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How to Hire Developers for Large-Scale Applications

We’re often helping our clients build up their internal capabilities to support the digital products we build together. For our Drupal platform engagements the most difficult part of this is often finding the experienced Drupal talent to help seed their new platform team.
I’ll break down below how Myplanet has gone about identifying and hiring some of the most talented Drupal developers for ourselves and our clients:
Identifying Candidates
Drupal developers will often identify themselves within one of three categories:
Site Builder
Themer
Module Developer
Experienced Site Builders mostly work... Mehr

Party City’s Spooktacular Product Wall Improves the Shopping Experience

A good user experience doesn’t always require technology
It’s almost Halloween and I needed to put the finishing touches on my costume. This year I decided to make up my own costume – I am Wine Woman, fighting sobriety one grape at a time with my trusty side-kick Sangria Girl. Once my friend Bethany and I settled on our costumes, I immediately went to amazon.com to try and piece it all together. Purple dress, purple tights, purple Mardi-Gras mask (because, why not?) and a purple cape added to my cart and I was good to go! Except, unbeknownst... Mehr

Drupal in the Philippines, Own your Own Code & More - Luc Bézier


On being an open source developer

"Like a lot of people, I did both sides of technology; working on paid, proprietary systems [and open source]. There is a big difference. I can't imagine myself going back to any proprietary system where I have to pay; I can't share the code I am doing with anyone; I have to ask a company about the right tool to use. I love the way that everybody contributes to the same piece of code, trying to make it the best ... and for free!"

I asked about working on proprietary systems where you can't look at how your peers have already solved a problem: "If... Mehr

Amazee Labs Lends Drupal 8 Expertise to Drupal.com

Amazee Labs (Austin and Zurich) are developing drupal.com using Drupal 8 Beta.
Drupal.com, owned by Drupal founder Dries Buytaert: "will become an increasingly helpful resource and starting point for people who are evaluating Drupal." We are passionate about developing content for Drupal site owners. We are excited to help meet this goal by... Mehr

I Came for a Purple Jacket, but All I Got Was Pretty Pictures

I needed a fall jacket. Something lightweight and colorful. My online search led me to Paul Smith’s autumn/winter collection. I clicked through some of the beautiful pictures and came across a purple jacket (center right) - totally my style!

I tried to purchase it, but couldn’t find the buy button. So I typed “purple jacket” in the on-site search box and all sorts of irrelevant things came up. I went back to the “shop online” section to try to browse for it. Still no luck. My... Mehr

Crossing the Cloud Rubicon Requires Human Participation

We’re several years into the cloud revolution, and IT departments are officially on board: they’re slated to spend $13B on cloud computing this year. In-house racks and thick clients are cumbersome compared to cheap, hands-off cloud services. With costs shaved off in-house servers, IT teams can finally focus on those projects that engage users and boost company ROI.
Regular business users like using the cloud, too, but they’re a lot more confused by it. Many spend more time figuring the cloud out—remembering logins, moving... Mehr

DrupalCon Amsterdam Top Ten – Part 2 of 2 with Kris Vanderwater


Part 2 of 2 – Kris Vanderwater (EclipseGc), Acquia’s Developer Evangelist, and I got together in a Google Hangout to catch up on our impressions of DrupalCon Amsterdam. We prepared a list of our top ten sessions from the Con for you to catch up with at home (technically nine sessions and one “other cool thing”). In our list, there’s a little something for most everyone, from coders, to themers, to site builders, to those of us who pitch and sell Drupal to clients – but we would recommend all of these sessions to anyone involved in Drupal. See how... Mehr

Drupal Stories: Larry Garfield

In this blog post, I interviewed Larry Garfield who is a senior web architect at Palantir about his Drupal story. Check it out below!
Q: How did Drupal find you?A: Back in 2005 I was looking for a system I could study and learn from in order to build a new BBS for my online Star Trek RPG club. A friend of mine suggested I look at Drupal as it's what the Howard Dean campaign had used. I never quite left. (I finally got around to relaunching my RPG club on Drupal 5 in 2008... just as Drupal 6 was released.)
I did a few independent consulting projects with Drupal 4.6 before I started working... Mehr

Acquia a leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management

You might have read that Acquia was named a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management.
It's easy to underestimate the importance of this recognition for Acquia, and by extension for Drupal. If you want to find a good coffee place, you use Yelp. If you want to find a nice hotel in New York, you use TripAdvisor. Similarly, if a CIO wants to spend $250,000 or more on enterprise software, they consult an analyst firm like... Mehr

DrupalCon Amsterdam Top Ten – Part 1 of 2 with Kris Vanderwater


Part 1 of 2 – Kris Vanderwater (EclipseGc), Acquia’s Developer Evangelist, and I got together in a Google Hangout to catch up on our impressions of DrupalCon Amsterdam. We prepared a list of our top ten sessions from the Con for you to catch up with at home (technically nine sessions and one “other cool thing”). In our list, there’s a little something for most everyone, from coders, to themers, to site builders, to those of us who pitch sell Drupal to clients – but we would recommend all of these sessions to anyone involved in Drupal. See how the... Mehr

Shields Up!

Yesterday, the Drupal Security team announced that all Drupal 7 sites are highly vulnerable to attack. Acquia deployed a platform-wide "shield" which protects all our customer sites, while still keeping them 100% functional for visitors and content editors. These sites can now upgrade to 7.32 in a more calm, controlled timeline.
Collaboration - 7 days before release
The Drupal Security team... Mehr

30 Awesome Drupal 8 API Functions you Should Already Know - Fredric Mitchell


Apart from presenting a terrific session that will help you wrap your head around developing for Drupal 8, Fredric and I had a great conversation that covered the use of Drupal and open source in government, government decision-making versus corporate decision-making, designing Drupal 7 sites with Drupal 8 in mind, designing sites for the end users and where the maximum business value comes from in your organization, and more!

Drupal in Government

"We were part of the original Whitehouse.gov [Drupal] build, and the... Mehr

The Future of PHP is Shared Power Tools


When I think about the most historically popular web libraries and tools, I think of things built in PHP--like Drupal, WordPress, phpBB, or Joomla. These are the Great Pyramids of the web: they're impressive not only because of what they can do, but also because these original "wonders of the Internet" were built entirely without modern tools or real collaboration. Each project painstakingly thought about and solved the same problems from scratch. And despite that, the results were incredible. How? Because they leveraged the sheer size and passion of their respective PHP communities.... Mehr

Gartner identifies Acquia as a Leader in new 2014 WCM Magic Quadrant

Today Gartner released the 2014 version of its Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management. Acquia moved into the Leader quadrant, and is the only open source company identified as a Leader. Acquia first entered the Magic Quadrant in 2012, and in only three years has become a leader. It’s truly an amazing accomplishment, and it reflects the momentum Acquia’s been experiencing.
If you are a Gartner client, you can view it on the Gartner site now, and... Mehr

How to setup auto-translation of nodes using Rules and Tmgmt

This how-to guide describes how to set up automatic machine-based translations for content on a Drupal site. Whenever a node is created, translation jobs will be created for every language specified, and depending on how you set up your translator, you should be able to completely automate the translation process. For this project we are using SDL, but you should be able to use other translators.
1. Download and enable the translation management modules. This can be done through Drush or through the modules interface in drupal.
drush dl -y tmgmtdrush dl -y tmgmt_sdl_beglobaldrush en -y... Mehr

Beyond Marketing: My Highlights

As soon as I started reading Tim Walter’s new white paper, Beyond Marketing, recently posted on Acquia’s web site, I was glad I had a yellow highlighter handy.
I use a digital marker, of course, but for me it serves the same purpose as the old, analog version -- the one that smells like homework: to capture ideas that are worth dwelling on.
And there are plenty in this report.
Walters, a partner and principal analyst with the... Mehr

Drupal 8 - An intro field guide for front-end developers

Drupal 8 is almost here, and it’s bringing big front-end improvements, including new methods to display data on mobile devices using breakpoints, build flexible templates in Twig and better management for tools and libraries.
Most importantly, changes to the display layer mean that Drupal has become much more agile and extendable for Front-end Developers.
The journey so far
Up till now, Front-end Developers have been working with a display layer that was originally introduced in Drupal 4.5, here’s how it worked...
PHPtemplate engine - Drupal 7 and its predecessors
The first real concept of... Mehr

1st DrupalCon, 1st Contribution! Meet Oliver and Victoria


DrupalCon Amsterdam was something of a family outing for me. My wife Francesca attended all week and my kids were able to come out Thursday evening to attend Trivia Night and the Friday sprints. My daughter Victoria had sewn a dress and a cape to appear as Drupal Girl on Thursday evening. Her weeks of work on that really paid off; she was a big hit. She also got to meet her Drupal idol, MortenDK, who was the inspiration for her brand new Drupal.org and Twitter username: Drupal_Princess. There's a great photo of her meeting Webchick floating around online, too.

Proud Father

On the... Mehr

Saïd Business School Wins Acquia Award in the Higher Education Category

Pronovix won Acquia’s Partner Site of the Year Award in the Higher Education category for its work on the public website of Saïd Business School. Ákos Horváth and Diana Lakatos of Pronovix contributed to this post.
We started working on the public facing website of the Saïd Business School at the end of 2012. Site design was delivered by One Ltd., and we were responsible for front- and back-end development.
Our goal was to build an easy... Mehr

Acquia Cloud: by developers, for developers

As a Drupal developer for 7 years, I’ve shed plenty of (mostly figurative) blood, sweat, and tears over the sites and modules I’ve built. At Acquia, I work on our Cloud tools, making sure my fellow developers never have to worry about many of the issues I used to deal with constantly. There are three basic areas where Acquia Cloud makes developers’ lives better.
“Don’t make me think about hosting”
The Acquia Cloud platform is fully managed, meaning you don’t have... Mehr

“Content is Critical to Brand Differentiation” said everybody at shop.org.

If I had to choose one theme of this year’s shop.org annual summit, it would be ‘Content, Content, Content’. The summit started with REI CEO Jerry Stritzke where he described REI as a Storytelling Company. Starting with the brand’s origins as a community of climbers, he described the passion for the brand held by consumers and employees alike, with the passion fitting of the brand he described. He talked about REI.com as a ‘Catalyst for Discovery’ and his desire to make the site more than just a... Mehr

Password protecting non-production environments


Protecting your staging and development environments is nearly as important as protecting your production server. There are several ways to do this, including adding modules to your sites or modifying your settings.php file.
Add a module
The preferred method of website protection is to add either the Secure Site module or the Shield module to password protect your website. While both modules offer this basic protection feature, the Search Site module... Mehr

Come to BADCamp 2014, the biggest and BADdest tech camp!


The BADCast

"Why should I come to BADCamp?" you may be asking. Well, if you can get to San Francisco, one of the biggest and free-est tech events on the calendar awaits you: free training, free food and drink, free summits, free sessions, amazing keynotes (free), a party (entry fee ... probably zero), "fancy coffee", and opportunities galore all await you!

This is the camp for everyone

"We want to keep the barrier to entry as low as... Mehr

Announcing Per-Site Pricing for Acquia Cloud

Today we are proud to announce that we are releasing a new per-site site pricing model that allows you to buy the exact Acquia products and services you need. This new model provides tremendous flexibility:
Buy subscriptions to our development platform and tools one site at a time
Independently purchase our Drupal Application support offering
Choose to run your site(s) on new or existing infrastructure

Much has changed since Acquia Cloud’s site pricing bundles were released three and a half years ago. In that time, technical innovation has... Mehr

Handling the waves of Shellshock

2014 has been a busy year for the open source security world. First there was Heartbleed, with multiple security problems discovered in OpenSSL, then last week’s Bash Shellshock and Xen vulnerabilities made mainstream news, requiring a large portion of the Internet to be patched or rebooted.
Acquia’s mantra is “we won’t let you fail”, and this past week... Mehr

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