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DrupalCamp Kiev looks like a blast

Shortly before DrupalCon Paris, there was DrupalCamp Kiev. From this video it looks like it was a great success, and it shows that there is strong support for Drupal among the Russian speaking countries. Acquia was a sponsor of DrupalCamp Kiev.
Видео репортаж о DrupalCamp Kyiv 2009 from neochief on Vimeo.
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Drupal.org steps up helping localized Drupal installs grow

I just came back from Drupalcon Paris this week. It was an action packed conference with lots discussed and many things done to further Drupal's reach. In my case, I've submitted sessions to teach people to write modules the right way, theme Drupal in minutes and translate Drupal interfaces to multiple languages. Thankfully only this last submission was accepted, but that was about a new service on drupal.org which first needed to launch. Way to get people to advance services on Drupal.org!
My talk titled "Here... More

Drupal Gardens open for usability testing

As I'm writing this entry, my colleague Barry Jaspan is over my shoulder getting frustrated while attempting to adjust his desk at our new office space. He's using a cleverly designed screwdriver designed to bend at 90 degrees and manipulate screws in hard to reach areas. While the idea of an adjustable, bendable screwdriver sounds like a good idea, based on observing Barry and a few others, I'm certain the inventor failed to observe people trying to use it. Or, perhaps he – like many – other proud inventors, assumed he managed to find the only circle of screw-driver inept people on the... More

Drupal Gardens preview screencast

Last week at DrupalCon Paris, we demonstrated a pre-alpha version of Drupal Gardens, which will allow non-technical users to go from design to online with a powerful Drupal 7 social publishing website in a matter of hours instead of days. The Acquia engineering team has been hard at work implementing Gardens on top of Drupal 7 and we wanted to show a small taste of things to come. For those who didn't get to see the demonstration at Drupalcon, or want to see it again, I recorded this 11 minute screencast where I theme and style a fictional vineyard web... More

Stacking up Drupal

Why the Acquia Drupal Stack is now the Drupal development stack of
choice.

Drupal On-ramp - Personal experiences at Drupal events
in recent months and reports from friends and colleagues indicate that
the Acquia Drupal Stack Installer is really changing the installation
experience for new users. This incredibly fast, painless on-ramp
experience - it lets you get right into "Drupalling" without fighting
with ports, permissions, or database connections - is winning over new
users at Drupal Camps around the world. Jaws have been dropping and eyes
lighting up when... More

Acquia Hosting now available

For a number of months now, my personal website ran on a development version of Acquia Hosting (previously referred to with the code name Acquia Fields). There is nothing better than eating your own dog food. You have to eat a lot of it, and you have to start eating it early on. Either way, today at DrupalCon, we announced that Acquia Hosting is commercially available. In this post, I want to talk a little bit about what we have built and why we believe it... More

Drupal Gardens

Acquia had two big product announcements at DrupalCon Paris. The first was the general availability of Acquia Hosting, which I'll blog about tomorrow. The second is a status update on "Acquia Gardens" which we first announced in the beginning of 2009.
For those who have not heard about Acquia Gardens, this product will provide an easy on-ramp for people to experience the awesome power of Drupal without having to worry about installation, hosting and upgrading. Think of it as... More

Five Voices on Drupal

Recorded and produced in conjunction with NodeOne for DrupalCamp Stockholm, 2009.
Five Voices on Drupal from NodeOne.se on Vimeo.
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The Path to Drupal - equating extensibility with success

Some time ago I wrote an article that looks deeply at the Drupal path system and shows how easy it is for new developers to hook into a running Drupal system. I explore the idea that this openness and extensibility is a key factor in winning large numbers of developers to work on Drupal, and that this is one of the reasons the project is succeeding. The paper is now available at Acquia, beautifully formatted as a technical whitepaper. I’m very happy with this article and am excited to finally have it available. It’s... More

Social media revolution

Survey / contest: Acquia Network Services

Dries & I (well, let's just say "Acquia") are doing a little research and we want you guys to be a part of it. We're looking down the road and evaluating a variety of new things to add to our product offerings. We're interested in your feedback because we want to be sure build what you actually want, vs. what we imagine you want.
So help us get it right by taking our little survey. You should be able to complete it in under 5 minutes.
Now as much as we'd like to think you'd do this because you love Dries, Drupal & Acquia, I'm sure more of you will talk to us if we give away some... More

Drupal 7 File System Changes

On July 26 and 27 I participated on behalf of Acquia in a code sprint with a great group of other Drupal contributors at the Zivetch offices in Philadelphia. Aaron Winborn has already written a good summary of the event. I want to focus here on a big piece of the work that progressed but wasn't finished at the sprint: the File API Stream Wrapper Conversion patch (which weighs in at a big 230 kB and changes 54 files).
Jon Stacey and I reached an important milestone... More

On Drupal certification programs

Every once in a while, the discussion of Drupal cerification comes up. Is a Drupal certification program a good thing or a bad thing? Are certification programs overrated? Isn't one's track record as a contributor on drupal.org the best measure of someone's past (and possibly future) performance? Should the Drupal Association manage the program, and if not, then who? What do other Open Source projects do?
Lots of unknowns and lots of subjective questions always make for a good discussion.
While I'm often skeptical about certification programs myself, I do see the value in them.... More

Acquia adds 200 new customers in six months

I've posted a good bit about Acquia lately, because we had a lot of exciting things happening, and because I'm proud of the body of work that the Acquia team is producing, often in close cooperation with the Drupal community.
Still, a lot of people ask me how Acquia is doing and whether the support business model is working. In this post, and in an accompanying press release, I want to provide some additional... More

Acquia Podcast 13: Phase2 Technology Interview about Tattler

In this podcast, Bryan House talks to the team at Acquia Gold Partner Phase2 Technology about their latest Drupal distribution, Tattler. Tattler is an open source topic monitoring tool.
The Tattler application takes advantage of semantic technologies to find and aggregate content on the Web for advocacy organizations, think tanks and journalists seeking to stay on top of issues across the web. Hear from Frank Febbraro,... More

Acquia.com website refresh

For those who haven't seen it yet, we've refreshed the Acquia website, both the design and the content. I think we've taken a big step forward with the new design (apart from putting my picture on the main page). The most noticeable change is that the previous version of the website was targeted at the existing Drupal community, whereas the new version speaks to new and different target audiences; designers, developers, and business owners that might not be familiar with Drupal. This is a fairly radical change in our messaging... More

A great kickoff of design.acquia.com as a design-focused Drupal resource

It is so amazing to have a great, global community of passionate Drupalists. It usually means that you can quickly find people who are of like mind that want to help the Drupal world grow in ways that are new, unique, and useful. Today is no exception: I'm happy to say that Jeff Burns and Acquia have partnered to merge his 3rd World Themes project into Acquia's design-oriented microsite design.acquia.com.
I think this is an important... More

Acquia raises $8 million series B

I'm very pleased to announce that Acquia has raised an additional 8 million USD in a Series B round of funding. As explained in our press release, the investment was led by our existing investors, North Bridge Venture Partners and Sigma Partners. Combined with our Series A funding, this brings our total funding to 15 million USD.
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Adding help text to your Drupal forms using the Popups API

It seems fairly often that I put links into Drupal help text. It's a great way to show some extended descriptions or direct people to administrative options. The only annoying thing is that it really disrupts the UX. If you are entering a new node, you risk leaving an unsaved form. If you use target="_blank" then you risk confusion by having multiple windows open. So, after reading Gábor's post on D7UX overlays I decided to try out the Popups API module... More

CIOs are starting to take notice of Drupal

Drupal.org recently featured a detailed use case about InterMedia Outdoors switching to Drupal. InterMedia Outdoors boasts a network of 16 websites, a portfolio of 15 magazines, 25 market-leading television productions, 2 syndicated radio shows, and more.
What the use case didn't mention is that they are migrating off of FatWire, a proprietary web content management system (WCMS) that is Forrester's current poster child in the... More

Building The Community Through Non-Drupal User Education

The other day I was speaking to Dave Terry from Mediacurrent, an Acquia Gold Partner, and we were discussing a variety of topics. More specifically, the conversation gravitated towards our perception of the Drupal blogsphere. It seems that the majority of posts are technical. This is to be expected for the most part, and has certainly helped Drupal flourish and grow.
However, what about people like me who don't have an in-depth programming background? Luckily, I work at Acquia and am surrounded by people who can help me lower my Drupal learning curve. Drupal is complex and it takes... More

Acquia Search versus Drupal search

It's been several days since we launched Acquia Search commercially. After reviewing the press, articles, comments, and tweets, I wanted to address the question of why we seem to care so much about search and why we can't simply improve Drupal's built-in search module. These questions came up during the beta test period as well, and have even resonated with the WordPress community on Matt Mullenweg's blog. I feel they are important questions to address.
I've... More

Acquia Search: benefits for site administrators

Yesterday we took the beta-wraps off of Acquia Search, and I followed up with a post about why Acquia Search matters for site visitors. We're still having some good discussions in the comments and the Twitter-sphere, but today I want to talk a bit more about the technical details. How does Acquia Search work, what does our infrastructure look like, and why is it a great deal for site owners?
Acquia Search is a hosted search service based on the... More

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