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Writing JavaScript without anonymous functions

Most of the JavaScript you see on the web is full of anonymous functions. I don't think most of them are necessary. Allow me to demonstrate.

Imagine a PHP developer—let's call her Sunny—who doesn't really write JavaScript, but needs to toggle some text on a page. Sunny goes searching for examples on Google, and finds this jQuery snippet:

Commons 2.0 and Contributing to the Drupal Community

This summer I worked at Acquia building status updates and activity streams in Drupal. The modules I developed became the centerpiece of Commons 2.0, which was released on August 31st. This new major version of Commons represents a giant leap forward in the world of social business software. It introduces a familiar, easy-to-use communication interface into a realm previously burdened by its focus on static documents.

Acquia Podcast 34: Alex Bronstein on the Media Module

One of the most commonly asked questions in the Drupal world is how to handle media - images, video, and audio - in Drupal. There are countless modules available to help you manage and display media in Drupal. The Media module is an attempt to create one module that can be used for managing all of your media. Join me as I speak with Alex Bronstein, one of the primary developers of the Media module, as he talks about the goals and status of the Media module for Drupal 7.

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Why DrupalCon London Codesprint was so good

By Heather James

Confession: I'm not a coder, and I love code sprints. Previously, I wrote about how Awesome BoFs are, but really, the best part of DrupalCon is: The Code Sprint. And London's was a great example. Here's why: the context, the space and organization, which I'll describe in more detail. Even with the amount of people involved (150+ about 10%) we could have fit more! I'd also like to convince you why you really don't want to miss the next one... because you will be guaranteed to experience the zeitgeist moment you can only get at the code sprint at DrupalCons.

New video: The Acquia Story

Following on the heels of the video about pronouncing our name, we've released one that's more serious -- and that, I hope, will be useful to the Drupal community at large. It's the Acquia Story, three minutes that covers what Drupal is, who we are, what we offer, and how we engage with the community to grow the Drupal ecosystem.

Five data sheets for promoting Drupal

We at Acquia gain unusual and valuable insight into the Drupalsphere. Besides working with some of the community's most visible and active members, the experience of servicing over a thousand enterprise clients shows us just how grandly this platform we love has taken hold. We also have a crawler that tracks Drupal-based sites, which we've further categorized by vertical market, geographical location, and the like.

New white paper: "The Drupal-Powered Enterprise"

Guest post by Geoffrey Bock, author of "The Drupal-Powered Enterprise".

Across the Drupal community, we all know that “Drupal rocks.” But for enterprise decision makers, the more pressing issues revolve around how to benefit from their IT investments.

How do you pronounce "Acquia"?

Hear people on the streets of Boston pronounce "Acquia", with Dries telling the story of how our name came to be, in this great video.

To create it, social media maven Evan Duffy and interns EB Pruett and Livy Holmes went into downtown Boston with a Flip cam for the day. Then AFD Creative (which also created our intro animation) edited it down to the masterpiece you see now.

Getting paid in candy: How Acquia is building the next generation of Drupalists

My employer Acquia is a commercial open source company.  That means that they make money (commercial) off of software they don't own (open source) and there are more than one of us (company).  It should be clear then that Acquia's survival is totally dependent on the success of the software it provides services around, Drupal.  

Learn to love the drop: A radio-style talk show, with your host, Jacob Singh!

By Heather James

Thursday, July 21st, Jacob Singh is hosting two call-in webinars at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. EDT with special guests from the Drupal community with backgrounds from Java to front-end development. You can listen as this panel of experienced Drupal professionals discuss some of the things they wish they knew, and you can have your burning questions answered directly.

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