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2013 Greatest Hits – Meet Angie Byron: The Return of Webchick

2013 Acquia Podcast Greatest Hits - part two - Meet Angie Byron: The Return of Webchick Angie and I were at Acquia headquarters in Massachusetts at the same time in the spring of 2013. This gave us the chance to sit down and chat in front of the camera about all things Drupal. Highlights from our conversation became two podcasts with accompanying video. In this part of the conversation, Angie talks about how she got into Drupal and more. ---Original post from April 24, 2013--- In this episode – "Meet Angie Byron, Part 2: The Return of the Webchick" – we cover how Angie got into the... Meer

PHP Performance: "fast enough" and improving

There has been a decent amount of chatter lately about benchmarking various frameworks and programming languages, and people often wonder how PHP stacks up. As the most widely used programming language on the web, PHP performance has a huge impact on the speed of the internet as a whole. While many people believe that PHP is slow, or that it’s not the right choice for the enterprise for performance reasons, this is... Meer

2013 Greatest Hits – Gaelan Steele meets Dries

2013 Acquia Podcast Greatest Hits - part one - Gaelan Steele meets Dries One of my favorite Drupal moments in 2013 was meeting Gaelan Steele in person at DrupalCon Portland. This was eclipsed very quickly by being present when Gaelan and Dries met for the first time - and having my podcast microphone on! This was probably also eclipsed by Gaelan schooling Dries on how he learned to use Drupal ... see his answer below and in the podcast. ---Original post from May 29, 2013--- Gaelan Steele was the youngest delegate at DrupalCon Portland.... Meer

Drupal Commons | Social Business Platform

Cross-posted with permission from Blue Coda Companies are continually looking for better and more integrated methods by which to connect with their users. While platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn offer large populations, and many of your users are undoubtedly already on there, they leave a lot to be desired. Primarily, the ability to control your community data, and use it in meaningful ways. Without access to the back-end data for your community, analysis is much weaker or not... Meer

IT Charts 'Cloud First' Route to Success

When a company is considering a new venture, where does it turn to find exactly the right combination of cloud services to make the project happen efficiently and economically? Mark Weinstein believes the call should go to the IT department. Weinstein is a "fractional CIO" who after working for more than 30 years for a variety of large financial firms, now acts as an advisor to smaller companies, helping them optimize the management of technology. As the cloud era unfolds, Weinstein thinks that IT professionals should be segueing into professional buyers of services: from cloud services, to... Meer

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. Start-ups Chart the Path to Digital Disruption You can’t talk about digital disruption without talking about start-ups. By definition, companies that are disrupting a market or industry are either new start-ups or established companies taking a radical turn. We watch start-ups closely because this gives us great visibility into the cutting edge of technology -- and the strategy of planned... Meer

Making Agile More Flexible for Better Project Results

Over the past few years, many large enterprises have adopted agile methodologies such as Scrum, Extreme Programming, and Kanban into their software development project management toolkits. Business leaders seem to resonate with the principles listed in the agile manifesto, such as welcoming changing requirements and... Meer

This week in Drupal core: December 19, 2013

Bonjour, it is that time of year again, we hope that you are getting ready for the holidays and New Year. If not, then we are ready with final edition of This Week in Drupal Core of 2013! :) What's new with Drupal 8? A new D8 alpha Drupal 8.0-alpha7 was released today! Download it, try it out, and explore the latest-and-greatest in Drupal 8. There will be a new alpha release come mid-January. Watch this spot for more details! PHP 4 support EOL in D6 As part of efforts to... Meer

High Quality PHP

The historical perception of PHP in the software development community has not been the best. Some think it is a language for non-programmers and tinkerers, generally resulting in software of questionable quality. From its beginnings as a simple scripting language for online guests-books, PHP has transformed itself in the last 15 years to support high-quality software development and enterprise deployment, and it has managed to do so without losing the roots of its initial success. Getting Things Done with Quality in Mind The focus of PHP has always been on "getting things done" and... Meer

Learning Through Celebration

Cross-posted with permission from Drupalize.Me During DrupalCon Prague I had the pleasure of giving a presentation about teaching Drupal 8 as part of the core conversations track. In the presentation I talked a lot about providing a good learning environment for people starting with Drupal 8, and removing the fear and uncertainty that are so... Meer

Data Brightens Scrooge’s Future in Digital Christmas Carol

Everyone knows Charles Dickens’ famous tale, “A Christmas Carol.” Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly, cold-hearted loan origination banker, all consumed with his business on Christmas Eve. Scrooge's former partner, Jacob Marley, who has been dead for seven years, visits him in the form of a ghost. Marley's spirit has been wandering as punishment for being constantly preoccupied with the minutia of his business rather than engaging his stakeholders while alive. He has come to warn Scrooge, whom he sees going down the same unfortunate path. Three spirits will visit, he tells Scrooge. But what does... Meer

First Camp, First Patch! Thank you, Manuela Hutter!

Thank you for contributing! I think this is some kind of proof of the appeal of the Drupal project and welcoming nature of our community: Manuela Hutter came to Drupal Camp Vienna – her first Drupal Community event – and was already working on a patch at the sprints on day three, mentored by the inimitable Ruben Teijeiro. Note: I apologise for some audio issues in this recording. Q: What are you going to tell people about how things work in the Drupal project? A: The perception of the community as being... Meer

Skateboarding and Drupal ‘Collide’ For Public Good

What happens when two passions, one for skateboarding, one for Drupal collide? Read the details below, and learn how, now with help from Acquia, the result of this “collision” is geared for great success. Let’s begin at the beginning: In 1995, Long Beach Council member Mike Donelon was getting multiple calls from a constituent complaining about skateboarders in front of their house. In researching the situation and talking to the kids involved, they told him they had no where to skate legally, safely and hassle free. The need -- and benefit -- of a public skatepark quickly became apparent.... Meer

IT Embraces Cloud Apps to Improve Workflow

One member of the team wants to write and edit the plan as a Google Doc. Another has an outline in an iPad app. A third has notes in Evernote. And the presentation event will be hosted on Eventbrite. Not only is everyone bringing their own device -- BYOD -- but they are making their own deals with cloud-based services. Multiple applications featuring their own cloud appear to be cutting IT staffs out of the loop, but in fact, analysts say, all this new free-agency has created opportunities for more efficient, and more economical work processes. As a result, Forrester analyst John Rakowski has... Meer

The Year That Followed The Year of the MOOC

My position on MOOCs is a confused one. I believe that the current higher education model in the United States, with its high costs and questionable outcomes, is unsustainable. But at the same time I recognize that the industry has been criticized with high costs and questionable outcomes for years, if not decades, and it has continued to steamroll ahead as if untethered by any identifiable laws of physics or rationality. I also believe in disruptive business models and adhere to the tenant that innovation drives progress. So MOOCs, with disruption at their core and their “inside out”... Meer

2013 Year in Review: The Acquia Blog

For Acquia, 2013 has been a great year. We were named as the "Fastest Growing Private Company in North America" by Deloitte and a leader in Forrester's Social Platforms Wave. Another mark of Acquia's growth and success in 2013 has been the growing participation in our blog. Our partners, employees, along with many other members of the Drupal community, have taken part in many great... Meer

How to become a community leader

[Gábor] Preface: I’d like to state that I’m extremely lucky in the Drupal 8 Multilingual Initiative that I have such a broad scope of things to work on that can match a huge number of people and that I had the opportunity to collaborate on this with such great people, especially Cathy Theys (YesCT) being very helpful in helping scale out the initiative. The wisdom shared here is experience we collected together on the long ride. And it is not over yet :) The following is a paraphrased conversation between... Meer

Acquia's Most Important 3 C's: Customers, Community, and Colleagues

Today marks my one year anniversary of joining Acquia. Has it really been 12 months? 2013 was certainly a huge year for me personally (having a baby!) and professionally, joining one of the fastest growing technology companies in the world. Some of my favorite moments of 2013 include: Acquia's recognition as the fastest growing private... Meer

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. Why I’m Betting Millions on American Manufacturing in the Middle of a “Catastrophe” For the past few years, there has been plenty of talk about bringing manufacturing back to America, but the truth remains that there are relatively few companies that are doing it well. It seems we’re constantly faced with a false choice when buying American: pay premium prices for the ‘Made in U.S.A.’ label or... Meer

This week in Drupal core: December <del>11</del> 12, 2013

Sorry that we're a day late this week! If you'd like to reduce delays due to xjm's chronic insomnia, consider helping out with these posts. ;) What's new with Drupal 8? Working toward drupal-8.0-beta1 This week's most important Drupal 8 news is Dries' announcement of the criteria for beta 1. Numerous contributors worked with core maintainers to flesh out an initial list of beta-... Meer

Drupal 8 - Improved upgrade process

It is my pride and pleasure to announce that Drupal 8 will ship with a migration path from both Drupal 6 and Drupal 7. This is a first for Drupal, and is quite uncommon for most software projects. We love our elderly Drupal sites, and want them to be reborn as shiny new Drupal 8 sites. Behind this announcement is a major technical change in how Drupal implements major version upgrades. Drupal traditionally uses its update.php page and hook_update_N() functions to update a database to the... Meer

5 Things Mobile Users Expect From Your Website

Cross-posted with permission from BlueCoda.com With more and more people relying on mobile devices to look websites up on the go, it’s important to make sure that your website caters to this ever-growing demographic. Designing a site that is easy and simple to navigate on a small touch-screen is vital to avoid frustrating your visitors and losing potential business. So what do mobile users expect? Responsive Design The one biggest thing you can do to accommodate your mobile visitors, is... Meer

5 Ways Drupal is Like Public Transportation

I love public transportation. I happily ride Washington D.C.’s Metro to and from work every day. I take the bus to yoga. I think transit maps are art. I share photos, via Twitter and Facebook, of the outrageous things transit riders do. I am a public transportation enthusiast. So I am especially pleased that Acquia has joined the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). This new affiliation complements our work with agencies like the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and... Meer

Drupal history, learning, business, & D8 - Meet Alan Burke

I got the chance to catch up with Alan Burke at DrupalCon Prague. He and I go back a long way; we met at one of the first Drupal events I ever attended, DrupalCon Brussels in 2006. In the meantime Alan and his co-founder Stella Power have built up the successful Drupal agency Annertech in Ireland and they have an impressive list of contributions to Drupal to their names. Here, we speak about Drupal's technical history over the last 8 years and the exciting improvements... Meer

(Sadly) Not Even Higher Education is Immune to FUD

Acquia CMO Tom Wentworth’s recent post about the unimaginative use of stale FUD by proprietary CMS vendors who try to spook buyers away from open source content management systems was spot on. Not only does this negative message cast doubt on the messenger, but the criticisms of open source are tired and false. They are indeed very 2005 and most competitors have long since moved on. So imagine my surprise when a client forwarded me a white paper issued by a relatively well-known... Meer

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