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This week (or two or three) in Drupal Core

What's new with Drupal 8?
Configuration system changes
Over the past month, a lot of work has gone into the configuration system. With the addition of a separate module install/uninstall step for the config import process, it's finally possible to properly synchronize configuration changes with module installations or uninstallations. You can now transform a site installed with the Minimum install profile into a site using the Standard install profile by importing configuration (the case we've long said will be our indicator that CMI "works"). (... Meer

Great Examples of Amazing Digital Experiences!

On a mission to help companies and brands thrive in the complex digital world, Acquia partners with top digital agencies that are creating amazing digital experiences. This competition serves as a chance to showcase the best examples of their work.
Acquia’s digital agency partners submitted more than 100 client sites for consideration across 15 categories. Acquia executives then selected 44 finalists, assessing each site on visual design, functionality, integration and overall customer experience. Finalists will be evaluated by a panel of experts from the digital marketing and Drupal... 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.
Innovative Solution Delivers Affordable, Assistive Technologies
What would happen if you could never tell a loved one how much you cared about them or even communicate simple commands that are taken for granted each day? There are millions of Americans currently living with neurological conditions that leave them unable to communicate effectively or use a computer. With the only market-available... Meer

Paul Wander on PHP and Open Source in the Enterprise


Part 1 of 3: Paul Wander, co-founder and VP Sales and Marketing at the UK PHP service provider Inviqa – the co-parent company of SensioLabs UK – was kind enough to give me an hour of his time recently to talk about some interests we have in common. In this podcast, we talk about when Paul discovered open source software, Inviqa and SensioLabs UK's history, Symfony and open source software in the enterprise. In parts 2 and 3, we cover Symfony2, Drupal 8, behavior... Meer

Secure Acquia accounts with two-step verification and strong passwords

Today I’m proud to announce the general availability of three new authentication and access control security features for the Acquia Network. The following features will help ensure the security of your account and sites on Acquia Cloud by securing the sign-in process and enabling subscription-based access controls on the Acquia Network:
Two-step verification (a.k.a. 2FA)
Strong password enforcement
IP address access control
Any user may set up two-step verification on their Acquia account; IP address control and password strength requirements can also be enforced for all team members and... Meer

Locking Down the Cloud: Freeing the Cloud

When I started talking to cloud experts about automation and security, I thought that we’d spend most of our time discussing how automation reduces human error (and deliberate malfeasance). And how it frees up IT time for higher value activities.
It does both of those things, of course. But I also discovered a sub-theme that kept bubbling up in my conversations: by automating security, you give a power boost to one of the most appealing features of cloud hosting: rapid elasticity and scalability.
Let’s say that you need to scale up your digital capacity to handle a surge of interest and... Meer

The best kind of learning technology

Our training is hands-on, but what that means has changed through the years we’ve run Drupal training. Now you’re just as likely to see learners drawing on paper, collaborating with someone, giving a quick demo, or of course, working hard on their computers. I was reminded of this recently looking at some photos of a client training by our partner, Cegeka with Laurens Vandeput, Senior Drupal developer and team coach. Such simple tools are a key component of our technical... 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.
The Chief Digital Officer Landscape
While the CDO role is most prevalent in media and advertising, the sector where it is having the most gains is retail, with Best Buy, Walmart, Starbucks, etc. leading the way in carving out a role for a senior executive devoted to owning and innovating on the digital customer experience. Any digitally focused organization (one that relies on digital to deliver a... Meer

How to reliably test sandbox projects using the drupal.org testbot locally

During Drupal Dev Days in Hungary, there were many sprints that took place. You can see the amazing footage of what went on there in this nice movie, but that is not what we are going to discuss now!
In this blog post, we'll talk about how to manage your Drupal 8 module upgrade while working with many people together using a sandbox. Since drupal.org does not allow you to grant per branch access to the repository, it might be risky to allow everyone commit... Meer

Protecting Enterprise Drupal Users Against Heartbleed

On the afternoon of Monday, April 7 2014, the Heartbleed bug was made public and demonstrated that the majority of encrypted traffic on the Internet was vulnerable to eavesdropping.
In this post we wanted to provide insight into the steps Acquia took to handle this event. First, though, we want to state:
Acquia’s infrastructure is now safe and hardened
Acquia has been working to ensure our customers’ Drupal sites are secure no matter how or where they use Drupal
Mitigating Heartbleed involves more than just software updates or server patching
We are... Meer

DrupalCon Training with the Acquia team! UX and Security

The Acquia team is getting ready for DrupalCon Austin. We're excited about the official announcement of training at DrupalCon which is held on the Monday before the conference on Monday, June 2. We have two courses on offer which we think you'll love. One will get you started evaluating your designs with users, and how to conduct usability testing. One will help ensure your site or application is secure which is increasingly important for sites of all sizes.
Sale on ticket prices until May 2nd
DrupalCon training is on sale for $75 off. And the ticket pricing is $100 off the cost of onsite... Meer

Conference Heats Up Discussion of Customer Experiences

The warmth of Miami after a LONG winter has helped fuel the energy of the Demandware XChange Conference, but that’s certainly not the only factor. This highly engaged group is striving to keep up with the ever increasing expectations of online shoppers.
Innovation abounds in commerce, as brands work tirelessly to build loyalty and engagement through their digital channels. This challenge will continue to fuel innovation, increase the speed of commerce and drive the need for new, engaging, informed shopping experiences.... Meer

SensioLabs UK - Lessons and chances from Drupal 8 early adoption


Part 2 of 2 - I spoke with Richard Miller and Tom Kitchin, software engineers at SensioLabs UK and its parent company Inviqa respectively, via a Google Hangout on Air recently. Here, I learn the inside story on one of the first Drupal 8 sites online, www.sensiolabs.co.uk, what their goals were, how they built it and have kept it running since May 2013, and how Drupal 8 will change... Meer

Live tutorial on using Bootstrap with Drupal today!


Our old training site was looking a bit long in the tooth. It was not only Drupal 6, but also had an old Acquia design several versions behind the current main site. It was time for a major update.

Step by step tutorials

Dave Myburgh, Lead developer for Acquia.com recently gave two webinars about the experience. He shares specific tips on what modules he used to keep the development lightweight and flexible.

The first recording is now available, and you can register for part 2, focusing on Bootstrap, which is today!... Meer

Locking Down the Cloud: Taking Advantage of Automation

I was nursing a strong cup of coffee when I spoke to Marc Boorshtein, the chief technology officer at Tremelo Security, an identity service broker that enables enterprises to integrate new applications very quickly.
The coffee was crucial, because Marc decided, as an example, to go through the manual process of deploying a new server. “First, install the OS; then install certain libraries; then install packages; then configure the packages; then lock down the server…”
“Stop!” I pleaded. “I get it!”
Marc was happy to oblige, because I just made his points for him: Rote activities are... Meer

Jumpstarting a UX Research Program at Acquia

This April, at the Lean UX NYC Conference, Ezra Gildesgame and I will co-present a half-day workshop, Communicating the Business Value and Getting Buy-in for UX Research. In our workshop, we will share techniques for selling your internal stakeholders on the importance of research for making business and product decisions.
In 2013, one of the biggest priorities for the Acquia UX team was to revamp our customer research program to effectively involve our internal team members in our research projects. During the... Meer

Organize Your Styles - An Introduction to SMACSS

On smaller brochure sites, how your organize your styles isn’t usually a big concern. You get in there, write some CSS, or maybe even some SASS. You compile it all into a single stylesheet with SASS’s production settings, and then you aggregate it to get all the stylesheets from modules into a nice tidy package.
However, when it comes to larger, more complex projects, how you organize your code is a key to efficiency. Not only in how how much time it takes, but also in how much code you write, and how much a browser has to load. This is especially important when you’re working with a team of... 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.
Digital leaders for Oprah, Lady Gaga, Rachael Ray, and Michael J Fox discuss protecting personal brands at Chief Digital Officer Summit
“It’s so different…with a person, you’re dealing with an emotional relationship and their reputation.”
That distinction—how managing fans of a personality, versus those of a product—was shared by Rosemary Maggiore, President of Rachael Ray Digital, at the 2013... Meer

Why selecting a new CMS will just not cut it

Being part of Acquia’s Solutions Architecture team gives me unique insight into the changing landscape of Digital Marketing and the Internet in general. People are scrambling to get shiny new tools in place to be able to cope with the speed at which the Internet is changing. During the course of the last year I have reviewed dozens of RFP’s in which companies set out to select a “solution”.
But, selecting a new “solution” won’t actually solve your problem! Having an online strategy isn’t only about the tool, it’s about much, much more, as we’ll see in a moment.
Most RFP’s fall into one of... Meer

Drupal 8 + Symfony - "This is what open source is all about"


Part 1 of 2 - I spoke with Richard Miller and Tom Kitchin, software engineers at SensioLabs UK and its parent company Inviqa respectively, via a Google Hangout on Air recently. I wanted to learn more about PHP and Symfony from their perspective and how they think the Drupal 8 and Symfony2 are going to affect each other.

In part 2, I learn the inside story on one of the first Drupal 8 sites online,... Meer

More Responsive Image Effects for Drupal 7

Cross-posted with permission from Isovera.com
When working with image styles in Drupal 7, there are many types of visual effects that can be applied to responsive displays. Some examples include: Cropping; Desaturation; Watermarks; Canvas Effects; etc. These examples and others can be applied per device type and/or screen width based on the breakpoints and image styles already applied as shown in the previous blog post. Building upon our integration of the Breakpoints & Picture modules from the... Meer

This week-ish in Drupal core: April 2, 2014

What's new with Drupal 8?
The past three weeks saw some exciting progress on Drupal 8, in part due to the hard work of everyone who went to DrupalDevDays 2014 in Szeged, Hungary. It also saw the release of drupal-8.x-alpha10.
Drupal Developer Days Szeged
DevDays Szeged was a landmark for the Drupal 8 release cycle. Participants marveled at how productive and well-organized the event was, and core maintainers commented they'd never seen such momentum in... Meer

The Rise of Digital Creates A Marketer’s Dilemma

As a product manager at Acquia, I frequently speak with digital thought leaders at many organizations, small and large. It’s clear that the digital marketing profession at these organizations has undergone tremendous change over the past decade. Digital marketers now oversee large numbers of “digital experiences,” rather than the small number of static, branded web sites that were the norm just a few short years ago. And by incorporating web, social, mobile and offline touch points, managing these digital experiences has become very complex.
This complexity has greatly increased demands on... Meer

Drupal Development using PhpStorm

The PhpStorm IDE comes with a bundled Drupal Plugin, providing functionality for modules, themes as well as for core Drupal development for Drupal 6, 7 or 8. Combine that with PhpStorm’s excellent PHP, HTML, CSS and JavaScript support, automatic code inspections, debugging and unit testing support and we have a great tool for developing our next Drupal application! In this post, we will see how we can get started with Drupal development in PhpStorm.
From the Welcome screen (or by selecting File | New Project), we can choose to create a new project of the Drupal type. PhpStorm will make sure... Meer

Locking Down the Cloud: Leveraging the Ecosystem

Ryan Scheuermann recently came up with a good metaphor to describe the difference between managing security on your own servers, and using a cloud-based service.
“When you’re working with bare metal in your own location, it’s all up to you. It’s like the wild west,” he said.
“When you’re hosted in the cloud,” he continued, “it’s like being in a gated community: the cloud service providers have many services that you can take advantage of.”
“It’s still up to you,” said Ryan, who is the chief product officer and co-founder of Ceros, a cloud-based marketing platform that is used by global... Meer

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