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Higher education meet-up at DrupalCon

It's that time of year again where we are gearing up for another great DrupalCon. Next week, 3000 Drupalists, including more than 70 Acquians, will be migrating out west to the Rocky Mountains for an action packed week filled with sessions, stickers, beer, and lots of face time with the best open source community on the planet.

There is one remarkable event that caught my attention and that speaks volumes about an important trend we're seeing: the Higher Ed Drupal Users meeting on Wednesday.

UX Research at DrupalCon Denver

Attending DrupalCon? Help us improve Drupal core, Acquia.com, Acquia Cloud and Acquia Network by participating in a quick one-on-one research session.

Dharmesh Mistry and I would like to meet with you individually for approximately 10 minutes. During this time, we’ll either do a short exercise online or just have a chat to hear about your experiences. Taking part in a session also a great way to decompress after lots of learning!

Say hi if you see us in the hallway, or let us know when you’re free, and we’ll schedule a time.

Your questions wanted for Distributions panel at DrupalCon Denver!

With the recent completion of major enhancements to the Drupal.org distribution packaging system, the tools for building great Drupal distributions are more democratized than ever!

Next Wednesday at DrupalCon, we’ll be holding a panel discussion on Drupal distributions that includes people from several companies who are actively involved in developing or adopting Drupal distributions in the enterprise:

Introducing the Acquia Cloud API and Drush CLI

Acquia Cloud has two brand-shiny-new interfaces today!

Using git subtree to Make a Distro Your Docroot

A cornerstone of good Drupal development is deploying your site’s code from a version control system like Git or SVN. A further best practice is to put all your code in a directory in the repository, instead of at the top level of the repository. Doing this allows you to put other things into the repository that are not intended to be served publicly. For example, Acquia’s Cloud Hooks are scripts you put into the hooks directory that run when you deploy code, databases, or files, but should never be served as site content.

When and how caching can save your Drupal site

This is the first of a series of blog posts debating caching strategies in Drupal. In this first post we will understand what Drupal is able of doing out of the box regarding caching, and what are the options to extend it to achieve sites that perform normally under high load.
Unlike a static HTML website, Drupal pages consist of small building blocks that are rendered independently of one another before they are bundled together and sent to the browser as an atomic unit. Because Drupal is a dynamic content generation platform, there are a series of complex events that are executed behind the scenes in order to generate the page that is sent to the browser such as establishing a database connection, loading settings and modules, initializing a user session, mapping the URL to a PHP page callback function to run the application’s business logic, and collecting the fringe elements that surround the main content of the page.

Security: How the world's largest open source CMS combines open & security

Drupal is a huge software project by any measure, with thousands of developers writing code for it and deploying websites and applications on it. It is one of the largest open source projects in the world, alongside Linux, Apache, and Mozilla. This infographic helps explain the important work of Drupal's Security Team.

2012 Drupal Day #1

Drupal Day #1: Friday, February 24, 2012

As you may have seen, the Drupal Association is going to be promoting global synchronized Drupal training ("Create Blocks . . . NOW!") throughout 2012.

We were very excited to hear this. In 2011, we trained almost 1,000 people in the basics of Drupal through our HelloDrupal program in 12 countries and 19 cities. So we can only imagine how many people we can train in combination with the entire Drupal community!

Acquia Podcast 40: Jennifer Hodgdon on Documentation for Drupal

As with any open source project, documentation in Drupal is a huge task that is never complete. The Docs team is the group of volunteers that strives to keep up with the documentation need. Join me as I talk with Jennifer Hodgdon, the docs team lead, and my new co-host Randy Fay, as we discuss the current state of the team and Drupal documentation, as well as future plans for enhancing Drupal documentation.

Most followed issues on Drupal.org - February 2012

The Drupal project uses the project module to track bugs and features on drupal.org. For a long time if you wanted to pay attention to an issue you had to comment on it resulting in the infamous "subscribe" comment. In late 2011 a feature was created to allow people to subscribe to an issue without commenting on it. The world rejoiced (see this article for history and details).

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