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Automatic Module Upgrader for Drupal 8 getting some love!

Back in February at the Acquia Build Week hackathon, Team "Upgrade Roboto" (webchick, Wim Leers, Gábor Hojtsy, xjm, japerry, and estha) published the Drupal Module Upgrader project. The project is a script that scans the source of a Drupal 7... Plus

Local Drupal Development Sandboxes

If you're doing Drupal development, having a local sandbox is a necessity. Why? No one should be making untested changes on a production or staging server. And, a development server should be free of initial development errors where the developer should execute a small set of engineering tests before deployment. Plus, it can be time consuming to regularly deploy code developed locally onto a development server. To summarize: a local sandbox is absolutely best practice. I hope to summarize how to quickly get up to speed without having to rehash the lessons I have learned. Disclaimer This blog... Plus

The Last-Ditch Fix - Programmatically changing a Drupal 7 view

Originally posted on Yellow Pencil's blog. Follow @kimbeaudin on Twitter Here is the deal Drupal generally runs on a LAMP based setup (which I strongly recommend), but if clients are restricted to certain hardware and software, sometimes you have to make it work with what you've got. On a recent Drupal 7 project of ours, our clients wanted to use their in-house setup on Windows Servers with IIS and a MS SQL database back-end. With a bit of research,... Plus

Why Pound is awesome in front of Varnish

We all know Varnish is awesome. I went as far as presenting a topic on Varnish then writing about it. This is a known fact. However, what happens to all that caching goodness when you want to run your entire site over SSL? Out of the box, Varnish doesn't support it. While I've heard some mention that not supporting SSL is an oversight,... Plus

Open source tools are free

In a previous job, I had a boss that I really admired. He's near the end of his career and his experience had made him wise. He was humble, but would chime in as needed. One of my favorites was his ability to bust out short one-liners that would hit the nail on the head. Around the water cooler, we regularly discussed open source. Here are some worth mentioning: Free like a puppy This one always made me chuckle. But, it's true in so many ways. I look at the open source community. At times, people's evaluations of open source tools are skin deep. "Ah, they are free!". This typically follows... Plus

New Cloud Features & UX Improvements

Acquia is constantly working to improve our service offerings, and that means cleaning up existing features and adding new ones that we know will make a big difference in people’s workflow for the better. Despite the scale of some of these improvements, they’re not always immediately visible at first glance, so I’ve taken a bit of time to highlight three recent ones. Log Streaming: We’ve talked about log streaming in previous blogs when it was in beta, but we’re now taking it out of beta after very positive feedback during the beta period. I’ve been using... Plus

Interacting with the Acquia Cloud API using Python

Cross-posted with permission from Dave Hall Consulting The Acquia Cloud API makes it easy to manage sites on the platform. The API allows you to perform many administrative tasks including creating, destroying and copying databases, deploying code, managing domains and copying files. Acquia offers 2 official clients. The primary client is a drush plugin which can only be downloaded from... Plus

Migration Tips and Tricks

Cross-posted with permission from nerdstein The Migrate module is, hands down, the defacto way to migrate content in Drupal. The only knock against it, is the learning curve. All good things come to those who take the time and learn it. I have summarized some tips and tricks I have learned. Thank you to Mike Ryan and Alex Ward for... Plus

Enforcing Drupal Coding Standards During the Software Versioning Process

Cross-posted with permission from Genuine InteractiveLes is a web applications engineer at Genuine Interactive. He is a frequent Drupal community contributor. Genuine’s PHP team works on projects in a range of industries from CPG, B2B, financial services, and more. As a contributor to the Drupal community, this post will detail Les’ method for enforcing Drupal coding standards by using the Coder and Coder Review modules: Drush and Git... Plus

Collaborative Spaces: Integrating Drupal with Google Drive, Dropbox, & More

Cross-posted with permission from OHO.com OHO’s Dave Sawyer recently co-presented Collaborative Spaces: Integrating Drupal with Google Drive, Dropbox, and More at DrupalCon Austin. The session provided a how-to on creating a more collaborative experience by bridging the gap between the content that is managed in Drupal, and the documents, files, and conversations that are exchanged outside of Drupal in services... Plus

Announcing a Drupal-based, OpenSaaS Government Data Portal

The past few years have seen a dramatic shift among governments and other public entities toward open data initiatives. These efforts involve unlocking vast troves of data collected or generated by civic institutions and making them available for public consumption. Among the more prominent efforts are data.gov.uk in the United Kingdom and data.gov in the US. While there is enormous benefit to be gained from the open data movement, from the ability to identify and eliminate redundancy and... Plus

How Acquia helped scale API calls for Major Train Operator

Last year, a major train operator in the Eastern US region came to us and asked to help build a system on Acquia Cloud for their train API. They wanted to open up their train schedules, arrival times, delay timings, all that information for everyone. This meant that the infrastructure behind the API had to withstand a huge flurry of requests every second, while remaining very responsive. And in the meanwhile we also had to make sure that only authorized applications can access this API, applications that this operator approved. The requests would look something like this: Our client had their... Plus

Implementing Acquia Cloud Site Factory: What You Need to Know

Acquia Cloud Site Factory (ACSF) is a unique multiple site management platform that offers clients the ability to create, manage, and deploy many sites from one dashboard. Running many sites from one platform comes with a different set of challenges though that need to be addressed for enterprise clients: Key Differences from a typical Acquia Cloud Enterprise project Scale Theming Codebase Resourcing Estimating Getting Sites Live Scale is the most obvious difference. ACSF projects are building a platform for hundreds of different sites. When building one or a few sites on Acquia Cloud... Plus

Support Help Center Replaces Email Submission for New Tickets

As of Tuesday, 1 July 2014, we will stop accepting new support requests by email and will direct all customers to submit requests via the Support Help Center web interface. We will continue to support email as a convenient channel for customers to update all currently open and future support tickets. Why? This is part of our continuing effort to provide excellent service to our customers, and it is very difficult to treat emailed requests with the same consistent level of service as requests received online or by phone. As of... Plus

So What is Acquia Lift, Anyway?

I’ve spent a disproportionate amount of my time over the last year thinking and talking about Personalization in Drupal (just ask my wife), and I’ve had the privilege of working with a brilliant group of people to help design and build a solution for it. Since we launched Lift in February, I’ve also given a large number of demos and discussed Lift in great detail with organizations large and small, learning ever more about what the needs are in the market, and stealing..err..borrowing ideas from them as I go along. This post marks the first of a multi-part blog series where I hope to distill... Plus

Streaming logs on Acquia Cloud

Sites on Acquia Cloud generate a variety of logs that are useful for developing, debugging, and analyzing your site. Acquia Cloud lets you download log files and also provides SSH shell access so you can access log files directly, but we wanted to make it even easier to access and correlate multiple logs from multiple sources, all in real time. Today, we're announcing the public beta release of our new log streaming feature, which lets you stream... Plus

Demo Framework: A distribution pretty much guaranteed to blow their minds

This post is part of a series: A Beginner’s Guide to Distributions: A fast-track to Drupal development. I want to apologize to my loyal blog readers, I love you so! I had a bit of a personal hiccup, which meant a few weeks of my life were shuffled up and didn't fall back in the places I had put them. I am continuing with this series, and TODAY, you can join me and Jakub Suchy for a webinar talking all about... Plus

5 PHP Components every Drupal 8 Developer should know: Part 1 -- Composer

Drupal 8 has made a lot of changes. Architectural and technical changes abound, but Drupal 8 has also brought social changes. We’re not really feeling the full effects of those changes quite yet, but with time, I believe the implications of Drupal 8’s new direction will have an amazing impact for the good of our community. A big part of those changes was the decision to adopt outside code. The 180 degree turn from a primarily NIH (Not Invented Here) culture to a PFE/PIE (Proudly Found Elsewhere/Proudly Invented Elsewhere) culture has been shocking and dramatic. We’re still feeling those... Plus

Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8: Episode 5 - Front-End Developer Improvements

Welcome to the 5th installment of an 8-part blog series we're calling "The Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8." Whether you're a site builder, module or theme developer, or simply an end-user of a Drupal website, Drupal 8 has tons in store for you! This blog series will attempt to enumerate the major changes in Drupal 8. Please note that since Drupal 8 is still under active development, some of the details below may change prior to its release. Still, since Drupal 8 is now feature-frozen, hopefully most info should remain relevant. Where applicable,... Plus

Rapidly Responding to Security Vulnerabilities

It’s an unfortunate fact of life on the web that security threats and vulnerabilities are exposed on a regular basis. We have to be ready for them at all times and at any cadence. Just two weeks ago, both the OpenSSL TLS MITM and Ubuntu Kernel vulnerabilities became public within hours of one another. At Acquia, our stance is that we’re ever vigilant and always ready for these situations. Our customers’... Plus

Migrate in 8, DrupalCon post-mortem

At DrupalCon Austin, I led a Core Conversation panel, Status of Migrate in 8, along with chx, ultimike, Ryan Weal, and bdone. The conversation was well-received, and we fielded some good questions. To summarize what we went over, updated for continued developments: What does... Plus

Acquia acquired TruCentric

We’re excited to announce that Acquia acquired TruCentric, a software-as-a-service company that is focused on providing personalization for websites. Earlier this year we launched Acquia Lift, which brings testing and personalization capabilities to Drupal sites. With TruCentric, we acquired not only a great complementary product that we will integrate with Acquia Lift, we also gained a great team with a long history and strong leadership in marketing automation... Plus

Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8: Episode 4 - Multilingual Improvements

Welcome to the 4th installment of an 8-part blog series we're calling "The Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8." Whether you're a site builder, module or theme developer, or simply an end-user of a Drupal website, Drupal 8 has tons in store for you! This blog series will attempt to enumerate the major changes in Drupal 8. Successive posts will gradually get more technical, so feel free to skip to later parts (once they're published) if you're more on the geeky side. Please note that since Drupal 8 is still under active development, some of the details... Plus

Acquia Cloud API Applications: A quick tour

The Acquia Cloud API is a web service and CLI that allows developers to build powerful tools, automate repetitive tasks, and create custom development and testing workflows for sites on the Acquia Cloud platform. Released two years ago, our customers and partners have been building amazing things on Acquia Cloud API and we figured it was time to share some of them. We hope this will reveal the potential of the Acquia Cloud API and show some examples of what it can do for... Plus

The killer Acquia Cloud feature you need to start using right now

Cross-posted with permission from Third and Grove If you have read our blog you know we are big fans of automation and drush here at Third and Grove. Anytime we can throw a bash script at... Plus

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