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Content Staging for Drupal, BADcamp presentation

Ever since Drupal started to hit the big time, anyone talking about workflows and process at a Drupal con or camp has probably been asked this question:
'How can I migrate content from one Drupal site to another, so I can review changes before they go live?'
I call this the Drupal content staging problem, and I've never had a good answer for it. Until now. In this BADcamp 2012 presentation, I described how to use the Services Client module and UUIDs to manage bi-directional... Plus

Movember: Donate for men's health.


Giving thanks, giving mo.

With 5 days to go in Movember, I'm bothering you for nearly-the-last-time about donating to help the fight against testicular- and prostate cancer.

See this mo? Does it look good? Don’t answer ... As my wife says, "It's better than cancer." Donate to help my magnificent moustache and the collective glory of the upper lips of the Mo Drupal team raise money for men's health.

Movember fundraising is very close to home for me, very personal. I was... Plus

Drupal Gardens adds iPhone app, Wordpress import, Flags, and more!

Over the last few months, we have been busy adding features to Drupal Gardens. We are especially excited about the new Drupal Gardens iPhone app that lets you use your iPhone to contribute photos and just about any content type to your site. This free app communicates to Drupal Gardens sites via the MASt module.read more
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Acquia UX and Design at BADCamp 2012

BADCamp is the Bay Area Drupal Camp, held in Berkeley, California Nov 1-6, 2012. This year, over 1600 people registered and there were 8 different summits over two days, loads of sessions in 5 tracks over two days, and then two days of sprints. It's pretty impressive that this is also the the world's largest free Drupal event!
Acquia UX team successes
The Acquia design team was was particularly well represented at BADCamp. Dharmesh Mistry and myself, Usability Specialists from Acquia (and members the Drupal UX team), were the co-organizers of the Drupal's very first... Plus

...and Migrate, future

The major theme of the next release of Migrate on Drupal 7, version 2.6, will be developing an infrastructure to make it easy for migration modules such as wordpress_migrate and migrate_d2d to build user-friendly interfaces for importing content, based on step-by-step wizards. This work includes not... Plus

Migrate, present...

Migrate 2.5 has been released, consolidating several enhancements and bug fixes since Migrate 2.4 was released in June.
Class registration
The most important changes to be aware of are around the registration of migration and handler classes. In the past, you simply defined the classes you needed, and Migrate would (by scanning the class registry and instantiating... Plus

Acquia Keeps New York’s MTA Websites Up and Running During Hurricane Sandy

When the threat of a natural disaster is aimed squarely at New York City, ensuring that public transportation information is continuously available is essential. With an average of 8.4 million subway riders per weekday, it’s clear public transportation is the backbone of New York life.
The information and critical alerts provided by the website of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York can help minimize chaos and potentially save lives. Acquia is proud to have the MTA as a client and to have assisted the MTA in the days up to and after the Hurricane Sandy crisis to ensure... Plus

Joining Acquia Cloud Engineering

I spent a thrilling 7 years at my previous company before it was time to move on. In that time I was instrumental in building a leading SaaS community platform and Single-Sign-On solution and got to work with many world renown clients. When I chose to leave I knew I wanted to take my time in selecting my next job. Thus, I researched multiple companies searching for a role that would satisfy my passions for engineering team and product management, building massive, scalable globally-distributed LAMP systems and exciting client engagements. Although opportunities at wonderful companies... Plus

Acquia hiring at BADCamp

I love attending events like BADCamp. Being here gives me a chance to connect with many people I've known for a long time, but I also get to meet new people that share our passion for Drupal.
A lot of friendships are made at these events. In the Drupal community, we have a saying: “Come for the Code, Stay for the Community”. It's intriguing to see these friendships develop. Often times we end up working together; either commercially through Acquia, or as volunteers on... Plus

Time to Consider Open Source for Digital Experience? Forrester thinks so...

A few months ago, we began discussing some options with Forrester research around getting a refresh on how Enterprises are now using Open Source platforms for Digital Experience. We worked with Forrester in true partnership to create a customer survey that was constructed to dig deep to understand... 1) What are the main challenges in 2012 regarding Web Content Management systems, who are the key stakeholders and where are organizations struggling? 2) How are customers using Open Source today and what are some of the differences and similarities between open source and proprietary solutions?... Plus

Working smarter: Drupal-enable your team with training

In the landscape of web development, working and learning are converging. I think about this quite a bit at Acquia as we keep tuning our courses and training program.
We often focus on the technical benefits of adopting Drupal. However, it occurred to me the other day, there are potential auxiliary benefits in terms of empowering staff by using Drupal. Drupal has the potential to increase job satisfaction and motivation by posing a fundamental shift in how individuals and organization work.

Despite that, there are still risks. I started to visualize the impact of training on this... Plus

Acquia at BAD Camp 2012 – see you there!


I am pleased to be able to announce that Acquia is a core sponsor of this year's Bay Area Drupal Camp. We've been part of BAD Camp and sponsored before, but it's a privilege to be part of making Drupal's largest and best free, annual event a reality again this year. And we're so excited about everything going on: hiring, sessions, summits, and more! Old friends and new, stop by our table and say hi.

We're hiring!

Stop by with a resume or your personal pitch if you'd like to be part of the... Plus

Drupal-to-Drupal data migration Part 1: The basics

I’m pleased to announce that the migrate_d2d module, long in sandbox mode, is now a full-fledged drupal.org project, and the first release candidate is now available. This module extends the Migrate framework with a framework of Migration classes for importing into a Drupal 7 installation from existing Drupal 5, Drupal 6, or Drupal 7 sites.
Motivation
There were 2 primary motivations for the development of this module:
Taking the opportunity... Plus

Engineering week 2012 and Hackathon

What do you get when you combine Acquians, BOFs, Drupal, a hackathon, paintball, and bowling? Acquia Engineering week, of course! Two weeks ago, nearly 70 members of the Acquia Engineering, Design, and OCTO teams gathered together for our 3rd annual Engineering week. It"s like an intimate five-day DrupalCon, where many of Acquia"s incredibly talented Drupalists, systems engineers, front-end engineers, automation engineers, writers, designers, and UX specialists gather to learn and have fun together. While the... Plus

The things we found in your site - part 2

In the last blog post I discussed several mistakes usually found by my team when doing site audits.
Today I want to cover a couple of more topics that can affect the life of your website and cause pain in its normal operation.
Security
Drupal has proven to be one of the most secure tools to build websites. The fact that it has been used by governments, media companies and important NGOs in the world is the best proof of this fact.... Plus

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