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Problem with the Drupal learning curve


What's so wrong with saying "Drupal has a steep learning curve?" Well, it's not the most helpful analogy. And it's one of my pet peeves. I agree, it is a myth. Yes it is.
We have to keep in mind that the curve is not the path, and the initial sensation of difficulty comes from getting one's habits unstuck. Using this tired analogy... Mehr

The web is free; shouldn't your social business software be?

Today is a fun day for me: We’re releasing Drupal Commons as a 1.0 release. Woo hoo! Time - once again - for open source to go blow the doors off another proprietary software cathedral.
Drupal Commons is Acquia’s project to create an open source social business software solution for enterprises deploying a community site - either externally-facing, or for an internal community.
Most Drupalists already know that Drupal has gobs of social capabilities. In fact, Drupal is the most widely used social business platform on the web: most of the hundreds of thousands... Mehr

Acquia Enhances Leadership Team with VP Services

Since the early days of Acquia, we’ve sought to ensure that our team was composed of a good blend of Drupal expertise and execution at all levels in the enterprise. Dries encouraged an outstanding group of both technical and evangelical Drupalists to join the team, a group that has grown substantially since with the addition of both additional senior Drupalists as well as “up and comers”. Our leadership team is flush with experience in companies like IBM, Documentum, webMethods, HP, Lotus, Filenet and more.
We’ve been building out our vision of being the enterprise guide for Drupal... Mehr

Learn by Examples, the module

Budding Drupal developers will be glad to see: there are more contributions are springing out of the Examples project. Examples is a great resource for teaching experienced PHP programmers the capability of Drupal- from how to define a page, to using the Form API. It's also a great way to get familiar with Simpletest.Randy Fay published the project on Drupal.org in April. There's also a Drupal 6 and Drupal 7 demo... Mehr

Connect to the Community

Are you connected to Groups.Drupal.org yet? (Affectionately called g.d.o in the community.)
Did you know on there are 317 geographical Drupal groups? (That's not including language groups.) Of those, 205 are city, regional or provincial groups: possibly a drive away for a meet up. That leaves 112 which are at the level of countries or continents which are capable of coordinating large Drupal events. I counted em!
And it's growing. Hello Ghana! Just added in July.
Going to my first meet up in Galway was a... Mehr

Acquia Podcast 20: Jay Batson on Drupal Commons

Drupal Commons is a new distribution from Acquia that is designed for organizations that want to create community websites with Drupal. Join me as I talk with Jay Batson of Acquia about how Drupal Commons started, how it works, and what the plans are for its release and future development.
Show notes:
Product Info: http://acquia.com/drupalcommons
Demo: http://commons.acquia.com
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Views for the average Joe

The primary goal of DrupalGardens is to maximize Drupal adoption. Since Drupal adoption amongst developers is taking off like a rocket ship, we’ve focused the majority of our attention on site builders and designers. To succeed at attracting these types, Drupal—and the modules we’ve decided to include—need to be easy to use.
My latest endeavor is to simplify Views. The vast majority of Drupal sites use Views but learning it is a challenge. For designers inexperienced with Drupal (our primary target), Views is just too hard. Simple Views is closer, but unfortunately Simple Views isn’t... Mehr

Where's Drupal's welcome mat?

I was on Skype when my jaw dropped. This wasn't the first time that an acquaintance asked me to take some time so he could "pick my brain" about Drupal. And it wasn't the first time that I realized someone had somehow broke in to Drupal via some sort of window, and missed the welcome mat.

He wasn't the first person I spoke to who had missed CCK & Views. These two modules enable a Drupal user to create unique content types and create custom queries to list selected content on-the-fly. After Drupal... Mehr

Membase and Drupal

Barry and I just met with a team from Northscale -- the startup formed to support and extend Memcached, the popular key-value cache used by the largest web sites. We learned about their new database project, Membase, and talked about how it could help high-volume Drupal sites including our Acquia Hosting customers.
Membase is built on the core Memcached technology and supports the Memcached API. I'm excited about what they've done to extend Memcached:
Persistence: Today, while Membase includes its forerunner's fast in-memory key-value store, it also persists data to disk. If you reboot your... Mehr

Capgemini promoting and using Drupal

This year in my keynote at DrupalCon San Francisco, I mentioned that the elephants are coming. Well, earlier this week Capgemini, one of the world's foremost consulting providers with 95,000 employees, announced a new service, Capgemini Immediate. I'm pleased to say that they're using Drupal as a foundational technology for their new Immediate platform.
Capgemini Immediate is an offering which helps... Mehr

Welcome to Michael Walsh, and our big move to DC!

I'd like to send out a warm welcome to one of our newest hires, Michael Walsh. Michael will be helping the company run, grow and manage our Public Sector business - both Program Management and Business Development. He also is responsible for opening our official field office in Washington, DC on Connecticut Avenue. With this move, and additional hires in the DC area , we feel confident that we will be able to better serve our customers and partners in this domain even more effectively.
So, why has Acquia decided to... Mehr

Reviving your corporate blog with community in mind

All you have to do is google “CEOs and blogging” and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about: more corporate and executive blogs than you can count. As a marketer, chances are you have your hands into some aspect of your businesses blog (s) or your executive team’s approach to blogging. Also likely is that sometime in the recent past or near future you have or will receive the call to ignite a better blogging campaign for your C... Mehr

Drupal Gardens now in open beta

Today we’ve reached another important milestone at Acquia: Drupal Gardens is now in open beta. No more beta codes. No more waiting to try the service. Now anyone can access Drupal Gardens and create a free Drupal 7 site!
It’s been fun to watch Drupal Gardens grow and mature during the private beta. In addition to building out the feature set, we’ve spent a great deal of time improving the... Mehr

The Importance of User Experience

If you look at successful companies today, you’ll notice they all create novel or truly enjoyable experiences for their users. Apple delights users with incredible user interfaces, easy to use software, and technology that is interactive. Twitter created a new way for users to communicate, follow, and broadcast news. Facebook brought your life and friends online. Foursquare is a new way for store fronts to create loyalty programs while giving users a way to track, rate, and discover new places - socially. Gilt Group makes shopping online exciting and high end fashion a bit more affordable.... Mehr

Pipe Dream: Geographically Distributed Drupal

The speed of light is, unfortunately, still a constant. If your Drupal site has users in San Francisco, New York, London, Tokyo, Delhi, and Australia (and whose doesn't?), you've had no good way to give all of them fast access to your site. No matter where you put your master database server, most people have to cross an ocean to access it. Perhaps you can put read-only slave databases with local web servers in locations around the world, but then the remote users still have a long haul when they want to log in and create content---which is, after all, what your Drupal site is for.
I am... Mehr

Recent Acquia Hosting Updates

The hosting team at Acquia has been busy! While we continue to focus on making Acquia Hosting the most reliable and scalable Drupal hosting service anywhere, we've recently made significant enhancements to its usability and to the data we provide our customers.
First up are several improvements to our Acquia Hosting UI. We've added a new tab to show statistics at several points in the hosting stack including before and after the front end cache and well as a count of total Drupal requests. For more detail, please read Kurt Gray's... Mehr

The future of multimedia in D7 or "You don't want me to kill the monkey do you?"

Hey folks,
Did you know that Drupal 7 will have a amazing multimedia capabilities due in large part to the Media module?
Hi, my name is Jacob Singh.
You may remember me from such kick-ass projects as Acquia Search (ApacheSolr), Drupal Gardens or GUI updates in core.  You may also just be dying to know what's going to happen to the monkey.  Either way, I'm here to tell you about what I've been up to along with many of my colleagues and Drupal buddies.
The Media module provides a rich interface for:
Managing files
Uploading new files or adding... Mehr

Drupal training in Belgium, Texas and Dulles!

Chapter Three have just completed the first public Acquia Drupal training in DC at the end of June. Acquia is rolling out content developed with Chapter Three covering the basics and essentials of Drupal.
By working with our partners, we can reach a broader audience. We can enable these subject matter experts to deliver high quality learning experiences with greater reach. If you'd like a Drupal training nearby you, we'd love to help out.
Dataflow launching first Acquia authorized Drupal training in Belgium
Wim Mostrey, working for Dataflow, will be... Mehr

Drupal 7, the cocoon and the butterfly

There exists an interesting story about a man and a butterfly cocoon. It is about a man that found a cocoon, and brought it home to watch it turn into a butterfly. As the butterfly inside matured, it struggled to get out of its cocoon, but couldn't quite get free of it. One day, the man became tired of waiting and decided to help the butterfly. He removed the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly was pleased, but it had a swollen body and small, wrinkled wings. As a result, the butterfly never succeeded in flying and spent its entire life crawling around.
What the man didn't... Mehr

Depth and Breadth of Drupal customers

We recently completed an Acquia customer case study on the New York Senate. The New York Senate is a great example of a Government agency that's using Drupal to keep it's constituents engaged and involved in happenings at the State Senate. Open Government and transparency at its best with Drupal. They use Microsites for various members of the Senate with their own messaging.
It struck me that as I review the story of the NY State Senate, and as I meet and have experience with more and more of Acquia's... Mehr

Improved SEO, Media, CSS-view and more in Drupal Gardens' June 30 update

In addition to the rush the Drupal Gardens team gets when adding cool new features, we like to get things right, striking a good balance between power and simplicity.  In the last sprint, we spent a bunch of time polishing the powerful XML Sitemap and Media modules with a focus on simplifying the UX and providing smart defaults so they work immediately after site creation.  Out of the box, these modules are highly customizable with many configuration settings.  Our goal was to reduce complexity... Mehr

What I want for my website

I really only want two things for my website: (1) I want the software that runs my website to be high-quality and (2) I want my website's content to be high-quality. It sounds easy and straight-forward but I assure you it isn't.
I want the software that runs my website to be stable, efficient at handling my website's traffic, and flexible. Good content management systems meet these requirements, but it took years to get where we are today, and we still have a really long way to go. Fortunately, all my websites run Drupal, so the first part of my requirements... Mehr

Introducing Acquia Hosting stats

We've been hard at work putting together web traffic reporting for all sites on Acquia Hosting, and it's now available in the Acquia Network subscription interface. These statistics provide a level of traffic detail across our hosting stack that is not available from other sources such as Google Analytics or log file analyzers like awstats, particularly, how many requests are being served from each layer of the Drupal and LAMP stack. We're also making available the fully expanded data behind these numbers as a CSV file download ready for import into your reporting tool of choice.... Mehr

Acquia Search: an update after one year

About 20 months ago, at Acquia, we began working on a hosted offering for Apache Solr, an open source enterprise search platform from the Apache Lucene project. Exactly one year ago, we launched it commercially as Acquia Search. Time and the public reaction have proven that we made the right choice. In the past year, Apache Solr has received a tremendous amount of traction in the... Mehr

Acquia Search release features

We have marked the one year anniversary of the our hosted search service by rolling out a significant update with new features and some fixes. This was released Wednesday night (June 30).
Changes for all subscribers:
Attachment indexing
To index file attachments, you need to be able to use an application that will extract the text. Acquia Search can now provide remote text extraction for the Apache Solr Attachments module. This means that any site using Acquia Search can index attachments - even on shared hosting or with no... Mehr

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