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Acquia named AlwaysOn Global 250 Winner

We recently received word that Acquia was named a AlwaysOn Global 250 Winner. Initially the AlwaysOn 100, this year marked the expansion of the list to 250 due to the "rapid growth of startup communities around the world." According to AlwaysOn, "this year's AO Global 250 reflects a set of trends that are about to ignite new market opportunities the whole world over."
The overall 2008 winner is Twitter, that increasingly ubiquitous service that forces us to edit our thoughts down to 140 characters or... More

Wanted: Drupal support engineer

One of the things we're building at Acquia is a Drupal technical support center where customers can call for help with Drupal questions. We're busy setting up a phone system, a bug tracker, a customer tracking application, a knowledge base and more. We already have some great technical support people on board, but we're looking for more Drupal talent to staff our support center.
Specifically, we're looking for people that have the rare combination of mad Drupal skills (both Drupal configuration and Drupal development), a diagnostic mind, and what we call, the... More

Glad to meet you.

Until recently, I was working for Fidelity Investments designing interactions, themes and conducting usability tests. Fidelity was a great place for designers interested in user centered design. In fact, I wasn’t sure I was ready to leave. If I were to leave, it had to be for a great opportunity. None-the-less, I had been there for 5 years, and wanted a change - so I was open to ideas.
Then, I see a job posting for Acquia. I hadn’t heard of Acquia, but the position sounded like a good fit, so we talked. But before doing so, I downloaded Drupal to prepare myself. I hadn’t heard of it... More

Drupal at OSCON 2008: Last day to vote for Drupal in the SourceForge community awards


Back in April and May the Acquia marketing team and I decided to jump into the frying pan with Drupal events and really see how successful we could be in spreading the word about Drupal and Acquia. We produced some good marketing content, including this Drupal event organizer kit, and we really primed the professional services pump and sales lead funnel with people who were interested in Acquia's products.
After a couple of months of light travel, only one week per month, I am getting... More

A taste of competition

This isn't a high-falutin', high-thinking blog post. It's just about the kind of culture we have here.
As you may have seen, I like cycling. And many (most) of our code-names for projects are all cycling terms -- like Carbon for our distribution, or Spokes for our network services.
So when a set of local pro cycling race promoters told me they were looking for a sponsor for a group of 5 local races that they wanted to pull together under the monniker New England Race Week... More

Tainted Bugs (or, Automatically detecting XSS security holes)


With apologies to Gloria Jones and a variety of others...

Sometimes I feel there has to be a way
To improve securi-tay
To automatically prevent attacks
The bugs we fix seem not to help one bit
To make the exploit-tays
Not come back. They should stay away!
Oh! Tainted bugs!

As part of Acquia's security testing for Acquia Drupal, I've been experimenting with automated methods for detecting security vulnerabilities in Drupal and... More

Acquia is sponsoring Drupalcon Szeged. How about you?

Acquia has signed up as a platinum sponsor for Drupal Szeged 2008 coming up August 27-30. We're sending a large contingent of Acquians as attendees, presenters, and general community participants. We'll be recruiting and enabling partners, looking for new employees, and sharing the latest Acquia news. We really look forward to seeing everyone there.

If your business depends on Drupal, you should seriously consider sponsoring. Sponsorship is a great way to increase your visibility in the Drupal... More

Bastille Day at San Francisco Drupal User Group meeting

Last night the San Francisco user group celebrated Bastille Day at the Paris SoMa (South of Market) co-working office, and San Francisco office of AF83.com.
Greg Beuthin has done a great job building up the San Francisco users group over the last several months. He estimates a 30-50% increase in participation each month, with this meeting reaching 18 attendees. Neil Drumm, Drupal 5 maintainer, presented on "How to scale your Drupal site". This is always a very popular topic and this local group set a new record for attendance.
There... More

Improving Drupal.org download process with web analytics

In the month of June we enabled Google Analytics on Drupal.org as part of an effort to build a user experience toolkit. The toolkit was designed to provide insight on: what users were searching for, what traffic patterns and workflows vistors were following, and what usability feedback we can get from field studies. If you are interested in Drupal.org analytics you should attend the web conference on key performance indicators tomorrow.
To start we decided to focus on an important destination in any website, the landing page. One of the... More

Jeff Whatcott on Acquia

John Eckman of Optaros sat down with Jeff Whatcott, Acquia's Chief Communicator, to talk about Drupal and Acquia. Rock on, Jeff.

If you can't see the video above, you can view it directly at blip.tv.
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The DX Files: Defined constants as API arguments

This is part two of my series, The DX Files: Improving Drupal Developer Experience.
Many Drupal APIs accept a boolean argument (TRUE or FALSE) to determine some behavior. I believe that practice should be banned in all but exceptional cases, instead using a defined constant with a descriptive name.
Here is a perfect example from Drupal core:
<span style="color: #000000"><span style="color: #0000BB">&lt;?php<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $output </span><span... More

Typical work day



This is what a typical work day at Acquia looks like for me -- a lot of video conferencing that is. ;-)

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Mollom in Jobat

I was recently interviewed by Barbara Vandenbussche for Jobat, a Belgian employment website with a weekly print magazine written in Dutch. The interview (PDF, Dutch) talks about Drupal, but also mentions Acquia and Mollom. It is the first time that Mollom was prominently featured in the printed press, and that needs to be celebrated with a blog post. Yay!

Photo taken by... More

Wired interview

Last week in San Francisco, Jay and I spent some time at the Wired office with Wired's Michael Calore and Scott Loganbill. Of course, we took this as an opportunity to evangelize Drupal so we sat down in Wired's Webmonkey zoo to talk about Drupal and Acquia. Check out the transcript of our conversation that was published on... More

CNET interview

When I was in San Francisco last week for Gilbane, I was interviewed by Rafe Needleman of CNET's WebWare. We talked about Drupal and how amazing the project is, as well as about Acquia, my Drupal startup.
You can read the interview online, or you can watch the accompanying video they shot for CNET TV:

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Forrester Research: Enterprises Should Keep an Eye on Drupal

Forrester Research says enterprises interested in open source web content management should keep a close eye on Drupal and Alfresco. We agree. So does the Alfresco team. It's great to see the cream rising to the top.
In their report published yesterday entitled "Web Content Management And Open Source: Answers To Frequently Asked Questions", Forrester analysts Stephen Powers, Kyle McNabb, and Shelby Catino highlight Drupal (... More

Introducing the Acquia Podcast Series

Today is an exciting day, as we launched the Acquia Podcast series this afternoon. You can listen to podcasts in a flash player on our site, subscribe via RSS feed, or find in iTunes.
Our first episode is an interview Robert Douglass and I did with David Mercer, author of the new book Building powerful and robust websites with Drupal 6.
Robert and I have recorded a few other podcasts with... More

Gilbane

I'm in San Francisco this week to sing the Drupal gospel at the Gilbane conference. I take part in a panel discussion called Social Technologies for Ad Hoc Information Sharing. Also on the panel will be John Newton, co-founder and CTO of Alfresco, and Michael Wechner, president of Wyona.
Tomorrow evening, Chris Messina is organizing a Drupal and DiSo dinner to talk more about... More

Drupal at Pfizer

Last week at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference they had a general session that included presentations by several large organizations applying Web 2.0 approaches to internal team social publishing. One of these was given by Simon Revell of Pfizer.
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Dries Buytaert Speaking at Gilbane San Francisco

Acquia's global conference tour continues on next week. Yesterday, Jeff participated yesterday in what was described by Kathleen Reidy at The 451 Group as a star-studded open source panel at Enterprise 2.0.
Next week, its Dries' turn in the spotlight, as he will be participating in an open source panel on "Social Technologies for Ad Hoc Information Sharing"... More

Acquia Podcast 1: Interview with David Mercer

Welcome to the inaugural episode of the Acquia Podcast series. In this podcast, Acquians Robert Douglass and Bryan House interview David Mercer, author of the new Packt Publishing book - Building powerful and robust websites with Drupal 6.

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Enterprise 2.0 Conference: A Drupal Perspective

This week we sponsored and attended the Enterprise 2.0 Conference here in Boston. It was a useful week that produced several interesting insights about how Web 2.0 patterns are being applied inside large organizations.
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Who am I? Why am I here?

I'm finishing up my fourth day at Acquia, and in thinking about how to introduce myself, one phrase immediately jumped to mind: "Who am I? Why am I here?"
Those somewhat-awkward-yet-charming words were famously uttered by Admiral James Stockdale, a surprise candidate for Vice President of the United States in 1992, in his first introduction to a national audience. I have to admit I feel a little bit like Admiral Stockdale, plucked from obscurity and suddenly thrust into the spotlight. Although I've been actively involved in developing for Drupal the past several months, I'm still pretty... More

Now for something completely different...

This is my first week at Acquia, and I have to admit that I'm surprised to be here. Despite my commitments of time and code to Drupal over the last couple years, I was also working full time as a scientist at a start-up that is a spin-off from the lab where I did my post-doc.
A number of my friends and family have done a bit of a double-take when I told them my plans - usually something along the lines of "but that's nothing like your current job!?". So, that's true, but I'm excited to be here. I've enjoyed programming since elementary school, and I seriously considered majoring in CS as... More

Growing Drupal through local groups

##Acquia and growing Drupal
Part of my responsibilities at Acquia are to help grow the number of Drupal users. The Drupal community is growing quickly and the credit for that growth belongs to thousands of contributors and hundreds of Drupal evangelists. I've been personally working on growing Drupal for years, but recently I've begun working closely with my fellow Drupal association members Jacob Redding and Moshe Weitzman to explore how we can work with local groups to grow Drupal. In the rest of this blog post I cover information that I've gathered working with various members of the... More

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