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Wanted: Drupal Core Toolbar maintainer

You may have seen xjm's call for a Taxonomy module co-maintainer. This post is a call for a maintainer of the Toolbar module. It currently lacks an official maintainer. "But I know nothing about the module!", you say. Well, maintaining a module is not strictly an undertaking of coding. Much of the responsibility involves empowering others to introduce improvements and fixes. Having a solid knowledge of JavaScript or PHP is helpful to triage issues and determine priority. But no one is an island... More

5 Takeaways from Capital Camp

Last weekend was Capital Camp, that annual time when Drupalists descend on Washington DC for two days of conversation and sessions on everything Drupal. If you weren't able to make it, here are 5 takeaways to apply to whatever you are working on: 1. Drupal is great for .gov Woven throughout the sessions were case studies for large government entities who turned to Drupal and found success, both on the state and federal level. One example, Gerogia.gov, used Drupal to transition to a responsive site... More

Drupal 8: Configuration Performance Management

(Part 2 of the "Site Performance with Drupal 8" blog series). Just getting started? Check out Part 1 (This article does not represent the current state of Drupal 8 development.) Drupal sites are all about content, but the site itself is more than just the code and the data it stores. The difference between production and staging isn't just which database to point it: It's the entire configuration. Storing, updating, and accessing this configuration is a big part of what Drupal does. Each module needs to read a different part... More

Financial Services emerge into a new agile era with blessing for AWS

Heralding a new age in technology use, De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) has cleared Amazon Web Services for adoption in the Netherlands’ financial sector. But, they haven’t just opened the doors to direct use – they have also sanctioned services built and delivered on AWS by third party suppliers. Suddenly these organisations have access to the vast ecosystem of solutions and suppliers that... More

Drupal & MySQL - an open source history

(The below blog is part of the Drupal Meets MySQL blog series by Michael Benshoof, MySQL Consultant @ Percona and Andrew Kenney, VP Platform Engineering @ Acquia) Together, Drupal and MySQL run some of the largest websites on the planet. Both are renowned for having thriving developer and user communities. But how did they get this way, and what does the future hold? In this series we'll cover the history of these great open source projects, how they work seamlessly together and how best to leverage them in the cloud. In the late 90s the... More

Drupal Digital Experiences and the best module ever - Meet Kevin Hankens

Kevin Hankens, Acquia Engineer, discovered Drupal 5 when he was looking to build a highly personalized eCommerce visitor experience for his then-employer's website. I was fascinated to hear an origin story of the very beginnings of the sorts of digital experiences everyone is talking about today* (see below), 6 years later. In this interview from March, 2013, Kevin and I also talk about the evolution of Drupal from developer-oriented platform to a more user-friendly experience over the last couple of releases; how Kevin joined then left then... More

Why are Mid-Market Companies Still Looking at Adobe CQ?

Since joining Acquia, I’ve been taking a close look at opportunities where Drupal is competing against proprietary content management systems, often Adobe CQ (aka Experience Manager) and sometimes Sitecore. While Acquia competes with Adobe and Sitecore across a variety of companies - from the largest in the world to smaller higher education institutions and non-profits - I’m most surprised when I see so-called “mid-market” prospects looking at Adobe CQ. Defining mid-market is a bit tricky, but I’ll default to Wikipedia, which... More

Acquia Cloud Site Factory

Many organizations have long had the need to maintain multiple websites as part of their digital marketing and enablement efforts. But when the number of sites tallied across different products and services, geographic regions, departments, and clients for just a single organization grows into the hundreds or thousands, it's easy to see why managing all of these sites with agility, velocity and freedom has long been elusive. Last week, Acquia announced the availability of the "Acquia Cloud Site Factory". I wanted to give a bit more background on this new product and possibly discuss it in the... More

Why did we redesign the blog on Acquia.com?

As the business grows your site should grow with you. We recently redesigned the homepage of acquia.com and now it was time to update our blog section. Our old design had a featured blog section that highlighted 3 blog posts. Sometimes the same post showed in 2 of the 3 spots and this featured section showed on every page of the blog. It was hard to find anything other than the featured articles. We decided with the new blog we would keep the 3 featured spots but make sure you... More

The Future of Marketing: It’s All in the Numbers

I heard the number over my morning latte: $35.1 billion. Billion. Big number? Sort of. That’s the value of the merger between advertising mega-agencies Omnicom and Publicis announced Sunday. It’s the total valuation of the two companies. Sounds big, doesn’t it. Now consider this: In a single year, Google brought in $50 billion in advertising revenue. By contrast, the two agencies only brought in a combined total of $22.7... More

Code Review with Pull requests

“You say Pull Requests! I say Streamlined Code Reviews! ???” Code Reviews – Hmm... The Hoopla!!! Every development team knows how absolutely essential and remarkably significant code reviews are to the quality of code that is delivered. Yet, code reviews can be reminiscent to many developers of commotion, hassles, bugs, lack of accountability; just to name a few! Most teams, as efficient as they claim to be always plead guilty in this regard. Sounds strange, yet painfully true! Wonder Why? Code Reviews, when streamlined can be a boon to development teams. Even the best developer out there... More

A Drupal Dev Workflow for everyone: git flow, or just your flow

When it comes to building Drupal sites with a team of developers, there's perhaps nothing more important than establishing a productive workflow. Conferences are buzzing with talk of Continuous Integration, DevOps, Deployments and everything of the sort, and that's because as project sizes grow, these topics become central to the question of building great websites. But what is the best way to turn your development team into a well oiled deployment machine? Unfortunately, I can't prescribe that for you, because your development workflow needs to fit your own needs, not mine. But what I can do... More

Twin Cities Drupal Camp accessibility testing, discussions and sprinting

Usability and accessibility testing On Friday, July 19th, 2013, two usability tests were conducted in the labs of the University of Minnesota. We set up the tests with the intent of establishing the usability of the content creation experience. Two participants, one blind and one sighted, attempted to create an article node. The testing script is available publicly and open for comment. Special thanks to... More

The power of PHP - Meet Michelangelo van Dam

In our first "video podcast", I recently spoke with prominent PHP developer Michelangelo van Dam (aka @DragonBe) about PHP, its history, current trends toward convergence and compatibility, use in the enterprise, and where Drupal fits in the picture. This conversation is a follow-up to Michelangelo's guest blogpost on Acquia.com: "The power of PHP: The Swiss Army Knife of Digital". More

A Site Factory that’s Perfect for the Media Biz

What do funk musician George Clinton and communications giant Clear Channel have in common? Well, for one thing, me. I’ve worked for both, and while the experiences were very different, the work gave me good insight into what it takes to be successful in the world of media and entertainment. Before coming to Acquia as director of media, entertainment and publishing, I spent several years in content production, developing broadcast programming for Clear Channel, CNET, and The Wall Street Journal. I’ve spent time in my career as a musician and digital marketer for George Clinton, and I also... More

The evolution of the toolbar; Drupal 7 to Drupal 8

Blog series: #1 of 5. As we saw in Dries’ keynote in Portland there’s a new toolbar in Drupal 8 that looks—and works—quite different to the one in Drupal 7. This series will give some history on how the new toolbar came to be as well as some of the design thinking behind it and how it can be used and extended by content authors, site builders, themers, and module developers. Why did we need to change the toolbar? The Drupal 7 toolbar was a big improvement over what we had in Drupal 6 but just in the short few years since it’s introduction the whole landscape of front-end design has changed... More

The Power of PHP: The "Swiss Army Knife of Digital"

Guest post by Michelangelo van Dam – Michelangelo van Dam is a professional PHP consultant and Zend Framework expert working mainly for governments and larger enterprises. Michelangelo is also president of PHPBenelux, a PHP user group operating in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. He is a respected and sought-after speaker at PHP conferences around the world. In the Beginning... Since the day Rasmus Lerdorf open-sourced PHP back in 1995, millions of businesses have relied on this technology to build rich, interactive, and dynamic web... More

Site Performance with Drupal 8 and Symfony - Part 1

(Part 1 of the "Site Performance with Drupal 8 and Symfony" blog series) (This article does not represent the current state of Drupal 8 development.) In over five years of developing Drupal, the most interesting announcement I’ve read was that the SCOTCH and WSCII initiatives had resulted in refactoring Drupal 8 code to use Symfony components. The switch comes with a lot of fascinating possibilities for performance improvements, but on the other hand, frameworks are often maligned for being bloated... More

My (good) adventures with using SVN to manage my code

Back in the days of yore there was FTP, and it was OK (don’t fool yourself, it was never ‘good’). And we used FTP to upload files to our servers and we messed things up and we overwrote good code with bad and well... we made a mess. Then some genius (bless his or her soul) thought of creating a system that you could use to maintain a history of every version of your code. They also thought it would be neat if it supported more than one person working on the code and could also give you ‘diffs’ between two versions. There are a fair number of systems providing these features and they are... More

Meet Jeff Beeman, Embedded Drupal Consultant

Jeff Beeman, Acquia Professional Services consultant, talks about how far Drupal has come in the last 8 years, what it's like to be on a team of people specialised in joining other teams, and the satisfaction of making Drupal really sing when it counts. This interview was recorded in March, 2013 in Burlington, Massachusetts. Life changing moment - Hello Drupal! While Jeff was working at Arizona State University as a front end developer, a Wordpress blog needed expansion beyond what it could handle at the time, "We went looking around, and... More

Few things to consider when redesigning a B2B website

Everyone who is in the web business has dealt with a site redesign before. Sometimes they are long drawn out projects, and sometimes they go a bit faster. Sometimes they take years and millions of dollars. I’ve been a part of each of those scenarios. Our recent website redesign went pretty smoothly, so I wanted to share what I’ve learned over the years. Make sure you know why you are redesigning your website. Set Goals. When we started redesigning Acquia.com we listed out these main goal: Increase Leads Improve Messaging More Relevant Content Once you have your goals set and ideas of how... More

"Retirement Tsunami" of CIO's in Higher Education. What Comes Next?

I remember being at Gartner Symposium in Orlando years ago and sitting in one of Mike Zastrocky’s presentations and listening him talk about the issue of an aging IT demographic bearing down on colleges and universities. Mike’s warning was meant to serve as a call to action to the industry: Colleges and universities need to actively work on transferring technological skills and knowledge, cultivating a new generation of IT leaders... More

Digital Clarity Group: The Latest Marketing Gimmick? Truly Useful Content

This is a guest blog post written by Robert Rose, Senior Analyst at Digital Clarity Group (DCG). Along side his work with DCG, he is also the Strategist in Residence and brand advisor for the Content Marketing Institute, a featured writer and guest blogger for iMedia Connection, CMSWire and Fierce Content Management. Robert also maintains his own blog at The Mythic Marketer. When you’re surfing the channels on television – you’re looking for great content. You may first try your “tried and true” channels. But you’ll ultimately land (and stay) on a channel because of the content, and not... More

As the Digital Revolution Matures, Daily Tasks Take Center Stage

Almost twenty years into the digital revolution, we now live in a world where our mobile devices are always on and always available. GPS and other on-device sensors ensure that our smartphones and tablets provide a constant stream of data about where we are and what we’re doing. This shift is giving rise to a new generation of applications that focus on the tasks of our everyday lives, rather than the anonymous streams of information we routinely encounter. And “next generation” content-centric platforms, like Drupal,... More

Social Depth Platforms & The Death of Social Business Silos

Today, Forrester Research released the Q3 2013 Forrester Wave: Social Depth Platforms. Acquia’s Drupal Commons was identified as a Leader in the Wave, alongside Social Business Software stalwarts like Jive Software. It’s the first time Acquia has been identified as a Leader by a top analyst like Forrester and Gartner. It’s also a milestone achievement for open source as Drupal Commons is now one of the few (maybe the only?) open source business applications to lead a Forrester Wave. Here's my favorite quote from... More

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