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Virtual Code Sprint for Apache Solr Search Integration

Would you like to help get the Apache Solr Search Integration module to a stable and feature-full release for Drupal 7? We are planning a virtual code sprint for Friday April 8 through April 13. That spans a weekend with the expectation that some sprinters will be able to more actively participate during a weekend, and others during work days. The sprint will encompass topics including integration with Facet API, integration with Views, UI improvements, and expanded test coverage.

Starter tips to engage with the Drupal community

It is very common for people to have a hard time starting out with Drupal and gradually improve their relationship with it–I mean both the software and the community! I'm going to take the liberty here of sharing some of the insights I have gained over the years that can help you in and help you through the tough spots.

Drupal Adapter: A podcast about converting to Drupal

Author: Heather James @learningdrupal

This is the first in a series of podcasts where I'll be talking to people who have converted to using Drupal. I've chosen to name it to 'Drupal Adapter' to extend the notion of plugging into Drupal from another system. It isn't always easy- let's share experience and help others find their way. Drupal wins when people bring their experience and knowledge to the project.

Taking aim at a box of Legos

One can only assume that Wordpress, Joomla! and Drupal are making it hard to close deals for Adobe's Business Catalyst (BC). Why else would Brent Weaver - a BC partner(?) - have to blow off steam shooting pieces of paper with a machine gun?

Proprietary software vendors take aim at Open Source

Every few months it seems, a proprietary vendor from the closed source world decides that they can take on open source software. Maybe they think it's an easy target; maybe they're worried about losing more and more deals to free software; maybe they're threatened by the fact that communities of thousands can write great code and build great products. Or maybe they are just plain scared.

Acquia Podcast 26: Ryan Szrama on Drupal Commerce

Drupal Commerce, the logical successor to Ubercart, is the new e-commerce platform for Drupal 7. It has been completely re-written from the ground up to take advantage of the new Fields API in Drupal 7, and is incredibly powerful and flexible. Join me as I talk with Ryan Szrama of Commerce Guys, the driving force behind Drupal Commerce, as we talk about the development process and all the cool things you can do with Drupal Commerce.

Apache Solr module Chicago Slides and Roadmap

At Drupalcon Chicago, Chris Pliakas and I presented Attain Apache Solr Coding Chops to an enthusiastic audience. While some of the content was similar to past presentations, we updated it to highlight more of the changes in the Drupal 7.x-1.x version, and Chris added new recipes for building customized search forms and results.

Shoot the Drupalist

When I submitted my session for DrupalCon Chicago, I wanted to present something that was of a heightened necessity to the community. Working everyday to support some of the most world-class customers in the Drupal space gives you an incredible insight into what challenges sites face most often.

Why I love BoFs at DrupalCon

birds of a feather

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Wanna come to a BoF about BoFs?

Birds of a Feather, has such a nice ring to it. This way of self-organizing allows people of like minds to flock together in their motley way spontaneously sprung from the confines of the well architected schedule which didn’t quite fit their needs.

It’s a testament to the efforts of conference organizers at DrupalCon that they can field submissions from such a large number of presenters striving to satisfy the needs of thousands of people with wildly popular sessions. In Copenhagen, rooms were filled to the brim with eager listeners, and even afterwards people seek out the recordings of the sessions they missed. It’s an ideal opportunity to broadcast the latest and greatest in Drupal.

But then there’s the fringe. And the DrupalCons provide for that too. Many computing conferences allow for physical spaces for BoFs: Birds of a Feather sessions. A whiteboard is used to mark the available time slots and locations, where people put in their suggestions and find their niche.

Not seeing anything on the official schedule that suits? Head on over to the BoF board! There's now a forum on the DrupalCon website where people are chatting about BoFs already! I really love BoFs, and I think we can even make them better and get more out of them.

BoF board at DrupalCon

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Making a better BoF

At DrupalCon San Francisco, I had an epiphany, OK, not a huge one. BoFs kinda suck when you spend 20 mins going around and introducing one another, and then you get into the meaty bits and it’s already over. There’s an alternative: Open Space Technology.

Drupal Gardens adds custom surveys, forms and questionnaires

Lately the Drupal Gardens team has been busy adding several highly-requested mega-features.  A mega-feature is a feature so large, some companies build entire products based on that feature.  Webforms is the most recent mega-feature we have added.  Since mega-features can be complicated, we invested hundreds of design hours and thousands of engineering hours to make webforms easy-to-use.

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