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Twin Cities Drupal Camp accessibility testing, discussions and sprinting

Usability and accessibility testing
On Friday, July 19th, 2013, two usability tests were conducted in the labs of the University of Minnesota. We set up the tests with the intent of establishing the usability of the content creation experience. Two participants, one blind and one sighted, attempted to create an article node. The testing script is available publicly and open for comment.
Special thanks to... Plus

The power of PHP - Meet Michelangelo van Dam


In our first "video podcast", I recently spoke with prominent PHP developer Michelangelo van Dam (aka @DragonBe) about PHP, its history, current trends toward convergence and compatibility, use in the enterprise, and where Drupal fits in the picture. This conversation is a follow-up to Michelangelo's guest blogpost on Acquia.com: "The power of PHP: The Swiss Army Knife of Digital".

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The evolution of the toolbar; Drupal 7 to Drupal 8

Blog series: #1 of 5.
As we saw in Dries’ keynote in Portland there’s a new toolbar in Drupal 8 that looks—and works—quite different to the one in Drupal 7. This series will give some history on how the new toolbar came to be as well as some of the design thinking behind it and how it can be used and extended by content authors, site builders, themers, and module developers.
Why did we need to change the toolbar?
The Drupal 7 toolbar was a big improvement over what we had in Drupal 6 but just in the short few years since it’s introduction the whole landscape of front-end design has changed... Plus

The Power of PHP: The "Swiss Army Knife of Digital"

Guest post by Michelangelo van Dam – Michelangelo van Dam is a professional PHP consultant and Zend Framework expert working mainly for governments and larger enterprises. Michelangelo is also president of PHPBenelux, a PHP user group operating in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. He is a respected and sought-after speaker at PHP conferences around the world.

In the Beginning...

Since the day Rasmus Lerdorf open-sourced PHP back in 1995, millions of businesses have relied on this technology to build rich, interactive, and dynamic web... Plus

Site Performance with Drupal 8 and Symfony - Part 1

(Part 1 of the "Site Performance with Drupal 8 and Symfony" blog series)
(This article does not represent the current state of Drupal 8 development.)
In over five years of developing Drupal, the most interesting announcement I’ve read was that the SCOTCH and WSCII initiatives had resulted in refactoring Drupal 8 code to use Symfony components. The switch comes with a lot of fascinating possibilities for performance improvements, but on the other hand, frameworks are often maligned for being bloated... Plus

My (good) adventures with using SVN to manage my code

Back in the days of yore there was FTP, and it was OK (don’t fool yourself, it was never ‘good’). And we used FTP to upload files to our servers and we messed things up and we overwrote good code with bad and well... we made a mess.
Then some genius (bless his or her soul) thought of creating a system that you could use to maintain a history of every version of your code. They also thought it would be neat if it supported more than one person working on the code and could also give you ‘diffs’ between two versions.
There are a fair number of systems providing these features and they are... Plus

Meet Jeff Beeman, Embedded Drupal Consultant


Jeff Beeman, Acquia Professional Services consultant, talks about how far Drupal has come in the last 8 years, what it's like to be on a team of people specialised in joining other teams, and the satisfaction of making Drupal really sing when it counts.

This interview was recorded in March, 2013 in Burlington, Massachusetts.

Life changing moment - Hello Drupal!

While Jeff was working at Arizona State University as a front end developer, a Wordpress blog needed expansion beyond what it could handle at the time, "We went looking around,... Plus

Few things to consider when redesigning a B2B website

Everyone who is in the web business has dealt with a site redesign before. Sometimes they are long drawn out projects, and sometimes they go a bit faster. Sometimes they take years and millions of dollars. I’ve been a part of each of those scenarios. Our recent website redesign went pretty smoothly, so I wanted to share what I’ve learned over the years.
Make sure you know why you are redesigning your website. Set Goals. When we started redesigning Acquia.com we listed out these main goal:
Increase Leads
Improve Messaging
More Relevant Content

Once you have your goals set and ideas of how... Plus

"Retirement Tsunami" of CIO's in Higher Education. What Comes Next?

I remember being at Gartner Symposium in Orlando years ago and sitting in one of Mike Zastrocky’s presentations and listening him talk about the issue of an aging IT demographic bearing down on colleges and universities. Mike’s warning was meant to serve as a call to action to the industry: Colleges and universities need to actively work on transferring technological skills and knowledge, cultivating a new generation of IT leaders... Plus

Digital Clarity Group: The Latest Marketing Gimmick? Truly Useful Content


This is a guest blog post written by Robert Rose, Senior Analyst at Digital Clarity Group (DCG). Along side his work with DCG, he is also the Strategist in Residence and brand advisor for the Content Marketing Institute, a featured writer and guest blogger for iMedia Connection, CMSWire and Fierce Content Management. Robert also maintains his own blog at The Mythic Marketer.
When you’re surfing the channels on television – you’re looking for great content. You may first try your “tried and true” channels. But you’ll ultimately land (and stay) on a channel because of the content, and not... Plus

Social Depth Platforms & The Death of Social Business Silos

Today, Forrester Research released the Q3 2013 Forrester Wave: Social Depth Platforms. Acquia’s Drupal Commons was identified as a Leader in the Wave, alongside Social Business Software stalwarts like Jive Software. It’s the first time Acquia has been identified as a Leader by a top analyst like Forrester and Gartner. It’s also a milestone achievement for open source as Drupal Commons is now one of the few (maybe the only?) open source business applications to lead a Forrester Wave. Here's my favorite quote from... Plus

B2B Marketing & Sales Trends: 14 Sessions You Won't Want to Miss

Keeping up with the latest advancements in marketing and sales can be a daunting task... especially while you're trying to get your daily tasks done and keep the business running! The good news is that our friends over at The Marketing Cloud have done some of the heavy lifting for us.
The B2B Marketing & Sales Trends event is less than 2 weeks away! This half-day virtual conference is a... Plus

You can bet your career and company on open source - Meet Tom Wentworth


Acquia's Chief Marketing Officer Tom Wentworth is a great fit for a technology company. He has a computer science background and has been working with web content management since it was a concept. Tom wasn't interested in marketing until a few years ago, "What really got me excited about Marketing was seeing the intersection of marketing and technology, because technology is where my passion is."

This is part one of an interview recorded at Acquia headquarters in Burlington, Massachusetts in March 2013.

Web 1.0

Tom's been around the... Plus

3 Government mobile websites worth visiting

One each at the Federal, State, and Local level:
FEMA - http://www.fema.gov
State of Georgia - http://georgia.gov
NYC MTA - http://apps.mta.info/traintime
enabling faster and more effective access for all citizens by incorporating both responsive design and native application techniques.
Additional (non government sites) worth... Plus

CMIS - mitigating integration risks for your content

While consolidation efforts help to lend sanity to an IT portfolio, it's rare that anyone is able to collapse things into a single, unified stack covering all scenarios. Instead options become codified using a number of "pre approved" product sets in various categories: a key one being DM & WCM.
Each permutation carries different costs with respect to licensing, operating, and integrating the underlying components. The last point can lead to many unknowns in a project plan - exactly why... Plus

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