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Clay Shirky Interviews Dries for TR35

MIT's Technology Review announced its annual TR35 honorees today - recognizing young innovators under the age of 35 whose inventions and research they find most exciting. Dries was honored along with 34 outstanding leaders in the field of technology - congrats Dries!
As part of the award, Dries was interviewed by Clay Shirky - author, consultant and adjunct professor in NYU's graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program... Mehr

Dries at Foo Camp

Duane Nickull was on my evangelism team when I worked at Adobe. As you'll see in the Adobe TV video embedded below, Duane is one of those colorful characters who make working in the tech industry a lot of fun. He has eclectic interests and seems to know everyone in the industry.
Duane caught up with Dries at Foo Camp last month and pulled him aside for a quick interview you'll see in the first segment of the video. Dries gives a quick overview about Drupal, what Acquia is doing to broaden Drupal adoption. He also explains how Mollom works to block content spam.
After the Dries segment,... Mehr

The DX Files: Abandon Anonymous Arrays of Attributes

This is part three of my series, The DX Files: Improving Drupal Developer Experience. This time, I’m suggesting changing some of Drupal’s most basic data structures and APIs by replacing anonymous arrays with well-defined data structures. I fully expect lots of disagreement.
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Drupal at LinuxWorld in San Francisco

We had over a dozen volunteers from the South Bay, San Francisco, and Berkeley group at the Drupal booth. We also had at least four people ask about a North Bay group. One of the problems when you have so many fun and interesting people working at your booth is you start talking to them instead of all the people who are looking at you with the "What's a Drupal?" look. But we did a great job talking to hundreds of people in three days and I believe that this will help to grow Drupal usage in both the Bay Area and the broader Linux community.
Fortunately, the Joomla folks Ryan, Louis, and... Mehr

Hello There. Seeking Support experts for Andover office

I joined Acquia in June with a mission to develop a responsive and knowledgeable support team. To that end, I’m looking to fill initial positions with enthusiastic, overqualified individuals who will not only provide great customer support but who will help build our support delivery infrastructure (integrated CRM/voice/chat; knowledge management, internal training, etc). It’s a great opportunity to make a difference. If you're already sold, click here to apply or click here to refer... Mehr

Confessions of a Drupal Convert

Kurt Cagle over at O'Reilly has finally come clean:
"I have a confession to make - after close to a decade covering XML, I have something of a new love ... and the name of that love is Drupal. Drupal's become one of those interesting hobbies that is rapidly becoming both a profession and a passion. It wasn't supposed to happen this way ..."
His article is titled "Drupal as Open Architecture" and it is very worth a read, especially if you are a techie new to Drupal.  He goes beyond the confession to... Mehr

Drupal booth babes


One of the unfortunate aspects of marketing events is the use of the Booth Babe. We were lucky to have Dmitri at our booth and we were joking at the Drupal booth that we were booth babes. More about LinuxWorld in San Francisco.
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Drupalcon bound

In case you haven't seen it yet, a tentative schedule for the upcoming Drupalcon is out today: http://szeged2008.drupalcon.org/program/schedule. I'm excited to see all the great sessions we'll have and looking forward to seeing those drupal.org usernames revealed again as walking, talking people. Thanks to everyone who voted for my session proposals - both have been accepted and scheduled for the main room:
Drupal 6... Mehr

Drupal at Hostingcon, Chicago [Updated with Video]

The Drupal community got together to help promote Drupal at Hostingcon, in Chicago last week. We learned some important lessons. One hosting company told us they were sponsoring their local Joomla group and had managed to grow it to over 300 users in less than a year. Wow! Hosting companies promoting open source projects. When you consider that hosting companies are paying anywhere from $5 to $200 per affiliate sale providing office space and snacks seems really cheap in comparison. That same company noted that Drupal sent a lot of business their way but they had not set up financial... Mehr

Pretending to be the user

As someone who crafts experiences, I’m often engaged with product owners, developers, marketing folks, etc. As such, I’m like an information funnel. Good or bad, I listen to everyone involved. So you can imagine, I hear a lot of ideas. Usually those idea’s take the form of “If I were the user, I’d expect it to work like...”
This unfortunately is a bad practice. You and I, we are not the user. We’re merely one of many. As architects of the applications we’re building, we are so much more advanced than the average user. Drupal is no exception.
Currently, the users of Drupal, are by-in-... Mehr

Six Drupal.org redesign proposals received, association votes on Monday

Last night I met with Tiffany Farriss and Drupal association board member Larry Garfield at the Palantir offices in Chicago. I was in town for HostingCon. We reviewed the six proposals we received from 6 design firms.
The proposals are extensive and the 26 Drupal association members are being provided with the raw proposals to be reviewed. On Monday, August 4th, the Drupal board will meet and Tiffany will present a summary and analysis of the proposals with a recommendation. Some of the design firms have worked on Drupal sites previously so we are able to take a look at their work. Some... Mehr

Acquia Podcast 4: Drupalcon Szeged

Acquians Robert Douglass and Gabor Hojtsy talk to Kristof Van Tomme about the upcoming Drupalcon Szeged conference. In this episode, Kristof and Gabor discuss how the conference is coming together and what you can expect if you are planning to attend. You’ll hear about special events, the extended birds of a feather area, conference tracks, and ideas on how to spend your free time in one of Hungary’s... Mehr

We are in Alpha

We have some good news for Acquia watchers: the Carbon distribution and Spokes network service have entered private alpha testing and are steadily marching towards beta.
We've been conducting internal alpha testing for Carbon and Spokes for a few weeks now. One of the nice things about hiring lots of new employees, particularly non-developers, is that you get a lot internal testers. We've been doing internal alpha tests with our sales, support, professional services, and management team. The user feedback is useful, and we've found lots of things to improve. But this kind of feedback is... Mehr

OSCON report- "I keep hearing about Drupal in every talk" - Microsoft employee

This year we had about a dozen members of the Drupal community show up to help run the Drupal booth at OSCON. We frequently needed at least 4 people at the booth to answer all the questions and still had people waiting to learn more. A large part of our visitors were already Drupal users and they were just coming by the booth to say "hi!". They wanted to let us know how many sites they were running or wanted to know how add a new feature or meet some new business requirement. Where we had time, we were able to answer their questions.
We had a lot of people learning about Drupal for the... Mehr

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... Mehr

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... Mehr

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... Mehr

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... Mehr

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... Mehr

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... Mehr

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... Mehr

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... Mehr

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... Mehr

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... Mehr

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