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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

Free Drupal Training for Students

Acquia is pleased to announce three weeks of FREE Drupal training at our Burlington, MA headquarters. These weeks are September 26, November 14, and December 12 - with specific dates and times for courses below. The links for each course include basic information about what will be covered, prerequisites, and registration links.
FREE Attendance at these courses is limited to current students and job-seekers. Acquia partners may also send trainees, and should email or call their Acquia contact for more information. These events are part of our commitment to increase Drupal skills throughout... More

Tracking the porting status of Drupal 7 modules

The number of sites running Drupal 7 has been steadily climbing over the past few months, and is now north of 140K sites. At the same time, the number of Drupal 6 sites has started to flat-line.

So if you haven't started yet, now's a great time to begin thinking about and planning your site's upgrade path to Drupal 7.
To assist with this task, there's an amazing, little-known module out there by sun called Upgrade Status, which is an... More

Acquia Podcast 35: Moshe Weitzman on Drush, Migrate and Moving To Acquia

Moshe Weitzman is a very prolific and well known contributor to the Drupal community, both in the core and contrib areas, and is responsible for a couple very powerful Drupal tools that are used by many people in the Drupal community. In this episode we discuss the beginnings and current status of the Drush tool and Migrate module, as well as his new duties now that he is at Acquia.
Show notes:
Drush project page - http://drupal.org/project/drush
Migrate project page - http://drupal.org/project/migrate... 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

Does Acquia suck up all the Drupal talent?

A number of concerns have been voiced from the community about the substantial growth Acquia has achieved since its inception, the number of key contributors who are now employed by Acquia, and the subsequent influence that this allows Acquia to have on the project.
While some of these concerns have validity, I also think there is also a fair share of FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) being spread. So, let's clear up a few points.
In terms of growth, Acquia currently employs about 150 people. However, fewer than half of Acquia's employees work directly with Drupal; the majority of Acquians... More

Why Acquia acquired Cyrve and GVS

As followers of this blog, you might have read that Acquia acquired two Drupal companies; security specialist Growing Venture Solutions and migration expert Cyrve. We wanted to do these acquisitions because they create a win-win-win situation; it is beneficial for the Drupal community, our partners and our customers. I... More

The Industry Standard for Developer Communities: Commons

We're seeing a groundswell of technology brands migrate to the open source alternative - Drupal Commons for their Developer Communities. Technology companies are expert buyers of technology... and they're deploying Drupal and Acquia Commons for some very public applications.
Many of the largest community sites in the Technology sector are powered by Drupal today, including:
Twitter https://dev.twitter.com/
ebay/PayPal: https://www.x.com/
LinkedIn: https://developer.linkedin.com... More

Commons 2.0 and Contributing to the Drupal Community

This summer I worked at Acquia building status updates and activity streams in Drupal. The modules I developed became the centerpiece of Commons 2.0, which was released on August 31st. This new major version of Commons represents a giant leap forward in the world of social business software. It introduces a familiar, easy-to-use communication interface into a realm previously burdened by its focus on static documents. In this release... More

Acquia Podcast 34: Alex Bronstein on the Media Module

One of the most commonly asked questions in the Drupal world is how to handle media - images, video, and audio - in Drupal. There are countless modules available to help you manage and display media in Drupal. The Media module is an attempt to create one module that can be used for managing all of your media. Join me as I speak with Alex Bronstein, one of the primary developers of the Media module, as he talks about the goals and status of the Media module for Drupal 7.
Show notes:
Media module project page - http://drupal.org/project/media... More

Social Business Software VS. Online Community platform?

So what’s the difference between Social Business Software and an Online Community platform?
I just got asked this question recently at a conference and here’s what I said (rightly or wrongly) and of course open to debate…
"Online community is a place for online interaction between people. Social business software is the combination of an online community with other business processes to create business value."
I think you’ve probably guessed where I’m going with this, Social business software:
1. Encompasses everything an online community does and adds significant new collaboration... 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

Early Impressions of Acquia and Drupal

Hi there! My name is Gary Wu and I'm a recent addition to Acquia. I've just completed my second week as the new product manager for Drupal Gardens so I wanted to introduce myself to the Drupal-verse. As a newcomer to both Acquia and Drupal, the past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of learning for me so as part of my introduction, I thought I'd share some observations from my initial experiences with you so you can also get a sense of what Drupal and Acquia are about.
First though, a little background about me: Prior to joining Acquia, I was the product manager for social collaboration... 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

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.  read more
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Acquia Drupal Training in India

This is a time of great global growth in the Acquia & Drupal training world.
As Director of Learning Services, I get to work with Acquia partners around the world on the shared goal of training more Drupal developers, designers and users. On this, the eve of the London DrupalCon, where I'll be meeting some of our European partners face to face, I am pleased to share that our training efforts are reaching even further than Europe.
Specifically, I am pleased and excited to announce the first public ... More

New video: The Acquia Story

Following on the heels of the video about pronouncing our name, we've released one that's more serious -- and that, I hope, will be useful to the Drupal community at large. It's the Acquia Story, three minutes that covers what Drupal is, who we are, what we offer, and how we engage with the community to grow the Drupal ecosystem.
Once again, the magic of AFD Creative made this possible. They fashioned the narrative from a day's worth of interviews... More

Five data sheets for promoting Drupal

We at Acquia gain unusual and valuable insight into the Drupalsphere. Besides working with some of the community's most visible and active members, the experience of servicing over a thousand enterprise clients shows us just how grandly this platform we love has taken hold. We also have a crawler that tracks Drupal-based sites, which we've further categorized by vertical market, geographical location, and the like.
We've given back some of this information in the form of our Drupal showcase; now... 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

Speaking at WordCamp SF 2011: Suggestions?

On Saturday, August 13, I'm going to be speaking at WordCamp San Francisco, after being graciously invited by Jane Wells, WordPress's UI Goddess. :)
For Drupal community folks, are there questions you have about WordPress and/or its community that I could try and find answers to? Are there things you think I should particularly highlight about Drupal and its community before an audience of several hundred WordPress fanatics?
For WordPress community folks, um, HI! :) I'm glad you somehow found your way to... More

Acquia Dev Cloud +1

Acquia Dev Cloud just keeps getting better as the team here cranks out new features and responds to customer feedback. Early users' biggest complaints were around the lack of Documentation and not having native Git support. Done and done.
Dev Cloud was designed to be a self-service Platform as a Service to give professional developers access to the same battle-tested environment that is used by our Acquia Managed Cloud customers. But to make that a reality, we needed to enable folks with the information necessary to... More

How do you pronounce "Acquia"?

Hear people on the streets of Boston pronounce "Acquia", with Dries telling the story of how our name came to be, in this great video.
To create it, social media maven Evan Duffy and interns EB Pruett and Livy Holmes went into downtown Boston with a Flip cam for the day. Then AFD Creative (which also created our intro animation) edited it down to the masterpiece you see now.
Really, we don't care how you say it -- just that you call us for Drupal answers, tools, and... More

Changing how we share information - 140 characters at a time

Social networking has changed the way we communicate, connect, and learn. It allows us to keep in touch with people with a level of regularity and intimacy that we would not have been able to, because time and space make it impossible.
Allowing individuals to gather and express themselves in a much more simple and immediate fashion, social media provides the capability to not only have the ability to share ideas and opinions, but also (if they wish) gain notoriety, and expand their influence.
Twitter made an announcement on its... 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. read more
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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

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