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Drupal Gardens site design contest winners

The Drupal Gardens sites submitted for our recent contest were fantastic and it was really hard to pick just one winner. The site designs were judged on their creativity, attractiveness, and complexity. The winner is Susan MacPhee who built Ipswich Ale Brewery, the website for a New England craft brewer. Congratulations Susan - enjoy your new iPad!

How to learn Drupal

Though it's not always a linear process, hopefully with training, we can make the learning process a bit smoother for you, by connecting you to development expertise.

Drupal Gardens adds video support with media galleries

Four weeks ago, the Drupal Gardens team introduced the image gallery feature to all Drupal Gardens sites. While that was great, we wanted galleries to be true media galleries, and so last week the team introduced video support to galleries in a seamless way. Built on top of the awesome Media module and supporting Media: YouTube module, it's architecture is easily extended to support video from many other sources in the future.

Where is the Media module at or why I spent DrupalCon in a corner w/ my laptop

Like many Drupalcons, I spent nearly the entire conference preparing my presentations. This is no fun, but we’ve been so busy trying to get the new gallery feature in Drupal Gardens released that it was the only way.  Anyone else have this experience?

Facet queries? Making custom Solr facets for fun and profit.

It sounded like a really simple request: "Is it easy to add a search filter for 'My posts'?". In other words, add a search result facet for posts by the current (logged in) user through the Apache Solr Search Integration module APIs?

But then the wheels start turning - we want not just one blind link, but a real facet link that tells us how many results we'll get. Also, if we are filtering by 'My posts' then we probably have an equal use case for the opposite filter 'Posts not by me'. So we really need a facet block with two links and facets counts.

The Power of 10%

At Dries' keynote at Drupalcon Copenhagen today, he talked about what the Drupal project might look like in 10 more years, and what it might mean if the project grows by a factor of 10. I'd like to elaborate a bit on his theme by making an analogy with Mozilla Firefox.

Drupal Security Presentation at Drupalcon

Drupalcon has started! I had the pleasure this morning of giving one of the sessions in the first time slot at Drupalcon Copenhagen.

It was treat to present "Drupal Security for Coders and Themers" with Jakub Suchy from Dynamite Heads and one of my colleagues on the Drupal Security Team. One of the goals of the security team is to help educate the Drupal community about secure coding, secure configuration, and best practices for running a Drupal site.

Drupal 7: Get Real, Get Dirty, and Get It Done

Yesterday I participated in the Drupal 7 code sprint with a host of excellent people. We made good progress and also talked about the state of the Drupal 7 release. Apparently Moshe and I came to a very similar conclusion about what needs to be done and both decided to blog about it; in fact I stole the title of this post from him.

Volunteers for a more visual Drupal

Would you like to help make Drupal documentation more visual? Communicating Drupal visually will be a chance to create some good contributions to Drupal.org and the community.

We need a few good people on the day of DrupalCon in Copenhagen to help organize a fun workshop. My co-presenter, Stella Power, had an argument with gravity, and lost! Wish her a get well when you see her :)

The presentation is in two weeks, Wednesday 25. August 2010, Time: 10:00-10:50

You will help us:

  • Plot, plan and prep at a short meeting the day before the event
  • Greet people as they arrive and hand out stickers to help folks self-categorize
  • Encourage people to take visual notes during the presentation
  • Help organize the mixed groups & distribute materials
  • Collect outcomes after the event
  • Process and interpret visual works into a reusable format
  • Promote the outcomes to the community

We have a great chance at DrupalCon to locate pain points turn them into learning opportunities.

With your help, we can help make some great resources for the Drupal community.

Contact me, if you can help! Contact me via
http://heather.drupalgardens.com/contact or @hjames on Twitter or below.

Image (cc) Color Pencils by scui3asteveo

Beginning Drupal with Jacob Redding - Training & Book

Jacob Redding has a great book, a cool interview and a training with us next week! Sign up here.

Beginning Drupal is a new book out by Jacob Redding, of Chapter Three. The Wrox site has some samples from the book. Jacob is an experienced instructor, and you can see that in the structure of the chapters and the exercises which guide a new learner through Drupal.

If you're an instructor, you may request an evaluation copy.

Jacob was recently interviewed by the fine folks at Drupal Easy. Mike Anello and Ryan Price are putting up some copies of Beginning Drupal to give away. You can enter to win a copy by listening and leaving a comment on the post: Interview with Jacob Redding.
You can, of course, catch Jacob and his colleague Jen Lampton, from Chapter Three delivering Acquia authorized training near Dulles, in Herndon, VA in a few weeks. Chapter Three is one of Acquia's training partners. Read more about the training events from August 16th - 19th 2010:

The great thing about the trainings we're putting on with our partners is that they are very hands on. A little less talk- a little more action. You learn by doing. There's only so far we can get by explaining how it works, you need to traverse the procedures several times before they click. You can get plenty of opportunity to sit and listen at DrupalCamps and DrupalCons- but you don't get a chance to be guided through the activities. A printed manual is there as a reference, with clear step by steps and screenshots; and an expert web developer is there to guide you and answer your questions. That's really what our training is about. If you'd like to find out more about the training, please contact us: Acquia.com/training/contact

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