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Acquia Podcast 38: Melissa Anderson on Training for Drupal

In this episode I talk with Melissa Anderson about training in Drupal, and how Drupal knowledge and experience can be shared in the community.

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OpenSaaS Brings New Freedom to the Cloud

The rise of SaaS, software delivered as a service, is having an enormously disruptive impact on the software industry. Forrester Research estimates that spending on SaaS technology will double by 2013, representing 16% of all software spend. Gartner Research estimates that SaaS software spend is growing at 18%, compounded annually, and will reach $23B by 2015.

Site building is for coders too.

New to Drupal, but you're an experienced coder? Drop the API, and step away from the command line.

In one of our most popular webinars of 2011 about developing with Drupal, developer Camilla Jensen (naxoc) admitted that- even with her experience with J2EE and PHP development, much of her work on a typical Drupal project starts with *research*.

Drupal is content first, and that's good

As a Drupal trainer, I am very interested in the results of usability testing because it often chimes with the same observations we make of new users as they learn Drupal. One finding in particular strikes a chord for those who are new to theming:

COD 2012 Update: New co-maintainer, Drupal 7, & Acquia

2011 was an amazing year for COD, the Drupal-based solution for fully featured conference websites.

- There have been several amazing sites added to the COD showcase
- A new co-maintainer
- Solid community commitment to helping with the update to Drupal 7
- And increasingly, more involvement from Acquia

You can read more about these developments -- and Acquia's increasingly active role with COD -- in the 2012 update on UseCOD.com.

Distributions Summit in San Diego

The year is winding down and it was such a great year for Drupal! This was my first year with Acquia however it was not my first with Drupal. I worked with Drupal at OpenProj back in 2007 – it was a very active site with downloads exceeding 2 million. It has been a new and wonderful experience getting involved in the Drupal community through Acquia. In 2012, I look forward to actively contributing to the community and making an impact with Drupal Distributions. With that, my wish list for Distros in 2012 is quite long!

Automate tests and more with Acquia Cloud Hooks

Acquia Dev Cloud is the Drupal cloud hosting platform for developers, and today I'm really psyched to announce availability of a frequently requested developer feature: Acquia Cloud Hooks. Of course, since Dev Cloud and Managed Cloud run on the same technology, Cloud Hooks are fully supported on Managed Cloud as well.

If you'd rather try Cloud Hooks instead of reading about them, you can sign up right now and use coupon code BJB111209 to get the first 30 days free.

Upal - a proposed test framework for Drupal 8

Meet Upal. UPal is a PHPUnit based test framework for Drupal. I hope it can replace Simpletest as the test runner in Drupal 8. It aims to run all existing tests with little or no modification. To do so, it provides DrupalWebTestCase and DrupalUnitTestCase classes which are built upon PHPUnit instead of Drupal’s Simpletest.

Gaining Insight: It began with a port...

After I joined Acquia in January, I was given the task of assisting in the port of the Acquia.com/Acquia Network web properties to Drupal 7. Although other people were involved in the process, including Jakub Suchy and his team, there was a lot that needed to be ported. One such item was the Acquia Network Connector module, which links a website to the Acquia Network and passes website data after it validates its keys.

Getting beyond "free" - UK government uptake of open source

Misplaced priorities hampering UK government uptake of open source

According to a computing.co.uk article entitled Open Source: The government's commitment so far, most of the IT technology used in the UK government is still proprietary and comes from single vendors.

Open Source adoption by government agencies in the UK is progressing, but is still being hindered by a focus on "free as in gratis". Decisions based on cost-of-acquisition alone ignore the other real and more important values offered by open source, which are derived from "free as in freedom".

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