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Acquia at Web 2.0 NYC this week

Acquia is sponsoring and exhibiting at Web 2.0 Expo in New York City this week at the Javits Center. Free Expo Hall passes are available by registering at https://en.oreilly.com/webexny2008/public/register with the following code: webny08com. The Conference runs Tuesday through Friday. The Expo Hall is Wednesday from 11am to 6pm and... More

The Drupal taxonomy sprint with the Encyclodpedia of Life at the Chicago field museum

The history of the taxonomy sprint Back in March 2008, Scott Mattoon, from the Open Architecture Network and Sun, contacted me regarding a TED prize alumni, the Encyclopedia of Life(EOL) who wanted to attend Drupalcon Boston. I was introduced to David Shorthouse, from EOL, and was eager to help the encyclopedia of life adopt Drupal. The TED prize wish video for the EOL project is below. David Shorthouse and Peter Mangiafico attended Drupalcon Boston to... More

Thrilled to be here

So after 15 years leading several great engineering teams in the IP PBX industry I got a call. A start-up called Acquia was working on being the "Red Hat" of the Open Source Drupal project, and looking for someone to manage engineering using the Scrum / Agile process. While I never heard of Drupal, it was worth a look since Scrum is a passion of mine, and I believe the Red Hat model makes sense. After downloading Drupal, I created a small site and spent a few days reading posts on d.o. while my jaw slowly dropped to the floor. I was b-l-o-w-n away by Drupal's extensibility as a platform,... More

Szeged Usability Sprint - a HUGE success.

Szeged Usability Sprint - a HUGE success. I wanted to genuinely thank everyone who participated in the usability sprint - particularly Roy for setting it up. The outcome was fantastic! Together we targeted 4 problematic areas defined by the two usability tests and crafted high-level solutions for each. Item 3 got dismantled due to language barriers, but the others made significant progress. Item 2 resulted in a patch. 1. Night of the disappearing help page (http://groups.drupal.org/node/14387) 2. Where did my content go (... More

Does SAP use Drupal? Yes!

Thanks to a comment on by a developer from Mikamai on my other blog, I stumbled across a link to WikiSAP. It's a social network for members of the SAP community in Italy. The team at Mikamai provides a writeup about their work on WikiSAP on their own site. It looks like... More

ZDNet Names Drupal as a Top Community Platform

Dion Hinchcliffe over at ZDNet has named Drupal as one of the top ten leading platforms for creating online communities, one small notch behind Joomla. The first part of Dion's post explains the current state of online community building practices and technology. Dion does a lot of consulting with top companies seeking to build communities around their products and services, and his insights are on target. Although I would have put Drupal in the #1 spot, I really like Dion's brief description of Drupal: Drupal is one of the darlings of the community world and would come first on this list... More

Acquia Podcast 5: Development Seed Interview on Managing News Service

In this podcast, Robert Douglass and Bryan House talk to Eric Gundersen and Development Seed about their new hosted offering, Managing News. Tracking social media can be a overwhelming task. With millions of blogs and tens of thousands of community websites, how can anyone possibly listen in and make sense of it all? In our discussion with Eric and Alex, they walk us... More

Vote for Drupal

Drupal is a finalist in the Packt Publishing 2008 Open Source CMS Awards in both the Overall Open Source CMS and PHP CMS categories. Readers who already know and love Drupal should head over to the links below and vote now. The rest of you should read on. read more More

Drupal CLI utils

I put together a few scripts that I needed to configure and manage drupal from CLI. They include the following scripts: - Installer (install.php D6 & D7) - Updater (update.php) - Code Coverage (working example: http://acquia.com/latest-drupal-test-results) - Unit Test Runner (run-tests.sh) - Module enabler and the following library code: - CLI arg parser - Drupal Web Form User Agent (uses php-curl) additional points: - Much of the code has unit tests (simpletest, php-mock-functions w/o runkit) - Code was designed to be... More

Drupalcon Szeged code, docs, usability sprint on Sunday

On Sunday the Drupalcon organizers arranged for a code sprint at the excellent József Attila Study and Information Centre. What a difference great infrastructure makes to the productivity of a day of sprinting. The work area was the open birds of a feather lounge on the third floor. This was an ideal work area that was big enough to hold over 100 people but also allow for divided areas where we could cluster into work groups. The wireless was flawless thanks to some excellent work from the Drupalcon... More

Drupal.org redesign keynote presentation video by the re-design team

The first 13:45 is Szeged conference logistics, so you will want to forward to get to the beginning of the keynote. If you are interested in participating in the re-design please join the redesign group. More

How to grow your local Drupal group by working with the MySQL community, interview with Lenz Grimmer MySQL community manager

I got a chance to interview MySQL European community manager Lenz Grimmer about how to grow your Drupal local group by engaging with a local MySQL community. If you are one of the 149 Drupal local group ambassadors, or would like to be, consider working closely with your local MySQL group. ... More

Acquia Beta Preview in Szeged on Friday 1pm-5pm

Our vision for enhancing the total experience with Drupal is becoming a reality. This Friday between 1:00 - 5:00, help us create this experience by becoming a usability participant in our Beta Test Kitchen. This is a great opportunity to learn about the Acquia offering, provide feedback, and become part of our Beta program. That's right, you'll become part of the Beta program just by coming by and spending an hour or so driving through a few tasks. We're taking names at our booth now. If you're interested, please stop by and sign up by select a time that works best for you. More

Come join the private beta

As you may have heard over on TechCrunch, the Acquia private beta program is in full swing. Beta testers are able to download and test our commercially supported Drupal distribution (aka "Carbon") and utilize our new web-based network services and support delivery platform (aka "Spokes"). We have previously invited a few hundred people into the beta program, and today we're expanding it by handing out invites through... More

Drupal rocks libraries

I have been meeting a lot of interesting people on the road, and lately it's been librarians. It turns out that a lot of libraries love Drupal. I've put together a showcase video of libraries that use Drupal. Next time you are at your library, make sure you share this video with your local librarian. Andy Austin and Chris Austin have recently released a Drupal overview in the May/June edition of library technology reports. More details on the front page of Drupal.org.... More

Clay Shirky Interviews Dries for TR35

MIT's Technology Review announced its annual TR35 honorees today - recognizing young innovators under the age of 35 whose inventions and research they find most exciting. Dries was honored along with 34 outstanding leaders in the field of technology - congrats Dries! As part of the award, Dries was interviewed by Clay Shirky - author, consultant and adjunct professor in NYU's graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program... More

Dries at Foo Camp

Duane Nickull was on my evangelism team when I worked at Adobe. As you'll see in the Adobe TV video embedded below, Duane is one of those colorful characters who make working in the tech industry a lot of fun. He has eclectic interests and seems to know everyone in the industry. Duane caught up with Dries at Foo Camp last month and pulled him aside for a quick interview you'll see in the first segment of the video. Dries gives a quick overview about Drupal, what Acquia is doing to broaden Drupal adoption. He also explains how Mollom works to block content spam. After the Dries segment,... More

The DX Files: Abandon Anonymous Arrays of Attributes

This is part three of my series, The DX Files: Improving Drupal Developer Experience. This time, I’m suggesting changing some of Drupal’s most basic data structures and APIs by replacing anonymous arrays with well-defined data structures. I fully expect lots of disagreement. read more More

Drupal at LinuxWorld in San Francisco

We had over a dozen volunteers from the South Bay, San Francisco, and Berkeley group at the Drupal booth. We also had at least four people ask about a North Bay group. One of the problems when you have so many fun and interesting people working at your booth is you start talking to them instead of all the people who are looking at you with the "What's a Drupal?" look. But we did a great job talking to hundreds of people in three days and I believe that this will help to grow Drupal usage in both the Bay Area and the broader Linux community. Fortunately, the Joomla folks Ryan, Louis, and... More

Hello There. Seeking Support experts for Andover office

I joined Acquia in June with a mission to develop a responsive and knowledgeable support team. To that end, I’m looking to fill initial positions with enthusiastic, overqualified individuals who will not only provide great customer support but who will help build our support delivery infrastructure (integrated CRM/voice/chat; knowledge management, internal training, etc). It’s a great opportunity to make a difference. If you're already sold, click here to apply or click here to refer someone... More

Confessions of a Drupal Convert

Kurt Cagle over at O'Reilly has finally come clean: "I have a confession to make - after close to a decade covering XML, I have something of a new love ... and the name of that love is Drupal. Drupal's become one of those interesting hobbies that is rapidly becoming both a profession and a passion. It wasn't supposed to happen this way ..." His article is titled "Drupal as Open Architecture" and it is very worth a read, especially if you are a techie new to Drupal.  He goes beyond the confession to... More

Drupal booth babes

One of the unfortunate aspects of marketing events is the use of the Booth Babe. We were lucky to have Dmitri at our booth and we were joking at the Drupal booth that we were booth babes. More about LinuxWorld in San Francisco. More

Drupalcon bound

In case you haven't seen it yet, a tentative schedule for the upcoming Drupalcon is out today: http://szeged2008.drupalcon.org/program/schedule. I'm excited to see all the great sessions we'll have and looking forward to seeing those drupal.org usernames revealed again as walking, talking people. Thanks to everyone who voted for my session proposals - both have been accepted and scheduled for the main room: Drupal 6... More

Drupal at Hostingcon, Chicago [Updated with Video]

The Drupal community got together to help promote Drupal at Hostingcon, in Chicago last week. We learned some important lessons. One hosting company told us they were sponsoring their local Joomla group and had managed to grow it to over 300 users in less than a year. Wow! Hosting companies promoting open source projects. When you consider that hosting companies are paying anywhere from $5 to $200 per affiliate sale providing office space and snacks seems really cheap in comparison. That same company noted that Drupal sent a lot of business their way but they had not set up financial... More

Pretending to be the user

As someone who crafts experiences, I’m often engaged with product owners, developers, marketing folks, etc. As such, I’m like an information funnel. Good or bad, I listen to everyone involved. So you can imagine, I hear a lot of ideas. Usually those idea’s take the form of “If I were the user, I’d expect it to work like...” This unfortunately is a bad practice. You and I, we are not the user. We’re merely one of many. As architects of the applications we’re building, we are so much more advanced than the average user. Drupal is no exception. Currently, the users of Drupal, are by-in-... More

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