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Converging Content, Community and Commerce in Higher Education

Higher Education institutions rely on their websites to tell their story through rich and engaging digital experiences.

In this rapid age of innovation, it is imperative that educational establishments are able to attract and enroll the best prospective students and once those students have matriculated, institutions need to develop applications to support students and help them to collaborate, pay bills, take part in extracurricular activities and, most importantly, learn.

Drive Engagement and Site Conversion in Higher Education

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In this rapid age of innovation, it is imperative that educational establishments are able to attract and enroll the best prospective students. Once those students have matriculated, institutions need to develop software applications to support students and help them to collaborate, pay bills, take part in extracurricular activities and, most importantly, learn.

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Getting the most out of a code sprint - DrupalSouth shows us how

The DrupalSouth code sprint was a huge success and a standout feature of an already excellent conference. I put this down to some ingenuity and some great preparation. I interrupted two of the people who made it all happen, Dan "dman" Morrison and Heike "HeikeT" Theis from Wellington, New Zealand, to get to know them better and talk about how they put together the code sprint at DrupalSouth.

Fabrice Bernhard - Symfony2 and Drupal: working together is working better

At SymfonyCon Warsaw in December 2013, I spoke with Fabrice Bernhard, co-founder of Symfony service provider Theodo and President of the French PHP Users' Association, AFUP ("Association française des utilisateurs de PHP"), and we compared notes on Drupal, Symfony, and all things open source.

Lukas Smith on how Drupal and Symfony mutually benefit from cooperating

Part 2 of 2 - I had the great pleasure of speaking with Lukas Smith at SymfonyCon Warsaw in December, 2013. Lukas is a major contributor to open source and is involved in a range of projects, including the Symfony framework, Drupal, and many more. He is one of the 50 most active contributors on GitHub. Thank you, Lukas!

Lukas Smith on open source communication, PHPCR, and more

Part 1 of 2 - I had the great pleasure of speaking with Lukas Smith at SymfonyCon Warsaw in December, 2013. Lukas is a major contributor to open source, touching a range of projects, including the Symfony framework, Drupal, and much more. He is one of the 50 most active contributors on GitHub. Thank you, Lukas!

Thanks a Million, Drupal [March 4, 2014]

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By Rohan Pearce

More than a million websites are powered by the open source CMS

Drupal, an open source content management system, now powers more than 1 million websites, according to figures released today. As of 15 February, 1,005,489 websites were powered by the CMS, according to the Drupal Association, a non-profit organisation that stewards the project.

(The figure was generated by an automated Drupal.org tool, and doesn't include sites running on versions earlier than 6.0.)

Some 12 per cent of the world's top 100,000 website have been built with Drupal, according to research by Builtwith Research cited by the Drupal Association.

It's heady stuff for an open source project born out of the desire of its creator, Dries Buytaert, to experiment with Web technologies.

"When I started Drupal, honestly I didn't have a master plan at all," Buytaert told Computerworld Australia in an interview last year.

"I started Drupal as a message board because I felt it was fun to build and we could actually use it in our student dorm. That kind of evolved into an experimental platform for me so I could experiment with different kinds of Web technologies from RSS feeds to blogging to other things.

"Eventually I moved my website from an internal, intranet kind of forum to the public Internet and that actually attracted an audience of people interested in the future of the Web."

Visitors to his site had a range of suggestions for modifications. "And so eventually I said, 'You know what — instead of me doing all the work how about I just give you the source code and then you can add these things yourself and feel free to send me back a patch'," Buytaert said.

"I kind of slapped the GPL licence on it, because that's what I knew from working on the Linux kernel, and I probably spent about 30 seconds thinking of a name — 'call it Drupal' — and uploaded a zipfile to my website for other to download...

"I had worked hard on it for a year and I was kind of proud of what I built, but I never expected a whole lot of people to adopt it."

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Ryan Weaver and Jeffrey A. McGuire compare notes on Open Source

Ryan Weaver is the single biggest contributor to the Symfony2 framework's documentation (which is excellent, check it out!), a self-described Symfony evangelist, and lead at KnpUniversity.com, makers of fantastic PHP tutorial screencasts like this one on using Composer to include PHP libraries in Drupal 7.

Ryan Weaver on synergies in Drupal, Symfony2, and PHP

Part 1 of a 2-part conversation with Ryan Weaver from SymfonyCon Warsaw 2013 in which we touch on the great Symfony documentation and its team, discovering the power of community in open source (instead of doing it all yourself), Symfony2 components in Drupal 8 bringing the two communities together, the advantages (present and future) of loose coupling in Drupal 8's architecture, the next big thing, and more!

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