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WoodWing and Acquia: moving from print to the web

A couple of days ago, Acquia announced a technology partnership with WoodWing. WoodWing's Enterprise 6 Content Publishing Platform now ships with Acquia Drupal as the default CMS, as well as a connector module. WoodWing's typical customers are traditional publishers with strong roots in print -- and with names like Time Inc, Cisco, Michelin, Citibank and many more, they have an impressive list of customers at that.
For most publishers, print... More

The S-Files: Cron run exceeded the time limit and was aborted.


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Our support team is prepared to deal with any Drupal related problem or question that might arise. Some problems show up more often than others, though, and in those cases it is good to have the solutions at your fingertips.
This recently got added to our growing library of Drupal knowledge, and deals with the problem of running cron efficiently. In the effort to tune PHP to perform well while serving normal web pages, it is possible to set some values in php.ini so low that they are insufficient for running cron.
Two such values are max_execution_time... More

Drupal.org redesign code sprints: update 3

Ever wanted to see the Media Lab at MIT? An almost mythical place where "...the future is lived, not imagined ... a world where radical technology advances are taken for granted, ..." and technology is designed "... for people to create a better future".
I've visited the Media Lab before and it is highly recommended. This is your chance.
On Friday, June 12th, we're conducting a one-day Drupal.org redesign sprint at the MIT Media Lab. Designed to bring home our kicking re-design... More

Drupal site crawler project

For years now, people have been asking me how many Drupal sites there are. This is, of course, something of a moving target and I figured that the only way to answer that question was to count all the Drupal sites out there one by one. Three years ago, I was finally motivated enough to write a Drupal site crawler that looks over the millions of websites online to find those powered by Drupal. The crawler initially ran for about 3 months, and it returned a lot of Drupal sites. For each one it found, I then did some data-mining to extract the location of their hosting servers. I made a heatmap... More

Field API: Get mentored and help out!

The Field API is major new functionality in Drupal 7 to provide custom data types just like CCK did for previous versions of Drupal. Field API became part of Drupal 7 February, 2009, but there is still plenty of work to do. We need your help, and we’ll help you learn what you need to know to contribute.
The Field API is a great way to get yourself involved directly in Drupal core development. We realize, however, that Field API is a big, new, scary chunk of code that is not the easiest thing to jump into. The Field API team wants to help you get up to speed, so we’ve created the Field API... More

MySQL conference and Expo 2009

This is the third year the Drupal project has had a booth at the MySQL conference. This year we are the only web content management project represented and it is our biggest presence at the conference yet. This year we have four booth volunteers including Joshua Lawrence from Chapter Three, John Faber from AF83, Avi Harsh from Halosys, and myself.
The big news is the acquisition of Sun, including MySQL by Oracle. The punditry on the web seems to cover most of the perspectives. But it helps to get a few beers into the long time MySQL employees and then ask them what they think. The feedback is... More

Field API: What would you like to know?

The Field API is major new functionality in Drupal 7 to provide custom data types just like CCK did for previous versions of Drupal. The Field API team has written fairly thorough API documentation but that is more useful as reference material than as a tutorial or HOWTO handbook.
So, here’s your chance to tell the Field API team what you want to know how to do. Comment on this post telling us what we should explain.
One option is to give us the title of HOWTO pages you’d like to read, such as:
What is the difference... More

The DX Files: A voice from the field

This is part five of my series, The DX Files: Improving Drupal Developer Experience. Today I am simply posting, verbatim, a message that a potential new Drupal developer sent me. The point here is just to understand how Drupal's DX influences the way it is perceived and the kind of people that want to work with it.
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Buzzr, Acquia Gardens and D7UX

Earlier this week, Lullabot showed a preview of Buzzr (previously announced as "Codename"), a hosted version of Drupal 6 with a new user interface and user experience. Interestingly enough, the new user interface has remarkable similarities with the work that Mark Boulton and Leisa Reichelt have been doing for Drupal 7 (D7UX). It is my guess that the growing momentum around Mark's work encouraged Lullabot to give us a sneak... More

Opinions wanted: how can Acquia's Drupal documentation rock more?

Acquia's documentation team would like to do all we can to help make your Drupal experience a success.
We currently provide online documentation and downloadable PDFs. Take this survey and help us improve our existing documentation and meet your future Drupal documentation needs.
Click here to take the survey.
Thank you for taking the time to help us help you!
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Drupal.org Re-design sprint San Francisco: Day 2

The redesign sprinters met early to discuss what the priorities, and blockers were for launching the re-designed drupal.org. The critical path is documented in the redesign theme implementers group. The base theme, blue cheese, for the redesign is progressing along nicely. The themers are focusing on getting the content for landing pages and theming those top level landing pages. The most important features for the new... More

The S-Files: "A view that displays a user's content"

UPDATE: I think this recipe is deprecated by the Views Attach module which addresses the use case directly: http://drupal.org/project/views_attach
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My duties at Acquia include answering the phone when European clients call needing support. Today I helped someone who needed a way for their site users to be able to find the content that they had authored. The recipe I suggested involves making a view that displays all content filtered by a particular user id. By having the view provide a block display you can then put... More

Drupal.org Re-design sprint San Francisco: Day 1

Today was the beginning of the fifth Drupal.org redesign sprint. The prior sprints in order are: Cologne Germany, Cambridge Mass. USA, Paris France, Drupalcon Washington DC USA, and now San Francisco USA.
If you've not yet taken the time to contribute to the drupal.org redesign sprint you should join the following two groups: Drupal.org redesign plan for the Drupal Association, and the Redesign theme implementers group which includes the... More

Acquia Drupal available via Subversion (SVN) repository

As part of our mission to help simplify Drupal adoption, we recently made public the Subversion repository (SVN) for Acquia Drupal. Now you can quickly update your site to the latest release of Acquia Drupal with a single 'svn up' command or use one of the many freely available Subversion GUI clients. With the repository you can say goodbye to downloading packages, extracting them, moving files and renaming directories to update your site to the latest release of Acquia Drupal.
For... More

Crowd-sourcing usability testing with free Adobe Connect Pro licenses

Leisa and Mark recently blogged about crowd-sourcing usability testing. I'm really interested in this topic, in fact i spoke about it in DC. For those of you not familiar with the concept, the idea is to generate vast amounts of usage data. Consider the fact that Drupal has been tested 3 times, roughly once per year, generating approximately 24 videos of users attempting to fulfill a fraction of the tasks in Drupal core. While these tests reveal awesome facts about the Drupal experience, a large majority of Drupal---... More

Mark Boulton & Leisa Reichelt need our help...

For the past month or so, Mark Boulton and Leisa Reichelt have been getting up to speed on Drupal and brainstorming ideas for improvement. They're now at a point where they need help from the community. They can not succeed without our participation, and thus far they're not getting the level of participation they need. At present, they immediate feedback on the following:
review the Experience Strategy here, and give us your comments
review the... More

OSBC wrapup

OSBC, the Open Source Business Conference that took place in San Francisco this week, just wrapped up. I'm sitting here in my hotel room, trying to digest all of the conversations that I've had over the past days and process the presentations that I attended (as well as trying to stay awake a bit longer). If you put a few hundred people from different Open Source projects together in one venue, there is a lot to consume, and even more to talk about in the hallways.
In addition to talking about Open Source for hours straight, I participated... More

Alter Drupal Email Messages

I just had a requirement to add some text to the body of Drupal's outgoing emails. Turns out it's not too tough using hook_mail_alter(). I started out by using var_export() and drupal_set_message() to find out more information about the array that Drupal creates for the message:

<?php/** * Implementation of hook_mail_alter(). */function your_module_mail_alter(&$message) {  // For example, submit the contact... More

Future of Open Source 2009 Survey results

The results of North Bridge Venture Partners 2009 Future of Open Source survey were released today at the Infoworld Open Source Business Conference. Michael Skok led a panel discussion on the topic with Dries Buytaert from Acquia, Ron Hovsepian from Novell, John Lilly from Mozilla, Martin Mickos from Sun, and John Roberts from SugarCRM.
2009 NBVP Future of... More

What do you want from the next Acquia Drupal Stack Installer?

We released the Acquia Drupal Stack Installer earlier this month and have had an overwhelmingly positive response. Thousands people have downloaded it to set up a Drupal site in a few clicks.
We're planning to release the Installer for more platforms and also add new functionality.
Please take this poll and tell us what you want to see next!
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Microsoft promoting Drupal

Microsoft announced its Web Application Gallery at its annual MIX conference today. The exciting news for many of us is that Drupal is one of the first 10 applications to be included as part of the Web Application Gallery. Other open source applications including Wordpress, SilverStripe, and Gallery also made into the initial... More

Drupal.org infrastructure status and growth presentation

Narayan Newton and I gave a talk at Drupalcon on the state of the http://drupal.org infrastructure. Narayan, Gerhard, David, and myself are currently working on a infrastructure budget proposal for the Drupal association. This proposal will give you some insight into the challenges of running Drupal.org and why it is not just another Drupal site. In fact, our use of Drupal as a web application platform for Drupal.org pushes the Drupal project in many directions that lead to innovation.

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Drupal.org infrastructure status and growth presentation

Narayan Newton and I gave a talk at Drupalcon on the state of the http://drupal.org infrastructure. Narayan, Gerhard, David, and myself are currently working on a infrastructure budget proposal for the Drupal association. This proposal will give you some insight into the challenges of running Drupal.org and why it is not just another Drupal site. In fact, our use of Drupal as a web application platform for Drupal.org pushes the Drupal project in many directions that lead to innovation.

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How to test 20 000 Drupal 7 core patches: Part II

Approximately a year ago I helped layout out a vision for how we could add test driven development to the Drupal core development process. Here's an update on the automated testing process. Jimmy Berry and I gave a talk at Drupalcon DC.

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Check out our newest theme Acquia Slate

Our friends at TopNotchThemes have built a second theme for Acquia Drupal, our distribution of Drupal, and we've released it as a project on Drupal.org.  Called Acquia Slate, it is a flexible, configurable Drupal theme with a somewhat corporate look and feel.
Just like our Acquia Marina theme, also a TopNotchThemes product, ... More

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