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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

Keeping Pace with DigitalDisruption.com

Here are some of the past week's highlights from DigitalDisruption.com, Acquia's portal for examining the impact of digital disruption.
Google Glass Is Helping Save The Rhino
Can Google Glass and other emerging pieces of technology save the Rhino and other endangered animals in the Amazon? Carter Roberts, the President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund in the United States certainly thinks so. He recently created a $215 million fund that will be used to help protect and better serve that region, by forming strategic business... Plus

Michael Schmid – Drupal 8 means better business


Michael Schmid, CTO of Amazee Labs, and I got the chance to talk in front of my camera during the Drupal Developer Days in Szeged, Hungary. As the technical lead of a successful and growing Drupal shop, I was keen to get his perspectives on how the technology of Drupal helps him do business and how Drupal 8 might help him and his clients even more than ever before.

Clicking v coding - love it or hate it?

Early in the interview, Michael talks about how Drupal 7 and 8 look like "tools with a lot of brainwork behind them" with... 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

10 Reasons Enterprise Marketers Choose Drupal

Cross-posted with permission from Mediacurrent
As marketers, you understand the importance of having a system that promotes ease and efficiency when it comes to implementing marketing processes. You want to create content once and use it over and over in different ways to create contextual user experiences.
Drupal provides you with a variety of powerful, integrated tools to not only help... 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

Why Drupal Was Chosen to Build a Platform for Global Problem Solving

Saïd Business School’s GOTO website is the online platform of the Global Opportunities and Threats: Oxford (GOTO) community, an action-oriented problem-solving community tackling the issues the world is facing today. Pronovix became a finalist in Acquia's inaugural Partner Site of the Year Award Program for its work on the SBS GOTO site in the External Community Site category.
The Global Opportunities and Threats: Oxford (GOTO) community connects students, alumni and the faculty from across the University of Oxford and their research via this online platform to discuss, debate, and drive new... Plus

Keeping Pace with DigitalDisruption.com

Here are some of the past week's highlights from DigitalDisruption.com, Acquia's portal for examining the impact of digital disruption.
Google Glass at Harvard Medical - Video
In this hour plus video you will hear honest experiences and opinions by Dr. Karandeep Singh, Nephrology Fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital / Massachusetts General Hospital, Software Developer, Informatician and ... Plus

How Blake Lively Almost Got Content for Commerce Right. Almost.

When I first heard Blake Lively was launching a lifestyle/ content/ commerce website, I’ll be honest, I was excited. I was a pretty big Gossip Girl fan back in the day, and I’ve always admired her cool, eclectic sense of style. According to Vogue, the site is “part digital monthly magazine, part e-commerce venture, part video blog, the site will seek out and celebrate people all over America who are making things—food, clothes, pillows, dishes, dining-room tables—with their hands.”
Not... Plus

The business behind Open Source

Topic: DrupalAcquiaBusinessThe futureA few days ago, I sat down with Quentin Hardy of The New York Times to talk Open Source.... 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

Search in Drupal 8 - Thomas Seidl & Nick Veenhof


Thomas Seidl and Nick Veenhof took a few minutes out of the Drupal 8 Search API code sprint at the Drupal DevDays in Szeged, Hungary to talk with me about the state-of-play and what's coming in terms of search in Drupal: one flexible, pluggable solution for search functionality with the whole community behind it.

"What are you most excited about in Drupal 8?" ... "Search!"

Thomas Seidl: "I am very excited about the new Search API module in Drupal 8 [obviously!]. We've had a lot of improvements planned, bug fixes, new flexibility and possibilities. For example, we'll probably make... 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

5 Erreurs à éviter pour votre site Drupal - Numéro 5 : la maintenance

Dans les précédents articles de cette série, nous nous sommes penchés sur l’architecture, la sécurité, la performance et le choix de... 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

Drupal core updates for July 16, 2014

What's new with Drupal 8?
This week saw the commit of part one and two of the major menu-system rewrite in which menu-links become plugins. The original patch weighed in at over 600kb and was one of the remaining seven beta-blockers. Splitting it into five separate issues made reviews more forthcoming and this was evident with part one and two moving quickly from needs review to RTBC to ultimately being committed. Reviewers have now moved onto parts three through five.
There was a massive volume of commits this week with cleanups keeping the committers very-busy, lots of deprecated functions... Plus

What Users Want: Designing to Help Acquia Customers

While in the context of market research Steve Jobs once said, “It's not the consumers' job to know what they want” (NY Times). As a user experience designer, it is my job to understand what our users may want or need in Acquia’s products. One of my user experience challenges at Acquia, the redesigned ... Plus

I Dream it and I Drupal it – My Acquia Story

I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new beginning which weaves more threads on to it like spider as it goes on. Acquia internship came as this new beginning to me that I always thought of and dreamt of. I admired startups with challenging ideas and read more and more about the entrepreneurs, about their success stories and the way they reached to where they are now and still envisioning in future. I loved to read and analyze what challenges these young entrepreneurs faced and how they overcome it.
I still remember a saying that I heard in childhood that “Success is a journey,... Plus

Putting the P back in HIPAA with Drupal

Cross-posted with permission from Achieve Health
How Can We Make Health IT Systems More Interoperable?
This blog will focus on the technology that can be used to extend pre-existing legacy systems without the need to rip and replace. This will save enterprise healthcare delivery systems significant money in IT disruption costs due to lost productivity and expensive new system implementations. After a massive EHR overhaul, The University of Arizona found themselves... Plus

Drupal for Digital Commerce – Bojan Živanović


Bojan and I chatted at Drupal Dev Days 2014 about one of the newest and most important weapons available in Drupal's eCommerce arsenal: recurring billing for digital commerce in Drupal Commerce.

Enabling Digital Commerce – recurring payments and more in Drupal Commerce

Commerce License is "a small ecosystem of modules," also including Commerce File, Commerce... Plus

5 Erreurs à éviter sur votre Site Drupal - Numéro 4: L'Infrastructure

Dans les précédents articles de cette série, nous avons abordé l’architecture, la sécurité et la performance. Tous ces aspects sont affectés par l’infrastructure, de la phase de développement jusqu’au déploiement.

L’infrastructure englobe le stack sur laquelle s’appuie votre site web, y... Plus

Deliver digital faster with Drupal – Part 2


In Deliver digital faster with Drupal Part 1, I showed you some of the many examples of successful sites built rapidly thanks to Drupal’s modularity. To stay ahead of your competition, you need to be nimble and agile; Drupal helps you do this with reusable, transferable digital experiences that can be customised to suit various niches even within a single business enterprise. All, of course, without paying additional license fees or mandated limits on developers, environments, or copies.

Faster, less risky

... and cheaper!... Plus

Run a Hackathon, inspire passion for Drupal


With a beta release of Drupal 8 just around the corner, and a library of modules that need a stable port (or at least a beta release) on release day, now is the time to get your learning underway and dive in.
A brief look at this chart from the Drupal 7 development cycle makes the effect of available contrib on core uptake really clear. If we as a community can ensure contrib is ready when Drupal 8 is released, then everyone has a greater incentive to jump in!

One of my favourite ways of learning and rapidly spreading ideas to many is to run a Hackathon. The amazing thing about Hackathons... Plus

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