for examining the impact of digital disruption. Google Glass at Harvard Medical - Video In this hour plus video you will hear honest experiences and opinions by Dr. Karandeep Singh, Nephrology Fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital / Massachusetts General Hospital, Software Developer, Informatician and ... More

How Blake Lively Almost Got Content for Commerce Right. Almost.

When I first heard Blake Lively was launching a lifestyle/ content/ commerce website, I’ll be honest, I was excited. I was a pretty big Gossip Girl fan back in the day, and I’ve always admired her cool, eclectic sense of style. According to Vogue, the site is “part digital monthly magazine, part e-commerce venture, part video blog, the site will seek out and celebrate people all over America who are making things—food, clothes, pillows, dishes, dining-room tables—with their hands.” Not... More

The business behind Open Source

A few days ago, I sat down with Quentin Hardy of The New York Times to talk Open Source. We spoke mostly about the Drupal ecosystem and how Acquia makes money. As someone who spent almost his entire career in Open Source, I'm a firm believer in the fact that you can build a high-growth, high-margin business and help the community flourish. It's not an either-or proposition, and Acquia and Drupal are proof of... More

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