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Module Development Kickstart Presentation

Yesterday (March 4th) Gábor Hojtsy and I presented a Drupal Module Development Kickstart session at Druplcon DC.
This session was part of the "Launch Pad" series of presentations for newcomers to Drupal. While this session required a little bit of PHP knowledge, our goal was to share easy ways to get started with module development, highlighting how a small module can make very useful customizations and alterations to Drupal's behavior by responding to hooks without altering any of the code in Drupal core (... More

Acquia Search goes public beta

At Acquia, we've launched Acquia Search in public beta today.
As I've previously announced, Acquia Search is a hosted Acquia Network service, delivering the capabilities of the Apache Solr as a web service to Drupal websites of any size.
Acquia Search is 100% free for now, and here is our marketing pitch: "Acquia Search can be installed as a module on any Drupal 6 site, and enhances a... More

Acquia Stack Installer (aka DAMP)

If you're looking to evaluate Drupal, or if you're a Drupal developer, you have got to check out Acquia's Stack Installer, aka DAMP, that we released at DrupalCon DC today.
No doubt most of you are familiar with LAMP, MAMP, WAMP or XAMPP, which are installers designed to help people get started with PHP applications. DAMP is similar to MAMP, WAMP, and XAMPP, except that it comes with Acquia Drupal, and is specifically tuned for Drupal. The Acquia Stack Installer includes Acquia Drupal,... More

Day One of Drupalcon DC

First official day of Drupalcon DC! Before coming here from sunny San Diego, I stopped for two days in Massachusetts to visit the Acquia offices and work with the support team. While here at Acquia we seem to do very well in keeping in touch with those who work remotely, whether it via chat all day long, phone calls, and video conferences, it was really pleasant to be able to be "in office" with everyone even if it was only for two days, and two snowy ones at that.
I flew down to DC yesterday night and crashed early in an effort to be well rested for the first... More

How to use Acquia Search & Apache Solr

This is the second half of a screencast series on Acquia Search. In the first screencast, I demonstrated how to enable the appropriate modules. In this screencast, I show you how to configure and use Acquia Search and Apache Solr.

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Kicking off Drupalcon with APIs

Drupalcon is off to a great start. Yesterday afternoon and this morning we met all kinds of great Drupal folks while passing out the free Acquia t-shirts and sharing the news about several recent releases. If you haven't had the chance to check out the new Acquia Drupal Stack Installers. The installers bring a Windows and Mac OS X installer to the desktop that install and setup all of the components necessary (Apache, MySQL, PHP and Acquia Drupal) to get started running a Drupal site.
After getting to talk to many fellow Drupal community members this morning it was... More

Tom Erickson joined Acquia as CEO

Acquia's subscription business has taken off as expected, and we are now launching a number of new initiatives as announced in the Acquia 2009 roadmap. With the coming release of Acquia Search, new projects like Acquia Fields and Acquia Gardens, all in addition to our existing subscription business, there is a ton of stuff going on at Acquia. We've set ourselves some very ambitious goals.
With all these new projects and opportunities, we needed... More

Company craftsmanship in evidence

Acquia isn't my first company; I've constructed a few before. In fact, bringing well-suited people together to achieve something together is one of those things that (I think) I just naturally do. I've done it over and over in life. Maybe it comes from my dad being a guy who was always pushing the envelope when it came to things like health foods for long life, etc., and then trying to convince others to do likewise.
Whatever the source, this is my natural behavior. Not that I'm perfect at it. But I love it because the results are so amazing. First, the total group's chances of reaching... More

Drupal in the New York Times

The Drupal NYC group just hosted its sixth annual DrupalCamp on Saturday, February 28th, at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University in downtown Brooklyn. Held the weekend before DCDC, the event was attended by some seventy people and can boast of something not many DrupalCamps have -- a writeup in The New York Times (subscription may be required).
As the article notes: "Drupal is free software used to run web sites, and participants at the event said they were drawn there, despite differences... More

Calculating test coverage

Here's how you can determine test coverage of your tests by generating a report like this one:http://acquia.com/files/test-results/index.html
Step 1: Install xdebug php extension. On ubuntu I run apt-get install php5-xdebug
Step 2: Checkout simpletest trunk anywhere on your disk. In this example I will choose /usr/local/simpletest svn co \  https://simpletest.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/simpletest/simpletest/trunk \ /usr/local/simpletest
Step 3: Add simpletest to the php.ini loaded by apache.
On ubuntu the file is /etc/php5/apache2... More

DrupalCon DC

Drupal has thousands of contributors. About twice a year, we stop contributing long enough to have a beer together. We call that DrupalCon. ;-)
DrupalCon DC, or DCDC for short, is this week, and I'm leaving in a few moments to attend. DCDC's official events are held March 4th through the 7th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. There is little doubt that this will be our largest DrupalCon yet. In fact, the conference has been sold out at 1,300 ticketed attendees since early in February (before... More

Come talk to us at Drupalcon

Dries' Acquia 2009 roadmap describes our plans for the year. We have a lot of great ideas -- and we have just as many questions and need your input to make sure we build products you want to use. As Product Manager, my mission at Drupalcon is to talk to as many of you as possible and hear what you like and don't like about Acquia Drupal, Acquia Network, and get your thoughts on Acquia Search and other new products. Here are some ways to find us at Drupalcon:
Join an Acquia Search usability... More

Acquia Search: Call for 6 usability testers in DC

What if I told you I could improve your visitors experience by optimizing their ability to discover information on your site? What if I could empower your visitors to find information faster? I can do this for you! No, I'm not a magician, I'm merely running a usability study on Acquia's Search offering. There's only room for 6 (2 per session), but if you sign up now, I'll help you achieve the aforementioned goals by getting Acquia Search running on your site. Within an hour, your visitors will be able to explore and discover information by drilling into facets of related taxonomy terms,... More

What's your view on the Future of Open Source?

In what has become an annual tradition at the Open Source Business Conference, Michael Skok of North Bridge Venture Partners will host a keynote panel discussion on the Future of Open Source. Dries Buytaert will be participating on the panel, in addition to Marten Mikos of Sun/MySQL,... More

Acquia Podcast 12 - Interview with Victor Kane

In this podcast, Bryan House talks to Drupal author Victor Kane about his new book, Leveraging Drupal, Getting Your Site Done Right. Victor discusses how he came to write Leveraging Drupal and the hands-on workshop he's built online to assist readers as they build a real application - an online literary workshop.
In addition, Victor shares with us his experience as a Drupalista in Buenos Aires Argentina, his work with the... More

Drupal 7 user experience improvements - get involved at DrupalCon

I'm tremendously excited to have Mark, Leisa and team join forces with the community and continue the user experience momemtum. Given their prior work, I truly believe they're the team to help extract us from the minutia, think big, and create an experience that expands Drupal's adoption. Welcome aboard!
As with any good design process, they'll kick this project off at Drupalcon DC by conducting research. So far, they've identified two activities:
1. Blue Sky Design Workshops
Mark, Liesa and myself will be running 3 workshops during the conference - and we need your... More

Drupal and Alfresco

Alfresco and Optaros, in conjunction with Acquia, have made available a set of Drupal modules that integrate Drupal with Alfresco using the CMIS APIs. See the CMIS module and the CMIS Alfresco module on drupal.org.
It all started with my Amnesty blog post a year or... More

Acquia 2009 roadmap

Now that the Acquia Network and Acquia Drupal are available, it is a good time to provide more visibility into where Acquia is headed. Just like we did early on in Acquia's life when we announced "Carbon" (now called "Acquia Drupal") and "Spokes" (now called the "Acquia Network"), we'd like to provide some transparency and visibility in our product strategy for 2009. This post provides a window into those plans.
As we started making plans for 2009, we realized that the best thing we could do, not just for... More

Acquia Podcast 11: Interview with Mike Caccavano - Tree House Agency

In this podcast, Robert Douglass talks to Mike Caccavano from Tree House Agency. Mike talks about Tree House and their experience working with enterprise customers on Drupal theming projects.
Mike also talks about the theming community site they built for Do It With Drupal - http://themingchallenge.com - to enable people to ask questions about Drupal theming. Hear how the Tree House team was able to build a community site and get t-shirts printed for the site overnight. Check out their... More

SEO best practices webinar

We recently launched free live webinars on acquia.com. Accessible by anyone, these live interactive webinars are typically scheduled on Thursdays at 1pm ET/10am PT/6pm GMT. This Thursday I have invited Ben Finklea from Volacci to present on SEO Best Practices for your Drupal Site.
Ben and the team at Volacci are authors of the SEO Checklist module for Drupal. Ben will discuss best practices for on-page SEO and then walk through a demo of the... More

The private lives of public IPs and EC2 security groups

As many of you know, I’m working on a Hosted Search product at Acquia. We’re building a pretty cool page where you can get some analytics on your search index and what people are searching for. Here is the deets on Dries’s site (hope he doesn’t mind ;0 )
Uploaded with plasq’s Skitch!
For this, we’re using Splunk... More

Mark Boulton to help with Drupal 7

Drupal's steep learning curve filters out far too many smart, motivated people who could benefit from Drupal. We see it all the time in the Drupal.org forums, in my "State of Drupal" surveys, on Twitter, when talking to customers, and on the web. Even though we've made significant progress with making Drupal easier to use, a lot of work is left to be done. With other content management systems such as Joomla! and WordPress making strides to catch up to Drupal in terms of development flexibility, if we want Drupal to remain competitive, we have a challenge we have to face: we need to create... More

Acquia Podcast 10: Interview with Earl and Lynette Miles

In this podcast, Robert Douglass sits down with the entire Miles family to talk about Drupal. Earl and Lynette talk about the experience writing their upcoming Drupal book, Drupal's Building Blocks: Quickly Building Websites with CCK, Views and Panels. In addition, you can download the manuscript in progress atSafari Rough Cuts online.
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Acquia Podcast 9: Interview with NowPublic's Mike Meyers

Robert Douglass sits down with Mike Meyers, CTO and Co-founder on NowPublic.com. NowPublic is a pioneer in the field of citizen journalism - a participatory news network which mobilizes an army of reporters to cover the events that define our world. Learn how NowPublic is using Drupal as a powerful social publishing platform to build its media business.
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