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Drupal Development: A Solved Game

Part one of the All the things you need to know to be a great Drupal developer blog series Way back in the olden days (around the year 2000) how we developed for the web was a solved game. An example of a solved game is Checkers (English draughts, if you will). Given that both players play perfectly, the outcome of the game can be predicted at any point. Web development was the same: Use the lightest text editor you can find and find a good FTP program like Filezilla and that was that. The code you had to write wasn’t solved by any means, but the surrounding infrastructure, stack, and... More

Acquia Rides the Forrester Wave

Today is a big milestone for Acquia, as we were placed in the 2013 Forrester Wave for Web Content Management for Digital Customer Experience. Acquia was named a Contender, and the only open source representative. Placement in the Forrester Wave validates Acquia’s rapid growth. Acquia was founded in late 2007,... More

A totally beginner tutorial to Views for Drupal 7

As part 1 of our 3 part mini-course on Views, I've written up the notes for today's session. Update: here is the recording To get the most out of this mini-course, you need to know the following: How to customize content types (add fields); and add content in Drupal 7 What modules are; how to install and configure modules in Drupal 7 Sign up for the next one ... More

Drupal Create released on Github

I felt good yesterday. After a long effort, the Drupal Create mobile app was released on Github. Drupal Create is an iOS app which enables folks to quickly and easily post content to Drupal sites. The code is now available under the MIT license for anyone to reuse, customize, and improve. You can modify the code and distribute it and still choose whether or not to give back those modifications. I hope you do give back, but you are not... More

Kyle Browning on the open-sourced Drupal Create iOS app

Kyle Browning, the Director of Mobile at WorkHabit, talks about developing for Drupal as a mobile platform and the open-sourcing of the new Drupal Create app for iOS. The evolution of mobile + Drupal Kyle describes his work as "handling the communication from a mobile phone to a website," and talks about the need for mobile-capable websites and apps that has developed since 2010. The Drupal Create app builds on Kyle'... More

My Dream for the Web: The Open Source Way

What should the Web be? When I ask this question, I suddenly feel ancient because it takes me back to the days when I was an engineering student. We were always told that with technology, the sky was the limit, but it was never easy for me as a developer to explore everything that technology had to offer. The Internet has been a world of endless opportunities, yet I have always hoped for developers to have a more seamless, free web experience. So, my dream for the perfect technology world is one that completely embraces open source and appreciates “Creative Independence”, where a young,... More

Courting Big Data Talent

When does it make sense to start up a Big Data program? If your email marketing system isn't talking to your sales force automation system, and neither is synched up with your online purchase system, are you really ready to tackle a Big Data project? The answer may surprise you as we examine Big Data and its impact on the next generation digital experience in this fifth installment of our ongoing series "Are You Ready for Big Data?" What skills do you need to implement a Big Data project? The field you want to explore is... More

Acquia India support, training and consulting

About a year and a half ago, Dries, Ron (our former CMO) and myself made a trip to India to get to know the companies there and what they were doing with Drupal. We met with community leaders, partners and customers and came away impressed by the scale of the Drupal ecosystem. I am pleased to announce that we now have an India presence to support our customers and partners in the region. Based in Bangalore, our team consists of trainers, expert Drupal architects and... More

Easy, often overlooked, tips for a great education site.

As a new member of the Acquia team, I’m in awe of the breadth and the passion of our community. Acquia is a dynamic mix of our customers, our employees, our technology partners and our consulting partners. NavArts is one of our Enterprise partners. Among their many talents, they are edu savvy. Ted Slesinski recently published a blog post that recommends 9 Drupal modules that are great for higher education, but are often overlooked. Ted points out that 'Using different modules within the Drupal platform is a way to customize the technology to the specific needs of your school based on its... More

Meet Erica Ligeski: Drupal training means jobs

Erica Ligeski, Marketing Engineer on the Acquia.com website is another of the many Drupalists with a non-technical background. Her path took her from performance and dance, to arts management, to total geekery! Just like me, at some point along the way she needed a website for an arts project and fell in love with Drupal. The rest is history. Acquia U Erica was one of the very successful first group put through the Acquia U Drupal training program. "Successful" in this case means that all the trainees were hired as full-time Acquians... More

3 Reasons to Take 10 Minutes for the Future of Open Source

Time is running out to weigh in on the 7th Annual Future of Open Source Survey. The survey is an annual report of the state of the open source industry, and is only open to participation from the open source community for two more days. If you haven’t taken time to participate, there are a few reasons why you should before the March 28 deadline. Priorities and Trends are Ever Changing The trends that are revealed by this survey anchor the focus of key open-source influencers and help to set benchmarks that track the community’... More

Protecting Drupal's fleshy underbelly with .htaccess

In this article, I’m going to show you a few methods to separate your public site from the vulnerable parts of your administration area. What you need is an effective way to keep your site locked and secure, and protected from attacks, while still leaving your site editable for trusted users. Methods for securing the admin section of your site One of the things that is often overlooked when setting up and securing a Drupal site is the administrative sections. Sure, Drupal protects these paths with access controls but you can do a lot more to protect your site, especially if your site doesn’t... More

Big Data for Sale: Data Marketplaces

When does it make sense to start up a Big Data program? If your email marketing system isn't talking to your sales force automation system, and neither is synched up with your online purchase system, are you really ready to tackle a Big Data project? The answer may surprise you as we examine Big Data and its impact on the next generation digital experience in this fourth installment of our ongoing series "Are You Ready for Big Data?" Here's a break for companies hoping to put a Big Data project on the fast track: You don... More

What is Drupal? 4 answers ... and more to come!

New shows, new gear The Acquia podcast crew has been hanging out at HQ in Burlington, Massachusetts this week recording a bunch of new material. The newest member of our team is the appropriately named Deadkitten wind protector by Røde microphones. I can't think of a better one for Drupal podcasts! New release schedule: Welcome to Wednesday We're moving our weekly podcast releases to Wednesdays, but we didn't want to leave you hanging this weekend. We have a bunch of great stuff coming your way in the next months, so... More

The state of the multilingual web and Drupal within

Last week I had the great opportunity to go to the W3C Multilingual Web Workshop in Rome. It was a great gathering of standards crafters (from W3C, OASIS, etc.), service providers, academia, EU institutions and implementors. A wide range of topics were covered. For example, who would have thought representing human names properly is even bigger a problem than date formats. With social services and highly tailored textual feedback these days, this is an important area. I also got insight into the latest thinking on machine... More

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