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To Be a Great Government Contractor, Think Like a Taxpayer

Earlier this week, my 13-year-old twins were arguing over who was technically responsible for emptying the dishwasher. One referenced their strict chore-sharing schedule, while the other pointed out a few “technicalities” in that contract. When I asked them the question, “What is the right thing to do here?,” they both realized they held some responsibility. For those of us working with the government, we need to constantly ask ourselves, “Are we doing the right thing by the government and for taxpayers?”
Regardless of our contractual responsibilities, if we focus on the objective and hold... More

The Importance of a Drupal Community

Drupal was created with the old adage in mind, “it takes a village.” As an open source community, there are many opportunities where developers can meet other developers and learn about all-things Drupal. These events vary in length and location, but at all events, you’ll get the chance to learn from the best and share your knowledge of Drupal. Genuine’s Associate Director of PHP, Mike Miles, who has attended many past Drupal events explains what to expect from a Drupal Meet Up, Drupal Camp, and Drupal Conference.
Drupal Meet Ups
The most widespread events that take place at least once a... More

The PHP reality - meet Thijs Feryn


I spoke with Thijs Feryn, Technical Evangelist at Combell at the Portland Convention Center while DrupalCon and Symfony Live were both happening there in May 2013. This conversation gives some background and context to Thijs's Acquia.com guest blog post, "Why PHP is for Real".

Thijs's post is about PHP's history, use, and ecosystem (community, frameworks, QA, performance, and my favorite: PHP the Right Way.). It includes a plethora of links to popular, useful tools... More

Why PHP is for Real


PHP has evolved from its humble beginnings as the lingua franca for script kiddies, into a “true” programming language. Nowadays, huge numbers of businesses and organizations of every size depend on code written in PHP.

When you look at the top 10 of most popular programming languages, PHP holds the number 5 position. When we focus on languages used for websites and web applications, PHP is number one. Did you know that 3 PHP... More

Using Drupal to Increase Student Engagement at IES Abroad

IES Abroad is one of the largest and most notable operators of study abroad programs in the world. I recently had the opportunity to talk with Richard Bartecki, EVP of Marketing, to better understand how their Drupal strategy is helping support their business growth. What I learned was that, like many of Acquia's college and university partners, IES Abroad has been able to increase its online effectiveness with students all over the world by harnessing the power of Drupal for mobile delivery, SEO, and for overall online storytelling.... More

Et si Henry Ford avait lancé la révolution digitale ?

L’industrie automobile est un secteur qui peut se révéler particulièrement instructif quand il s’agit de comprendre un peu mieux tout ce qui se cache derrière les processus de fabrication, les techniques d’assemblage, etc. L’évolution du secteur automobile ces cent dernières années est riche d’enseignements et tous les secteurs pourraient s’en inspirer. J’ai eu l’occasion récemment de nourrir ma réflexion à l’occasion d’une discussion avec les responsables d’une grande entreprise automobile.
On attribue à Henry Ford d’être à l’origine de LA révolution majeure qui a permis aux masses d’... More

Open deur? Open source.

Emerce E-day 2013.
Ruim 2000 bezoekers afkomstig uit de marketingwereld kwamen samen om van elkaar te leren, kennis te delen en ervaringen uit te wisselen. Het geheel is immers meer dan de som der delen. Deze gedachte is niet uniek. Wat je er mee doet, wél.
Acquia en Drupal hebben van deze gedachte hun drijvende kracht gemaakt. Door te werken met het ‘open source’ platform Drupal kan de Drupal-community meedenken over ICT-oplossingen die er zijn of die ontstaan. Iedereen mag zijn of haar ervaringen delen en verbeteringen suggereren daar waar hij/zij denkt dat ze horen. Hierdoor zijn... More

Drupal 8 won't kill your kittens: part 4 of 4 - module upgrades and more


Part 4 of 4 – On October 4/5, 2013 (depending on your time zone), I hosted a live Hangout on Air with three major Drupal core contributors: Lee Rowlands (larowlan), Tim Plunket (tim.plunkett / @timplunkett), and Daniel Wehner (dawehner / @da_wehner). We talked about what's going on in Drupal 8 and how you will benefit from all the new stuff. This... More

The Rise of the DevOps movement

DevOps, DevOps, DevOps … the whole world is talking about DevOps, but
what is DevOps?
Since Munich 2012, DrupalCon had a dedicated devops track. After talking to
a lot of people in Prague last month, I realized that the concept of DevOps is still very unclear to a lot of developers. To a large part of the development community, DevOps development still means folks working on 'the infrastructure part' of the development life cycle and for some it just means simply deploying Drupal, being concerned about purely keeping the site alive etc.
Obviously that's not what DevOps is about, so let's... More

BADcamp 2013 - What to expect?

We’re ready to Rock! BADcamp 2013 Preview!
We’re 3 days away from BADcamp 2013 and we could not be more excited. What is BADcamp? BADcamp stands for the Bay Area Drupal camp - an annual event that happens in Berkeley California where local Drupalists get together over four days of summits, sprints, trainings, sessions, BOFs, networking, parties and more.
I’m particularly excited about this year’s BADcamp because we’re making a big splash. The incredible bunch of Drupalists and engineers we have at Acquia never ceases to amaze me. Passion for Drupal, Open Source and the community rides high in... More

Tutorial: Drupal 8 WYSIWYG, inline and responsive images


There are some excellent improvements to modeling data in Drupal 8, including a number of new fields. This is going to make it easier to model content in Drupal. Let’s look at the image handling in Drupal 8 and what changes are in store. In this post we'll look at:

The image field in Drupal 8
Inline images — the tradeoff
Drupal 8’s WYSIWYG editor
Drupal 8 inline images
Responsive images in Drupal 8 (picture)
Responsive support in Drupal 8, some issues you can help on.
Correction: An earlier version of... More

Investing in the Big Idea: Prototyping with Drupal

You have a Big Idea. Your Big Idea is going to change the way your agency works. Your Big Idea involves using technology to increase citizen engagement / be more efficient / collaborate internally / share data / do something awesome.
You need to convince your department to invest in this Big Idea. Should you:
A. Create a presentation with lots of slides, bullet points, charts, and clip art
B. Create a presentation with a few slides, giant words, and quirky pictures. Deliver it TED-talk style.
C. Build a prototype
If you want a chance at getting your Big Idea off the ground, pick C. Here’s why... More

Drupal and the Digital Agency - Give to Receive - Meet iKOS


Drupal and the Digital Agency - Give to Receive

iKOS is a digital agency specialising in eCommerce and Drupal. I caught up with Myles Davidson, Managing Director and Richard Jones, Technical Director, at DrupalCon Prague where they had been busy getting up to speed on developments in Drupal 8.

Share More, Do More Business - Give to Receive

Buy This Book – Richard is the author of ... More

Next steps for how Acquia plans to give back to Drupal 8 in Q4

People wonder what we do at Acquia's Office of the CTO (OCTO). In order to provide some more transparency, I wanted to share how we plan to give back between today and the end of the year.
Drupal 8 beta 1
Now that we're forgoing an upgrade path for a migration path, we need to redefine the release criteria for 'beta 1'. We also need to track the issues that block beta in order to help escalate the most critical of the critical issues. We will work with... More

Inbound Marketing Summit Boston Day 1 Recap

After 19 presentations and a keynote by Razorfish CTO Ray Velez, day 1 of Inbound Marketing Summit Boston is complete. Personalization, omnichannel marketing and social were hot topics today, but I want to discuss some of the presentations that impressed me the most.
Right off the bat, Velez urged the crowd to really think about effective content marketing and to remember that a good marketer no longer is in the business of selling stuff, but instead should be focusing on the needs of the customer. But what really made his... More

This week in Drupal Core: October 16th 2013

Welcome to the fourth edition of this week in Drupal core!
What's new in Drupal 8?
This week saw a large number of bug fixes and cleanup task as we work hard cleaning up our APIs and codebase for a beta release. The next alpha (alpha4) is slated for October 18th since it has been a while since alpha3 was released and also in order to have something stable to port modules from during the various sprints/sessions at BADCamp. There are... More

Oracle's Love/Hate Relationship with Open Source

Matt Asay, a long time open source evangelist with over a decade of experience at companies like MongoDB, Canonical, and Alfresco, posted a great article in response to a new white paper on Open Source published by Oracle. (By the way, do people still read whitepapers?)
Oracle wrote this whitepaper for the US Department of Defense, and... More

Etre ou ne pas être dans le Cloud (Part 1: les données confidentielles)

Il y a quelques jours, nous présentions avec notre partenaire Alter Way la nouvelle offre Acquia Cloud Extend, une offre unique qui permet d’héberger vos sites Drupal sur le territoire français tout en bénéficiant de la puissance des outils d’Acquia.
Revenons ici sur le contexte et les conditions qui ont amené au lancement d’une offre de ce type en France.
Mes données confidentielles le sont-elles vraiment ?

En écrivant ce post, deux articles de l’expansion me reviennent en mémoire. Le premier était intitulé... More

Building APIs for Government Agencies with Drupal

Since President Obama took office in 2009, the United States government has been releasing data and building APIs as part of the Open Government Initiative. On May 9, 2013, the President signed Executive Order 13642, Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information, mandating that "the default state of new and modernized Government information... More

Tutorial: Drupal 8 Sitebuilding - Modeling data with Fields

Sitebuilders will be able to do much more with Drupal 8 right out of the box. There are many excellent enhancements you'll want to know more about.
Because new Drupal adopters will have the essential functionality of the most popular contributed modules to use, I think this is going to make Drupal easier to discover and learn. As the manager of our training program here at Acquia, I think it's going to make training much more... More

Don’t Let Your Best Day Be Your Worst Day

The launch of healthcare.gov has brought a tidal wave of criticism. Some say the code was buggy, others blame the servers, and still others blame the user experience. While we may not be able to pinpoint exactly what went wrong in this build, one thing is certain: What should have been a great day for many Americans became the worst day for the technology providers behind healthcare.gov.
In the past week, I’ve been asked a few times if the site is built in Drupal (no), if Acquia was involved (no), and what could have been done to avoid this situation.
The latter question is one that requires... More

Drupal 8 won't kill your kittens: part 3 of 4 - Why the fear?


Part 3 of 4 – On October 4/5, 2013 (depending on your time zone), I hosted a live Hangout on Air with three major Drupal core contributors: Lee Rowlands (larowlan), Tim Plunket (tim.plunkett / @timplunkett), and Daniel Wehner (dawehner / @da_wehner). We talked about what's going on in Drupal 8 and how you will benefit from all the new stuff.... More

A Shopping Cart is Not an eCommerce Solution

"Cross-posted from Blink Reaction"
I have seen the future of eCommerce, and the future is good, but only for some people.
I teach Drupal. A lot. Often when I talk about Drupal I talk about how some people never leave their comfort zone to learn new things. Sometimes I make wise cracks about Flash or ColdFusion. Everyone gets the joke. Soon I'll be joking about standalone shopping carts. I think most people will get that joke too.
It's not that many shopping cart services aren't good. In fact, many are excellent. eCommerce is one of the more mature areas of the internet - after all - selling... More

Acquia Cloud is the CMS Critic 2013 Winner for Best Cloud CMS

Today, Acquia was named the 2013 People's Choice Winner for Best Cloud CMS by CMS Critic. Cloud CMS was a new category added in 2013, to recognize the momentum of the modern, cloud-native CMS, like Acquia Cloud. From the announcement:
For a cloud CMS to be effective, the services need to be managed well, offer regular updates and security maintenance, have excellent technical support and high availability. These are separate from the typical requirements of a standard CMS and... More

Understanding Your Goal Is First Step to a Great Learning Experience

A lot of us have “ideas” as to what we need when seeking education. This goes back all the way to high school where you’re first asked, “What do you want to do when you get older?” Our answer to that question was, “I want to be a lawyer,” or “I want to be a mechanic.” We pinned ourselves to this broad thinking since each field has so many sub fields. I’m a lawyer, but not a trial lawyer; I’m a corporate lawyer. I’m a robotics mechanic not a garage mechanic.
If we knew exactly where we were going in life and with our careers, we would have an easier time deciding our learning paths. Often,... More

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