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Drupal 8 developer experience wins, the PHP Renaissance and more with Angie Byron


Part 2 of a 2-part conversation with Angie Byron in front of the cameras at NYC Camp 2014, held at United Nations headquarters in New York. In this part of our conversation, we talk about improvements in the Drupal developer- and learning-experience thanks to the major changes under the hood in Drupal 8; the "PHP Renaissance"; and about being welcomed "back into the fold" of the greater PHP world thanks to the nature of Drupal 8 being a sort of "meta project" (my words) that includes parts of many others.

In the first part of our... Plus

Acquia + You: Keeping Sites Online and Performant

On Acquia’s Support team, we see all sorts of issues every day. Many are unique to the particular purpose and configuration of a site, but there are a variety of issues that can appear on even the most well-built and meticulously maintained web applications. We see these often enough that they are among the first things we look for when a site goes down or begins to experience specific symptoms, and we are often able to resolve them quickly precisely because we have learned from experience what will and what will not work.
Our experiences also help us understand what kinds of obstacles can... Plus

Introducing the Drupal 8 Console scaffolding module generator with Jesus Manuel Olivas


Presenter Dossier: Jesus Manuel Olivas
Drupal 8 Solutions Engineer, Blink Reaction

Drupal.org profile: jmolivas

Website: http://jmolivas.com/

Twitter: jmolivas

1st Drupal memory: "I tried Drupal 5 (at the time I had my own Java-based CMS), it was not a good memory because you load it and Boom! you have nothing ... :-) ... I didn't get the idea of Drupal that you have to add modules to add functionality. I admit I didn't try very hard; I just quit." ...... Plus

Transforming the Media and Entertainment Industry with Drupal

I’ll admit it. I was initially a skeptic.
My colleague at NBCUniversal, Chris Herring, really wanted me to attend DrupalCon Chicago. It was 2011, and many of the developers and product managers across NBCUniversal had started to advocate passionately for Drupal. Chris really wanted me to experience firsthand the community and all it had to offer.
We’d historically been a ‘build it ourselves’ type shop, but he convinced... Plus

Custom Distributions on Acquia Cloud: Part 1 -- Drush Make

Every developer has a slightly different approach to building their Drupal sites. I’ve tried just about every approach, and they all have their merits, but my favorite is Drush Make. Before joining Acquia, I didn’t realize Acquia Cloud supported Drush Make, but I was delighted to discover that I was wrong. Assuming I’m not the only person who had missed this fact, I wanted to spend a little time highlighting where this exists and how I’m using it.
Getting to the Goods... Plus

Become Acquia Back end Specialist Certified!

Back in July we gathered several members of our customer success team to create a new Drupal backend developer certification exam in our Reading, UK office. This group comprised of a unique mix of people working on large scale Drupal implementations. They are not used used to teaching, architecting and developing in Drupal but also have large exposure troubleshooting problems produced by bad configurations or poorly developed code.
We wanted to cover different areas of expertise that are typically needed for a skilled backend developer in order to develop custom modules, integrations with... Plus

Sneak Peek: A Digital Marketer's Guide to #DriesWebcast

In a few weeks Dries, Creator of Drupal and Project Lead and David Aponovich , former Forrester Analyst will be hosting a webinar talking about The Rise of the Experience web. As a digital marketer this topic is very interesting to me because it dives into the future of web content management which is important to me because my team lives and breaths by our CMS. My job as a... Plus

Mike Meyers explains – Help Drupal and it will help you: contribute!


Michael E. Meyers, VP Large Scale Drupal at Acquia, knows better than most how contributing to the open source project you are relying on to build or improve your business will pay off. He and his team did just that when they successfully built and sold NowPublic.com – the first venture capital funded, Drupal-based startup – while making massive contributions to the Drupal project along the way.

He and I invite you not only to use Drupal, but also to make it better and to get involved with its community. If you're only using it without... Plus

Web services in Drupal 8 Core

Some of the great news in Drupal 8 development was the introduction of web services directly in core, allowing other applications to interact with Drupal to consume exposed information or services without the need to install contributed modules.
Let’s look at the list of modules that ship with D8 core related with web services:

RESTful Web Services module in core exposes entities in different defined endpoints, while Serialization module allow to serialize entities in formats like HAL+JSON, XML, JSON. I will basically use these four modules in this blog post together with Rest UI (... Plus

The Case for Drupal at Small and Mid-Sized Colleges

Drupal is used to run some of the largest web sites at some of the largest universities in the world. Massive institutions like University of Minnesota (64,000 students), Ohio State University (65,000 students), Austin Community College (70,000 students), King Khalid University (75,000 students), Arizona State University (80,000 students), and even University of Phoenix (250,000 students), employ Drupal to power some portion (if not all) of their digital strategy and they see Drupal as a valuable differentiator in their effort to enhance the online experience for all their constituents.
But... Plus

Pourquoi la transformation digitale est-elle cœur des préoccupations?

Récemment, j’ai lu les 97 pages du rapport Innovation du New York Times, un document (censé rester interne) destiné à aider le Times à devenir une entreprise plus concurrentielle dans le secteur turbulent de la presse. Bien que le Times soit toujours une référence en terme de journalisme de qualité, ses contenus peinent à parvenir directement aux lecteurs. Ils sont souvent réutilisés dans d’autres publications comme le Huffington Post, ou sous d’autres formes comme... Plus

The future of PHP ... at a distance


First a short disclaimer: It’s been quite a few years since I have last been subscribed to the internals mailing list. I still hang out in one of the popular core developer IRC channels, follow quite a few core developers on twitter, and chat with people at conferences--which allows me to still keep up with things to some degree. I do of course still work daily with PHP. So for better or for worse this lets me see PHP's future at a bit of distance from core development.

To me it feels like PHP development has become much better... Plus

Perspectives on the future of PHP


Technology as empowerment

Angie “Webchick” Byron, Drupal core committer, put something into words in a Spring 2014 podcast interview that sums up my thoughts on how we, as creators of software, enable and empower others to do good in the world. Paraphrasing Angie: “We make really abstract complicated programming concepts accessible to non-developers, available to them by clicking a few buttons, without having to understand all the code that comes underneath it. What I get really excited about is the idea... Plus

Help Adam and Angie build the Drupal Module Upgrader!


This week: Meet Adam "phenaproxima" Hoenich! Learn what the Drupal Module Upgrader can do for you! And what you can do for it! Come to Webchick's BoF at DrupalCon Amsterdam! Contribute!

I sat down with Adam at Acquia HQ in Burlington Massachusetts to talk about the Drupal Module Upgrader. Adam is currently an intern with the Acquia Office of the CTO (aka... Plus

Best Practices for Optimizing your Workflow

In the typical Web project, there are many steps to get your work done. You have to define the site structure, setup necessary modules, create content, make sure everything works, deploy, fix, repeat.
If you go global, the busywork gets compounded. You multiply your process by the number of languages, pages, words per page, people involved, steps involved and time zones. Some people keep track of pages in a spreadsheet, and every time a page changes, they have to copy and paste out the content, send it for translation and wait for the translation provider to email it back. Good luck avoiding... Plus

Drupal core updates for September 4, 2014

What's new with Drupal 8?
It has been a month since the last update on Drupal core development. In the meantime we met and worked hard together at TCDrupal and Drupalaton at the start of August triaging outstanding critical issues and resolving some. Also we collaborated on making Drupal's frontend better at Frontend United at the end of the month.
We've... Plus

Two Lessons Learned from the State of Oregon vs. Oracle Lawsuit

Oregon recently filed a lawsuit against Oracle over the failed deployment of the “Cover Oregon” healthcare exchange website. The State spent over $240m on the development and deployment of this portal, and the lawsuit seeks to reclaim over $200m in damages. Oregon claims it was falsely promised a “95% out-of-the-box” solution for its portal, and that Oracle’s actions amount to a “a pattern of racketeering activity.”
Oracle counters these allegations by... Plus

The Australian Government and I tell you: “Why Drupal”


I had the privilege of being one of two keynote speakers alongside the Australian Government CTO, John Sheridan, at the 2014 Drupal Gov Day in the Australian capital, Canberra. The Australian Government has announced it is building its “GovCMS” and centering on a single technology: Drupal implemented on a standardized, public-cloud-based platform. Drupal in the guise of GovCMS will be the... Plus

Retail and Non-Profits Have More In Common Than You Would Think

One of the main reasons I got into marketing, and specifically marketing for commerce, is because people fascinate me. How does a consumer make a purchase decision? Why then? Why that product? Why is Target ‘Le Target’ while Wal-Mart is ‘Wally World’? I’ve spent my whole career digging through those questions, only to come up with more.
A few weeks ago my Facebook feed, along with yours I’m sure, became jammed with people dumping an ice bucket over their head to raise money for ALS. My co-worker Sean even wrote an Acquia blog about it. Prior to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, I’d never really... Plus

Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8: Episode 6 - New Back-End Features in Drupal 8

Welcome to the 6th 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

Personalisation: Delivering a Connected Digital Experience

The rules of engagement between brands and their customers are changing. We are now living and working in a connected world, in which customers expect their contact with a brand to always be consistent, whether that’s online, via mobile or in person. As connectivity increases, so too will the level to which consumers expect a personal, and personalised, service. Marketers and their organisations that don’t develop personal experiences for their customers could be at risk of losing out to more engaging competitors.
One size or made to measure?
The ‘one size fits all’ approach to marketing is... Plus

How I learned Drupal 8

In this post, I will share my experience on trying to learn Drupal 8 during its alpha stage, talk about some of the challenges of keeping up with the ongoing changes while trying to learn it, and end with some tips and resources which proved useful for me.
How it began
During a few weeks, a group of colleagues and I embarked on a learning project to get up to speed on all things Drupal 8. We did not fully know what to expect given that we were starting this at a time when D8 was still in Alpha and changes (even big ones) kept coming daily.
So,... Plus

La ville de Los Angeles développe sa plate-forme numérique

Acquia vient d’annoncer le choix d’Acquia Cloud Site Factory par la ville de Los Angeles afin d’accompagner la transformation digitale de la municipalité.
Vous pouvez retrouver le communiqué de presse en intégral et en anglais sur ce lien : http://ow.ly/ABf1U.
Pour résumer, l’ITA (Los Angeles Information Technology Agency) qui constitue le pôle numérique de la ville de Los Angeles a opté pour la solution Acquia Cloud Site Factory pour construire, gérer et administrer... Plus

Rest easy with Acquia support

Where other Platforms offer a generic support bucket without the breadth of expertise to solve every problem, Acquia has services tailored to your needs. We have multiple tiers of support personnel prepared for problems of any difficulty. To ensure our customers’ success, we also provide:
Acquia Ready to help your team through the transition to Acquia or Drupal
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Why A Former Forrester Analyst Is Betting His Career on Acquia and Drupal

I recently left my role as senior analyst at Forrester Research, where I helped to lead research on web content management and digital experience tools, to take a new challenge at Acquia.
The change is still fresh enough that nearly every day someone asks me, “Why Acquia?”
There’s no single answer -- 101 factors fuel any job change. Here, I saw the chance to make an impact by helping to highlight Acquia’s innovation in delivering a cloud-based platform built on open-source Drupal web content... Plus

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