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Preventing Drupal Headaches! The file field

In our structured Drupal training program, we teach the "right way" to do things. We listen to our support team of client advisors who see all the permutations of "you're doing it wrong" in Drupal, and make sure we're leading learners in the right direction. When there's something particularly essential we use words like "Important" and set off warnings with a little exclamation mark icon. What we don't do is surround particular instruction in skulls and cross-bones and "Ye shall not pass" signs explaining the hells that will... 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.
Favecast Unites User Recommendations, Video
Recently, I met Alex Zito-Wolf, content manager for FaveCast, at Boston's WebInnoMobile2 event. Favecast is an app that allows users to share positive video recommendations about great places they've discovered. I think of it as the convergence of Foursquare and Yelp, with a splash of video. In this interview, Alex talks about the future of FaveCast and... More

A Helpful Guide to Your First Drupal Sprint

Cross-posted with permission from Genuine Interactive
It’s almost time for your first Drupal Sprint, but you’re not sure what to expect and what you do to be prepared. Here at Genuine, we want all contributors to be prepared for the 2014 Global Drupal 8 Sprint Weekend so we’ve put together answers to some key questions.
If you still have questions, feel free to contact... More

DrupalSouth Preview: Technology, Community, a Superhero, and a Homecoming

Sheep ... and the Lord of the Rings movies. That's what typically comes to the minds of most people when they think of New Zealand. Sheep outnumber Kiwi's (the local term for human New Zealanders) roughly seven to one: 4+ million humans, 28+ million sheep. When I was growing up there as a kid, there were more than 50 million sheep, though ...
As Acquia’s open source evangelist, I feel honoured to have been asked to keynote the biggest Drupal event in the Australasian region and I will do my part to make DrupalSouth an... More

Drupal 8 Wins: Avoiding the Dead Hook Blues, Part 2


Drupal 8 Wins: Avoiding the Dead Hook Blues, Part 2 - In today's conversation, Larry Garfield, Kris Vanderwater, and I go over the Go PHP 5 project as the first seeds of cooperation between different PHP projects, how the Symfony2 framework became part of Drupal 8, why we aren't building Drupal 8 on Symfony full-stack, CMI, abstraction in Drupal, and the future of Features in Drupal 8.

In August 2013, I spoke with Larry Garfield and... More

From content management to digital experience management

Cross-posted with permission from buytaert.net
Happy 13th birthday Drupal! It’s hard to believe so much has happened with Drupal when it really just started as a little hobby project. I'm super proud of what we accomplished. After all these years, it continues to be a passion and labor of love to grow, maintain and sustain the larger community.
A birthday presents us with a great time to look back and reflect. Though there are many things... More

10 Ways Acquia Cloud Hooks can help you sleep at night

Cross-posted with permission from iKOS.com
If you are working on a project with multiple developers, it's likely the topic of Continuous Integration has come up. Whilst not the academic definition, I find a useful way to describe this is the ability to completely destroy and rebuild your site without losing anything.
When you start researching this topic, you will hear about tools such as Jenkins, Puppet, Chef and various hosted services that offer similar... More

Global Companies Can’t Afford Not to Integrate Their Content Workflow

There’s a new truth when it comes to content: Integrate or drown. As more companies go global, social and mobile, the amount of web content they must deal with multiplies exponentially. In order to stay productive (and sane), marketers and others who deal with content must streamline their workflow. Given the volume of both consumer and business apps used in the enterprise today, the only way to streamline is to integrate.
Streamlined workflows don’t happen naturally. In fact, the world seems to conspire against them. From social media channels to mobile apps, cloud storage to CRM, every new... More

This YEAR in Drupal Core (2013)

Co-authored by xjm and webchick
Welcome! For Drupal's 13th birthday, in addition to Give Drupal a Birthday Present: Tackle a D8 Issue!, we wanted to celebrate the occasion with a retrospective of the year 2013 as it relates to Drupal core development!
Here are some stats to get us started:
1,120 unique Drupal 8 patch contributors during 2013, bringing the total number of contributors for the release to over 1,800!
4,175 Drupal 8 core patches committed (... More

2014 Global Drupal 8 Sprint Weekend

Cross-posted with permission from Genuine Interactive
Come and be a part of the 2014 Global Drupal 8 Sprint Weekend at Genuine on Saturday, Jan. 25!
Drupal 8 has been making great headway in the last few months and we’re aiming to push it further! Join us from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. to contribute to the Drupal community and help prepare Drupal 8 for beta release. Genuine and co-sponsor, Acquia, welcomes anyone who has built a site in Drupal, including non-programmers.
We’ll kick... More

Introducing Project QA

Ever wish there was a better way to keep an eye on a project you’re working on? After being inspired by a presentation at Drupalcon Portland called “Development, By the Numbers” I decided to create a Drupal module to help automate the code evaluation process: Project QA.
This is part 1 of a 3 part series overviewing the Project QA Drupal module:
Introducing Project QA... More

Maintaining your installed Drupal distro


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Drupal.org provides a number of pre-packaged distributions (e.g., Drupal Commons, DKAN, etc.) that allow users get a fully-featured Drupal installation up and running in no time, but maintaining an installed distribution can be tricky. You may need to juggle distribution updates with contrib module updates, core updates, and your own customizations. If you aren't careful, it can be come a maintenance nightmare!
The Drupal community has a few tools for dealing with common maintenance problems,... 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.
Big Data and the Soles of Your Shoes
There has been significant ink killed in the name of Big Data over the last few years. Much of that slaughter is justified; Big Data represents a massive generational shift in the way we think about data and its impact on every aspect of our personal and professional lives.
But I don’t think people really get it. Big Data is too big and too abstract for most... More

Looking for a Drupal job?


There are many great positions available for people who
build Drupal sites. For anyone who knows PHP, Drupal is a great extension to
your tool chain. Drupal’s unique site building model also allows for non-coding
web development. Right now, the job market in Drupal is tipped in the favor of
the job seeker. If you need help finding Drupal jobs, you’re in the right
place.

I just wrote an ebook “Building a Great Drupal Team” for employers and recruiters, so I’d certainly recommend reading that if you’re... More

No, you don’t have to be a developer to contribute to Drupal Sprints

Cross-posted with permission from Genuine Interactive
Ways to Contribute to 2014 Global Drupal 8 Sprint Weekend
There’s a Drupal Sprint taking place at Genuine in a couple of weeks and you automatically think, “Oh, it’s a developers event.” Think again because that’s a Sprint myth that needs to go away, especially when more contributors are needed to help with pushing Drupal 8 beyond writing code!
A successful Drupal Sprint needs people who can test patches, write... More

This (three) weeks in Drupal Core - January 10th 2014

What's new with Drupal 8?
It's been three weeks since our last 'This week in core' post, but with holidays providing a welcome break for many, core development has continued at its usual rapid pace. Time flies! The session submission deadline for Drupal Dev Days Szeged is just around the corner on the 15th of January.
Give Drupal a birthday present
Next week is Drupal's 13th birthday! Want to give Drupal a birthday present? Why not tackle an issue, or help... More

Drupal 8 Wins: Avoiding the Dead Hook Blues, Part 1


Drupal 8 Wins: Avoiding the Dead Hook Blues, Part 1 - In August 2013, I spoke with Larry Garfield and Kris Vanderwater in a 90+ minute live Hangout on Air about the origins, details, and implications of the big architectural changes coming in Drupal 8. Today's video and audio podcasts are the first set of "curated" excerpts from that long conversation. We cover Larry and Kris's Drupal backgrounds, early Drupal memories, compare Drupal 4 to Drupal 7 and 8, some pragmatic reasons to choose Drupal, and how to... More

Acquia retrospective 2013

Topic: DrupalAcquiaBusinessAs is now a tradition, here is my annual Acquia retrospective. Time to look back at 2013. In your life, you only get an opportunity to do so many things, so you have to focus on doing things that matter. I'm fortunate that Drupal and... More

An Introduction to RESTful Web Services in Drupal 8

Cross-posted with permission from drupalize.me
One of the Drupal 8 initiatives that really excites me is Web Services. Drupal has never been easy to work with as a web service, but all that is about to change! In this article I am going to explore what has been going on behind the scenes with RESTful Web Services in Drupal Core and attempt to implement some working examples. After reading, you will be able to create a new node on your site via the Drupal 8 Core REST API.
Please remember that... More

Will Red Hat 7 Be Ready for Drupal 8?

In mid-December, the upcoming release of the seventh version Red Hat Enterprise Linux ("RHEL") arrived for public testing. With the last major release of RHEL arriving in late 2010, a lot has changed in the world of hosting Drupal sites. The final release of RHEL 7 will likely come just after Drupal 8 is released, so by the time Drupal 8 sites begin to be launched, RHEL 7 will become a serious consideration in your hosting decision.
A quick glance at Drupal's... More

Using Drupal To Build an Integrated Digital Engagement Platform

Cross-posted with permission for OHO.com
Last year OHO was recognized for our deep Drupal expertise and was tapped to build a complex integrated digital engagement platform for the Romney for President campaign. This Drupal-based platform included a content publishing platform, a lead generation engine, a transaction processing server, email and social media integration, and more. The engagement platform included many best-in-class solutions that, when integrated, worked as one to... 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+ 2013 User Videos
If you are a regular user and frequent photo/video uploader on Google Plus, then chances are you received a little present for the holiday. The Google Auto Awesome system has built compilation videos from selected photos in each user's stream. Glass explorer Don Schwartz's just happened to be mostly #throughglass or of Glass and include many first time sightings of Glass... More

Top 3 Challenges Facing Public Sector Intranets

All intranet efforts start out with the best intentions. Organizations envision an information hub for their community made up of easy to find websites that are simple to create and maintain. A one-stop shop for all their information needs, if you will. Many of these efforts fail, causing the end users to shudder at the mere mention of such an attempt again. And for government organizations, there are additional challenges when creating an intranet as part of a Digital Government Strategy. This got me thinking about the top three challenges public sector agencies are facing with intranet... More

Champagne Wishes & Inbound Business Dreams - 2014 is Here!

Happy New Year! 'Tis season of perpetual hope, setting your annual resolutions, and lowering your gym's CPD (Cost-Per-Day). It's also the time of year where college seniors start the daunting task of figuring out exactly what it is they want to be when they "grow up." As my parents once said, "The party's over."
Whether you're a student yourself, a parent motivating your kid(s), or even the fun aunt/uncle, we've got you covered. HubSpot is hosting an exclusive, one-day event for college seniors: Inbound Business Bootcamp... More

2013 Greatest Hits – "PHP is as secure as any other major language" – Anthony Ferrara


I met Anthony, aka @ircmaxell, for the first time at the PHP BeNeLux conference in early 2013. He was among the first people I spoke with on mic about PHP. Our conversation about PHP being secure was one of the seeds that grew into the "Power of PHP" series on Acquia.com, though you'll notice we were still calling it "PHP Myths" at the time. The series will be continuing in 2014, stay tuned to the Acquia podcast and the Acquia blog... More

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