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Drolutions - On Drupal's flexible framework

Part of being a member of the Acquia Solutions Architecture team is coming up with creative solutions on a daily basis. When discussing a certain use case, usually our team comes up with at least 4 different ways of solving a particular problem in Drupal. Ranging from ingenious, to stark raving mad or even just plain funny, but all technically valid. While discussing these, sometimes, outrageous ideas get merged into a valid solution that meets all requirements. This got me thinking, why is that? We all know Drupal can do lots of different things. And by "we" I mean people who use Drupal on a... More

And the Finalists Are . . .

We’re proud to announce the finalists for Acquia’s inaugural Partner Sites of the Year Award Program. We were thrilled by the response; our partners submitted 114 sites across a range of categories. The competition was strong across many of the categories, particularly in higher education and public sector. A panel of Acquia executives poured over the entries and selected the following 21 sites as finalists for this year’s award program. And without further ado, the finalists are . . . General Commercial Genuine Interactive, Imprivata... More

"My job is to make Drupal awesome": meet Angie Byron - part 1

I recently sat down at Acquia HQ with my friend and colleague, Angela "webchick" Byron. She is a Drupal core co-maintainer, book author, Drupal Association board member, public speaker, equality advocate, and all-around powerhouse contributor. Angie works with Drupal Lead, Dries Buyteart, in the Acquia Office of the CTO (OCTO): "My job is to make Drupal awesome. We figure out together what's the biggest thing holding Drupal back right now, and whatever it is, we just tackle it." This is part one of a two-part conversation. Here, we discuss the... More

How-to with Cloud API and Cloud Hooks

Drupal has so much to offer to developers. It allows you to experiment, innovate and work with innumerable modules. Drupal does not try to limit you. Wouldn’t it be great if your hosting platform also offered multiple interfaces and functionality? Well, Acquia Cloud allows you to extend its capabilities using cloud API and cloud hooks. Some of you are perhaps familiar with the workflow UI page on the cloud platform. The UI lets you instantly deploy code, files and databases using a simple “Drag and Drop” function. But as a developer, I would like to know that I have more options to work... More

"In accessibility there is usability": meet Vincenzo Rubano

If you can, I would like you to make a donation to this IndieGoGo campaign to help Vincenzo Rubano DrupalCon Portland. What's this all about? Read on. FOSS is your license to make a difference Lately, some people on the web have been making arguments like "It doesn't matter if a CMS is open source or proprietary. It's about features and service. I promise my (proprietary, license-fee charging) CMS will do what you need. Nobody cares about the rest." I call BS. I say being free and open source... More

First Steps on the Road to a Big Data Project

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 sixth, and final, installment of our ongoing series "Are You Ready for Big Data?" "Start small with Big Data," is the advice from author Bill Franks. Bill... More

Acquia and Evergage Partner to Help Customers Boost Engagement

Written by: Evergage We are very excited to announce a partnership between Evergage and Acquia that will make it even easier for Acquia customers to better understand and respond to their visitors and users using Evergage. Inclusion of Evergage in the Acquia Network has been in the works ever since Acquia's own Rob Loach took the lead in developing the Evergage module for both Acquia’s own internal use and for the use of the Drupal community. Web... More

Sign up for a Views mini-course!

I'm delighted to announce that I'm getting my own show at Acquia! *doing tap dance with jazz hands* OK, not a show, more like a virtual classroom! Each Wednesday, I'll be talking you through tutorials to learn Drupal. These will be recorded of course, but please do sign up to the live classes to get your questions answered. First class on Views: sign up here! Free Mini-courses! I'll be grouping the classes into "mini-courses". These will be based on distributions, specific modules or... More

Drupal UX and design ninja Matt Edmunds

Matt Edmunds, UX Interaction Designer at Acquia, talks about his 9+ years of working with Drupal ... since version 4.3! This gave us the chance to reminisce about the days when we felt we could keep an eye on roughly the whole project on any given day or week. This was probably not truly the case back then and it certainly isn't now. His fine art background led him to theming in Drupal. As his art training led him into design, it also created a natural path to User Experience work, aka "UX". Today, he spends a lot of his time simplifying, unifying,... More

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

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