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Gardens Usability Testing - Rd 1 filled

I wanted to thank everyone who signed up for Drupal Gardens usability testing. I received a lot of requests - unfortunatly I won't be able to accept all of them.
Usability testing focuses on a subset of tasks and requires only 6-10 users to identify problems. Any number greater than 10 merely reveals the same problems over and over again. Thankfully, D7 and Drupal Gardens are both feature rich, so there will be many more tests in the very near future.
Thanks so much,
Jeff Noyes
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Twitter Chat on Acquia Hosting

In the spirit of experimentation, we've been hosting Twitter chats over the past few weeks with technical folks here at Acquia. The objective is to offer you access to our technical staff to ask questions and learn more about Acquia products, Drupal or open source in general. Our previous chats with the Acquia Search team - @robertDouglass, @JacobSingh, and Peter Wolanin - and with @Dries went pretty well.
We have a twitter chat scheduled tomorrow at 2pm Eastern... More

Free Acquia Hosting

Last week at DrupalCon Paris, we announced Acquia Hosting, a highly available cloud-based hosting platform tuned for Drupal performance and scalability. Technical details can be found in my announcement blog post.
Today, we are happy to announce that we'll start to provide free Acquia Hosting accounts to not for profit sites dedicated to promoting the adoption and usage of Drupal. For example, DrupalCamp websites and local Drupal user group websites would qualify for free Acquia... More

Apache Solr Excitement at Drupalcon

As of the final Drupalcon Paris code sprint, http://groups.drupal.org was upgraded to Drupal 6, and its site search has also started running on Apache Solr. Since last summer we have used a scrubbed groups.drupal.org database dump which we updated to Drupal 6.x as a test set for Apache Solr Search Integration functionality and screen shots. Having it live on the groups site is great because we've been able to see for months the kind of improved search results that are possible, but frustratingly unable until now to access them in real life.
The groups... More

Drupal Gardens usability testing sign up sheet

I received a lot of requests (thank you), but only a few provided email addresses. Trying to aggregate a list and communicate with everyone proved to be a chore. If you're interested in becoming a usability tester, please sign up here:
https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dFBqdHBlU19wcXhJVm9Xdzh.....
To level set, the purpose of a usability test is to observe users in action. These sessions are not intended to be a product walk through. Each test is an hour long, during which we'... More

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.
The... More

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